At the first T20I of the series, Team India easily defeated the West Indies in Tarouba on Friday. India won by 68 runs after holding the hosts to 122/8 in the 191-run chase, taking a 1-0 series lead after the five-match set. When bowling, Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravi Bishnoi each picked up two wickets, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja each took one, while Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik performed well.
With the victory in the first T20I of the West Indies tour, India keeps their perfect win record intact. Shikhar Dhawan served as captain during the 3-0 ODI series victory against the hosts. The Windies team put up a valiant fight in the first two games and came close to winning the third, but Axar Patel’s outstanding batting effort prevented the hosts from winning the decisive match.
With three fours and five sixes in the last over to lead India to victory, Axar finished the innings undefeated on 64 off only 35 deliveries. As Ravindra Jadeja, the preferred candidate to fill Axar’s role was batting on the crease during the first T20I, former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who has worked closely with Axar throughout the stay, talked in depth about the player.
Jadeja has improved. His promise has been realised. Even Axar Patel may have come to realise on this trip that he wasn’t living up to his full ability as a batsman. When it comes to batting, both of these athletes are talented. If they go on in this way, they would significantly improve the balance of the Indian squad, Shastri stated while providing analysis on FanCode.
On August 1 at St. Kitts, Team India will return for the second T20I of the series.