Hosts West Indies put up a good fight against India in the first ODI at Queen’s Park Oval before losing by three runs as the visitors clinched a last-ball thriller to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged man of the match for knocking 97 off 99 balls, but pacer Mohammed Siraj had his say in the result with a superb finish.
Chasing a target of 309, West Indies did not want to give up easily and scored 50 in the last five overs to close in on a total win, but Siraj held his nerve in the final over to restrict the hosts to 305/6. .
15 were needed from the last over for West Indies to win when Dhawan bowled Siraj and here’s how the over happened.
Ball 1: Akeal Hosein was on strike. Siraj bowled a full shot and the batter failed to connect. Dot ball.
Ball 2: Hosein tried to rush the second delivery but was hit on the ankle and pointed to the leg. One run.
Ball 3: Romario Shepherd was back on strike and offered a huge swing with the bat for the yorker. It has an inside edge that runs down to the fence at backward square leg. Four runs.
Ball 4: Another yorker to Shepherd and that was followed by the batsman who somehow managed to play it to long leg for a double. Two runs.
Ball 5: Siraj followed the batsman again but this one was down the leg and went wide. One run.
Ball 5: Fuller delivery on off and Shepherd slapped down the ground for a double. Two runs.
Ball 6: Four runs needed from the last over. Shepherd is on strike and West Indies were confident of victory but Siraj bowled a beautiful yorker that went between the legs of the batsman. Just one leg bye and India won by three runs.
Siraj finished the match with figures of 2/57 from 10 overs. Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal also got two wickets each in the match. Earlier, Dhawan and Shubman Gill (64) put on an opening partnership of 119 to give India a strong start to the match. Shreyas Iyer made 54 to help the visitors post a total of 308/7.
Kyle Mayers (75) and Brandon Kings (54) were West Indies’ top scorers.
The second ODI will be played at the same venue on July 24.