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India Downs West Indies in the First ODI

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India Downs West Indies in the First ODI

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India comfortably secured victory against the West Indies in the first ODI in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Thursday (July 27), as they leveraged the West Indies’ batting struggles in the 50-over format. Kuldeep Yadav impressed with four wickets, and Ravindra Jadeja contributed with three, leading to West Indies collapsing and losing their last seven wickets for only 26 runs. Ultimately, the hosts were bowled out for a meager 114 runs in just 23 overs.

During the chase, India experimented with their batting order by promoting other players up the order, while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli did not come out to bat in their usual positions. Despite losing half their side on a pitch that favored the spinners, India was guided in the chase by Ishan Kishan’s brilliant performance, scoring 52 runs off 46 balls. Eventually, they comfortably achieved victory with 27.1 overs to spare.

Kishan initiated his innings with a confident pull shot off Dominic Drakes, hitting a boundary in the first over. Shubman Gill earned his first runs with a top edge that went for four off Jayden Seales. The openers were constructing a solid partnership until Gill got an outside edge off Seales, and Brandon King took a low catch at second slip. Third umpire Marais Erasmus reviewed multiple angles before confirming the dismissal.

Suryakumar Yadav, batting at No.3, scored his first runs after three consecutive ducks in his previous ODI outings by glancing Drakes for a four. Kishan showcased his prowess, reading the lengths well and striking a straight four off a full delivery from Drakes, along with executing an impressive pull shot for another boundary.


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Kishan and Suryakumar maintained a steady scoring rate, combining boundaries with singles to take India to 50 runs in 10 overs. Suryakumar played some elegant shots, including a cover drive for four and a pick-up lap shot for a six over fine-leg. However, he fell to Gudakesh Motie, being trapped leg-before-wicket, and India lost their review in the process.

Meanwhile, Kishan continued to showcase his skills, executing various shots, including a one-handed shot over mid-off and a cut for two boundaries off Yannic Cariah. Hardik Pandya was also pushed up the order but was run out at the non-striker’s end after a deflection off Cariah’s hands from a shot played by Kishan.

Kishan displayed great form, hitting a full toss from Cariah for his first six and striking a powerful shot past Motie for another four. He survived a dropped catch by Kyle Mayers off Motie when attempting a pull shot and soon reached his fifty off 44 balls. However, Kishan’s innings came to an end as he attempted a heave off Motie and was dismissed. Shardul Thakur also departed quickly, bringing Rohit Sharma to the crease.

The Indian captain, along with Jadeja, safely guided their team to victory without further damage, securing a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

In the earlier innings, West Indies faced difficulties against Pandya and debutant Mukesh Kumar, who capitalized on the pitch’s extra bounce after Rohit opted to bowl. Mayers fell to Pandya, handing a simple catch to Rohit Sharma at mid-on, while Alick Athanaze and Brandon King formed a steady partnership, scoring a few boundaries.

Athanaze displayed his authority with a pick-up shot for six off Pandya but was later bowled by Thakur. King also fell to Thakur, and the situation worsened for West Indies as they slipped to 45/3.

Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer attempted to rebuild the innings but Hetmyer’s dismissal, bowled by Jadeja, added to West Indies’ woes. Jadeja claimed two more wickets with fine catches by Gill and Kohli in the slips, leading to Rovman Powell and Romario Shepherd’s dismissals.

Kuldeep’s impressive spell then saw him taking two wickets in quick succession, trapping Drakes and Cariah in front of the stumps. Hope tried to resist but eventually fell while attempting a reverse sweep, giving Kuldeep his fourth wicket. Seales was the last to fall, handing a catch to leg slip, and West Indies was bowled out for their second lowest total against India.


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