In the first T20I between India and West Indies, the hosts decided to field three spin-friendly players instead of their usual one. The strategy paid off as the likes of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravi Bishnoi were able to pick up five-for each.
Before the start of the T20I, the economy rate of the spin-friendly players was around 6.31, the fourth-lowest in the West Indies. They also had an average of 20.91, the fourth-lowest at a venue where the slow bowlers have typically performed well.
After winning the toss and electing to field, India managed to post a challenging 190 for 6 on a slowish surface. The contributions from the middle-order, such as Dinesh Karthik's 41 off 19 balls, and skipper Rohit Sharma's half-century, helped the team reach the target.
After making a couple of crucial contributions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the T20Is against South Africa, Karthik could perform well again in the Caribbean. His performance in the Caribbean provided him with a strong case for inclusion in the team's World Cup squad.