India vs West Indies 1st ODI: Kohli, Rohit star as India ace mammoth chase

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Virat Kohli is ecstatic upon bringing up his 36th ODI century

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India captain Virat Kohli struck a superb 140 and opener Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 152 to lead their side to an emphatic eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the first ODI in Guwahati.

Opting to bowl first, India got the early breakthrough they were looking for when Mohammed Shami clean bowled debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj for nine runs.

Kieran Powell and Shai Hope made up for the loss of Hemraj with a 65-run partnership, during which Powell brought up his fifty, before he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at long-on off the bowling of Khaleel Ahmed for 51, which came off 39 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.

Marlon Samuels, who was playing in his 200th ODI, failed to have an impact with the bat as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal for a duck.

Hope went on to score 32 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shami.

Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell steadied things with a 74-run partnership, during which Hetmyer surpassed his half-century, before Powell was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 22.

Hetmyer and West Indies captain Jason Holder added 60 runs to the score, during which Hetmyer registered his hundred, before he was removed by Jadeja for 106, which came off 78 balls and included six boundaries and six sixes.

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Shimron Hetmyer celebrates after scoring his third ODI century

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Ashley Nurse fell shortly after, while Holder proceeded to make 38 before he was cleaned up by Chahal.

Kemar Roach and Devendra Bishoo ensured the West Indies ended their innings on a high as they forged an unbeaten 44-run partnership.

Roach finished on a 22-ball 26, which included two boundaries and a six, while Bishoo remained undefeated on a 26-ball 22, which included three boundaries.

Thanks to their efforts, the West Indies concluded their innings on 322/8.

Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Shami and Jadeja snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Ahmed, he chipped in with one.

Chasing 323 to win, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan early on as he was clean bowled by debutant Oshane Thomas for four runs.

Rohit and Kohli made up for the loss of Dhawan with a 246-run stand, during which both batsmen brought up their centuries.

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Rohit Sharma scored his 20th ODI hundred

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With India cruising, the West Indies tried to do everything in their power to break the partnership.

However, they had to wait until the 33rd over when Kohli was stumped by Hope off the bowling of Bishoo for 140, which came off 107 balls and included 21 boundaries and two sixes.

Rohit and Ambati Rayudu finished things off with an unbeaten 70-run partnership as India reached their target with 47 balls to spare.

Rohit ended up making 152, which came off 117 balls and included 15 boundaries and eight sixes, while Rayudu remained undefeated on a 26-ball 22, which included a boundary and a six.

Thomas and Bishoo claimed one wicket each.

Holder was disappointed to have lost, and said: “Extremely pleased with the batting. Credit to Hetmyer, always good to see a youngster do well. Pretty much everyone chipped in. I thought it was a decent effort with the bat, but life was difficult for our spinners under the light. I would agree we were 25-30 short.

“I felt we were par, and then we got Dhawan’s early wicket, but credit to Kohli and then Rohit. In hindsight, we needed a few partnership breakers. Hetmyer is exciting, and was happy for him after the Test series. The character showed. If he batted 5-6 more overs, we would’ve got 350.”

Kohli, who was named Man of the Match, was delighted to have won, and said: “Feels pretty good. A convincing win. I thought West Indies were really good with the bat. And 320+ totals are always tricky. But we knew it’s all about one partnership. And life isn’t difficult when Rohit is at the other end. Happens very rarely when Rohit plays second fiddle.

“Among the top three, I’ve preferred the anchor role, but today I felt good and I communicated with Rohit that he should play the anchor role. And when I got out, he took over and Rayudu played the anchor. And I’ve always enjoyed batting with him. It’s our [sixth] double-hundred partnership.

“I have a few years left to enjoy the sport. Playing for the country is a matter of pride, so you can’t take any game lightly. And I like being honest to the sport you love. You’re playing for India, not everyone gets to do that, so that needs to be respected.

“When a side like West Indies bat like that, it’s hard to contain them. Wickets did come, but they were going hard at us. So won’t blame the bowlers too much, you saw the pitch was good, we chased it down in 42 overs.”

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