The West Indies found themselves in all sorts of trouble after being batted in the opening ODI of the three-match series at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl, and the decision paid big dividends as the West Indies top order collapsed against the spin twins of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar. Chahal, in particular, put in an excellent bowling performance, striking twice in his first over.
Chahal hit his third ball to eliminate Nicholas Pooran, who became roulette’s 100th ODI victim.
The bowler became the fifth fastest Indian bowler to take 100 wickets in ODI, reaching the milestone in his 60th game.
The list is headed by Mohammed Shami, who took 100 ODI wickets in just 56 games. Jasprit Bumrah is second, achieving the feat in 57 games. Kuldeep Yadav got there in 58 matches, while Irfan Pathan took 100 wickets in 59 ODIs.
Least ODI at 100 wickets (India):
56 Muhammad Shami
57 Jasprit Bumrah
58 Kuldeep Yadav
59 Irfan Pathan
60 Yuzvendra Chahal
After eliminating Pooran, Chahal hit on the next ball to eliminate Windies captain Kieron Pollard for a hat-trick. But it wasn’t for the Indian spinner as Jason Holder managed to keep his nerve and deny Chahal.
Chahal was not finished. In his next move, he dispatched Shamarh Brooks with the help of DRS as things went from bad to worse for the West Indies.
Prasidh Krishna got into the act by eliminating Akeal Hosein as the West Indies found themselves reeling at 79 for seven at the end of 23 overs.
At the time of this writing, the West Indies were 114/7 in 30 overs with Fabian Allen and Jason Holder at crease.