Team India emerged victorious in the dramatic first one-day international against the West Indies at Port of Spain, Trinidad, winning by just three runs to take a 1-0 series lead.
With only four wickets left and the necessary rate having nearly doubled in the previous four overs, it didn't appear that the Men in Blue would be able to complete the task, despite some outstanding late hitting from players like Akeal Hosein and Romario Shepherd.
Shepherd delivered some lusty smashes to keep the hosts in the game, including a four and a six in the penultimate over as he reduced the equation to 15 needed of the final six deliveries while Hosein held at the other end. The final over was to be bowled by Mohammed Siraj, and the bowler did not disappoint.
Siraj didn't allow the batters to have enough length to free their arms, thus he kept the length full throughout the entire over. After a few unfavourable outcomes on the first two deliveries, Hosein and Shepherd persisted in swinging, and as the equation shrank to 10 needed off three deliveries, the latter gained an inside edge toward the boundary.
The equation changed to 7 needed off the final two deliveries after one more inside edge and one wide. Without Sanju Samson's full-length dive to his left, India's wide could have ended disastrously. This time, Siraj successfully delivered the package into the blockhole, and the equation read five required off the previous delivery.
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The 28-year-old was the hero for the Men in Blue with an outstanding last over. Siraj kept the length incredibly full while angling into the pads, allowing the batters to just run a bye. Siraj concluded with a score of 2/57 after taking out captain Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope, the two mainstays.
Earlier, India dominated with the bat, and at one stage the Men in Blue appeared to be on their way to a total of 350 or more thanks to the captain Shikhar Dhawan's 97 and half-centuries from opener Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer. However, the hosts made a stunning return with the ball in the final 15 overs, limiting their total to only 308 runs, which ultimately proved to be sufficient.