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1st T20I: Karthik, Kuldeep help India register five-wicket win against Windies

Kuldeep scalps 3 wickets to bundle West Indies out for a paltry 109 run

Kolkata: Experienced Dinesh Karthik played a superb 31-run knock to take India to a five-wicket win against the West Indies in the first Twenty20 international (T20I) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Debutant Krunal Pandya provided terrific support to Karthik from the other end as India won with 13 balls to spare.
Chasing a paltry 110-run target, India suffered a rare top-order collapse, losing Rohit Sharma in the first over, after which Shikhar Dhawan walked back to the pavilion. Then Karthik enforced a 38-run partnership with Manish Pandey to bring the Indian chase back to its feet. After Pandey’s departure, Karthik batted responsibly with Krunal Pandya to help India go one up in the T20I series.
Earlier, spinner Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball as the tourists struggled with the bat yet again on the tour.
Yadav registered figures of 3-13 with his left-arm wrist spin as West Indies managed just 109-8, their lowest T20I total against India, after being invited to bat first.
Debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas removed the openers with just 16 runs on the board to give his team hope of defending their modest total.
Debutant Krunal Pandya also had a memorable debut after he hit the winning runs on his way to an unbeaten 21. He also picked up a wicket in the West Indies innings.
The second T20 is in the north Indian city of Lucknow on Tuesday.

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