Sanju Samson’s diving effort helps India to win a thriller vs WI- Watch

Sanju Samson diving effort from the last match against WI
Sanju Samson's terrific effort

West Indies were on their way to a massive record. The target of 309, which appeared huge at the start of the chase, stood inches away as the home team, led by Nicholas Pooran, was on the verge of recording their most successful ODI chase at the Queen’s Park Oval. A 115-run second-wicket stand between Kyle Mayers and Shamarh Brooks, a 51-run stand between Mayers and Pooran, a 56-run stand between Akeal Hosein and Brandon King, and another half-century stand between Hosein and Romario Shepherd brought West Indies within 15 runs of the target, with India needing 15 runs in the final over. While Mohammed Siraj was brilliant with the ball in the final over, it was the Indian wicketkeeper Sanju Samson who stood between victory and defeat in the thriller in Port of Spain on Friday.

Shepherd hit his third boundary of the match in the third ball of the final over, clobbering Siraj’s fuller delivery through the backward square. West Indies had scored seven runs in the first four balls and needed eight more in the final two. Siraj noticed Shepherd shuffling towards the leg side and corrected his line to bowl down the leg side, but the ball went well wide of the batter and appeared to run away for a gifted four. The answer would have been three off the last ball. However, wicketkeeper Samson was quick enough to follow the ball and made a fantastic diving effort to his left to stop the extra run, saving India from conceding a boundary off a wide ball.

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— मोहित शुक्ला گاندھیائی (@shuklaa1986) July 22, 2022

“In the end, Sanju Samson’s stop made the difference.” The boundary is set at 100%. And that would have been Game Windies,” former India cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted following the game.

Sanju Samson’s stop was the difference in the end. 100% boundary. And that would’ve been Game Windies.

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 22, 2022

With seven required from the final two balls, Siraj held his nerve and allowed only three more runs as India recorded a thrilling win to take a 1-0 lead in the ODI series.

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