Shimron Hetmyer (139) and Shai Hope (108*) both smashed blistering centuries to help West Indies thrash India by eight wickets in the opening ODI of the three-match series at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. The duo stitched a mammoth 218-run stand for the second wicket to help the Caribbean side chase down the target of 288 runs with 13 balls to spare.
West Indies, who have now taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, will now take on India in the second Test on Wednesday at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
Here are the highlights:
# West Indies beat India by 8 wickets!
# CENTURY!!! Shai Hope has brought up a century off 149 balls. He achieved the mark by pulling the fifth delivery of the 47th over to the right of midwicket for four runs. West Indies 277/2 (47 overs)
# 13 runs off the last two overs, including a boundary from Hope (88).West Indies need 31 runs off 30 balls.West Indies 257/2 (45 overs)
# Eight runs off the last two overs for the Caribbean side. Hope (78) cut the fourth delivery of the 41st over to deep square leg for four runs before Pooran flicked the last delivery to deep backward square leg to get off the mark with one run. West Indies 238/2 (41 overs)
# Nicholas Pooran is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! A terrific inning from Shimron Hetmyer (139) finally came to an end after he was caught by Shreyas Iyer at midwicket boundary on the fourth delivery of the 39th over by Mohammad Shami. West Indies 230/2 (39 overs)
# 13 runs off the last two overs, including two boundaries. Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope continue to stand strong at their respective scores of 107 and 65 as the Caribbean side now need 97 runs from 15 overs. West Indies 191/1 (35 overs)
# CENTURY! Shimron Hetmyer has brought up his fifth ODI ton off 85 balls. He achieved the mark by driving a Kuldeep Yadav delivery in the 33rd over to long-on for a single. West Indies 178/1 (33 overs)
# FIFTY!! Shai Hope (50) has brought up a half-century off just 92 balls. He reached the mark with a single by tucking the last delivery of the 30th over by Jadeja past midwicket.West Indies 161/1 (30 overs)
# 14 runs off the last two overs. Hope (45) smashed the first delivery of the 26th over towards fine leg for four runs before Hetmyer (90) slapped the fifth delivery of that over deep midwicket for a maximum. West Indies 150/1 (27 overs)
# 20 runs off the last two overs. Chahar conceded just four runs to the West Indies batsmen before Ravindra Jadeja was hit by Shimron Hetmyer for two back-to-back sixes in the 22nd over. Meanwhile, Hetmyer (65) has brought up his ODI fifty by collecting a single off a Chahar delivery. West Indies 113/1 (22 overs)
# The Caribbean side added just 11 runs in the last three overs. Hetmyer (48) and Hope (31) are standing strong at the crease as West Indies are approaching a 100-run mark. India, on the other hand, desperately need to grab some quick wickets to return to the match. West Indies 93/1 (20 overs)
# Just three runs off the last two over. Hetmyer (43) is approaching an ODI fifty while Hope is comfortably batting at 25. West Indies need 206 runs from 33 overs. West Indies 82/1 (17 overs)
# Quite expensive last two overs from India as they conceded 20 runs in their last two overs. Hetmyer (42) first smashed Jadhav for two boundaries in the 14th over before he swept the first ball of the 15th over by Kuldeep mightily over the midwicket for a maximum. West Indies 79/1 (15 overs)
# Hetmyer and Hope have settled at the crease and are currently batting at their respective scores of 24 and 21 as the visitors have crossed the 50-run mark in their chase of 288 runs. West Indies 59/1 (13 overs)
# 14 runs off the last two overs. Hetmyer (20) pulled the fourth delivery of the 10th over towards the wide mid-on region for four runs. West Indies need 243 runs from 39 overs. West Indies 45/1 (11 overs)
# Shivam Dube comes into the attack!
# Four runs off the last two overs. Shai Hope (8) and Shimron Hetmyer (14) are currently batting at the crease as the Caribbean side need 257 runs from 41 overs. West Indies 31/1 (9 overs)
# Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack!
