Port of Spain – West Indies turned the page on a string of ordinary performances by producing a mouth-watering run chase, only to fall agonisingly short in the first One-Day International against India yesterday in Trinidad.
Unable to crack 200 in the series against Bangladesh that ended last week, the Windies gallantly went in pursuit of 309 on a quality pitch at Queen’s Park Oval, losing by three runs in the end to fall behind 0-1 in the three-match series.
Left-hander Kyle Mayers smashed 75 from 68 balls at the top of the order and Brandon King hit a measured 54 from 66 balls in the middle.
Shamarh Brooks stroked 46 from 61 balls before Romario Shepherd, not out on 39, and Akeal Hosein, not out on 33, nearly won it late in an unbroken 53-run, seventh-wicket partnership.
The pair needed 15 from the last over and came within one blow of overhauling their target, but the six runs needed off the last ball proved out of their reach. (CMC)
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