A combined bowling effort helped India beat West Indies by three runs in the first ODI of the three-match series at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Friday.
Put in to bat first, India posted a massive total of 308/7 in their stipulated overs. Half-centuries from captain Shikhar Dhawan (97), Shubman Gill (64) and Shreyas Iyer (54) were extremely instrumental in taking the Men in Blue to a big score. For West Indies, Gudakesh Motie was the pick of the bowlers with 2-54 in ten overs.
In reply, the hosts rode on a fine 75 from opener Kyle Mayers, a half-century from Brandon King and cameos from Romario Shepherd (39*) and Akeal Hosein (32) to get close to the target. However, the Men in Maroon were restricted to 305/6, falling agonisingly short of the target.
Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj successfully defended 15 runs in the final over as he conceded just one boundary (to Shepherd). Therefore, Dhawan & Co. held their nerves to seal the opening game.
The next two matches of the series will be played at the same venue of July 24 and July 27.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
What a game in the end!!! India win. By 3 runs. 🤩 #WIvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 22, 2022
Well that was wild! What a game. Well fought WIndies. Fantastic win by India. #WIvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) July 22, 2022
India wins a nail biter. Games like these are good for the future of ODI cricket #DoddaMathu #CricketTwitter #WIvIND
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) July 23, 2022
Sanju Samson’s save of the day with 8 needed off 2 probably won’t be remembered tomorrow. #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/WOb6GO233g
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) July 22, 2022
INDIAAA WINNN #OneFamily #WIvIND
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) July 22, 2022
Gabbar is back!!
Missed out on a century but led India to driver seat in this match. #WivsInd pic.twitter.com/v2ozlChZ41
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) July 22, 2022
#TeamIndia 🇮🇳 giving us the shine we needed to wake up today!🥳#WIvIND #WhistlePodu 🦁
: @BCCI pic.twitter.com/ls9akHFnq2
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 23, 2022
Indian won by 3 Runs#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/3X93jIM8q7
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) July 23, 2022
A captain’s knock from Shikhar Dhawan.
Well played, Skip. 🤩
Image courtesy: AFP#PlayBold #WIvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/WE7mAXyHzU
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) July 22, 2022
For his captain’s knock of 9⃣7⃣, @SDhawan25 bags the Player of the Match award as #TeamIndia seal a thrilling win over West Indies in the first ODI. #WIvIND
Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/tE4PtTx1bd pic.twitter.com/YsM95hV4gD
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 22, 2022
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