In the first T20 match against the West Indies, Tilak Varma lights up, but India blows it in the last lap.

On his international debut, Tilak Varma appeared completely at ease. However, on Thursday, August 3, 2023, India lost the opening T20 International against the West Indies by four runs after a clumsy run chase.

West Indies reached 149 for six after Rovman Powell (48 off 32) produced a captain’s knock following the hosts’ decision to bat at Brian Lara Stadium.

After needing 37 runs in the final 30 balls and having six wickets remaining, India completely collapsed, finishing at 145 for nine in 20 overs.

When Jason Holder trapped India captain Hardik Pandya (19) at his stumps in the 16th over before Sanju Samson (12) was run out, the West Indies were back in the game.

Tail-ender Due to the home team’s poor over rate, Arshdeep Singh (12) used an extra fielder in the circle to make a pair of fours in the penultimate over, adding spice to the match.

Romario Shepherd eventually managed to contain ten runs in the last over.

The only encouraging aspect of the chase was Varma’s courageous 39 off 22 balls in his first-ever Indian innings. The 20-year-old southpaw made his international cricket debut by hitting back-to-back sixes over deep square leg off of Alzarri Joseph, the fastest bowler in the West Indies.

He scored his third and last six off pacer Shepherd’s soaring drive.

It was a difficult pitch to bat on, and the majority of Indian hitters struggled to make accurate strokes.

Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill, the initial pair, were quickly eliminated before Suryakumar Yadav (age 21) and Varma teamed up.

A magnificent cut short by Suryakumar off Joseph went all the way to extra cover, where Shimron Hetmyer wonderfully caught the famous Indian batsman.

Powell and Nicholas Pooran, who is in form right now, had earlier guided the hosts to a reasonable total with 41 off 34.

In addition to Varma, bowler Mukesh Kumar, who debuted in Tests and ODIs earlier in the trip, received his first T20 cap.

The Indian pace combo of Arshdeep Singh and Mukesh Sharma was unable to apply pressure on the West Indies top-order since the new ball did not do anything during the powerplay.

After Brandon King (28 off 19) hit an inside-out six-over cover off Axar Patel, Hardik added spin in the fourth over.

The next over saw the introduction of Yuzvendra Chahal (2/24), and a faltering Kyle Myers (1) was declared leg before wicket after missing a slog sweep off the leggie’s googly. Although Myers decided not to review, the replays demonstrated that the ball was missing the stumps.

King was caught in front after two balls as he failed to hit a straight ball off Chahal. For the Indian leggies, it was the first match of the tour.

Pooran appeared to have a lethal touch from the first ball, especially after his spectacular hundred in the Major League Cricket final.

In the cow corner area, he hit Axar for a six and four, putting the West Indies at 54 for two after six overs.

After that, Powell entered the fray and advanced the inning with three sixes and as many fours.

Despite taking two wickets in the final 30 balls and scoring 42 runs, the West Indies were unable to secure the winning blow.

In addition to Chahal, Arshdeep (2/31) contributed two wickets for the visiting team.

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