The first match of the three-match ODI series between West Indies and India was played on Friday, July 22. In the match, India won the host team by 3 runs giving a mountain target of 302 runs. The Caribbean team did not give up till the last breath and tried hard to chase the target. But in the last over, Sanju Samson changed the course of the match.
Something happened when West Indies needed 15 runs to win in the last over. Mohammad Siraj came to the field to bowl in the last over. When Siraj came out to bowl, he conceded one run each in the first two balls. After this, Shepherd hit a boundary on the third ball with the luck of the West Indies. West Indies batsmen scored two runs on the fourth ball.
Siraj had conceded only 7 runs in the first four balls, so the match was going in Team India’s bag. Siraj bowled the fifth ball to the leg side and everyone’s breath stopped. Siraj’s ball went wide and Sanju Samson, standing behind the wicket, stopped the ball while diving full stretch. Akash Chopra described this as very crucial in the game. Windies could have easily won the match if that ball had been a boundary.
If Sanju Samson had not shown his cheetah-like agility, then 5 runs in the account of Windies and both the match would have gone. After this wide delivery, Siraj did not repeat his mistake and conceded only two runs on the fifth ball, while West Indies could only score one run on the last ball. Sanju Samson’s diving catch proved decisive in the match, which Team India won by three runs.
— Oh My Cricket (@OhMyCric) July 23, 2022