West Indies limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard has placed the blame for a six-wicket defeat to India in the first T20 international of their tour of India squarely at the feet of the bowlers.

The West Indies, sent into bat in the first game of a three-match series, batted well to score 207-4 from their 20 overs, but found the big total not enough, as India romped to 209-4 in 18.4 overs.

For the West Indies, Evin Lewis scored 40 from 17 deliveries, Brandon King announced himself with 31 from 23 balls, and Shimron Hetmyer notched his first half-century in international T20s with 56 from 41. Pollard scored 37 from 19, Jason Holder had a worldwind 24 not out from nine balls, while Denesh Ramdin ended unbeaten on 11 from seven.

In reply, KL Rahul slammed 62 from 40 deliveries, while India captain Virat Kohli was imperious with 94 not out from 50 deliveries.

“Batters had a good effort. You'd take 208 ten out of 10 times,” said Pollard after the game.

“We lost due to the extras column,” said Pollard.

In a bowling innings where Kesrick Williams had none for 60 in 3.4 overs, and Holder struggled, going wicketless for 46 runs, it was still the extras column that was problematic for the skipper. While Sheldon Cottrell was good, taking 1-24 from his four overs, and Khary Pierre took two wickets for 44, the 23 extras, stemming from 11 illegal deliveries, the West Indies racked up was too much.

“Nearly two and a half overs of extra deliveries. Yes, it was a batting wicket, but if we executed our plans better, it could've been a different story,” said Pollard.

Despite the loss and the manner of defeat, Pollard believes the outing was good for the West Indies and showed they were not far away from being a very good T20 side.

“There are only two areas where we lost the game in. Usually we tend to focus on negatives, but a lot of positives to take away today. King and Hetmyer showed great intent. Fielders did well. In the end, we need to improve, and we will win if we learn to tick more boxes. Can't fault the effort of the guys."

The West Indies will look to get the formula right on Sunday when they again go up against India in a bid to even the series at The Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

Captain Virat Kohli led from the front, hitting an unbeaten 94, as India overhauled West Indies' total of 207-5 with ease to record a six-wicket win in the Twenty20 series opener.

While not at his fluent best in the early stages, Kohli picked up the pace in the second half of India’s impressive run chase, rushing his side over the line with eight balls to spare in Hyderabad.

The right-hander was afforded time to get his eye in by the efforts of team-mate KL Rahul, who passed 1,000 runs in the format at international level during his knock of 62.

West Indies had cleared the boundary 15 times to set what appeared to be a stiff target at the halfway stage, Shimron Hetmyer leading the onslaught with 56. His maiden international T20 half-century was not without the odd slice of luck, however, as India missed a number of opportunities in the field.

The home team failed to take three successive chances at the start of the 17th over, allowing West Indies to post the second highest total by a touring team in a T20 fixture on Indian soil.

Evin Lewis (40) and Brandon King (31) added 51 for the second wicket, while captain Kieron Pollard weighed in with 37 from 19 deliveries, matching Hetmyer’s tally of four sixes.

Jason Holder managed two maximums himself in the final over as he contributed 24 not out, though he was on the receiving end of some heavy hitting during an India reply that overcame the early setback of losing Rohit Sharma for eight.

Rahul - back at the top of the order in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan - helped put on a century stand with his skipper before becoming the second batsman to fall to left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (2-44).

Still, by that stage Kohli had moved through the gears as he motored towards the target. Kesrick Williams came in for some particularly heavy punishment, leaking 60 runs from his 3.4 overs, as India prevailed in the first of three T20 matches between the sides.

Cricket West Indies has appointed experienced coach Monty Desai to the post of West Indies Men’s Batting Coach.

The West Indies will benefit from the return of Fabian Allen and Denesh Ramdin when they go to India for a T20I series.

Allen is said to be fully recovered from a hamstring strain which put him out of the West Indies 2-1 loss to Afghanistan in Lucknow, India recently.

