Shai Hope and Shimron Hetymer delivered splendid centuries to help West Indies register eight-wicket win over India in the opening game of the one-day series at Chennai on Sunday.
The day started with West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard winning the toss and opting to field first in good batting conditions.
His decision proved to be a correct as new-ball pair of Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph dismissed key players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to reduce India to 80 for 3 after 18/1 overs.
However, once Rohit Sharma departed in the 19th over, India made a grand comeback due to splendid half-centuries from Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. Kedhar Jadhav and Ravendra Jadeja also chipped in with vital cameos to see India post 287 runs for the loss of right wickets in heir allotted 50 overs.
Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant finished the innings with the top score of 71 off 69 balls with the help of seven fours and one six. He was well supported by Shreyas Iyer, who chipped in with 70 runs off 88 balls with the help of five fours and one six.
Kedhar Jadhav and all-rounder Ravendra Jadeja also made valuable contributions of 40 and 21 off 35 and 21 balls respectively.
For West Indies, pace duo of Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph claimed two wickets each, All-rounder duo of Keemo Paul and Kieron Pollard also picked crucial wickets for the side in this innings.
Shimron Hetmyer’s blazing ton leads West Indies to easy win over India in the 1st ODI played at M.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
In reply, the visitors lost Sunil Ambris early in the fourth over of the innings. But a mammoth 218-run partnership between Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer paved the way for a a comprehensive eight-wicket win for West Indies with 2.1 overs to spare.
Shimron Hetmyer was the stand out performer for the winning side as he scored 139 runs off 106 balls with the help of eleven fours and seven sixes. He was well supported by Shai Hope, who scored unbeaten 102 runs off 151 balls with the help of seven fours and one six. Wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran remained till the end and scored 29 off 23 balls with the help of four fours.
For India, pacers Deepak Chahar and Mohammad Shami claimed one wicket each. For his blistering batting display, Shimron Hetmyer was named player of the match.