IND vs WI: The ODI series between West Indies and India kick started on Saturday (22nd July). It was a clinical effort by the visitors as they displayed a sensational performance with both bat and ball to clinch the match by 3 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Ahead of the squad announcement, it was a massive boost for West Indies as star all-rounder Jason Holder was back in the ODI setup. After missing the white-ball games against Bangladesh, Holder found place in the squad.
Holder was expected to walk straight into the playing XI but as it turned out his fate didn’t take his side as he was tested positive for the COVID-19 ahead of the first game, which eventually ruled him out to take the field.
With second and third game slated to be played on 25th and 27th July, it is unlikely that Holder will be fit for the remaining two games. As per the covid protocols, infected person has to spend atleast 7 days in isolation, which ruins Holder’s chances to feature in the last two games.
It is expected that the all-rounder will now be available for the T20I series. The next two games of the series will be played at the same venue on July 24 and July 27.
Asked to bat first Indian openers skipper Shikhar Dhawan (97) and Shubman Gill (64) took their team off the flier scoring more than 100 runs for the partnership. Shreyas Iyer (54) too chipped in and smashed a wonderful half-century before a vital contribution from Deepak Hooda (27) and Akshar Patel (21) in the end helped India post a total of 308 runs.
While defending the target, India came under pressure on various instances as West Indies too put a decent display of batting. But the likes of Mohammed Siraj (2/57), Chahal (2/58) and Shardul Thakur (2/54) held their nerves well to guide their team to victory.
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