Ramdin played part of the series as well but had to be replaced by Shai Hope after he also went down due to hamstring issues.

The Kieron Pollard-led squad has retained newcomers Hayden Walsh Jr. and Brandon King, with an eye firmly on the T20 World Cup next year.

Andre Russell continues to be missing from both the ODI and T20I squads although the allrounder, plagued with knee injuries, was fit enough to play in the Abu Dhabi T10 recently.

According to West Indies coach Phil Simmons, who marked his return to the post with successful series against Afghanistan, India is expected to provide more of a challenge than did Afghanistan and is a good way to continue to test the ‘newbies’ in lieu of the T20 World next year.

"We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India," said Simmons.

"No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be a more difficult series. Our players really got the hang of things, with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs [against Afghanistan], and I believe we will move from strength to strength," he added.

According to Simmons, the battle for places in the T20i squad will heat up and everybody should be given a fair chance to show what they are made of.

"In the T20s this will be another chance for them to play and develop, and again, with no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 country and we will look to see how they perform against India. The next ICC T20 World Cup is in Australia and the one after that is here in India so there is a lot of preparation to be done for first for Australia. We have given the players here a chance in this series and we know we have players outside who may be coming in later on as well, so it's good to give those here another opportunity."

The T20I series begins in Hyderabad on December 6. There are two further T20Is, in Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai, before three ODIs in Chennai, Vizag and Cuttack.

T20I squad: Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams

ODI squad: Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.

West Indies have confirmed Nicholas Pooran as the vice-captain of their Twenty20 squad for the upcoming series against India.

Pooran was handed a four-game suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier in November after admitting to changing the condition of the ball in an ODI victory over Afghanistan – a win which sealed a 3-0 series whitewash.

Video footage showed Pooran scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail and he accepted the sanction put forward by match referee Chris Broad.

The 24-year-old subsequently missed the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan, which defending world champions West Indies lost 2-1.

However, Pooran has been named by a selection panel as part of the Windies T20 and ODI squads for their December matches against India.

A West Indies statement read: "The panel outlined that Nicholas Pooran will continue as vice-captain of the T20 squad, for continuity and with a view to the future, and he remains the best choice as deputy to captain Kieron Pollard."

Coach Phil Simmons is relishing putting his side's capabilities to the test against one of the world's strongest teams.

"We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India," Simmons said.

"No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be a more difficult series, especially in the ODIs. I believe we will move from strength to strength."

The first T20 takes place in Hyderabad on December 6, with further matches in the short format scheduled for December 8 and December 11.

Following the T20 series, three ODIS – on December 15, 18 and 22 – will take place in Chennai, Vizag and Cuttack respectively.

India skipper Virat Kohli has rejected comparisons between his current Test squad and the all-conquering West Indies team of the 1970s, insisting there was a long way to go yet.

India wrapped up yet another dominant showing when they became the first team ever to complete four successive innings victories in the five-day format, to finish off Bangladesh in their maiden pink-ball Test.  The win was India’s seventh consecutive Test victory - the most they have had in succession. 

Prior to the Bangladesh series, India beat West Indies 2-0 and registered a 3-0 whitewash over South Africa. The victory margins were 318 runs, 257 runs, 203 runs, an innings, and 137 runs, and an innings and 202 runs.  Despite dominating their opposition and a run-away lead at the top of the newly implemented ICC Test Championships, Kohli believes comparisons to the West Indies teams are premature.

“I can only say we are at the top of our game. You can’t judge a team’s dominance with seven games. You’re talking about a West Indies side which did it for 15 years,” Kohli said after the match.

“You can ask me this question when we all are close to retiring. How the decade has gone playing together ... Not after seven games. Seven years yes, but not seven games,” he added.

“I think there is still time (to compare). But we are quite excited about the way we are playing and what the challenges are. Going forward, we will play in New Zealand now. The frame of mind is to get to the next series in Test cricket. It’s not like we are finished playing at home ... Let’s see what happens abroad.”

