Port of Spain: After a nail-biting three-run victory over West India in the first ODI of the three-match series, skipper Shikhar Dhawan expressed his disappointment at falling three runs short of his three-figure mark. Despite his excellent performances in any format, Dhawan’s career has been marked by frequent in-and-out of the team. He led the team from the front and scored a brilliant knock of 97, which earned him the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
He must be looking to cement his place in the team because the next 50-over World Cup is to be held in 2023 in India.
The hosts nearly pulled up the match, but Siraj and other players kept their nerve and restricted West Indies to three runs short of the target. Both teams had a chance till the last ball of the match, but in the end, the men in blue pulled up another emphatic victory in the absence of several regular members.
After the match, skipper Dhawan was happy with the team’s brilliant effort till the end, which gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the series. The second match is just a night’s sleep away on Sunday. “We kept our nerve,” Dhawan said, “and in the last moment, bringing the fine leg back really helped us.” “Our aim is to keep learning and improving for the rest of the series,” said Dhawan in a post-match presentation.
India batted first and scored a massive total of 308/7. Three players scored 50 plus runs. Shikhar Dhawan (97), Shubman Gill (64) and Shreyas Iyer (54).
The West Indies accepted the challenge on a positive note. Kyle Mayers (75) and Brandon King (54) scored two brilliant fifties, which provided a platform for the coming batters to reach 309 runs and cross the line. Akeal Hosein (32*) and Romario Shepherd (39*) almost turned the table but failed by a whisker. Siraj was accurate and did not allow the hosts to score 15 runs in his final over and put India 1-0 ahead in the series.
Both teams will face each other again in the second ODI on Sunday.