India 308 for 7 (Dhawan 97, Gill 64, Iyer 54, Motie 2-54, Joseph 2-61) beat West Indies 305 for six (Mayers 75, King 54, Thakur 2-54, Siraj 2-56) by three runs
Having solely managed 83 for five within the final 15 overs of their innings, India’s bowlers walked out to defend their whole with a mindset of adjusting their lengths, which is how Siraj prised Shai Hope out. Siraj drew him ahead with 4 pitched-up deliveries earlier than catching him off-guard with a bumper that had Hope top-edging a catch to deep third.
Pooran joined King and added 51 off simply 56 balls to maintain them heading in the right direction. The duo acquired themselves in by discovering the gaps earlier than Pooran hit a few sixes off Prasidh whereas King hit Axar Patel over long-off.
Siraj then got here again to have Pooran mistime one to mid-on earlier than Chahal had Rovman Powell caught at slip to threaten a slide. However King, Hosein and Shepherd ensured the viewers left with fewer nails and better coronary heart charges.
Within the morning, when overcast situations gave method to brilliant sunshine, the Indian openers feasted on some ill-disciplined new-ball bowling from the hosts. Alzarri Joseph and Jayden Seales gave away as many as six boundaries within the first six overs, though they bowled a mixed 24 dot balls. On the finish of the primary powerplay of ten overs, India had raced to 73 with out loss, with Dhawan and Gill hitting 11 fours and two sixes whereas additionally going through 38 dots.
Gill – chosen forward of Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad – regarded significantly fluent in his strokeplay, driving and flicking at will. He acquired off the mark with a pristinely-timed cowl drive off Seales earlier than executing an ideal back-foot punch within the subsequent over off Joseph. He cashed in on any width offered by the seamers and welcomed left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie with a well-timed six over mid-on, and acquired to his maiden ODI fifty off simply 36 balls.
Dhawan, who had returns of 31*, 9 and 1 within the latest ODI collection towards England, was completely satisfied to depart deliveries exterior off to get his eye in earlier than liberating his arms to gather boundaries and make up for the dots. Although he performed second fiddle to Gill, Dhawan ensured the nice begin did not go to waste, mentioning his thirty sixth fifty within the format.
Simply when it regarded like West Indies would wrestle to get a breakthrough, Gill threw away an opportunity to get to triple figures. He tucked a Joseph supply in the direction of midwicket and set off on a jog, solely to be run out by a direct hit from an alert Pooran at sq. leg.
The 5 overs after Gill’s wicket introduced simply 17 runs with Motie mixing up his tempo to go along with Joseph’s short-ball assault from the opposite finish. However Dhawan broke the shackles by first slog sweeping Motie for a six over deep sq. leg after which hitting Pooran’s part-time offspin for a most over long-on an over later. Iyer then tore into Pooran, hitting a 4 and a six off successive deliveries, earlier than Dhawan deposited Motie over midwicket once more.
Nevertheless, an acrobatic catch by Shamarh Brooks at backward level ended Dhawan’s innings on 97 off the very subsequent ball. An over later, Iyer fell after his fifty – due to a full-stretch leap from Pooran at cowl – and the brakes started to be utilized on India’s innings.
However Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur managed to search out the boundary in the direction of the top of the innings – 36 got here from the final three overs – to assist India to a complete that proved simply sufficient.
S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo