In a rain-affected final ODI, India scored 225 for 3 from 36 overs, courtesy of Gill’s career-best shot and another half-century from skipper Shikhar Dhawan (58 from 74 balls).
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The revised DLS target of 257 from 35 overs was tricky and Mohammed Siraj’s near-perfect first (2/14 in 3 overs) with the new ball set the tone as West Indies could ultimately only manage 137 from 26 overs.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (4/17 in 4 overs), Axar Patel (1/38 in 6 overs) and setter Shardul Thakur (2/17 in 5 overs) also played their part admirably on a slow surface like Brandon King (42 from 37 balls) and Nicholas Poran (42 from 32 balls) The resistance on the counter-attack of (42 from 32 balls) was never going to be good enough.
While all three ODIs were played in one place, Dhawan and his men deserve full credit for taking advantage of most opportunities, showing good game awareness in critical situations throughout the series.
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While they defended well under pressure in the first game, the second saw the lower middle order pull off a tricky chase after a not-so-great show from the upper order.
Game 3 posed a different challenge as the rain break could have caused a decisive change in momentum, but the dapper Gill and talented Shreyas Iyer (44 from 34 balls) changed the complexion of the game after the match. interruption of the rain.
India were 115 for 1 from 24 overs in the first stoppage but once play resumed the visitors suddenly upped the ante, breaking 110 in the next 12 overs as Gill looked good for his first ton, which was not to be.
However, Gill would have few complaints after scoring 205 points in three games with scores of 64, 43 and 98 not eliminated.
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As bilateral ODI contests around the world battle for context in their bid to stay relevant, Gill would be indebted to this series, which has now given him breathing space in the 50-over format.
Gill and his skipper Dhawan, who only play the ODI format, have done more than enough to stay firmly in the mix even when the ‘Big Boys’ are back in the ODI setup.
The disappointment was big on Gill’s face when it started to drizzle for the second time and he cursed himself for not speeding things up after entering the nervous 90s.
Gill hit in two different speeds during the innings. Before the rain break, he was more of an accumulator as he cut through the Caribbean attack once play resumed before heading back to the benchmark again.
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Still, no one can take credit for what was a sublime shot and his standout shots will be – two sixes from Hayden Walsh and a picture-perfect bowling from pacer Jayden Seals.
Skipper Dhawan, who has been India’s top run-getter in the format for the past two years, has shown why he is still indispensable in the format.
Dhawan and Gill added 113 for the opening stand, their second hundred-plus partnership in the series, with the southpaw scoring his second half (58 on 74 balls) after his 97 in the opener.
Dhawan’s innings had seven fours, while Gill had seven fours and two sixes until 36th.
Siraj’s artistry makes it a work in the park
Siraj’s ability to extract movement in the air and off the court did the trick knocking out Kyle Mayers (0) and Shamarh Brooks (0) in the span of three deliveries.
In the case of the left-handed Mayers, it was a perfectly complete outswinger (inswinger for the batter) who followed and went through his defense.
Right-handed hitter Brooks landed an off-cut that was thrown slightly short but jagged sharply to find the hitter plumb in front.
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In a pursuit of 257 from 36 overs, the scoreboard showing 0 for 2 still bodes ill and West Indies never recovered from this setback.
The normally coherent Shai Hope (22) was puzzled by Chahal’s bowling Sanju Samson, while King, after some breathtaking shots, was beaten by an arm ball from Patel.
The match was then over, but the resistance came to a complete end when Prasidh Krishna forced Pooran to attempt a quick and bouncing delivery. The resulting capture was happily accepted by Dhawan as the West Indies fell without a fight.