India vs West Indies: Khaleel Ahmed ‘extremely excited’ to represent the country

Windies would be buoyed by Oshane Thomas's lively spell in the opening T20I

Windies would be buoyed by Oshane Thomas's lively spell in the opening T20I

Rohit has now been involved in hundred-run partnerships on eight occasions, surpassing the record of seven such stands he jointly held with Martin Guptill of New Zealand and Alex Hales of England. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a sluggish start but there seemed to be no respite for the Windies bowlers once the two openers started firing on all cylinders.

"You know Dhawan's natural instinct is to put pressure on the bowlers, but we chose to take our time". You don't have to make too many changes to your game because you already have shared the dressing room with worldwide players, he said."When you come into the Indian team, by then you had already learned professionalism and know how to correct your mistakes. I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial", the captain said.

"Shikhar's natural instinct is to put pressure on bowlers".

The right-left combination of Sharma and Dhawan, who surpassed 1,000 T20 runs during his 41-ball knock, smashed the balls to all parts of the huge ground before the first wicket fell in the 14th over.

Dhawan, who survived a dropped catch on 28, finally fell to spinner Fabien Allen as Nicholas Pooran took a diving catch at long leg.

Lokesh Rahul finished unbeaten on 26, watching from the non-striker's end as Sharma clattered a boundary off opposite number Carlos Brathwaite to reach his ton in the last over of the innings.

West Indies' misery in the two-month long tour was compounded as they suffered yet another series defeated after losing the Test series 0-2 and subsequently the one dayers by 1-3 margin. We took the time initially and when he gets going it's not easy.

"That being said, we didn't bat as well as wanted to, the batting continues to let us down but again, small positives - Kuldeep went for a bit ... so within a dismal performance there was one or two positives".

The West Indies poor form in the one-day matches transferred into the T20s also as they crumbled in the first match and their batting especially was a major weakness and remains a big concern coming into this second game in Lucknow. The final game now comes up in Chennai on Sunday. "Hopefully we can put them together in the final game and come out with a win".

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