West Indies vs India 1st T20: Saini stars on debut as India fight hard to beat West Indies

Naveep Saini three wickets on debut West Indies India 1st T20 Lauderhill cricket

Navdeep Saini finished with figures of 3-17 off his four overs

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Debutant Navdeep Saini took three wickets to lead India to a four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first Twenty20 International in Lauderhill.

Choosing to bowl first, India got their first breakthrough on the second ball of the match as West Indies opener John Campbell was caught by Krunal Pandya at deep midwicket off the bowling of Washington Sundar for a duck.

Evin Lewis also failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Saini got his first international wicket when he has Nicholas Pooran caught behind for 20.

He struck again the very next ball as he cleaned up Shimron Hetmyer for a golden duck.

The West Indies continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but Kieron Pollard was the only batsman that put up a fight.

Pollard scored a 49-ball 49, which included two boundaries and four sixes, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Saini.

Thanks to Pollard, the West Indies limped their way to 95/9 off 20 overs.

Saini was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Kumar snapped up two, and Sundar, Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 96 to win, India were dealt a big blow on the 12th ball of their innings as opener Shikhar Dhawan was given out lbw off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell for one run.

Rohit Sharma mustered 24 runs before he was caught by Pollard at long-on off the bowling of Sunil Narine.

Narine removed Rishabh Pant the very next ball, while Manish Pandey was clean bowled by Keemo Paul for 19.

Cottrell then sent India captain Virat Kohli packing for 19, while Paul cleaned up Pandya for 12.

Jadeja and Sundar mopped up the remaining runs to lead India to victory with 16 balls to spare.

Saini was named Man of the Match.

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