VIDEO: Ravindra Jadeja's stunning catch for Team India debutant Mukesh Kumar's maiden ODI wicket
Mukesh Sharma was spot-on in the opening ODI against the West Indies in Barbados, just one week after having success on his Test debut in Trinidad. The Bihar fast bowler, who got his test cap from captain Rohit Sharma, helped India eliminate the hosts for only 114 runs in just 23 overs after returning figures of 1 for 22 in 5 overs.
India won the toss and chose to bowl first, thus Mukesh and vice-captain Hardik Pandya began their session. The right-arm fast started his ODI career with a maiden, and a few overs later, he claimed Alick Athanaze as his first victim.
The event took place after Mukesh bowled at a nice length outside off on the last delivery of the eighth over. Athanaze attempted to ram it over the point but was unable to achieve the necessary elevation. To give Mukesh his first ODI wicket, Ravindra Jadeja, who was positioned at backward point, leaped up and seized the tracer bullet that was headed in his direction.
The spinners entered the game after the pacers and shattered the Windies' batting order. Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja combined for 7 wickets to destroy the hosts. Compared to Jadeja's three for 37 in six overs, Kuldeep got four wickets for just six runs in three overs, including a couple first-overs.
West Indies' lowest team total against India in the 50-over format is now 114. They beat their previous low score, which was 121 and was recorded in Trinidad in 1997. Their lowest ever score in ODIs against the men in blue was 104 all-out in Trivandrum in 2018.
The West Indies batted for 23 overs, which puts them second on the list of teams who batted for the fewest number of overs before being bowled out. Bangladesh had dismissed them for 61 in 22 overs back in 2011.