Indian batter Shubman Gill expressed disappointment at not being able to complete his century in the third clash of the ODI series against the West Indies. India can go home with a lot of positives after the game, as their batting was great, led from the front by openers Shikhar Dhawan (58) and Shubman Gill (98*).
“I was hoping to get a hundred, but I couldn’t control that (rain). I was very disappointed how I came out in the first two ODIs. I tried to play by the ball and let the instincts take over,” Gill said in a post-match presentation.
“I only wanted one left, I was hoping for that. The wicket played fantastically in all three games. The ball grabbed a bit after 30 overs. Happy with my performance,” he added.
Top bowling spells from spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacers Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur helped India beat the West Indies by 119 runs in the rain-stricken third and final ODI of the series here at Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday.
India has completed a 3-0 clean sweep over the hosts. After this, both teams will compete for the T20I series of five matches starting Friday.
Facing a 257 set in 35 overs goal after the game was hit by rain, the Windies batters never looked like they were in the game and fell prey to a world-class bowling attack. Chahal (4/17), Siraj (2/14) and Thakur (2/17) were extremely careful with the ball and delivered blows to their opponent in time.
West Indies chased 257 and got off to a nightmarish start, with opener Kyle Mayers and Shamarh Brooks losing to pacer Mohammed Siraj in the second.
Hereafter, opener Shai Hope and Brandon King resumed the pursuit of the hosts. Hope-King added 47 runs to their score before the first was hit by wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson for 22 off 33 balls off spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
At the end of 10 overs, the West Indies were 48/3, with King (24*) and Pooran (1*). Captain Nicholas Pooran was next in line.
It was spinner Axar Patel who gave India their fourth wicket and removed King, who looked menacing. He had scored 42 from 37 balls before being locked up for the wicket by the bowler.
Keacy Carty was next on the fold. Pooran’s play got more attacking, crushing Deepak Hooda for a four and a six and also Axar for a four. The duo took the hosts to the 100 run after 18 overs.
Shardul Thakur broke the 29-run stand at bowling Carty for just five runs off 17 balls. At this point, half of Windie’s lineup was back in the cabin at 103.
Jason Holder was the next batter to arrive on the crease. The all-rounder returned to whiteball cricket after a while and was tasked with building a solid stance with his skipper. Prasidh finally got his first wicket of the day, sacking the dangerous man Pooran for 42 from 32 balls.
Thakur delivered another shock to the hosts, sending Akael Hosein back for just one run, with skipper Dhawan making a great catch.
It continued to go downhill for Windies, with Paul being sent off for a duck by Chahal after being caught at one point by Thakur while trying to sweep. At this point, Holder was almost out of partners and was joined by Hayden Walsh. Walsh was the ninth wicket down on a score of 137 caught by Dhawan at slips.
Jayden Seales was the last player to be fired and sent back to the pavilion by Chahal. Windies were eliminated for 137. They lost the game by 119 runs and India completed a 3-0 clean sweep of the series.
Chahal finished as the lead bowler for India with 4/17. Siraj and Thakur also took two wickets. Krishna and Axar were given one scalp each.
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