India beat West Indies by five wickets in the first T20I of the series to take a 1-0 lead at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Chasing 110 to win, India kept losing wickets but Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Krunal Pandya played crucial knocks to see India through with 13 balls remaining.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led the Indian bowlers’ fine show with three wickets to restrict West Indies to 109 for eight

Electing to field, India responded well with the pacers giving them a fine start after Umesh Yadav dismissed Denesh Ramdin in the third over. Debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) ensured that the Windies run-rate dried up before the spin duo of Krunal Pandya (1/15) and Kuldeep made merry.

Tottering at 63 for seven inside 15 overs, the Windies looked to fold up inside 100 but Fabian Allen (27 from 20 balls) and Khary Pierre (15 not out from 13 balls) lifted the total past 100. Debutant Krunal finished with excellent figures of 1/14 and picked up his maiden wicket. He removed his Mumbai Indians teammate Kieron Pollard for his first India wicket.

Debutant Thomas rocked the Indian chase, removing openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to leave India at 16 for 2. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite produced a wonderful first spell of 2 for 4 as India were reduced to 45 for 4 which kept West Indies in the hunt.

Dinesh Karthik put on 38 crucial runs for the fifth wicket with Manish Pandey. Debutant Kharry Pierre picked up his maiden wicket to break the partnership getting Pandey out caught and bowled. Krunal then walked out and scored 21 off 9 balls with three boundaries. He scored the winning runs with Karthik remaining unbeaten on 31.