Team India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj said that he was pretty confident of defending 15 runs in the final over of the first ODI against the West Indies. On Friday, July 22 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, India somehow managed to secure a three-run victory and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Siraj conceded only 11 runs in the last over while bowling to the dangerous Romario Shepherd and a well-set Akeal Hosein. He hit the block-hole with precision and even the boundary that he conceded in the second ball through fine leg, came off an inside-edge.
“I was backing my yorkers to come good in the last over,” Siraj was quoted as saying during an interview with Shreyas Iyer after the match.
With the hosts needing eight runs off two balls, Siraj bowled a wide on the off-side, but came back to give away only three runs in the last two deliveries of the encounter.
Siraj said that he had butterflies in his stomach, but didn’t allow the pressure to get on to his nerves in the crunch moment.
“My heart was racing, but I was confident I could win the game for the team,” he stated.
Siraj finished with figures of 10-0-57-2 and picked up the all-important wickets of opening batter Shai Hope and West Indies limited-overs skipper Nicholas Pooran. The pacer also bowled 31 dot balls and kept a check on the Caribbean batters.
The second ODI is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 24 at the same venue.
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