The Indian cricket team continues their excellent run of form in ODIs against the West Indies. They defeat them in the 12th consecutive series. And this time in the most derogatory fashion.
The Indian batters came hard at the West Indian bowling attack in the rain-affected game. The fifties by Dhawan and Gill on top and 44 runs by Iyer saw India on to a commanding position in the 36 overs that they played before the rain curtailed their inning.
Shubhman Gill was on song and seemed destined to get his first international century. But the rain had other plans, and the player was left stranded at 98*. Courtesy of his knock, the Indian team, was able to post a defendable total in their 36 overs.
Terrible batting by West Indies
The Windies had the worst possible start to their second inning. They were reduced to 2 wickets with naught on the board within 2 overs. Following this continued losing wickets at regular intervals.
Batters like Brandon King and Captain Pooran showed some fight back. But it was just not enough to bring them back into the game. As a result, they succumbed to a score of 137. Handing India a victory by the margin of 119 runs (DLS method).
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers for India. He removed four wickets and gave away just 17 runs in his four overs.
India registered their biggest margin of victory against the West Indies in the Caribbeans. Along with their first-ever ODI whitewash.
Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian captain to complete an ODI series sweep on West Indies in their own backyard.
This will give a lot of positives for the Indian team, planning for the upcoming world cup. Dhawan seems to be in really good touch in the 50-over format. And the selectors need to back him if they are to reclaim the world cup after nearly 12 years.