|Hope, Hetmyer guide Windies to victory| CHENNAI, Dec 15: Shimron Hetmyer cracked a career-best 139 while Shai Hope scored an unbeaten 102 as the West Indies romped to a eight-wicket victory against India in the first One-Day International at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.
West Indies batsmen Shimron Hetmyer in action during the 1st ODI against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on Sunday. – PTI
Chasing a challenging 288 for a victory on a sluggish wicket, 22-year old Hetmyer took 106 balls for his sensational 139 which was studded with 11 fours and seven huge sixes. The left-hander was dropped on 106 by Shreyas Iyer off Deepak Chahar but most of the damage was already done by then.
Wicketkeeper batsman Hope gave Hetmyer excellent company with a patient 102 off 151 balls (7x4, 1x6), bringing up his hundred in 149 balls by hitting Chahar for a six and a four in the 47th over.
The pair shared a mammoth 218-run partnership for the second wicket. The Windies lost Sunil Ambris (9) early, trapped in front by Chahar who was the only bowler who looked good for India on a rare bad day in office for Virat Kohli’s men.
But once Hetmyer and Hope got together, there was no looking back for the tourists as the pair mixed caution with aggression and made India feel the need for a fourth bowler with allrounders Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja going for plenty.
While Hetmyer played in his usual aggressive manner, hitting Ravindra Jadeja for 16 runs in the 22nd over, Hope held one end up and made sure they did not lose wickets. He got to his 50 in 92 balls as Hetmyer raced to his fifth century from just 85 deliveries.
In the 35th over, Iyer dropped him at long-on off Chahar and the destructive batsman made the team pay by smashing Jadeja for two consecutive sixes in the next over. – IANS
India: Rohit Sharma c Pollard b Alzarri Joseph 36, KL Rahul c Hetmyer b Cottrell 6, Virat Kohli b Cottrell 4, Shreyas Iyer c Pollard b Alzarri Joseph 70, Rishabh Pant c Hetmyer b Pollard 71, Kedar Jadhav c Pollard b Keemo Paul 40, Ravindra Jadeja run out 21, Shivam Dube c Holder b Keemo Paul 9, Deepak Chahar not out 7, Mohammed Shami not out 0. Extras: (b-5, lb-5, w-11) 24. Total: (For 8 wickets in 50 overs) 288. Fall of wickets: 21-1, 25-2, 80-3, 194-4, 210-5, 269-6, 269-7, 282-8. Bowling: Sheldon Cottrell 10-3-46-2, Jason Holder 8-0-45-0, Hayden Walsh 5-0-31-0, Keemo Paul 7-0-41-2, Alzarri Joseph 9-1-45-2, Roston Chase 7-0-42-0, Kieron Pollard 4-0-28-1.
West Indies: Shai Hope not out 102, Sunil Ambris lbw b Chahar 9, Shimron Hetmyer c Iyer b Mohammed Shami 139, Nicholas Pooran not out 29. Extras: (LB-4, NB-1, W-7) 12. Total: (For 2 wicket in 47.5 overs) 291. Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-229. Bowling: Deepak Chahar 10-1-48-1, Mohammed Shami 9-1-57-1, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-45-0, Shivam Dube 7.5-0-68-0, Kedar Jadhav 1-0-11-0, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-58-0. – PTI