New Delhi. The Indian team defeated West Indies by 3 runs in a close match in the first match of the three-match series. In the first ODI played in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Team India, batting first, set a target of 309 runs in front of the Caribbean team. In response, the West Indies team could only score 305 runs in the stipulated 50 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan, who played an innings of 97 runs in this match, was adjudged the man of the match. For the Caribbean team, Romario Shepherd (39 not out) and Akil Hossain (32 not out) tried to win the team by adding 53 runs for the 7th wicket but the Indian team was successful in saving the match.
Earlier, Shubman Gill made a comeback with 64 while skipper Shikhar Dhawan missed a century by three runs but the duo took India to 308 for seven in the first ODI against West Indies on Friday. Gill, playing the first ODI since December 2020, scored 64 runs in 52 balls while Dhawan scored 97 runs in 99 balls. Shreyas Iyer scored 54 runs in 57 balls. Dhawan and Gill shared 119 runs in 106 balls for the first wicket. Gill was run out in the 18th over but he hit many attractive shots in his innings.
Shubman Gill: Got a chance to play ODI after 2 years, started the innings with fours and scored a half-century
He hit Alzarri Joseph for a six and then hit a brilliant four. He hit six fours and two sixes in his innings. He was run out on an accurate throw from West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran. This was Gill’s first half-century in ODI cricket. At the same time, Dhawan, who played only in the ODI format, hit 10 fours and three sixes in his innings. India were once looking to cross 350 runs, but the middle order collapsed after Dhawan fell victim to a nervous ninety. Dhawan has been a victim of ‘nervous ninty’ for the seventh time in his career.
Shikhar Dhawan misses out by 3 runs in century, Brooks catches ‘Superman’ – Video
India’s score at one time was 213 for one wicket, which became 252 for five. Sanju Samson once again missed the golden opportunity and was dismissed after scoring 12 runs. At the same time, Suryakumar Yadav (13) had to bear the brunt of playing a poor shot. Deepak Hooda scored 27 and Axar Patel scored 21 runs and added 42 runs for the sixth wicket to take India past 300 runs.
Tags: India vs west indies, Mohammed siraj, shikhar dhawan, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 23, 2022, 03:59 IST