The new-look Indian side didn’t show any signs of nerves as Suresh Raina marshaled his troops to a comfortable 16-run victory over the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval.
The Windies won the toss and decided to put the visitors in. And the move seemed to have paid off as T20I debutants Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan failed to cope with the slow nature of the wicket.
Patel looked impressive initially, but was dismissed after scoring 26. Virat Kohli couldn’t quite get going as Darren Sammy got the better of the right-hander. Suresh Raina too found things a little too difficult to deal with to give Sammy his fourth wicket of the innings.
But Subramaniam Badrinath and Rohit Sharma ensured that India kept the scoreboard ticking with Badrinath in particular impressing with his composed knock of 43. The scoring rate might have been tame till the 15 the over, but it picked up pace once Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan Singh got in on the action. Thanks to the duo’s pyrotechnics at the end, India galloped to a competitive total of 159/6.
The Windies began on a cautious note, but soon found themselves needing to increase the run-rate. The Indian spinners constantly kept up the pressure on the home batsmen, as only Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels to a certain extent showed a bit of class against the slower bowlers.
Bravo and Samuels might have survived, but they hardly dominated and only some lusty hits from Christopher Barnwell at the end gave the home side some belief. But India’s class eventually shone through to clinch the match by 16 runs.