Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored brilliant centuries to help India in registering a comfortable eight-wicket win against West Indie in the first ODI of the five-match series in Guwahati on Sunday.The day started with the home side winning the toss and opting to ball first in great batting conditions.
The visitors used that opportunity to put their best batting display on show in the ongoing tour and posted a competitive total of 322 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs.The star of the show for the Caribbean giants was young middle-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who scored a stunning hundred, which was his third in the 50-over format, and finished the innings with the highest score of 106 off just 78 balls with the help of six fours and six maximums.
India go 1-0 up in five-match ODI series on Sunday
Apart from him, opener Kieran Powell (51 off 39 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes) and captain Jason Holder (38 off 42 balls with the help of five fours) also made valuable contributions for the team.For India, the star of the show was the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who claimed figures of three for 41 in his 10 overs. He was well-supported by left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja, who claimed figures of two for 66.
In reply, the home side lost opener Shikhar Dhawan departed early in the second over. But an outstanding second-wicket partnership of 246 runs between opener Sharma and skipper Kohli helped the team in getting over the line with 47 balls to spare.Sharma finished the innings with the top score of unbeaten 152 off just 117 balls with the help of 15 fours and eight sixes, whereas Kohli scored 140 off just 107 balls with the help of 21 fours and two sixes.
For West Indies, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and left-arm pacer Oshane Thomas claimed a wicket each.