With Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s batting help India script a resounding eight-wicket victory over West Indies in first of the five ODIs at the Bhupen Hazarika Stadium in Barsapara.
India dominated the inning they reached the target of 323 in just 42.1 overs. Kohli made 140 off 107 balls, put on 246 in 30 overs for the second wicket with his deputy Rohit Sharma who scored his 20th century and remained unbeaten on 152.
Kohli had walked into bat after India had lost an early wicket, of Shikhar Dhawan, to West Indies’ new pace find Oshane Thomas. The right-arm pacer was bowling in the high-140s and his pace saw Dhawan chopping the ball on to his stumps. India were 10 for one. Kohli took on the youngster, as India extracted 36 runs off his first four overs.
Earlier, it was Hetmyer’s third career ODI hundred in just his 13th game that saw Windies put up a 300-plus total. Apart from Hetmyer, Keiran Powell scored 51 off 39 at the top while Shai Hope and skipper Jason Holder got crucial 30s.
India, who had elected to field after winning the toss went in with three pace bowlers with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal being the two spinners. The decision to leave out wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav didn’t exactly pay off as the seamers, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed, were milked for 209 runs in their 30 overs. Shami was the most expensive, conceding 81 runs in his 10 overs for two wickets.
West Indies would have made a score in the vicinity of 350, had some of their batsmen not thrown their wickets away. Opener Powell, who looked good for a century holed out to deep whereas Shai Hope (32) top-edged a short ball. Rovman Powell (22), who too was set, played across the line to Ravindra Jadeja, trying to hoick one over the mid-wicket.