India vs West Indies 1st T20: Kuldeep spins India to comfortable win

Kuldeep Yadav three wickets India West Indies 1st T20 Kolkata cricket

Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures of 3-13 off his four overs

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India spinner Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets during a highly economical spell to lead his side to a five-wicket win over the West Indies in the first Twenty20 International in Kolkata.

Opting to bowl first, India got the early breakthrough they were looking for as West Indies opener Denesh Ramdin was caught behind off the bowling of Umesh Yadav for two runs.

Shai Hope only scored 14 runs before he was run out by Lokesh Rahul, while Shimron Hetmyer was caught behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for 10 runs.

Kieron Pollard mustered 14 runs before he was dismissed by debutant Krunal Pandya.

Kuldeep took over at this point as he removed Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell and captain Carlos Brathwaite in quick succession.

With Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul scoring 27 and 15 not out respectively, the West Indies managed to crawl their way to 109/8 off their 20 overs.

Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Umesh, Bumrah, Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed snapped up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 110 to win, India were dealt a massive blow on the sixth ball of their innings as in-form opener Rohit Sharma was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Oshane Thomas for six runs.

Thomas struck again in his next over as he clean bowled Shikhar Dhawan for three runs.

Rishabh Pant only scored one run before he was sent packing by Brathwaite, who also took out Rahul for 16.

Even though debutant Khary Pierre removed Manish Pandey for 19, Dinesh Karthik and Pandya got India across the finish line with 13 balls to spare.

Karthik finished on 31, which came off 34 balls and included three boundaries and a six, while Pandya remained undefeated on a nine-ball 21, which included three boundaries.

Thomas and Brathwaite took two wickets apiece, while Pierre claimed one.

Kuldeep was named Man of the Match.

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