Live Updates

  • 11:11 PM IST

    SIX! India win by four wickets. Washington Sundar sends one over long-on boundary to give India 1-0 lead. India (98/6) beat West Indies (95/9) in the 1st T20I

  • 11:09 PM IST

    West Indies must be thinking had they got 10-20 runs more, this could have been on thriller of a contest

  • 11:08 PM IST

    Overs 17: Four singles in the over take India closer to the target. Score 92/6

  • 11:06 PM IST

    Jadeja and Washington Sundar are the two batsmen in the middle for India

  • 11:06 PM IST

    OUT! Keemo Paul strikes again and this time has Krunal Pandya bowled on 12. This one hit the top of middle stump. IND 88/6, chasing 96

  • 11:00 PM IST

    Overs 15: So after a string of good overs for West Indies, comes one in favour of India. Thanks largely to Krunal Pandya who gets a boundary in it. 12 runs from the over and India now need just 11 runs off 30 deliveries.

  • 10:57 PM IST

    Oshane Thomas is back to bowl his fourth and final over

  • 10:55 PM IST

    Overs 14: End of another good over from West Indies’ perspective. The contest is still alive. Two lefties- Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja with the task of seeing India home in their low-scoring encounter. IND 74/5, chasing 96

  • 10:54 PM IST

    OUT! And that’s a big-big wicket for West Indies. Sheldon Cottrell has dislodged India captain Virat Kohli on 19. A slow delivery, Kohli goes for the pull, doesn’t judge it and plays too early and the balloons high in the air for the simplest of catch for Pollard. IND 69/5, chasing 96

  • 10:47 PM IST

    Overs 13: So Sunil Narine ends an excellent spell – 4-0-14-2. IND 68/4, chasing 96

India vs West Indies, 1st T20I Match Highlights: India beat West Indies by four wickets to take 1-0 lead

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 1st T20I between India and West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida to be played today.

Match Preview

Seven days short of a month from their heart-breaking semi-final loss to New Zealand in the World Cup, India return to international cricket against the West Indies in T20 action. Between then and now, plenty has transpired. Rumours of rift in the team, uncertainty regarding MS Dhoni’s future or, questions surrounding India’s support staff and pot-shots fired between former cricketers/legends and selectors. Who doesn’t like a bit of drama every now and then?

All said and done, there’s nothing like resumption post the World Cup hangover. India’s selection for the West Indies series is a clear indication that their priority is the T20 World Cup in Australia a little over a year from now. The likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have returned, while Rishabh Pant is set to take over wicketkeeping duties. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have been rested, and in their places, the emergence of young Deepak Chahar and the younger Pandya – Krunal – have received opportunities to kickstart a campaign set to culminate in Melbourne next November.

At the World Cup, there wasn’t a single game where questions surrounding India’s middle order was not raised. West Indies might be a start to getting it right. With Shikhar Dhawan back in the side post his recovery, he is likely to be back opening the innings, so where does it leave KL Rahul? Does he go back to bat at No. 4, or will India groom one of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey for that slot? What will be the allrounder combination be like? Who among Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya make it to the XI? Or both will? Numerous questions will be answered as India begin mission Australia.

West Indies have plenty to look forward to as well. There is no Chris Gayle, who has opted to play the ODIs instead after making a U-turn on his retirement. By the time West Indies’ World Cup campaign ended, their promising start went out with a whimper but not without sparks of individual brilliance. Nicholas Pooran has been talked about as the next big thing in West Indies cricket and so is Shimron Hetmyer. Besides, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard return to T20 fold while Andre Russell continues to be plagued by injuries ruling him out of the series.

Also, for the first time since 2016, India and West Indies will play in the USA. West Indies edged India by a run before the second T20I was washed out. What will their second assignment in Florida bring? West Indies have always been a top T20 side and under a dynamic Carlos Brathwaite, whose heroic century against New Zealand is still fresh in the minds, they won’t be pushovers for India.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.