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India's batsman Shikhar Dhawan plays a defensive shot while West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope (right) looks on, during the first ODI at the Queen's Park Oval, St Clair on Friday. - SUREASH CHOLAI
India’s batsman Shikhar Dhawan plays a defensive shot while West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope (right) looks on, during the first ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair on Friday. – SUREASH CHOLAI

INDIA EARNED a narrow three-run win over the West Indies on Friday, in the first One Day International (ODI) at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair on Friday.

India, who were sent into bat by West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran, made 308 runs for the loss of seven wickets, with skipper Shikhar Dhawan hitting 97 (99 balls, ten fours and three sixes), fellow opener Shubman Gill 64 (53 balls, six fours and two sixes) and Shreyas Iyer 54 (57 balls, five fours and two sixes).

The hosts, in their response, were only able to reach 305/6, courtesy of Kyle Mayers’ 75, 54 from Brandon King and 44 from Shamarh Brooks.

The second ODI will take place at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, and the third and final match, of the three-game series, will be contested on Wednesday.