India vs West Indies 1st ODI: Hetmyer, Hope guide West Indies past India with ease

Shimron Hetmyer 139 Shai Hope 102 not out India West Indies 1st ODI Chennai cricket

Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope both made hundreds

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Shimron Hetmyer scored a career-best 139 and Shai Hope made an unbeaten 102 as the West Indies crushed India by eight wickets in the first ODI in Chennai.

Opting to bowl first, the West Indies got an early breakthrough as India opener Lokesh Rahul was was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell for six runs.

Cottrell then clean bowled India captain Virat Kohli for four runs, but Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer forged a 55-run partnership before Rohit was removed by Alzarri Joseph for 36.

Iyer and Rishabh Pant kept the runs flowing with a 114-run stand, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Iyer was sent packing by Joseph for 70, which came off 88 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Pant went on to score a 69-ball 71, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was dismissed by West Indies captain Kieron Pollard.

With Kedar Jadhav smashing a 35-ball 40, India ended up finishing on 287/8.

Cottrell, Joseph and Keemo Paul picked up two wickets apiece, while Pollard chipped in with one.

Chasing 288 to win, the West Indies lost opener Sunil Ambris in the fifth over as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Deepak Chahar for nine runs.

Hope and Hetmyer put the West Indies firmly in the driver’s seat with their 218-run partnership, during which Hetmyer brought up his hundred and Hope his fifty.

Hetmyer ended up making a 106-ball 139, which included 11 boundaries and seven sixes, before he was sent packing by Mohammed Shami.

Hope and Nicholas Pooran finished things for the West Indies, who won the match with 13 balls to spare.

Hope finished on 102, which came off 151 balls and included seven boundaries and a six, while Pooran remained undefeated on 29, which came off 23 deliveries and included four boundaries.

Chahar and Shami claimed one wicket each.

Hetmyer was named Man of the Match.

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