IND vs WI, 1st T20: India beat West Indies by five wickets

Rohit Sharma reacts during the match. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 04, 2018, 10.29 PM (IST)

India beat West Indies by five wickets in the first Twenty20 international of three-match series in Kolkata on Sunday.

Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten 31 and Kuldeep Yadav's three-wicket haul helped India to win the match at Eden Gardens. 

Chasing a modest 110 for victory, the hosts achieved their target with 13 balls to spare.

Debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas and skipper Carlos Brathwaite took two wickets each.

Earlier India won the toss and invited Windies to bat first and bowlers justified skipper Rohit Sharma's decision of bowling first.

At one point, the current World T20 champions were 28-3 inside five overs.

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India's bowling unit made the difference for the team by taking early wickets to build pressure on the guests.

Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, who made their T20I debut, got one wicket each.

Pandya got the big-hitting Kieron Pollard out for 14 with his left-arm spin to celebrate his first international wicket. 

Fabien Allen hit a 20-ball 27 in his first T20 game for the West Indies before falling to another debutant Khaleel.

While India's spin sensation Kuldeep Yadav, who returned impressive figures of 3-13, was the most economical bowler for his side with an impressive economy of 3.25.

The second match is in the north Indian city of Lucknow on Tuesday.