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West Indies Tour of India 2024

West Indies have embarked on a tour of India in February 2024, during which they will play three ODIs and three T20Is. The tour also marks Rohit Sharma’s first stint as permanent captain of India.

First ODI

In the first ODI on 6 February, West Indies won the toss. On a wicket with variable pace and some assistance to spinners, the decision to bat first backfired on the tourists. They lost wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 79 for 7. A rear-guard partnership between Holder (57 from 71 balls) and Fabian Allen (29 from 43) helped salvage some pride. On the back of those knocks, the tourists managed to get to 176 before they were bowled out. Of the Indian bowlers, Chahal (4 for 49) and Sundar (3 for 30) did the most damage. Prasidh Krishna took two wickets while Siraj took the remaining one.

West Indies Tour of India

India Score Easy Win

Against a strong Indian batting line up, the modest total was never going to be enough. Unsurprisingly, India got off to a great start, with Ishan Kishan (included in place of the indisposed Dhawan) and skipper Rohit Sharma adding 84 for the first wicket before the Indian skipper fell LBW to Alzarri Joseph. Thereafter, despite a flurry of wickets that saw India slip to 116 for 4, the men in Blue cruised to a comfortable 6-wicket win in just 28 overs. While Sharma top scored with 60, Suryakumar Yadav (34) and Deepak Hooda (26) shared an unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 62 to see the home side past the post.

Second ODI

Any hope WI harboured of winning match two on 9 February was shattered by a pre-game injury to skipper Pollard. However, their stand-in skipper Pooran began on the right note by winning the toss. This time around, the visitors chose to bowl first on a freshly laid wicket. India were reduced to 43 for 3 in the 12th over to raise visions of an unlikely win for the tourists. However, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav had other ideas and added 91 runs for the fourth wicket before Rahul was dismissed following an unfortunate run out. That wicket took the wind out of India’s fight back. As things transpired, the hosts were restricted to 237 for 9.

India Defend Low Total

Chasing a relatively low target, West Indies began on a cautious note. At 32 for no loss after seven overs, they appeared to be on the right track with openers Shai Hope and Brandon King beginning to stroke freely. But an incisive spell from Prasidh Krishna accounted for King and Bravo. After Chahal’s introduction into the attack, India saw the back of Hope to leave the visitors reeling at 52 for 3. West Indies limped along to 76 for 5. However, just as a partnership seemed to be developing between Brooks and Hosein, Sharma introduced Hooda into the attack. The ploy worked and Hooda provided India with the much-needed breakthrough. With Brooks back in the pavilion, West Indies’ task seemed to be getting out of reach.

WI Come Close

With the scoreboard reading 159 for 8, India might have felt relieved. But the home team hadn’t reckoned with the big hitting ability of Odean Smith. Smith farmed the strike to take his side to 193 without further loss of wicket. With the asking rate within 8 an over, it was too early for India to celebrate. But all that changed when Sundar returned to the attack to send Smith packing. All thanks to a great catch on the fence by Virat Kohli. Krishna took his fourth wicket to bring down the curtains on what could have been a historic win for WI.

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Raj was born and raised in Nagpur, Rajesh moved to Pune to pursue a degree in the English Language at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Having a knack for writing from a very young age, he naturally excelled in his studies and decided to dip his toes in content editing, as well. Now, a full-time Editor, he enjoys spending his free time watching IPL and badminton matches and writing his first novel. His favourite sport is cricket and he believes cricket is life. But I’ve always dreamed of becoming a professional badminton player, so badminton is also at the top of my list. His biggest win is Saina Nehwal’s bronze at the 2016 Olympics landed him a brand new laptop after his bet on the winning margin came through. His biggest goal is meeting Saina Nehwal and telling her about his biggest win.