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IND vs WI first ODI: Hetmyer, Hope pummel Indian attack as West Indies draws first blood

West Indian Shimron Hetmyer plays a shot during the first ODI against India in Chennai on December 15, 2019.

West Indian Shimron Hetmyer plays a shot during the first ODI against India in Chennai on December 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

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The two hammer centuries as the visitors make light of a tall chase to win at a canter; Shreyas, Pant knocks go in vain

The pleasant weather of the last few days gave way for the familiar hot and humid conditions, but it did not stop Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope from slamming contrasting tons to help West Indies script an eight-wicket win over India in the first one-day international at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

Chasing 288 for the win, Hetmyer and Hope put on a massive 218-run partnership (208 balls) for the second wicket with the former battling cramps. 

While Hetmyer was the aggressor, slamming 139 off just 106 balls (11x4, 7x6), Hope played the perfect foil by holding the fort at one end, striking at just over 50 for the most part of his innings of 102 n.o. (151 b, 7x4, 1x6).

Hetmyer started off shakily edging two boundaries against Mohammed Shami but after that looked serene as he whacked the Indian bowlers all over the park with disdain. At the end of the PowerPlay, Windies had only 37 onboard but over the next five overs, runs came thick and fast with the visitors scoring 42 runs. 

First push

Hetmyer’s first authoritative push came in the 14th over when he cut Kedar Jadhav for two boundaries before he pulled Kuldeep Yadav for a six over midwicket as he got to his fifty. 

In the 22nd over, he hit Jadeja for two sixes over long-on and mid-wicket before cutting him again in the next over before going depositing Shami over long-on to get into the 90s by the 26th over with West Indies needing 139 in the last 24 at an asking rate of less than six. 

It was here Hetmyer encountered cramps and over the next eight overs, he and Hope played sensibly nudging it around without any boundaries with the former getting to his 100 off just 85 balls. Shreyas dropped Hetmeyer on 106 and the latter added 33 runs in no time. 

The duo took advantage of India’s fifth bowler problem, going after Shivam Dube in particular.

After curtailing the big shots, Hope then hit Deepak Chahar for a six and four in the 47th over to get to his hundred in style and seal the match for his side.

Earlier, half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer (70) and Rishabh Pant (71) helped India recover from a sub-par start to post a competitive score of 287 after being asked to bat first on a sluggish Chepauk wicket.

The Windies opening bowlers Sheldon Cotrell and Jason Holder quickly assessed the slow nature of the wicket and gave no pace, frustrating the Indian openers K.L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma. 

Cottrell strikes

Cottrell struck in the seventh over of the innings when he removed Rahul and Virat Kohli in the same over with the slowness of the wicket causing both the dismissals. While Rahul tried to work it around the leg-side and top-edged it, Kohli inside edged on to the stumps trying to dab it to the third man region after Pollard removed the slip and put in a short mid-off fielder. 

Shreyas had two crucial partnerships, first, a 55-run stand with Rohit for the third wicket before adding 114-runs with Pant.

The Indian wicketkeeper displayed great application when going for the boundary shots, be it with shot selection or placement, executing with conviction and minimum risk. 

As Pant found his groove, Shreyas was happy to play second fiddle with the duo adding 50-run in 66 balls. However, once they got to their fifties, the next 50 runs in their stand came off just 33 balls.

West Indies fought back removing both the batsmen, but Kedar Jadhav (40 off 35 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (21) chipped in with valuable cameos adding 59 runs off just 47 balls ensuring the hosts had a competitive total on board.

Scoreboard

India Innings: Rohit Sharma c Pollard b Alzarri Joseph 36; K L Rahulc 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: 288 for 8 wkts in 50 overs

Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-25, 3-80, 4-194, 5-210, 6-269, 7-269, 8-282

West Indies 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 innings: 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

India 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.

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