Just another chasing masterclass from Kohli as India make light of stiff target

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Virat Kohli made 94* from just 50 balls as India eased past West Indies’ imposing 207/5 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 International series.

Reigning World T20 champions West Indies had given India plenty to think about in the first innings of the night, with India’s fielding in particular failing to stand up under pressure. Shimron Hetmyer top-scored with 56 from 41 balls, including four sxies, while Kieron Pollard (37 off 19) and Jason Holder (24* off nine) sent the total soaring north of 200.

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West Indies looked favourites when Rohit Sharma fell to Khary Pierre for just eight, but KL Rahul and Kohli steadied the innings before accelerating. Rahul raced past 1000 T20I runs in just his 29th innings before also falling to Pierre for a superb 62. Rishabh Pant gave a brief glimpse of his otherworldly talents in a cameo of 18 from nine that kept the required rate firmly under control.

Kohli moved through the gears to move from 26 off 25 to 94 not out from 50 balls, finishing with six fours and six sixes as India got home with nine balls and six wickets to spare.

Ridiculously, Kohli now averages 120.9 in successful T20I run-chases and 96.6 in successful ODI run-chases. Some cricketer.