Bridgetown, July 27 – Wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan made his promotion to opening rely by top-scoring with 52 as India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in a one-sided first ODI of the three-match collection at Kensington Oval, right here on Thursday.
After spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4-6) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-37) mixed to take seven wickets between themselves to bundle out West Indies for a paltry 114, Kishan opened the batting and took on the bowlers hit seven fours and a six in his 46-ball 52 as India rejigged their batting order.
Captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli sat again as everybody else got a go together with the bat. Rohit did have to return out at quantity seven to complete off the chase with 160 balls to spare as India received their ninth consecutive win over West Indies.
For West Indies, who had a horror day with the bat, performances from spinners Yannic Cariah (1-35) and Gudakesh Motie (2-26) have been the one positives.
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Chasing 115, Kishan started with a pulled 4 off Dominic Drakes, whereas Shubman Gill was fortunate in top-edge on pull flying over keeper for 4.
Within the fourth over, Gill fell after poking at a fifth stump line ball from Jayden Seales and Brandon King took a superb low catch at second slip. Suryakumar Yadav’s promotion to quantity three started with a trademark look for 4 and adopted it up with a positive cowl drive going for boundary.
Kishan continued to be regular together with his check-drives, pulls and flicks at the same time as Suryakumar introduced out his famed pick-up whip and sweep for boundaries. After failing in his try to brush off Motie twice, Suryakumar once more went for a similar shot. However this time, he was trapped lbw by the left-arm spinner who received to straighten the supply from center and off, and even burnt a assessment.
Kishan welcomed Cariah with a chip over mid-off and lower previous level for a brace of fours. Although Hardik Pandya was run-out after Cariah deflected the ball to non-striker’s finish, Kishan continued to make merry — dancing down the pitch to slog the leg-spinner over deep mid-wicket for six and smashed Motie over his head for 4 extra.
After a brace off Athanaze took him to his fourth ODI fifty, Kishan fell instantly, holing out to deep mid-wicket off Motie. Within the subsequent over, Shardul Thakur fell after dabbing straight to second slip off Cariah.
Rohit Sharma, coming in at quantity seven, and Ravindra Jadeja ensured India went over the road, with the skipper sweeping Motie to complete off the chase in fashion and seal a simple win for the guests’.
Temporary Scores: West Indies 114 in 23 overs (Shai Hope 43, Alick Athanaze 22; Kuldeep Yadav 4-6, Ravindra Jadeja 3-37) misplaced to India (Ishan Kishan 52; Gudakesh Motie 2-26, Yannic Cariah 1-35) by 5 wickets.