India beat West Indies by 3 runs in last ball thriller

M Siraj defended 15 in last over to help India win by 3 runs (Image Credit:-Twitter/BCCI)

India beat West Indies by 3 runs in last ball thriller in first ODI and goes 1-0 up in the series. Batted first India scores 308/7 in 50 overs. In reply West Indies scored 305/6 and fell short by just 3 runs. S Dhawan who scored 97 runs named Player of the match.

S Dhawan and S Gill (64) gave India off to a great start by scoring 119 runs for the opening wicket. N Pooran direct throw broke the partnership by dismissing Gill who scored his first ODI half century. Shreyas Iyer (54) who starts slowly and accelerated later scored 94 runs for the second wicket along with the captain Dhawan. S Dhawan missed well deserves century by 3 runs.

Dhawan named Player of the match for his 97 runs (Image credit:-Twitter/BCCI)

West Indies bowled well in final stages of the game to restrict India to 308. At one stage 350 looks possible for India. India lost S Iyer(54) , S K Yadhav (13) and S Samson (12) quickly after Dhawan’s dismissal. G Motie (2/54) , A Joseph (2/61) , R Shepherd (1/43) and A Hosein (1/51) are the wicket takers for West Indies.

West Indies lost Shai Hope (7) early in the chase to M Siraj. K Mayers(75) and S Brooks(46) brought them back by scoring 117 runs for second wicket. Both the batters dismissed by Thakur in quick succession. B King (54) and N Pooran(25) batted well together for the fourth wicket. India once again came back strongly by picking N Pooran and R Powel in quickly. B King dismissed by Chahal when West Indies needed 57 runs from 33 balls.

A Hosein(32*) and R Shepherd(39*) really looks dangerous for India. They took the game to the final over needed West Indies 15 runs to win. M Siraj who bowls the final over held his nerves and gives India 3 run thrilling win.

M Siraj (2/57) , Y Chahal (2/58) and S Thakur (2/54) are the wicket takers for India.

Second ODI will start on July 24th at Port of Spain , 7:00pm(IST)

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