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03 Aug 2019, 23:38 IST
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Navdeep Saini on debut for India

Navdeep Saini loved a beautiful worldwide debut as India edged out West Indies by 4 wickets in a low-scoring Twenty20 contest in Lauderhill, Florida.

Saini (3-17) struck with successive deliveries in his first over and the seamer completed off the Windies’ innings with a wicket-maiden that included the scalp of Kieron Pollard, whose 49 represented greater than half of his facet’s paltry complete of 95-9.

On a sluggish pitch, India then misplaced wickets at common intervals, however they nonetheless reached their goal with 16 balls to spare, Rohit Sharma’s 24 essentially the most substantial contribution to the chase.

Victory represents a fine addition for India after their painful semi-final defeat to New Zealand within the Cricket World Cup. 

Uncertainty surrounds the way forward for the workforce’s teaching employees within the wake of that loss, whereas skipper Virat Kohli rubbished rumours of a feud between himself and Rohit earlier this week.

After Kohli had received the toss on Saturday, the Windies misplaced openers John Campbell and Evin Lewis for geese, setting the tone for a dismal batting show within the first contest of a three-match collection.

Nicholas Pooran briefly sparkled, with two sixes in his 20, however he and Shimron Hetmyer then fell to consecutive Saini deliveries, leaving the debutant on a hat-trick.

Saini couldn’t handle that feat, however he completed his day’s work in model by trapping Pollard lbw in a run-less 20th over. The skilled all-rounder had been the one man to supply any extended resistance for the Windies, placing 4 maximums in his run-a-ball innings.

Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply in reply on his return from the thumb damage that prematurely ended his World Cup marketing campaign and India have been in bother at 32-Three when Rohit and Rishabh Pant (0) holed out to successive balls from Sunil Narine.

Kohli and Manish Pandey contributed 19 apiece to edge India nearer, although, and their victory was sealed by a Washington Sundar six.

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