Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Spinners, Prasidh keep WI to 176 despite Holder fifty. Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 49.
Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 49.
West Indies couldn't quite hit the ground up and running in the opening ODI and folded for 176 after being asked to bat in Ahmedabad. Yuzvendra Chahal's four wickets and Washinton Sundar's three hurt the visitors as they lost their way after a pretty cautious start.
Rohit Sharma enjoyed the near-perfect start as a regular captain of the ODI side as India became the first side to feature in 1000 ODIs. The coin fell in Rohit's favour and the opener had no hesitation in bowling first given that the dew factor would come into play as the match goes on.
Shai Hope creamed two consecutive fours through cover in the third over but lost his poles as Mohammed Siraj got the next delivery to nip back in. The inside edge crashed onto the stumps and gave India the early breakthrough. Darren Bravo (31 off 52) and Brandon King made 31 off 52 for the second wicket before Washington forced the visitors into another period of rebuilding. He first had King chip a catch to midwicket and then got Bravo lbw to leave West Indies in trouble at 45 for 3.
A small stand of 26 flourished between Shamarh Brooks and Nicholas Pooran but Chahal put an end to those battles with his strikes. It was Pooran's first first as the left-hander missed a sweep and was given out lbw after a review. Kieron Pollard got sucked into playing an explosive drive first ball and was bowled by Chahal's googly as West Indies found themselves 71 for 5 with Chahal past the 100 ODI wickets mark. Brooks was caught behind as Chahal led the destruction with figures of 2-8-6-3.
Akeal Hosein bagged a duck but Jason Holder and Fabian Allen provided the much-needed resistance to prop up the score past 150. Holder looked fluent and was positive in his approach against the spinners. He took on Chahal and struck the legspinner for three sixes before getting to his half-century. He was dropped by Prasidh Krishan on 23 when the ball went through the pacer's hand at the square leg fence for a six. The pair made 78 off 91 with Holder contributing 47 off 48 before Washington ended Allen's innings on 29.
Holder was caught behind trying to push at a back of length delivery from Prasidh to end hopes of the visitors crossing the 200-run mark after.
Brief scores: West Indies 176 in 43.5 overs (Jason Holder 57; Yuzvendra Chahal 4-49, Washington Sundar 3-30) vs India.