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In a thrilling encounter, India emerged victorious against West Indies in the 1st ODI held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The star performers for India were young sensation Ishan Kishan and spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who showcased their skills and helped India secure a 5-wicket win.

Batting first, West Indies got off to a solid start with opener Evin Lewis playing some delightful strokes. Lewis notched up a brilliant century and entertained the crowd with his explosive batting. He was well-supported by Shai Hope, who scored a fantastic half-century. The duo stitched together a remarkable partnership, putting India under immense pressure.

However, it was spinner Kuldeep Yadav who provided the much-needed breakthrough for India. Yadav’s exceptional bowling skills proved too much for the West Indian batsmen to handle. He claimed four crucial wickets, including the prized scalp of Lewis, swinging the match in India’s favor.

Although West Indies managed to reach a respectable total of 264-7 in their allotted 50 overs, India was confident in chasing down the target. The Indian opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw got off to a solid start, providing a solid foundation for the chase. Dhawan played a crucial knock of 87 runs before getting dismissed, while Shaw also contributed significantly with 38 runs.

But the star of the day was undoubtedly the 23-year-old Ishan Kishan, who made his ODI debut for India. Kishan showed great composure and maturity, displaying an array of shots all around the ground. He scored a fantastic century, becoming the second Indian left-hander to achieve this feat on debut. Kishan’s knock included 11 fours and 2 sixes, earning him the prestigious Man of the Match award.

Captain Virat Kohli also played a crucial role in steering India towards victory. Despite a slow start, Kohli looked in fine touch and played a responsible innings of 44 not out to guide India home. Rishabh Pant, making a comeback into the Indian team, also contributed with a quickfire 15 runs to ensure India’s win with 13 balls to spare.

The win in the 1st ODI puts India in a commanding position in the series. With this victory, the team has gained the much-needed momentum and confidence to take on West Indies in the remaining matches.