Shikhar Dhawan made a well crafted 97 while Shubmam Gill made a classy 64 in his ODI comeback before India held their nerves to pull off a three-run win over the West Indies in the series opener here. They shared an 119-run stand before the West Indies fought back to restrict India to 308 for seven. The West Indies needed 15 off the final over for a record chase at Queens Park Oval but Mohammed Siraj was able to stop a rampaging Romario Shepherd (38 not out off 25).
Dhawan also impressed with the swag at the toss. He was asked about what he felt about leading India.
“I am a very cool captain. I ensure that my team energy stays up and I love to take all the right decisions. Keep the team along and keep the process going. We make sure that our process is very strong and keep doing the right things, so that we get the right results.”
At the top of order, Kyle Mayers (75 off 68) and Shamarh Brooks (46 off 61) raised West Indies’ hopes with an 117-run stand for the second wicket before Brandon King (54 off 66) took the game deep. In the end, the West Indies fell short and ended at 305 for six.