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India vs West Indies ODI | Shikhar Dhawan made 97 and Shubman Gill made 64 before India pulled off a three-run win over the West Indies in India vs West Indies 1st ODI.

Although Shikhar Dhawan did not score a century, it was still a great success for the team. They were able to maintain their cool and make a small change that ultimately helped them win. The discussion was about using the bigger side as much as possible and they need to keep learning and making themselves better for the rest of the competition.
Shikhar Dhawan made a nicely-crafted 97 even as Shubmam Gill made an elegant 64 in his ODI comeback before India held their nerves to drag off a three-run win over the West Indies in the series opener.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 97 runs while Shubmam Gill made a classy 64runs in his ODI comeback before India held their nerves to pull off a three-run win over the West Indies in the series opener.

Openers Dhawan gained 97 runs out of 99 balls and Gill scored 64runs out of 53 balls and both shared a 119-run stand before the West Indies fought back to restrict India to 308 for seven. The West Indies needed 15 off the final over for a record chase at Queens Park Oval but Mohammed Siraj was able to stop a rampaging Romario Shepherd 38runs not out off 25 balls.

At the top of the order, Kyle Mayers 75runs off 68balls and Shamarh Brooks 46runs off 61balls raised West Indies’ hopes with a 117-runs stand for the second wicket before Brandon King 54 run off 66 balls took the game deep and interestingly. In the end, the West Indies fell short and ended at 305 for six.

“Well, nicely…If this game is any indication of factors to return, we’re set for an absolute journey for a subsequent couple of weeks. Both teams had their honest share of ebbs and flows and ultimately, India controlled to clinch the heart-stopper.”

As Nicholas Pooran, West Indies skipper further added, “batted 50 overs and each person noticed what we are able to and optimistically we can move power to strength from right here. Looking forward to the relaxation of my strength. It turned into an awesome batting tune and our bowlers did a commendable job of restricting them. It’s difficult to lose however we are able to take this one. We need to consider every difference and I keep telling every person that we will have our challenges, but important to consciousness of the positives.”

The beginning duo of Gill and Dhawan supplied the launchpad for a 350-plus general earlier than the former turned into running out in the 18th over in opposition to the run of play. Gill, one of the huge watchable batsman when he is in complete go with the flow, become very cosy against the quick bowlers.

Gill hooked Alzarri Joseph for a six before he is extremely joyful the team with a wonderfully located punch off the back foot for a boundary. He changed into similarly attractive playing the quilt drives whilst the ball become pitched up.
His innings comprised six fours and a couple of sixes. It took a top-notch direct hit from West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran to disregard him. It was Gill’s maiden ODI fifty in what was his fourth recreation.

Dhawan, who simplest performs one layout and had a lean run in England, paced his innings nicely with Gill going robust at the other quit. The southpaw gathered 10 fours and three sixes. His go-to-shot turned into the slog sweep off left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie.
Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein was inspired by getting the ball to turn sharply.
Just when it looked like West Indies would struggle to get a breakthrough, Gill threw away a chance to get to triple figures. He tucked a Joseph delivery towards midwicket and set off on a jog, only to be run out by a direct hit from an alert Pooran at square leg.

India has been set for a 350-plus rating but Dhawan’s dismissal for the 7th time within the 90s brought about a centre-order collapse with the traffic decreasing to 252 for five from 213 for one.
Sanju Samson‘s 12 runs squandered a terrific opportunity to make an effect even as Suryakumar Yadav‘s 13 fell to a loose shot.
Deepak Hooda‘s 27 runs and Axar Patel‘s 21 runs took India beyond three hundred with a forty-two-run stand for the 6th wicket.
The highly rated Mayers played a few astonishing strokes in his innings, including a one-legged pull shot off Siraj. Skipper Nicholas Pooran 25 runs off 26 balls came in and punished Prasidh Krishna with two flat sixes over deep square leg and deep midwicket.
The hosts needed 60 off the last 90 balls and the 56-run stand between King and Akeal Hosein 32 not out off 32 kept India on the edge. However, Yuvzvendra Chahal came up with a timely breakthrough to make the job tougher for the West Indies.

The home team was kept in the chase by Shepherd and Hosein whose valiant partnership was in vain.
The five overs after Gill’s wicket brought just 17 runs with Motie mixing up his pace to go with Joseph’s short-ball attack from the other end. But Dhawan broke the shackles by first slog sweeping Motie for a six over deep square leg and then hitting Pooran’s off-spin for a maximum over long-on an over later.
Iyer then tore into Pooran, hitting a four and a six off successive deliveries, before Dhawan deposited Motie over midwicket again.
However, an acrobatic catch by Shamarh Brooks at backward point ended Dhawan’s innings on 97 off the very next ball. An over later, Iyer fell after his fifty – thanks to a full-stretch leap from Pooran at the cover – and the brakes began to be applied on India’s innings.
But Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur managed to find the boundary towards the end of the innings and collected 36 runs in the last three overs to help India to a total that proved just enough.