India Fall One Run Short In World Record Chase Against West Indies
India almost pulled off the highest ever successful run-chase in T20Is with KL Rahul smashing his maiden hundred but fell short by just one run in a nerve-wrecking last ball finish to lose the first of the two T20Is against the West Indies.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl. (Images Credit: BCCI)
Mohammad Shami, who was playing a T20I after a gap of almost two years, gave away 17 runs in the first over.
Johnson Charles, who scored a blistering fifty against India in semis of 2016 World T20, plundered R Ashwin and co. all around the park and scored 79 off just 33 balls.
Evin Lewis accompanied Charles well and the duo put on a 126-run stand for the first wicket inside the first 10 overs.
Even after the dismissal of Charles, Lewis continued the fireworks and brought up his maiden T20I hundred in just 48 balls.
With Windies looking well on course to score above 260, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah struck in the end overs and the Carlos Brathwaite-led team finished on 245/6.
In reply, India got off to a worst possible start as they lost Ajinkya Rahane in third over. Rohit Sharma then held one end and brought up his 11th half-century.
Dwayne Bravo got rid of Virat Kohli, who looked good for his 16.
KL Rahul and Rohit then shared a 89-run stand for third wicket to put India back on track in chase.
Rahul displayed wide array of shots and brought up his maiden T20I hundred, which was also the joint second-fastest in the format. With Dhoni also finding the gaps well, it looked like India would seal a comfortable win.
With just two required off the last ball, Dhoni mistimed a slower delivery from Bravo as India lost the match by one run.
The second and the final match of the series will take place on August 28.