IND vs WI, 1st ODI, Queen Park Oval Stadium: In the first match of the three-match series played against West Indies, Team India won by 3 runs. Chasing the target of 309 runs, the West Indies team could only manage 305 runs in 50 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. The hero of India’s victory was captain Shikhar Dhawan, who played an innings of 97 runs. Apart from this, Siraj played an important role in winning India by taking two wickets.
Chasing the target of 309, West Indies had a very poor start. West Indies lost the wicket of their star opener Hope in the fifth over itself. Hope scored just 7 runs. But after this Mears took the lead with Brooks. There was a 117-run partnership for the second wicket between Brooks and Mears.
Shardul Thakur, however, brought India back into the match. Brooks was dismissed for 46 runs off Shardul’s delivery. After this, Mears also could not stay on the crease for long and he too returned to the pavilion after playing a good innings of 75 runs.
West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran along with King tried to handle the innings. However, Siraj dismissed Pooran after scoring 25 runs. Pavel also could not last long and he became a victim of Chahal only after scoring 6 runs.
India bowled well
King stood firmly at one end. King along with Hussain retained the West Indies in the match. West Indies needed 60 runs to win in the last 6 overs. King along with Hussain retained the West Indies in the match. But King could not last long in front of Chahal and returned to the pavilion after scoring 54 runs.
Hussain, along with Shepherd, had brought West Indies very close to victory. Shepherd made 39 and Hussain played an unbeaten innings of 33 runs. Siraj, Chahal and Shardul got two wickets each for India.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and called India to bat first. India scored 308 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s 97 runs. Shubman Gill played an excellent innings of 64 runs giving good support to Dhawan. Shreyas Iyer also tried to capitalize on the opportunity at number 3 and scored 54 runs. For West Indies, his spinner Moti took two wickets. Joseph also managed to take two wickets. Hussain got a wicket.