ODI cricket is slowly dying – this was said by Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja a few days ago. Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Ravichandran Ashwin also think that ODI cricket is gone.
Some even think that if any version emerges out of the three versions, it is ODI cricket. But watching the West Indies-India ODI match in Port of Spain tomorrow night, the number of cricket lovers in favor of this version may increase. A total of 613 runs was decided by the last ball of this match.
After losing the toss and batting first, India scored 308 runs for 7 wickets. To win, the West Indies had to rewrite the record for the highest run chase in an ODI at Queen’s Park Oval. West Indies won by chasing the highest target of 272 runs in this field in 1988.
Nicholas Pooran’s side didn’t even come close to rewriting the record last night. Caribbean’s innings stopped at 305 runs for 6 wickets. Shikhar Dhawan’s team took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a 3-run win.
Stars like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrad are not in this series. Dhawan has to captain. He led from the front with the bat in the first match. India progressed with his innings of 97 runs off 99 balls. Unfortunately, Gurakesh got out in the ‘wobbly ninety’ by Moti. Dhawan got out for the seventh time in ODIs in ‘shaky ninety’.
64 off 53 balls came from the bat of Shubman Gill, who came down to play ODIs for India after December 2020. Played some great shots. Shreyas Iyer scored 54 runs. Aljari Joseph and Moti took 2 wickets each for West Indies.
In the last over to chase, West Indies came to the equation of 15 runs to win. Mohammad Siraj bowled coolly to leave the Caribbean with a tougher equation off the last ball – needing 5 runs to win. If you hit a four, the match is a super over, if you hit a six, you win. But Romario Shepherd managed to take only 1 run from the last ball. Shepherd was unbeaten on 39 off 25 balls. Earlier, Kyle Meyers, Shamarah Brooks and Brandon King laid the foundation for West Indies’ run chase.
Meyers, who scored 75 runs, made a partnership of 117 runs with Brooks for the second wicket. 46 runs came from the bat of Brooks. King scored 54 runs. Akil Hossain and Shepherd’s 33-ball unbroken 53-run partnership in the seventh wicket was giving West Indies a dream win. West Indies could not score 90 runs in the last 10 overs.