In the opening ODI of the three-match series on Friday, Team India defeated the West Indies by a razor-thin margin of three runs. In the crucial last over, Mohammed Siraj bowled while the hosts fell just short of the 309-run total in Port of Spain. After being given the opportunity to bat first, India scored 308/7, and the Windies got very near to the target thanks to strong contributions from the top and middle order trio of Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, and Brandon King.
Then, Windies almost led a thrilling run-chase led by Akeal Hosain (33*) and Romario Shepherd (39*), but Mohammed Siraj maintained his composure to lead India through the finish line.
Prior to the West Indies limiting India to 308 for seven in the series opener here on Friday, Shubman Gill scored a masterful 64 in his return to one-day international cricket and skipper Shikhar Dhawan fell three runs short of a century.
In his 52-ball innings, Gill—playing in his first ODI since December 2020—used some exquisite strokes, while Dhawan (97 of 99 balls) took his time before picking up the pace.