India defeated West Indies by 59 runs via DLS Method, to lead the three-match ODI series by 1-0 at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Sunday 11 August 2019. The match was reduced to 46 over per side when the rain stopped the play when the West Indies came to bat in the second inning. West Indies were 55 for 2 in 13 overs, losing Chris Gayle and Shai Hope.
Indian Skipper won the toss and elected to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came to open for India both struggled. Sheldon Cottrell removed Shikhar Dhawan in the s3rd bowl of the inning. Rohit lost his wicket in 16th over when he loses his patience as he was not getting much of the strike and thrown away his wicket.
Later, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer had a 125 runs partnership to rescue India from 101 for 3 in 22.2 overs. Virat Kohli completed his 42nd ODI century (120) and Shreyas Iyer also completed his third ODI fifty (71). India posted 279/7 in 50 overs, which felt 15-20 runs short but it was a competitive score. West Indies bowlers look ineffective in the middle overs but at the end, West Indies slowed down India after Virat’s and Shreyas’ wicket. Brathwaite bowled slower bowls at death over and took 3 wickets for 53 runs in 10 overs.
West Indies came to bat with 280 runs win in 50 overs at 5.6 runs per over. But rain-interrupted West Indies batting after 13 overs when they were at 55 for 2, after losing Chris Gayle and Shai Hope. After a rain when West Indies came to bat winning score was revised, West Indies needed 270 runs in 46 overs, still needed 215 in 33 overs with 6.51 runs per over. West Indies were at 148 for 3 in 27 overs and then suddenly they were 182 for 8 in 37 overs. Under the pressure, West Indies batting collapsed and ended at 210 all out in 42 overs. Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran were the two West Indies batsmen look in form. Evin Lewis scored 65 in 80 runs and Nicholas Pooran scored 42 runs in 52 balls.
Indian bowlers looked in great line and length, Bhuvneshwar bowled well and took 4 wickets for 31 runs in 8 overs including the wicket of Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase which ceased the game for India. Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav took 2 wickets each.
Player of the Match: Virat Kohli