India vs West Indies 3rd ODI HIGHLIGHTS: India bundled out West Indies for 137 to win the third ODI by 119 runs (DLS Method).
In what can only be called an innings of supreme class, Shubman Gill missed out on a century by just two runs in India vs West Indies 3rd ODI. The Indian cricket team has started the ODI series against the West Indies on a high, winning all three matches so far. Under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan, the Men in Blue have looked in great form, and they carry this momentum into the rest of the series.
The first two ODIs were pretty competitive, and India truly dominated all three matches. Their top three batters clicked once again, and the bowlers kept things tight at the other end. As a result, the West Indies never really got going, and India ended up winning by a comfortable margin.
In the 3rd ODI between India and West Indies, 22-year-old Indian batsman Shubman Gill impressed everyone with his batting skills, falling just two runs short of a century. Gill has been in excellent form throughout the series, and his innings of 98 runs off just 98 balls helped India to set a formidable target of 225 runs. He played some beautiful shots all around the ground. Unfortunately, Gill was dismissed in the final over, meaning that he narrowly missed out on what would have been a well-deserved century. Nevertheless, his performance was still very impressive, and he will no doubt continue to be a key player for India in the future.
Earlier in the day, after electing to bat, the Indian openers got their side off to a lovely start before rain intervened. It was the Shubman Gill show post the rain break and he deserved a ton. It would have well been one had rain not played a part and cut short the Indian innings. However, the hosts had to chase a target of 257 in 35 overs which they failed to do so comprehensively.
All the bowlers bowled well on the Indian team. Everybody had a wicket to their name apart from Hooda. He thought kept it tight and did a handy play. Siraj started the proceedings and took two wickets while Yuzvendra Chahal ensured the lower order didn’t play much. He ended with four wickets. Overall, it was a comprehensive show by the Indian Team.
The start was highly unsuccessful for the Caribbeans as they lost two in one over. Then Shai Hope and Brandon King steadied the ship but Hope fell when it was time to accelerate. Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran then tried to get things on track but whenever the Windies looked like getting a move on, they lost a wicket. They needed someone to go big but that wasn’t the case and in the end, they have not even come close to the target.
Shikhar Dhawan shared his words, “I feel the boys are young, but they played maturely. The way they handled and managed themselves on the field, I am proud of them. This is a very good sign for us. I am quite pleased with my form, I have been playing this format for a long time.”
Further adding, “I was happy with the way I played that knock, in the first ODI. And even today, happy with my performance. The way he scored those 98 runs, was astonishing to watch. The way all the boys responded, was pretty amazing. We feel lucky to come here, we are thankful to the crowd. They make us more popular. I am proud of our bowling unit, they gave their hundred percent. The way Siraj took those two wickets and Shardul and others bowled.”
Nicholas Pooran: “It was a tough one for us. We did a lot of right things in the first two games. I think we tried our best, the boys performed well. But there were a lot of games in a short period. As a batting group, it was going to be a challenge with DLS coming into play. We did get some partnerships, but not as many as we wanted, which cost us the game. A few inexperienced players are still figuring out how to play ODI cricket”
Further adding,“Everyone has a good idea now, looking forward to the upcoming New Zealand series. We gained a lot in this series after coming from Guyana. The bowlers bowled well in the powerplay, they didn’t get wickets, but that’s fine. The guys are getting more confident with every game. Very excited about our T20 team, and looking forward to the game on Friday. Hope that we come out and entertain the crowd.”
Shubman Gill the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series said, “Was hoping to get a hundred, but due to rain, it was not under my control. Was very disappointed with how I got out in the first two ODIs. I tried to play according to the ball and let my instincts take over.
I wanted only one more over, was hoping for that. The wicket played fantastically in all three games. The ball was gripping a bit after 30 overs. Happy with my performance.”