Virat Kohli feels greater interaction between young fans and players at games - along with an improved marketing strategy - could help boost attendances at Test matches in India.

Kohli's side wrapped up a comprehensive victory over Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in the first pink-ball Test on Indian soil, Umesh Yadav claiming the three wickets they required as they triumphed by an innings and 46 runs.

A seventh successive win in the format means they extend their lead at the top of the ICC's World Test Championship, keeping them on track to reach the final at Lord's in June 2021.

However, India's captain feels more should be done to attract bigger audiences on home soil, citing the need to make a trip to the Test an "experience" for spectators at the venues.

"It's very, very crucial to market Test cricket like we do Twenty20 and one-day cricket," said Kohli.

"It's not only the job of the players playing, it spreads out to the management, then to the cricket board and the home broadcaster over how you portray a particular product to the people as well.

"If you create excitement only around T20s, and not so much Test cricket, then in the psyche of the fan there is a certain template established.

"I think if there is enough buzz created around Test cricket, there will be a lot more keenness to come to the stadiums.

"I'm a big fan of having more interactive areas for people during the games, as they have abroad. Maybe a play area for games, these small things will help, maybe school children can interact with India players during lunch beyond the playing area.

"All these things will really bring that strength to Test cricket and people would want to come in and have an experience of a Test match.

"It should be an event where you experience cricket, not what you just sit there and watch in hot conditions. There has to be more for the fan."

Kohli also suggested that a change to the international schedule, with teams not playing back-to-back series on home soil, may benefit the Test Championship.

"We are definitely playing good cricket, but I don't think there should be any tags attached to any team," he said. 

"In the Test Championship, even if we make the final, there is only one game. Whoever plays well will win, it doesn't matter how many points you had at the end of the day.

"A good format would be one at home and one away, then you keep that balance moving forwards."

India now switch their focus to white-ball cricket, starting with T20 and ODI games against West Indies at home. Their next Test series is early in 2020, when they tour New Zealand.

Tim Paine hopes Australia continue with the tradition of playing their first home Test at the Gabba after a crushing victory over Pakistan at the venue - provided they get Virat Kohli's permission.

A fine century from the brilliant Babar Azam was not enough to prevent Pakistan slipping to an innings defeat on Sunday, the tourists bowled out for 335 in their second innings.

The result stretches Australia's unbeaten run at the venue to 31 Tests – the last visiting team to triumph in Brisbane was West Indies in 1988 – and puts them 1-0 up in the two-match series.

However, captain Paine is unsure if they will be starting at the Gabba again next year, cheekily suggesting the potential schedule for the four-Test series against India is yet to receive the approval of counterpart Kohli.

Asked if he would like to start against India at the same venue, the wicketkeeper replied: "We'll certainly try. We will have to run that by Virat, but we will get an answer from him at some stage, I'm sure.

"That’s where we like to start our summer, as has been the case for a long, long time.

"As I said, we will ask Virat and see if we can get his permission to play here – maybe even get a pink-ball Test if he's in a good mood. We will have to wait and see."

Paine added: "We like to start here against anyone. Having said that, it [the venue] doesn't win games of cricket. The reason we win games of cricket at the Gabba is because we outplay our opposition."

Australia certainly outplayed Pakistan, aided by a new-look top three all contributing big scores.

David Warner returned to form after a lean Ashes tour with 154, while opening partner Joe Burns fell narrowly short of reaching three figures, making 97 after being recalled to the top of the order.

There was also a maiden Test ton for number three Marnus Labuschagne, who was named man of the match for his 185 that helped the hosts post 580 all out in their solitary innings in the contest.

While refusing to get too carried away by the early success, Paine hopes Australia have now settled on their batting line-up in the longest format.

"We've known Burnsy is a quality opening batsman for some time, it's great to have him back in the side," he said. "He's got a great combination happening with David.

"Marnus was given some opportunities 18 months ago when some people thought he should not, but the selectors saw the talent he had, and he's taken the experience he got then from Test cricket, gone to England and got even better, come home and looks like he got better again.

