It was highly anticipated that the Indian leggie Yuzvendra Chahal would play the first ODI match against West Indies at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai considering the slowness of the pitch. However, he didn’t play. Chahal’s partner-in-crime Kuldeep Yadav was picked for the match but he remained wicketless and leaked as many as 45 runs in his 10-over spell.
Digging a tad deep about the match, India got the much-needed backing from Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer who piled up runs in pressure situation after KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were dismissed early on in the game. The duo struck a century-plus stand for the fourth wicket as Pant and Iyer chipped in with 71 and 70 respectively to help India post 287 for eight in their allotted quota of 50 overs.
However, the bowlers hardly showed any teeth in their attack as they failed to defend the target. The bowlers were tonked to all parts of the park by West Indies’ opener Shai Hope and top-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer as they smashed centuries each to help the team ace the run-chase with 13 balls to spare as West Indies beat India by 8 wickets to take the first lead in the three-match ODI series.
England woman cricketer Danielle Wyatt teases India’s leg spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal
Meanwhile, England woman cricketer Danielle Wyatt pulled the Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s leg after the latter shared a picture from his photoshoot session with India teammate Kuldeep Yadav on micro-blogging site Instagram. It should be noted that the 29-year-old wrist-spinner shared the photograph before the ODI opener against the West Indies in Chennai.
“Making headshots look fun here in Chennai,” Yuzvendra Chahal’s caption read on Instagram. The spinner received a hilarious remark from Danielle Wyatt on his height. The woman cricketer had commented, “I think you’re smaller than me”.
It is a do-or-die situation for India in the ODI series as the cricketing action shifts to the second game which will be played at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on December 18 (Wednesday). The third and final ODI is scheduled to be played at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
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