PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Skipper Virat Kohli struck a blistering 94 to power India to a six-wicket win after chasing down 208 against the West Indies in the opening Twenty20 international on Friday. Kohli put on a key 100-run second-wicket stand with KL Rahul. K L Rahul also struck an impressive 62 off just 40 balls to help India chase down the target of 208 with 8 balls to spare. It was India’s highest successful run chase in a T20I. Earlier in the match, Indian bowlers and fielders lost the plot against the likes of Evin Lewis Shimron, Hetmyer, and Kieron Pollard. Lewis Shimron played a fantastic knock of 40 from 17, Hetmyer scored 56 from 41 and captain Pollard scored 37 from just 19 deliveries. West Indies batted well but there was not much in the bowling department that made that lose the match. India lost Rohit Sharma’s wicket very early but Kohli and Rahul’s partnership snatched the match from West Indies.
KL Rahul scored 62 off 40 deliveries and played a crucial role in the 1st T20I against West Indies. Rahul became the joint third-fastest player to score 1,000 T20I runs. He reached the milestone in 29 innings with two hundred and seven half-centuries so far in his career. The right-handed batsman has got an opportunity to open in the T20I series against West Indies as regular opener Shikhar Dhawan is recovering from a knee injury. But Rahul isn't looking that far ahead. "It's a long way, honestly. I've got the opportunity to bat at the top of the order again after a couple of series. So, I'm looking forward to just making the best use of it," he said at the post-match conference. Both team’s fielders found it difficult in the series opener. Indian dropped at least five chances while West Indies also misjudged and dropped a few chances. When KL Rahul was asked about this issue he said “It's just that the lights are pretty low and sometimes you lose the ball under the lights"
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