WI vs IND, 1st ODI: Dhawan-Siraj Shines, India Beat West Indies By 3 Runs In a Thriller

The three ODI series between India and West Indies started on 22 July (Friday) in Trinidad. Team India took a 1-0 lead in the series after winning the first ODI by 3 runs. West Indies had to score 15 runs in the last over, but Siraj managed to stop them by giving away just 11 runs.

Batting first, India scored 308 runs after the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs. Chasing the target, West Indies could only manage 305 runs in 50 overs. Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan missed his century and played a sensational knock of 97 runs.

West Indies won the toss and asked India to bat first at Queen’s Park Oval. Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill showed their impressive skills and dominated the bowlers. They had the opening partnership of 119 runs before Gill went to the pavilion scoring 64 runs. However Dhawan continued the show with the vice captain for this match, Shreyas Iyer who played a convincing knock of 54 runs.

With the help of these batsmen, India managed to score 308 runs in 50 overs. For West Indies, Gudakesh Motie and Akhari Joseph clinched 2-2 wickets each.

Chasing a tricky target of 309 runs, West Indies did not have a good start. They lost Shai Hope when the team was standing at 16 runs. Shamrah Brooks and Kyle Mayers fueled the engine of West Indian batting. Mayers smashed 75 runs in just 68 balls with the help of 10 fours and a Six. On the other hand, 46 runs came off Brooks’ bat. Brooks departed and then Brandon King took the charge where he scored 54 runs. After this, Nicholas Pooran(25), Akeal Hosein(32) and Romario Shepherd(39) had some great shots but failed to take their team to the victory.

For India, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur & Yuzvendra Chahal bagged 2 wickets each.

Dhawan was adjudged the player of the match for scoring 97 runs in crunch situations.

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