India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI: Shubman Gill comes of age as India thrash Windies by 119 runs to complete clean sweep | Cricket News

PORT OF SPAIN: Shubman Gill was unlucky to miss a first century, but India didn’t ride out on its sublime 98 to top the West Indies by 119 runs to complete a 3-0 defeat in the ODI series here.
In a rain-stricken final ODI, India scored 225 for 3 in 36 overs, courtesy of Gill’s best at bat and another half-century from skipper Shikhar Dhawan (58 off 74 balls).
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The revised DLS goal of 257 from 35 overs was a tricky one and Mohammed Siraj’s (2/14 in 3 overs) near-perfect first over with the new ball set the tone as the West Indies could end up only 137 in 26 overs.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (4/17 in 4 overs), Axar Patel (1/38 in 6 overs) and Seamer Shardul Thakur (2/17 in 5 overs) also played their part admirably on slow ground as Brandon King (42 from 37 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (42 of 32 balls) counterattack resistance would never be good enough.
Although all three ODIs were played in the same venue, Dhawan and his men deserve credit for taking the most chances and showing good game awareness in crunch situations throughout the series.

Defending well under pressure in the first game, the second saw the lower middle class perform a tricky chase after a not-so-great show of the highest order.
The third game presented a different challenge as the rain break could have caused a decisive shift in momentum, but the stylish Gill and the talented Shreyas Iyer (44 from 34 balls) changed the complexion of the game after the rain break.
India was 115 for 1 in 24 overs when there was the first stoppage, but once play resumed, visitors suddenly upped the ante and hit 110 runs in the next 12 overs while Gill looked good for his first ton, which didn’t help. could be.
Gill, however, would have few complaints scoring 205 runs in three games with scores of 64, 43 and 98 not out.

As bilateral ODI matches around the world fight for context in their bid to stay relevant, Gill is said to be indebted to this series, which has now given him a breather in the 50-over format.
Both Gill and his skipper Dhawan, who only plays the ODI format, have done more than enough to stay firmly in the mix, even if the ‘Big Boys’ are back in the ODI lineup.
The disappointment was big on Gill’s face when it started to drizzle for the second time and he would curse himself for not speeding things up after entering the nervous ’90s.
Gill hit two different gears over the course of the innings. Before the downpour, he was more of an accumulator as he skimmed through the Caribbean attack as play resumed before descending back to the landmark.

Nevertheless, no one can take credit for what has been a sublime knock and his standout shots will be: two sixes from leg spinner Hayden Walsh and a perfect off-drive from pacer Jayden Seals’ bowling.
Skipper Dhawan, who has been India’s biggest go-getter in the format for the past two years, showed why he is still indispensable in this format.
Dhawan and Gill added 113 for the opening score, their second hundred plus partnership in the series, with the southpaw moving his second half-century (58 from 74 balls) after his 97 in the opening game.
Dhawan’s innings had seven fours, while Gill had seven fours and two sixes to 36th left.
Siraj’s artistry makes it a work in the park
Siraj’s ability to provoke movement in the air and off the field did the trick when he removed Kyle Mayers (0) and Shamarh Brooks (0) in a space of three deliveries.
In the case of the left-handed Mayers, it was a perfectly full outswinger (inswinger for the batter) who came in and went through his defense.
Righthanded batter Brooks got an off-cutter that was thrown slightly short of length, but looked back sharply to find the batter perpendicular in front.

In a chase of 257 in 36 overs, the scorecard 0 for 2 is always a bad omen and the West Indies never recovered from that setback.
The normally consistent Shai Hope (22) was dumped by Sanju Samson when bowling from Chahal, while King was defeated by an armball from Patel after some breathtaking shots.
The match was then over, but the resistance ended completely when Prasidh forced Krishna Pooran to pull for a quick and springy delivery. The resulting capture was gleefully accepted by Dhawan as the West Indies shot out of the air without a fight.

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