PORT OF SPAIN: After his side’s thrilling three-leg victory over West Indies in the inaugural ODI, Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan expressed his disappointment at not being able to score a century.
Brilliant half-centuries of Kyle Mayers and Brandon King were in vain as West Indies succumbed to a painful three-point loss to India in the first ODI of a three-game series here at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Friday .
Dhawan scored a brilliant 97 in the game which also earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
“Disappointed not to get the 100, but it was a good effort from the team. We got a good score at the end. There were nerves at the end and I didn’t expect that turns that way. We kept our composure and a little change at the end where we pushed the thin leg back and that really helped. The discussion was to use the bigger side as much as possible and we want to continue to learn and improve for the rest of the competition,” Dhawan said in a post-match presentation.
With this victory, India have a 1-0 lead in the series. Fans were treated to a thrilling game of cricket.
India posted a whopping 308/7 in their first run. The half-centuries of captain Shikhar Dhawan (97), Shubman Gill (64) and Shreyas Iyer (54) were hugely instrumental in bringing the Men in Blue to a huge score. Gudakesh Motie was the bowlers’ choice with 2/54 in ten overs.
Chasing 309, half-centuries of Kyle Mayers (75) and Brandon King (54) helped the Windies stay alive in the game. In the end, Akeal Hosein (32*) and Romario Shepherd (39*) almost crossed the finish line, but the Indian bowlers kept their composure to seal a thrilling three-point victory. Mohammed Siraj was India’s best bowler, with 2/57 in ten overs. He kept his cool and didn’t allow the Windies to hit the target when they were just 15 points from the final.
India and West Indies will face off in the second ODI on Sunday.



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