A Virat Kohli Masterclass gave India an incredible 6-wicket win over the West Indies in the opening T20I of the three-game series in Hyderabad.
Kohli did not stop stuttering West Indies from just 50 balls on the 94 after the guests had prepared for the win. With nine remaining overs, India was 96/1 and needed 112, with the Indian captain struggling to find his usual pace. He was on 26 of 23 balls and the West Indies attack did not allow him to break away.
At the other end, KL Rahul was the man who laid the foundation. half a century came from 37 balls, and while he fell a few seconds later, the next man continued the good work. The exuberant Rishbah Pant put down his first ball for six and Kohli let go of the next one.
Jason Holder was beaten after a long break for six to start the 15th and Kesrick Williams bore the brunt of an inflated Kohli from the other end. An overflow of 23 set a favorable equation, with 31 overflows from the last four overflows required.
While Pant and Shreyas Iyer left, Kohli liked to take the matter into his own hands. He ended the match with eight balls, a simply breathtaking effort.
West Indies would have been confident only a few hours earlier if they had put in an impressive 207/5 total. Evin Lewis started with a 17-ball-40, while Brandon King scored a useful 31st Shimron Hetmyer, while Kieron Pollard (37 of 19) and Jason Holder (24) were in power from 9).
Deepak Chahar went for 56 of his four, with only Ravindra Jadeja passing with less than nine. They would not have to worry. Only a few hours later, a Kohli special succeeded. The Indian captain did his utmost to bring his team into the lead with his T20I.