Ahmedabad, First Published Feb 6, 2022, 8:00 PM IST
Team India came up with an excellent all-round performance to tame Windies by six wickets in the opening One-Day International (ODI) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. As India draws first blood, it also finished its 1,000th ODI on a high. In the same light, the netizens expressed their happiness and applauded the team’s efforts.
Winning the toss, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bowl, while Deepak Hooda made his debut. Although Windies lost Shai Hope (8) early, with just 13 runs on the board by the third over, the top-order and the middle-order tried hard but was not ideally impressive. As wickets kept falling regularly, the visitors struggled at 79/7 in the 23rd over.
However, all-rounder Jason Holder (57) and Fabian Allen (29) put on a 78-run stand for the eighth wicket to give the Windies a glimmer of hope to post a defendable total, as it was the former’s tenth ODI half-century. Nevertheless, it could not last long, as spinner Washington Sundar got rid of the latter at 157 in the 38th, followed by the former to pacer Prasidh Krishna ten runs later in the 41st. Alzarri Joseph (13) was the final man to fall in the 44th to spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, as WI could manage 176.
Chahal was the best performer for India, claiming a four-for, while pacer Mohammed Siraj was heavily economical. In reply, India was off to an impressive start, with the openers contributing to an 84-run stand. After opener Rohit brought up his 43rd ODI half-century, he fell in the 14th to pacer Joseph, followed by Virat Kohli (8) in the same over, nine runs later.
India lost fellow opener Ishan Kishan (28) and Rishabh Pant (11) quickly by the 18th, at 116. Nonetheless, Suryakumar Yadav (34*) and Hooda (26*) got the job done by the 28th over, thus winning by six wickets. For the Windies, Joseph claimed a couple, while spinner Akeal Hosein was its most economical bowler.
Brief scores: WI 176 in 43.5 overs (Holder- 57; Chahal- 4/49, Sundar- 3/30) lost to IND 178/4 in 28 overs (Rohit- 60; Joseph- 2/45) by six wickets.
Last Updated Feb 6, 2022, 8:00 PM IST