India vs West Indies 1st T20: Kohli’s career-best 94* helps India waltz past West Indies

Virat Kohli 94 not out India West Indies 1st T20 Hyderabad cricket

Virat Kohli was named Man of the Match for his game-winning and career-best knock of 94 not out

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India captain Virat Kohli smashed a career-best 94 not out to lead his side to a six-wicket win over the West Indies in the first Twenty20 International in Hyderabad.

Choosing to bowl first, India got the early breakthrough they were looking for when West Indies opener Lendl Simmons was dismissed by Deepak Chahar for two runs.

Evin Lewis and Brandon King made up for the loss of Simmons with a 51-run partnership before Lewis was trapped lbw off the bowling of Washington Sundar for a 17-ball 40, which included three boundaries and four sixes.

King went on to score 31 before he was stumped by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer stabilised the innings with a 71-run partnership before Hetmyer was removed by Yuzvendra Chahal for a 41-ball 56, which included two boundaries and four sixes.

With Pollard hammering a 19-ball 37 and Jason Holder smashing 24 runs off nine balls, the West Indies finished on 207/5.

Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Sundar, Chahar and Jadeja chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 208 to win, India got off to a brisk start before Rohit Sharma was sent packing by Khary Pierre for eight runs.

Kohli and Lokesh Rahul made up for the loss of Rohit with a 100-run partnership, during which Rahul surpassed his fifty, before he was caught by Pollard at long-off off the bowling of Pierre for 62, which came off 40 balls and included five boundaries and four sixes.

Kohli and Pant added 48 runs to the score before Pant was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell for 18.

Even though Shreyas Iyer fell shortly after, Kohli guided India to victory with his unbeaten 94, which came off 50 balls and included six boundaries and six sixes.

Pierre was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Cottrell and Pollard claimed one wicket each.

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