Ashley Nurse, India vs Windies 2018
Ashley Nurse was named as the MOM in Pune game. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Windies won the third game of the five-match ODI series against India to level the series 1-1 where Ashley Nurse played some exceptional cricket both with his bat and ball. However, earlier in the day, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first. The opening duo of Kieron Powell and Chandrapaul Hemraj couldn’t put up a good show, as Jasprit Bumrah picked up both the openers early on.

Nurse’s all-round efforts thump India in Pune

Windies had lost their four wickets within the twentieth overs. Shai Hope, who was the centurion in the second match played some excellent cricket but missed his third century by five runs. With India picking up wickets on a regular interval, the visitors were dragged on the backfoot.

However, Windies bowler, Ashley Nurse added some vital runs in the end, as he scored 40 runs off 22 deliveries. He smashed four boundaries and two sixes to help Windies post a total of 283 runs at the end of 50t overs. Meanwhile, Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers who returned with brilliant figures of 10-1-35-4.

Jasprit Bumrah, India vs Windies 2018
Jasprit Bumrah picked up four wickets in the Pune ODI. Image Courtesy: BCCI

While chasing down the target, India lost the early wicket of Rohit Sharma, as Holder bowled an excellent delivery. After that, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan continued playing good cricketing shots and added 79 runs for the second wicket. Meanwhile, the India captain entered record books by hitting his 38th ODI ton in Pune.

In addition to that, Marlon Samuels did the massacre by picking up the wicket of Kohli. Later, it was the matter of time as Windies won the game by 43 runs and levelled the series 1-1. However, Ashley Nurse who picked up two wickets in the match said he played with a lot of free spirit and thus enjoyed.

 “I guess it was my day. I guess I played with a lot of free spirit. When Shai got out, I had to do something because the score was not that big. Sometimes you can be the hero; sometimes you can be zero as well. If I get a chance to win the game, I back myself to do it. Just dedicating the celebration to my Indian friend – Sunny Sohal whom I met at the CPL. He told me when you get a wicket do a ‘Babaji ka thullu’ or something.”

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover