Ahmedabad: India defeated West Indies (IND beat WI) by six wickets in the first match of the three-match series played on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad due to the brilliant innings of captain Rohit Sharma (60). In reply to West Indies’ 177, the Indian team scored 178 runs in 28 overs for the loss of four wickets, leading them to victory in the 1000th ODI. Alzarri Joseph took two wickets for West Indies. At the same time, Aqeel Hussain took a wicket. Earlier, opting to bat after losing the toss, the West Indies team had a very poor start, as they lost their four important wickets in 20 overs, during which Shai Hope (8), Brandon King (13), Darren Bravo (18) and Nicholas Pooran (18) was soon returned to the pavilion after scoring. By this time West Indies’ score was 71 runs for the loss of four wickets. Even after this, the West Indies wicket-fall did not end, Chahal also trapped Shamrah Brooks (12) and captain Kieron Pollard (0) in his magical bowling. Akil Hossain (0), who came at number eight, was caught by the famous Krishna at the hands of Pant, after which West Indies’ score was reduced to 79 runs in 22.5 overs for the loss of seven wickets. Meanwhile, Jason Holder and Fabian Allen took care of the faltering West Indies team, both of whom scored huge boundaries and added vital runs for the team. During this, Holder also completed his half-century. But this growing partnership (78) was broken by Sundar, when Allen (29) was sent back to the pavilion. After the 38th over, West Indies’ score was 157 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Soon after, in the 41st over, Holder was also dismissed for 57 runs in 71 balls with the help of four sixes in the 41st over. At the same time, Chahal got Joseph (13) caught with Suryakumar and bundled out West Indies’ innings for 176 runs. For India, he took four wickets. At the same time, he took three successes to his name, while famous Krishna took two and Mohammad Siraj took one wicket. Chasing the target, the Indian team got off to a great start as openers captain Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan combined to make quick runs, during which captain Sharma completed his half-century off 42 balls. Both the batsmen were seen dominating the West Indies bowlers. After a partnership of 84 runs in 79 balls between the two, captain Sharma was dismissed for 60 runs with the help of 10 fours and a six. After this, Virat Kohli also did not do anything amazing and became the victim of Joseph after scoring 8 runs. After 14 overs, India’s score was 93 runs for the loss of two wickets. Still 83 runs were needed to win. But Kishan also returned to the pavilion after scoring 28 runs off the delivery of Aqeel Hussain. Soon India suffered a fourth blow, when Rishabh Pant (11) was dismissed for a run and returned. India were 116 for four after 18 overs, still needing 61 runs to win. At the same time, West Indies made a comeback in the match by taking quick wickets. After this, Suryakumar Yadav on the field and Debutant Deepak Hooda took over the innings and started chasing the target. The duo shared a 63-ball 62 to help India win the historic match till the end. India chased down the target by scoring 178 runs in 28 overs. Suryakumar (34) and Hooda (26) remained unbeaten on runs.
[Attribution to NBT]