half centuries of Shreyas IyerSanju Samson and Axar Patel helped the visitors to a decisive victory in the three-game series at Queens Park Oval, while chasing a mammoth 312 to win.
“It was a great team performance. The boys didn’t lose their confidence, it’s amazing. Iyer, Sanju, Axar, everyone was amazing, even Avesh came out in his first game and scored those all-important 11 points. Thanks to IPL, they are performing on a huge stage. I felt we played well,” Dhawan said in a post-match presentation.
“They (West Indies) got off to a good start. (Shai) Hope and (Nicholas) Pooran hit well. We thought if they could do it, we knew we could do it (too). We started a bit slowly. Shubman (Gill) hit it well. The Iyer-Samson partnership made a huge difference. There was a run-out, but these things happen. The boys are learning,” he added.
The skipper further praised rival batsman Hope for scoring a ton in his 100th ODI game.
“It was a great feeling when I scored a 100 in my 100th ODI game. I would like to congratulate Hope for doing the same,” said Dhawan.
Hope became the tenth batter in the world and the fourth West Indies batter to score a century in his 100th ODI game.
He joined the company of players like Gordon Greenidge, Chris Cairns, Mohammad Yousuf, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, Marcus Trescothick, Ramnaresh Sarwan, David Warner and Dhawan who scored centuries in their 100th ODI.
Coming into the game, struggling at 79/3, a 99-point stand between Shreyas (63) and Samson (54) brought stability to India’s chase.
In the end, contributions from Deepak Hooda (33) and Patel (64*) proved extremely vital in leading the visitors to victory.
West Indies lost control of the game despite posting a huge tally on the board themselves and then dismissing India’s top order early.
The third ODI will be played on Wednesday.