IND vs WI: India created history by defeating West Indies in 3rd ODI, broke Pakistan’s world record

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IND vs WI: India won the rain-affected third ODI against West Indies by 119 runs. For India, Shubman Gill was close to his century but was deprived of his first international century of his career by just two runs due to rain. However, his unbeaten 98 and then a fine performance by the bowlers helped India thrash West Indies by 119 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-hit third and final ODI here to clean sweep the series 3-0. Team India, led by Shikhar Dhawan, managed to win the three-match ODI series against the West Indies for the first time at his home.

This was the 12th consecutive series win of the Indian team against the Caribbean team. India has now become the country with the most number of consecutive bilateral ODI series wins against a single team. In this case, he broke the record of 11 consecutive ODI series against Zimbabwe of Pakistan. West Indies have lost four of their last five bilateral ODI series 0-3. During this, India twice while Pakistan and Bangladesh once cleaned it.

In the match played in Port of Spain, India won the toss and elected to bat and scored 225 runs in 36 overs on the back of Shubman Gill’s unbeaten knock of 98 runs in a rain-hit match. After this, due to rain interruption, the overs of the match was cut and West Indies were set a target of 257 runs in 35 overs for victory. In reply, the entire West Indies team was reduced to 137 runs in 26 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets for India, while Shardul and Siraj got two wickets each.

Talking about the match, after the completion of 24 overs of India’s innings, the match was stopped for the first time due to rain and the match was reduced to 40 overs. For the second time, after the completion of 36 overs of the Indian innings, rain came and the visiting team’s innings was ended here on a score of 225 runs for three wickets. West Indies then got the target of 257 runs in 35 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. Gill played an unbeaten 98 off 98 balls with the help of two sixes and seven fours. He shared 113 for the first wicket with skipper Shikhar Dhawan (58) and 86 runs for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer (44). In response, the West Indies team was reduced to 137 runs in 26 overs in front of the sharp bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal (4 for 17), Mohammad Siraj (2 for 14) and Shardul Thakur (2 for 17).

West Indies lost their last five wickets for just 18 runs. For the team, only Brendan King (42) and captain Nicholas Pooran (42) were able to bat while their four batsmen failed to open the account. Chasing the target, West Indies had a poor start and they lost the wickets of Kyle Myers (00) and Shemar Brooks (00) in the second over itself, while the team’s account of runs was not even open. After Siraj bowled Myers on his very first ball, Brooks was dismissed lbw on the third ball. King hit the first boundary of the innings with a six off Axar Patel in the fifth over while opener Shai Hope also took Siraj’s delivery into the audience. Hope, however, missed the chase after scoring 22 runs off 33 balls and was stumped by wicketkeeper Sanju Samson. Pooran was lucky to score one run when Siraj dropped his catch. King tried to ease the pressure on the famous Krishna with three consecutive fours but was bowled after missing a straight delivery from Axar. He hit five fours and a six in his 37-ball knock.

After this, Pooran took the front and hit fours and sixes in successive deliveries of Deepak Hooda. West Indies’ century of runs was completed in the 18th over. Kesey Carty batted very slowly and after scoring five runs in 17 balls, Thakur’s delivery was played on the wickets. Pooran was then caught by Dhawan at mid-on off Krishna, which dealt a big blow to West Indies’ hopes of a win. He faced 32 balls and hit five fours and a six. Thakur gave West Indies the seventh blow in the next over by getting Akeel Hossain (01) caught by Dhawan at mid-on. Chahal sent Keemo Paul to the pavilion without opening the account and then Hayden Walsh Jr (10) was also caught by Dhawan at slips. He led India to victory by getting Jaden Seals (00) caught by Gill.

Earlier, Dhawan won the toss and decided to bat first and along with Gill got the team off to a great start. Dhawan opened the account with a four off Jason Holder while Gill opened his innings with a four off Jaden Seals. Both the openers showed caution in the beginning and completed the half-century of the team’s runs in the 12th over. Gill hit the first six of the innings off Hayden Walsh (2 for 57), while Dhawan also hit the spinner for a four. He completed his half-century in 62 balls with two runs off Keemo Paul. India’s century of runs was completed in the 20th over. This was Gill and Dhawan’s second century partnership in the series. Gill also completed his half-century in 60 balls with a run off Seals. Dhawan, however, waved the ball in the air trying to play a big shot on Hayden Walsh’s googly and West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran made no mistake in the catch at mid-wicket. He hit seven fours in his innings of 74 balls. Dhawan also became the 22nd batsman in the world to complete 1000 runs against the West Indies during this innings. When the match resumed, Gill and Iyer hit sixes in Walsh’s first over itself. Gill hit two consecutive fours on Seals while Iyer saw the delivery of Holder and Akil Hossain (1 for 43) for the boundary. Iyer, however, returned to the pavilion by catching Paul at long on off Hussain. He faced 34 balls and hit four fours and a six. Suryakumar Yadav became Walsh’s second victim after scoring eight runs in six balls. After some time it rained again and the Indian innings had to end there.

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