India captain Shikhar Dhawan conceded that he was a bit disappointed after missing out on a hundred in the first ODI against the West Indies in Port of Spain on Friday, July 22. However, the senior batter said he was happy to contribute to the team’s victory that helped the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.
India held their nerves to seal a 3-run win against a valiant West Indies side that nearly pulled off a record chase. West Indies finished with 305/6, falling short of the target by just 4 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan was the star of India’s victory as the senior batter hit 97 in just 99 balls after West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl.
Dhawan missed out on his 18th century in ODIs by agonisingly falling for 97 when he tried to get to the 3-figure mark with a boundary against left-arm spinner Gudakesh Moite.
Dhawan’s long wait for an ODI hundred extends as the star batter last went past the 3-figure mark at the 2019 World Cup. Dhawan also missed out on an opportunity to become only the 3rd Indian captain to score an ODI hundred in the West Indies.
“It was disappointing but grateful for 97. I enjoyed it. It was difficult as it was holding a bit and turned. When Shubman, Shreyas and I were batting, we wanted to go big and make it easy for the youngsters,” Dhawan said after India’s victory.
Notably, Dhawan stitched a 119-run opening stand with Shubman Gill before putting on a 94-run stand with Shreyas Iyer, who walked in at No. 3. Both Gill and Iyer hit a fifty each but India slowed down in the death overs, managing just 73 runs in the last 15 overs.
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Shikhar Dhawan conceded that India felt nerves when they were defending as they did not expect West Indies to come close. West Indies rode on a classy 75 from opener Kyle Mayers and a solid fifty from Brandon King to get close to the finish line.
Romario Shepherd and Akeal Hosein played cameos in the end and gave India a massive scare but Mohammed Siraj successfully defended 15 runs in the final over to deliver a 3-run win for India.
“We had nerves as we didn’t expect them to come this close. Fine leg went back and two three boundaries were stopped there which helped. We thought of using the bigger side, we gave doubles to the fine leg. One of them should have been a run out but not everyday is a perfect day. We have to get better,” Dhawan said. Having sealed a 1-0 lead, India will look to take a 2-0 unbeatable lead when they face West Indies at the same venue on Sunday, July 24.
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