"We're really happy with the top three in this game. One innings doesn't make a summer, but happy with the positive signs we saw."

Australia and Pakistan conclude the series with a day-night Test in Adelaide, which begins on Friday.

India made Test history in Kolkata as they wrapped up another innings victory over Bangladesh inside three days.

Umesh Yadav claimed the three wickets ruthless India required, giving the paceman final figures of 5-53, as Bangladesh were bowled out for 195.

Mushfiqur Rahim fought a lone battle for the tourists, making 74 from 96 balls, yet the first pink-ball Test in India saw the home team's pace attack dominate, Ishant Sharma claiming nine in the match to help his nation record a seventh successive victory - their longest winning run in the format.

Virat Kohli's side also became the first to win four on the spin by an innings as they swept the short series 2-0 following an equally emphatic triumph in Indore last week.

Bangladesh failed to see out the opening hour of play at Eden Gardens on Sunday, though their cause was not helped by the continued absence of Mahmudullah, who retired hurt on 39 late on day two with a right hamstring injury.

Umesh removed Ebadat Hossain for a four-ball duck to get the initial breakthrough after the tourists had resumed on 152-6.

Mushfiqur's hopes of reaching a seventh Test hundred disappeared when he provided Ravindra Jadeja with a simple catch in the covers, the right-hander's battling knock coming to a tame end.

Al-Amin Hossain hit five boundaries in a breezy 21 before becoming the last wicket to fall, tickling an edge through to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Umesh's fifth victim of the innings.

India will now switch their focus to white-ball cricket as they host West Indies for three Twenty20 fixtures and a three-match one-day series before the end of the year.

Ishant Sharma tore through Bangladesh's top order to leave India closing in on a whitewash after Virat Kohli struck a sublime as 27th Test century on day two at Eden Gardens.

India need just four wickets to wrap up a 2-0 series win, with the sorry Tigers 152-6 in their second innings - trailing by 89 runs in the historic day-night match in Kolkata.

Captain Kohli made a majestic 136 and Ajinkya Rahane (51) scored a half-century in India's 347-9 declared on Saturday.

Paceman Ishant added to his haul of 5-22 on the opening day by doing further damage with the pink ball, taking 4-39 to leave the tourists - who lost Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan to concussion on day one - on the ropes.

Mushfiqur Rahim made an unbeaten 59 at stumps after Bangladesh were reduced to 13-4, but they are facing another drubbing and it remains to be seen if Mahmudullah will be fit to bat on day three after retiring hurt on 39 with a hamstring injury.

Kohli and Rahane continued to build India's lead after they resumed in command on 174-3, just the one wicket falling in the opening session.

Rahane was the man to go after scoring a fourth consecutive Test half-century, slashing Taijul Islam - a concussion replacement for Nayeem Hasan - to Ebadat Hossain at point to end a fourth-wicket stand of 99.

Kohli was at his magnificent best, scoring freely on both sides of the wicket and he struck Abu Jayed for four boundaries in a row after bringing up his 20th Test hundred as skipper.

India lost a flurry of wickets after lunch, Kohli's imperious knock ended by Ebadat (3-91) after he found the rope 18 times to put the top-ranked side in complete control.

The Tigers' batting frailties were quickly exploited by Ishant once again after Kohli declared, Shadman Islam falling leg before - and wasting a review - in the first over before Mominul Haque bagged a pair.

Mohammad Mithun was rattled on the helmet by a hostile Ishant before he was taken by Mohammed Shami at short midwicket, done for pace by Umesh Yadav (2-40).

Senior men Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah showed some much-needed resolve in a stand of 69 prior to the latter limping off following treatment.

Mehidy Hasan - the other concussion replacement - became Ishant's ninth victim of the match and Umesh had Taijul taken in the gully by Rahane just before the close to leave Mushfiqur - who also copped one of the helmet - running out of partners.

