India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the 1st ODI of 3 match series and took a 1-0 lead.

India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the 1st ODI of 3 match series and took a 1-0 lead.

    India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the 1st ODI of 3 match series and took a 1-0 lead, here in Kensington Oval Bridgetown.

India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the 1st ODI of 3 match series and took a 1-0 lead.
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     Key Highlights : [ 1 ] India won the toss and elected to ball first.

     [ 2 ]: Windies put 114  [ in 23 overs ]  on the board and gave a small target to the visitors [ India ].

     [ 3 ] Only the skipper Shai Hope showed some responsibility and scored 43 in 45 balls.

     [ 4 ] India itself passed through something of a downfall and lost its 5 wickets in chasing a low total.

     [ 5 ] India lost its 5 wickets in chasing 115 runs.

     [ 6 ] Ishan Kishan scored 52 runs in 46 balls with 7 fours and a six.

     [ 7 ] Man of the Match Kuldeep Yadav [ China man ] finished with incredible figures of 4 wickets in 3 overs, conceded only 6 runs.

     Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados, West Indies did not perform well with the bat and the team was packed out for just 114 runs in 23 overs. However, in response, India itself has gone through something of a downfall. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli did not come to their normal batting positions as India decided to give the lower-order batsmen some time in the middle. Ishan Kishan scored a half-century but nothing special from the others. Kishan was eventually dismissed for 52 off 46 with 7 fours and a six and India was 97/5 in 17.2 overs when Rohit Sharma finally came out to bat.

     Earlier, Kuldeep Yadav finished with incredible figures of 4/6 in just three overs while Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets. West Indies progressed from 88/3 in 15.4 overs to being all out for 114 in 23 overs. Captain Shai Hope was in a hopeless situation as he was trapped at one end while West Indies kept losing wickets at the other end. He got out after scoring 43 runs in 45 balls. Rohit eventually landed at number seven and Kohli was padded up when the Indian skipper scored the winning run. India won the match.

Man of the match Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets in 3 overs and conceded only 6 runs.
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    Rohit Sharma said : ‘I never thought the pitch was going to play like that on a Kensington Oval pitch that offered bounce and carry for seamers, and turn for spinners, 15 wickets fell in less than 46 overs in the first ODI between West Indies and India.

    “To be honest, I never thought the pitch was going to play like that,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation. “It had everything for seamers and spinners, and the run-scoring was quite difficult. But to restrict them to that score was a superb effort from our bowling unit.”

    “We never thought we would lose five wickets but it was good to give some game time to a lot of those ODI guys who have just come in. But firstly, it was important for us to get into a good position. Restricting them to 115 [114] was a great effort, and I thought we had that commanding position that we needed, which is why we thought okay, we could try some of those guys who haven’t played a lot of cricket.”

    “I don’t know when they will get time moving forward, so whenever we get an opportunity like that, we will try to accommodate all these guys.”I made my debut for India and was batting at number 7, reminding me of those days.”

Ishan Kishan scored his half-century
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     “I don’t know when they will get time moving forward, so whenever we get an opportunity like that, we will try to accommodate all these guys.”I made my debut for India and was batting at number 7, reminding me of those days.

     “Rohit also praised Mukesh Kumar who, having made his Test debut earlier on the tour, was playing his first ODI. The seamer started with a maiden and bowled a tight line and length, although his first wicket in the format came off a delivery that was short and wide – Alick Athanaze failed to clear a leaping Ravindra Jadeja at backward point.”

Debutant Mukesh Kumar did well with the ball.
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      “Mukesh has been brilliant,” Rohit said. “Even in the Test series we saw he can swing the new ball, has got a bit of pace, and is quite consistent as well. So we want to see what he has to offer. I haven’t seen much of him in domestic cricket either, so it was good to see him playing with the white ball as well.” And then Ishan was good with the bat as well.

     West Indies Shai Hope agrees the track was a tricky one but wants his side to “find ways to score.”

Meanwhile, West Indies skipper Shai Hope lamented the lack of application by his batsmen. Despite losing three wickets in nine overs, West Indies were 88 for three and Hope looked in complete control. Jadeja then sent back Shimron Hetmyer to start the team’s downfall as the West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 26 runs.

     “Too many words come to mind but let’s just say we didn’t play the way we needed to,” Hope said. “On a challenging surface like that, as a batting group, we need to find ways to score.

     I am not making excuses but “Anyone who was watching can see what happened there. He is a quality player, somebody we can invest in and I hope he grows from strength to strength. 9.30 am start in the Caribbean will be difficult [for batting] and the Indian bowlers bowled pretty well on this surface, but again we didn’t score enough runs.

     Man of the match Kuldeep Yadav said: “Perfect, the fast bowlers bowled really well with Mukesh, Shardul and Hardik. Me and Jaddu were brilliant, we hit the right lengths which is what was necessary on this wicket. I’m just focusing on my rhythm, hitting the right lengths and it has been very nice. I thought it would be a seamy paradise, we are happy we got 7 wickets from our side. It was spinning a bit, and there was bounce as well. It’s always good to have competition, we just try to work together. When you have a senior like Chahal, it helps you and he gives a lot of advice as well. We enjoy each other’s company.

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