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3rd CG United, powered by Goldmedal ODI
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Toss: India won and batted
Result: India won by 119 runs (DLS Method)
Series: India won 3-0
Player of the Match: Shubman Gill
Player of the Series: Shubman Gill
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies failed to show the fight their demonstrated in the first and second matches of the series and fell to a heavy defeat on Wednesday. In pursuit of a revised target of 257 off 35 overs after rain ended India’s innings at 225-3 off 36 overs, West Indies produced a below par run chase and were bowled out for 137 off 26 overs.
For West Indies, the defeat proved somewhat anticlimactic especially on the heels of energetic displays in the opening matches when they twice surpassed 300 runs only to lose by the narrow margins of three runs last Friday and two wickets last Sunday.
Captain Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King both struck 42 while opener Shai Hope got a start with 22. But it was the brilliance of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4-17) who spun his way through the home team’s innings with support from seamers Mohammed Siraj (2-14) and Shardul Thakur (2-17).
GILL IS MAN OF THE SHOW!
Shubman Gill had earlier found himself stranded short of his maiden ODI hundred in his sixth appearance when the last of two showers abruptly ended the India innings. The stylish opener was named Man-of-the-Match and also Man-of-the-Series. He struck a run-a-ball 98 not out with seven fours and two sixes while captain Shikhar Dhawan provided support with 58 off 74 balls and Shreyas Iyer, 44 off 34 balls.
“It’s a tough one for us. I felt like we could’ve been on the other side of the series but it didn’t happen for us. It felt like we did a lot of right things in the first two games and as a team, we want to keep it there. Today, we didn’t show up – everyone saw that. But that’s fine, it happens in games.” He added: “It’s a lot of games in a short space of time as well but I think we definitely turned up for this series and we tried our best, and I’m happy with the way the guys performed in this series.”
HISTORY ON FRIDAY AS THE T20S START
Friday will be the big day we head south to the Brian Lara Cricket Academy for the opening contest of the T20Is Series. It promises to be an historic and festive occasion, as the first time a men’s international will be played at the ultra-modern venue. First ball is 10:30am (9:30am Jamaica/8pm India).