Team India registered a 6-wicket win over the West Indies in the first T20 match of the series, thanks to a brilliant stormy innings by captain Virat Kohli (unbeaten 94 runs, 50 balls, 6 fours, 6 sixes). Team India achieved the mammoth target of 208 runs with 8 balls remaining. Kohli scored his highest score in T20 Internationals. With this victory, India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series. This is the biggest ever achieved by India in T20.
At the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Captain Kohli came out to bat with a resolve to win India. He put all his efforts to hit the target of the West Indies. During his stormy innings, he was filled with anger when Kesrick Williams collided with him in the 13th over, that too on the middle pitch.
In fact, in the 13th over, Kohli and Kesrik Williams almost collided with each other on the half-pitch. Because the bowler was pouncing on the ball and the batsmen were busy changing ends for one run. Kohli immediately complained to the umpire. Williams raised his right hand, apologizing, but Kohli’s aggressiveness was unmistakable.
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Kohli batted bang in Williams’ next over. India (in the 16th over) still wanted 54 runs from 30 balls. On the first ball of that over, Kohli hoisted over the bowler’s head and got a four. After flicking the next ball, Kohli hit the leg side and blew a six. West Indies players just stared.
After this, Kohli did this, which everyone was stunned. Kohli celebrated the ‘Notebook Festival’, which thrilled the Hyderabad crowd as if. It felt like nothing left for Kesrick Williams. Actually, Kohli celebrated at the crease in the form of tearing the slip.
The truth is that Kohli completed revenge. In 2017, Kesrik Williams had a similar celebration by dismissing Kohli, which the Indian captain had not forgotten yet. This incident was witnessed during the T20 played in Jamaica, when Williams dismissed Kohli on a score of 29 and expressed his happiness in the way of tearing the slip.
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After the match, Kohli said, ‘This happened in Jamaica the last time when he (Kesarik) dismissed me. So I thought I should repeat it as well. In the end, there was a smile on his face, this is what you want to see… This is a competitive cricket. Finally, we respect each other.