Saini claims three wickets on debut as India defeat Windies
Fast bowler Navdeep Saini starred on his senior international debut as India defeated the West Indies by four wickets in a low-scoring opening fixture of a three-match T20 series at the Central Broward Stadium in Florida on Saturday.
On a pitch where all batsmen struggled to play their shots, the West Indies were restricted to 95 for nine batting first.
India’s line-up found the conditions equally challenging but the depth of their batting saw them through to 98 for six with 16 deliveries to spare.
Having already enjoyed success with the Indian ‘A’ team currently on tour of the Caribbean, Saini made an immediate impact wearing his country’s colours at the highest level in claiming three for 17 off his four overs, including top-scorer Kieron Pollard who fell in the final over of the innings for 49.
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WEST INDIES: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Evin Lewis, John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
INDIA: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Series: India Tour Of West Indies
Toss: India , elected to field first
Match days: 3 August 2019
Umpires: Nigel Duguid Gregory Brathwaite
TV Umpires: Leslie Reifer
Reserve Umpire: Patrick Gustard
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe