Indian skipper Virat Kohli hammered his 42nd ODI hundred as India powered past West Indies to take a 1-0 lead in the ODI series. India beat the Caribbeans by 59 runs as DLS method was used due to a rain-curtailed match. Some rain intervals during the West Indies inning meant that they were set a revised target of 270 runs within 46 overs. However, they managed just 210 runs and lost the match.
West Indies team preparations
The Caribbeans made a steady start to their innings and most of the scoring during the earlier inning was done by the opener Evin Lewis who made 65 runs. Chris Gayle again made a slow start and got out on 11 runs off 24 balls. He is now the highest run-getter for West Indies in the ODI format as he went past Brian Lara. He is also the first player for West Indies to have played in 300 ODIs. Shai Hope could have been a threat but he got out early to Khaleel Ahmed as the batsman chopped one back onto the stumps. Hetmyer showed a bit of resistance but he got out to Kuldeep Yadav to end the 40 run stand. There was another stand between Lewis and Pooran when they managed 56 runs for the 4th wicket. But just as the pressure was getting shifted to India West Indies lost wickets. And after Yadav dismissed Lewis and Pooran fell to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar West Indies slipped to 179 for 5. It was all downhill from here as the game was pushed beyond West Indies with 89 required from last 10 overs with just 3 wickets in hand.
India team preparations
After being 115 for 3 India recovered well in their innings earlier through Kohli and Shreyas Iyyer. They scored 125 runs for the 4th wicket before the stand was done in the 42nd over. India chose to bat first after winning the toss with the thought that the pitch will slow down in the second innings. Cottrell dismissed Shikhar Dhawan early but there was a bit of a recovery from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli with a 74 run partnership for the second wicket. But it was Shreyas Iyyer who provided the real support to the skipper as they built the innings and although Indians did not finish with a flourish necessary for a big score they got a total that proved to be sufficient. Brathwaite got Kohli at a crucial juncture to ensure that West Indies will have a fighting chance against the mighty Indians. It was the seamer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who struck timely blows to ensure that West Indies didn’t get close to the Indian total.
After that convincing victory in the second ODI India look good to win the last ODI as well and seal the series win this time around. West Indies are capable of pulling one back though. But I will go with India on this one.
India, West Indies.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Timing: Thursday, August 11, 2019, 7 PM IST, 1.30 PM GMT.
TV: Sony Sports Network.
Live Streaming: SonyLIV.