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Kohli secures India's win against WI

  • Published at 01:05 am December 7th, 2019
India's Virat Kohli plays a shot during their first T20I against the West Indies in Hyderabad Friday AFP

Thiruvananthapuram hosts the second match Sunday

Home captain Virat Kohli smashed a masterly 94 not out to fashion a successful chase as India beat the West Indies by six wickets in the first T20I Friday.

Kohli hit half a dozen sixes and accelerated just when the team needed to help India chase down a 208-run victory target with eight balls to spare in Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

KL Rahul, Kohli's collaborator in a century stand, made 62 but the India captain completed a clinical chase, going run-a-ball in his first 20 deliveries before plundering 74 in his next 30.

Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer smashed his maiden fifty in T20Is as the reigning 20-over world champion put on a six-hitting exhibition, hitting 15 of them, in their commanding total of 207/5.

Deepak Chahar dismissed Lendl Simmons early but Evin Lewis (40) and Brandon King (31) kept the run rate above 10 after Kohli won the toss and elected to field.

Washington Sundar trapped Lewis lbw and Ravindra Jadeja removed King stumped but Hetmyer and skipper Kieron Pollard (37) plundered the Indian attack aided by good luck.

Hetmyer was dropped twice by Sundar, while Rohit Sharma spilled Pollard in the deep.

Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed both the batsmen in a space of three balls but Jason Holder smacked a couple of sixes in his breezy 24 not out off nine balls to take the tourist past the 200-mark.

The host lost Rohit early, but Rahul looked determined to strengthen his case as India's automatic choice at the top of the batting order at next year's World T20I in Australia.

It was a start identical to that of tourist but Rahul and Kohli sensibly resisted any urge to match the six-hitting prowess of their opponent.

Rahul smacked four sixes before holing out but Kohli looked unstoppable.

Kohli hit Holder for a six to bring up his fifty and secured India's victory in similar fashion, smashing Kesrick Williams over the rope.

Williams also sent down the first front-foot no-ball exclusively monitored by the TV umpire.

Thiruvananthapuram hosts the second match Sunday.