The first ODI between India and the West Indies was an absolute run feast with both the teams scoring over 300 runs with three centuries from both camps which was a treat for those present in the stadium and for those watching from their homes.
Hundreds from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and a partnership of a mammoth 246 runs for the second wicket, helped the men in blue to cruise towards the competitive target of 323 with ease.
Kieran Powell’s 51, Jason Holder’s 38, and Shimron Heytmer’s 106 for the West Indies assisted the Caribbean islands to post a commendable total for the Windies bowlers to showcase their skills with the ball.
Debutant and 21 year pacer Oshane Thomas impressed with the ball early on in the innings with his constant pace above the 145kph region on a regular basis. The bowler managed to ball a few ‘jafas’ as the ball carried towards the keeper’s throat with utmost pace.
Thomas also managed to pick the important wicket of Shikhar Dhawan by bowlig a short of a length delivery which the left hander dragged it into his own stump. Overjoyed with his maiden wicket in International cricket, Oshane Thomos’s celebration went a bit over the top as the wicket keeper Shai Hope had to suffer the brunt of it.
Here’s a look of what Shai Hope had to “face” after getting the wicket of Dhawan.
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