India beat West Indies by the barest of margins to grab a 3 run victory within the first of the three match ODI collection at Port of Spain, Trinidad. India had set a goal of 309, however didn’t anticipate West Indies to push them to the brink. They’d eliminated Shai Hope early within the chase, however Kyle Mayers(75 off 68) and Shamarh Brooks(46 off 61) took over and arrange a strong basis earlier than going for his or her pictures. Whereas Brooks performed second fiddle, Mayers went after Indian bowlers, particularly Shardul Thakur early on.
Ultimately, it was Thakur who obtained India the breakthrough towards the run of play because the stand for the second wicket was value 117 runs already. Thakur stunned Brooks together with his quick ball and had him caught on the fringe of the boundary by Shreyas Iyer. Later Mayers too was dismissed off Thakur in his subsequent over.
At one stage, Windies have been left tottering at 189/4 when skipper Nicholas Pooran departed. Nonetheless, from right here on Brendon King (54 off 66) shared one other strong stand with Akeal Hosein (32 off 32) and pushed India onto the back-foot.
Later Romario Shepejerd’s cameo(38 off 25) introduced the equation down to fifteen off the ultimate six balls.
However India’s new tempo spearhead stored his calm, bowling broad and full lengths to the batter. Ultimately, Dhawan and his males went onto finally snatch victory by simply three runs. Whereas Siraj picked up two, Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal have been additionally amongst the wickets, selecting up two wickets every.
Earlier, Shubmam Gill made an aesthetic 64 in his ODI comeback whereas skipper Shikhar Dhawan missed out on 100 by three runs earlier than the West Indies restricted India to 308 for seven within the collection opener right here on Friday.
Gill, enjoying his first ODI since December 2020, performed some elegant strokes in his 52-ball knock whereas Dhawan (97 of 99 balls) took his time earlier than altering gears.
Shreyas Iyer, who has had his troubles of late with the quick ball, was again amongst the runs with a fluent 54 off 57 balls.
The opening duo of Gill and Dhawan shared an 119-run stand off 106 balls earlier than the previous was run out within the 18th over towards the run of play. Gill, one of the vital watchable batters when in full circulate, was very snug towards the quick bowlers.