Ishant Sharma claimed a five-wicket haul as India dismissed Bangladesh for only 106, quickly seizing control at the start of the historic day-night Test at Eden Gardens.

Having hammered the Tigers in the first match of the series, India appear destined to secure a sweep after they ended a dominant opening day on 174-3, giving them a 68-run lead over their injury-hit opponents.

Ishant showed a liking for the pink ball, taking 5-22 with support from Umesh Yadav (3-29) and Mohammed Shami (2-36) as the tourists were bowled out in 30.3 overs.

Bangladesh also required two concussion replacements, with Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam replacing Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan respectively after they were struck on the helmet while batting.

Virat Kohli became the first Indian - and only the sixth from any nation - to score 5,000 Test runs as captain, reaching stumps on 59 not out following a gritty 55 from team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara.

Virat Kohli has insisted India were correct to hold off on playing a day-night Test until they were confident the conditions were right.

India turned down the opportunity to play a day-night match against Australia in Adelaide in 2018.

However, the world's leading Test side will play across the afternoon and evening for the first time when they take on Bangladesh in Kolkata on Friday.

It is the second match of a two-game series, with India having cruised to victory by an innings and 130 runs in the opening Test.

Captain Kohli had been reluctant to test the waters for a day-night Test, but believes India have made the correct decision in biding their time to play in the altered format.

"Obviously we wanted to get a feel of pink-ball cricket. Eventually, it had to happen," Kohli, whose side are facing a Bangladesh team that has lost its last four Tests, told a news conference.

"But, you can't bring up those things before a big tour that you're going to and suddenly in the schedule, there's a pink-ball Test, when we haven't even practiced with the pink ball – we haven't played any first-class games with pink ball.

"The thing was to experience the pink-ball Test in our own conditions first, so you get the hang of how the ball behaves, what is the way to sight the ball and so on.

"Then, eventually, going and playing with the pink ball anywhere in the world. So it can't be a sudden thing. 

"It needed a bit of preparation. Once you get a hang of it, once you're used to playing it, there's no problem in playing at all."

Kohli, though, does not feel day-night matches will become the norm in Test cricket.

"I don't think [it will be] in five-six years," he said.

"In my opinion, this should not become the only way Test cricket is played because then you're losing that nervousness in the first session in the morning.

"Yes, you can bring excitement into Test cricket but you can't purely make Test cricket based on just entertaining people."

Mohammed Shami took 4-31 as India dismantled Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs inside three days of the first Test.

India's seamers - spearheaded by Shami - were in rampant form in Indore as captain Virat Kohli oversaw a win by an innings for the 10th time, overtaking the previous best for an Indian skipper of nine set by MS Dhoni.

It took India - who had declared overnight after Mayank Agarwal's inspiring 243 on day two - 69 overs to wrap up an unassailable lead in the two-match series, which finishes with a day-night test in Kolkata.

Shami, supported ably by Umesh Yadav (2-51) and Ishant Sharma (1-31), starred on Saturday, as India's bowling attack dismantled Bangladesh for 213 all out.

Yadav got things started, bowling Imrul Kayes (6), with Sharma then dismissing Shadman Islam (6) in the next over.

Sharma soon made way for Shami, who made an immediate impact as he trapped Mominul Haque (7) leg before wicket in his first over, before a wicked bouncer sent Mohammad Mithun (18) packing.

Mahmudullah (15) and Mushfiqur Rahim (64) managed to stem the tide before lunch, but Shami swiftly picked up where he left off to take his third wicket to send the former packing.

Liton Das (35) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz offered useful stands of 35 and 38 respectively, but they eventually succumbed to Ravichandran Ashwin (3-42) and Yadav.

Taijul Islam (6) became Shami's fourth victim in the 67th over and India had the win rounded off within 17 deliveries - Rahim, who was the top scorer in Bangladesh's first innings, clipping to Cheteshwar Pujara from the bowling of Ashwin, who then wasted little time in dismissing Ebadat Hossain (1).

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