After the ODI series win against West Indies, Hardik Pandya and company stepped to the Brian Lara Stadium for the 1st T20I against the hosts. India lost the game by four runs and they could not chase the target of 150 runs. However, even after the loss India achieved a massive feat in the first T20I.
India joined the arch-rivals Pakistan in an elite list becoming the second team to play 200 matches in T20I. Former world champions Pakistan hold the record for the most matches played in the shortest format and participated in 223 T20Is. India is close with 200 matches and New Zealand comes next with 193 T20Is under their belt. West Indies has been involved in 180 games, while Sri Lanka and Australia have played 179 and 174 matches, respectively, in the shortest format of the game.
Indian team won the first T20 World Cup in 2007 and they played their first T20I game against South Africa in 2006 captained by Virender Sehwag.
West Indies defeated India by 4 runs in the first T20I match with a splendid performance by their bowlers. Along with this, West Indies clinched the T20I 1-0 in the 5-match series. In this match, debutant Tilak Varma showcased a good batting performance from the Indian side.
While batting first, West Indies posted a score of 149 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. The highest run-scorer for the team was Rovman Powell, who contributed the most runs. He played a knock of 48 runs from 32 deliveries which included 3 fours and 3 sixes. Apart from him, Nicholas Pooran played an innings of 41 runs from 34 balls and hit 2 fours and 2 sixes.
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Changing this tricky target, the Indian team could only manage to score 145 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. The highest run-scorer for the team was debutant Tilak Varma who scored the most runs. He played an innings of 39 runs in 22 balls, which includes 2 fours and 3 sixes.