‘Kaafi improvement dikhi, achaa laga’ – Fans react as India win decider ODI vs West Indies by 200 runs to clinch series

India beat West Indies, 3rd ODI
India beat West Indies, 3rd ODI (Source: Twitter)

Team India won the three-game ODI series against West Indies with their mammoth win in the decider ODI played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy Stadium in Trinidad. The hosts won the toss and invited India out to bat first. The visitors accepted the invite with both hands as they scored 351 for the loss of five wickets. Openers Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill stitched a 143-run opening stand. While Kishan scored 77 off 64 balls, including eight four and three sixes, his partner Shubman Gill smashed 11 boundaries in his knock of 85 off 92.

Ruturaj Gaikwad failed to capitalise on his opportunity, falling for 8 off 14. However, Sanju Samson made massive improvement over the previous ODI, scoring 51 off 41, including two fours and four sixes. The same was the case with skipper Hardik Pandya with 70 off 52, including four boundaries and five sixes, and Suryakumar Yadav with 35 off 30, including two fours and two sixes. Talking of the bowling by the hosts, Romario Shephard remained the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/73 in ten overs. Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie and Yannic Cariah scalped one wicket each.

Shubman Gill was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’

In reply, the West Indies could only manage 151 runs before being bundled out by the Indian bowling attack. Shardul Thakur continued his brilliant form from the previous ODI, scalping four wickets while conceding 37 runs in 6.3 overs. He was followed closely by Mukesh Kumar, scalping three for 30 in seven overs. Kuldeep Yadav scalped two while Jaydev Unadkat found one wicket. Surprisingly, skipper Hardik Pandya and spin ace Ravindra Jadeja remained wicketless. Gudakesh Motie with 39 off 32, including four boundaries and three sixes remained the top-scorer for the hosts, while Alick Athanaze with 32 off 50, including three fours, followed him.

Shubman Gill was adjudged as the ‘Man of the Match’ as team India completed their wins in the Test and the ODI series. They’ll now turn their heads to the shortest format with a five-match series on the line. It would be a massive confidence boost for the team to return with wins in all three formats before the crucial Asia Cup commences.

Here’s how fans reacted:


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