Shikhar Dhawan played a brilliant innings of 97 runs and was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’.© AFP
After his team’s thrilling three-run win over West Indies in the first ODI, Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan expressed his disappointment at not scoring a century. Brilliant half-centuries from Kyle Meyers and Brandon King went in vain as West Indies suffered a painful three-run loss to India at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad in the first ODI of the three-match series here on Friday. Dhawan played a brilliant innings of 97 runs in the match, which also earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
He said, “Disappointed not to get 100 but it was a good effort from the team. We got a good score in the end. There was panic at the end and didn’t expect it to turn like this. We kept our cool and made a small change. End where we pushed back to fine leg and that really helped us. The discussion was to use the big side as much as possible and we want to keep learning and improve ourselves for the rest of the competition,” Dhawan said In the post-match presentation.
With this win, India took a 1-0 lead in the series. The fans were introduced to the exciting game of cricket.
India posted a mammoth score of 308/7 in their first innings. Fifties from skipper Shikhar Dhawan (97), Shubman Gill (64) and Shreyas Iyer (54) played an important role in taking the Men in Blue to big scores. Gudakesh Moti was the bowlers’ choice with 2/54 in ten overs.
Chasing 309, half-centuries from Kyle Meyers (75) and Brandon King (54) helped the Windies stay alive in the game. In the end, Akeel Hossein (32*) and Romario Shepherd (39*) almost took their side across the finishing line but the Indian bowlers held their nerves to seal a thrilling three-run victory. Mohammad Siraj was the best bowler for India with 2/57 in ten overs. He kept his composure and did not allow the Windies to reach the target in the last over when they were just 15 runs away from him.
The second ODI between India and West Indies will be played on Sunday.
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