India Show Off
To give West Indies a lofty goal, Gill, Kishan, Samson, and Hardik each hit fifty in their own unique ways.
India 351 for 5 against West Indies after 50 overs (Gill 85, Kishan 77, Pandya 70*, Samson 51, Shepherd 2-73).
In the third ODI, which would decide the series, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson all scored half century in their own unique ways to lay the groundwork for a large India total. Samson’s performance was stunning, Gill’s was measured, and Kishan’s was in the middle. Hardik Pandya, who is captaining the team after India once again rested Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, blasted a couple lusty punches toward the close of the innings to finish unbeaten on 70 off 52 balls.
Shai Hope chose to bat first and put India in the morning. With 143 runs in 19.4 overs, Kishan and Gill provided the team a quick start. In contrast to the first two ODIs in Bridgetown, both openers took pleasure in the ball coming onto the bat. Kishan too enjoyed his good fortune. Although he didn’t always appear to be in control, he finished with 77 off 64 balls despite being dropped by Keacy Carty on 9 and avoiding being run out at 63. In the series, it was his third half-century in as many games.
Kyle Mayers caused Kishan some trouble at first. In three overs, Mayers beat his outside edge twice when bowling with the new ball around the wicket. In response, Kishan danced down the track and scored back-to-back fours on him.
Gill only had to face one ball in each of the opening two overs before getting going with a pulled four off Seales in the third. He scored two more boundaries in the fast bowler’s subsequent over, the first with a short-arm jab and the second with a punch between cover and point.
By the conclusion of the tenth over, India had reached 73 without losing thanks to Gill and Kishan. Gill concentrated on playing risk-free cricket when the field limitations were loosened. In the meantime, Kishan continued to take his shots. He first blasted Gudakesh Motie to the ground before hitting Alzarri Joseph with sixes and fours. He reached 49 from 39 balls after another six, this one coming from Romario Shepherd. Four balls later, he reached his half-century.
When Yannic Cariah had Kishan stumped for 77 off 64 balls, the opening stand was broken. As Kishan attempted to use his feet, the legspinner defeated him in both the flight and the turn.
Gaikwad, who was just participating in his second ODI, didn’t survive long before being edged by Joseph to first slip for 8.
Samson tried to attack right away, and in his first 13 balls, he blasted three sixes. He was particularly harsh on Cariah, scoring 28 runs off of just ten deliveries. Samson accelerated to fifty in 39 balls despite Motie keeping him in check and allowing only four runs in 12 balls.
In just 8.5 overs, Samson and Gill contributed 69 runs, with Gill scoring 18 off 12. When Samson failed to clear mid-off against Shepherd shortly after reaching his fifty, the stand was destroyed. Samson’s dismissal slowed down scoring as well: India only scored 23 runs in the following eight overs after he was out in the 32nd over.
During this era, Gill was also lost to India. He was on pace to score a hundred until he was out for 85 off 92 deliveries after a Motie length delivery became lodged in the ground and Gill spooned it to short midwicket.
Suryakumar Yadav showed a peek of his T20 proficiency while batting at No. 6. With a six on each side of the wicket behind the square, he scored 35 from 30. Pandya’s late acceleration came after his innings. At one point, he was on 11 off of 22. He nearly scored two runs every ball off the following 30 to push India beyond 350.