When West Indies required 60 runs off the final 90 balls, the gallant 56-run partnership between Brandon King and Akeal Hosein helped India win. Yuzvendra Chahal and Prasidh Krishna’s death-over bowling did provide some consolation for the Men in Blue, but West Indies was just 15 runs away from breaking the record run chase of 309 on Friday in the opening game of the three-game ODI series at Port of Spain. India prevailed by an exciting three runs in the last over, thanks in part to Mohammed Siraj’s cool head, and now leads the series 1-0. However, Sanju Samson’s superb wicketkeeping effort was the deciding factor for Chahal.

For the sixth ball in the last over, Romario Shepherd went to the leg side. Siraj pursued him and attempted to shoot it down the leg side, but it was wide. India needed eight runs off the last two balls, but Siraj’s wide delivery that seemed headed for the boundary and would have reduced the situation to three of one was important. Samson, on the other hand, chased the delivery and attempted to stop the boundary to his left with a fantastic dive.

Chahal remembered the pivotal over after the dramatic victory and complimented Samson for his amazing boundary-saving play.

Siraj was bowling his yorkers quite well, and we completely trusted him to help us defend five runs in the last over. He just narrowly missed one or two yorkers before. However, given the way they were batting, there is undoubtedly a little bit of pressure. He said, “Sanju (Samson) prevented a precise boundary of a wide, and it strengthened our confidence,” at the post-game press conference.

Chahal claimed two of the six wickets that fell, and India managed to restrict West Indies to 305 in their second innings.

There wasn’t much pressure, according to Chahal. “If you look at the squad as a whole, practically everyone has played many first-class matches and they have acquired so much experience from the IPL. Therefore, one cannot conclude that the bowling lineup lacked expertise.