India’s tour of the West Indies is continuing with the visitor’s dominance. The Indian team just defeated the host by 5 wickets in the first ODI cricket match.
The match started with India winning the toss and choosing to bowl first. The decision paid off well, as India managed to get the openers out for cheap in the early overs.
The trio of Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, and Mukesh Kumar got one wicket each in the early overs. However, it was the spinners that truly shone for the team. As soon as Kuldeep Yadav was brought to attack, the chinaman came through.
The leg spinner ended the cricket match with a tally of 4 wickets for 6 runs in 3 overs. Ravindra Jadeja was equally impressive with the ball as the off-spinner got three wickets for 37 runs in 6 overs.
Thanks to the amazing bowling performance, India managed to restrict West Indies to a measly total of 114 runs. The host failed to play for even 50 overs, getting all out in 23 overs.
India followed the strong bowling performance with a reasonably comfortable run chase. The team lost Shubman Gill for cheap, 7 off 16, followed by a string of batsmen failing to reach even the 20s. Despite his recent International cricket performances, Gill has been a fan-favorite.
The opener is particularly popular among fantasy players on cricket sports betting sites. However, this time it was Gill’s opening partner who generated the most fantasy points. As long as Ishan Kishan was batting for India, the team never looked in real trouble.
The wicket-keeper batsman opened the inning in the regular fashion, scoring a quick 52 off 46 balls. The player allowed veterans like Rohit Sharma to come to number 6 after years. Jadeja and Rohit ended the game with 16 and 12 runs, respectively.
India ended the game in 22.5 overs, scoring 118 for 5 wickets. While the target was low, India also ended up losing quick wickets in the early overs. However, the visitors have already taken the lead in the ODI cricket series of three matches.