# 15 runs off the last two overs. Mohammad Shami was smashed by Shimron Hetmyer for two boundaries in the sixth over before Shai Hope (7) hit the second delivery of the seventh over in the gap between cover point and extra-cover for four runs. West Indies 27/1 (7 overs)
# Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Sunil Ambris departed for just nine runs after being caught leg before wicket on the first delivery of the fifth over by Deepak Chahar. West Indies (4.1 overs)
# Eight runs off the first two overs for West Indies. Ambris (8) got off the mark by clipping the third delivery of the second over by Mohammad Shami away through the vacant square leg region for four runs before he flicked the fifth delivery towards midwicket for another boundary. West Indies 8/0 (2 overs)
# Mohammad Shami to share the new ball!
# Sunil Ambris and Shai Hope to begin West Indies' chase. Deepak Chahar to open the proceedings for the hosts.
# Innings Break!
# India set 288-run target for West Indies! India 287/8 (50 overs)
# Deepak Chahar and Shivam Dube are currently batting at the crease.
# WICKET! Jadhav and Jadeja went back the pavilion after scoring 40 and 21 runs. While Jadhav was caught by Pollard at long-on on the third delivery of the 48th over, Jadeja was run out by Roston Chase on the very next ball. India 270/7 (48 overs)
# 15 runs off the last two overs. Jadeja (19) flicked the last delivery of the 46th over past short fine leg for a boundary. India have now crossed the 250-run mark. India 260/5 (46 overs)
# India 245/5 (44 overs)
# 11 runs off the last two overs. Jadeja (6) got off the mark with a single on the first delivery of the 41st over before he came on the front foot on the fifth delivery of the 42nd over and turned the ball gently off his pads for four runs. India 227/5 (42 overs)
# Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Rishabh Pant (71) flicked the fourth delivery of the 40th over by Pollard straight to deep square leg, only to see Hetmyer take a simple catch. India 216/5 (40 overs)
# Eight runs off the last two overs. Rishabh Pant continues to stand strong at 65 while Jadhav is standing at five as India have crossed the 200-run mark. India 203/4 (39 overs)
# Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Shreyas Iyer fell for 70 after he flicked the fourth delivery of the 37th over by Joseph straight to Kieron Pollard at midwicket. India 195/4 (37 overs)
# FIFTY!! Rishabh Pant (51) smashed his maiden ODI fifty off 47 balls. He reached the mark by pulling the third delivery of the 33rd over towards square leg. India 165/3 (33 overs)
# FIFTY!! Shreyas Iter has brought up an ODI half-century off 70 balls. He achieved the mark by flicking the fourth delivery of the 32nd over towards slip to take a single. India 158/3 (31 overs)
# 15 runs off the last two overs. Pant (26) smashed the second delivery of the 28th over into the stands beyond the midwicket for six runs. Meanwhile, Iyer is now just five runs short of a half-century. India 129/3 (29 overs)
# Meanwhile, there is a slight delay in the play before the 27th over as a stray dog took a stroll on the ground, drawing a huge cheer from the spectators.
# 10 runs off the last two overs. Rishabh Pant (19) smashed the fourth delivery of the 26th over away flat to the left of midwicket to notch up four runs. Shreyas Iyer, meanwhile, is approaching a half-century mark. India 114/3 (27 overs)
# Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are currently standing at the crease at their respective scores of 38 and 12 as India have crossed the 100-run mark. India 104/3 (25 overs)
# India added just four runs in the last two overs. Iyer is currently batting at 32 while Rishabh Pant is standing at four at the other end. India 90/3 (23 overs)
# Just six runs off the last two overs. Pant (1) punched the fifth delivery of the 20th over to long-on to get off the mark with a single. India 86/3 (21 overs)
# Rishabha Pant is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Rohit Sharma (36) smashed the first delivery of the 19th over by Alzarri Joseph straight to midwicket, only for Kieron Pollard to take a catch. India 80/3 (18.1 overs)
# Hayden Walsh bowled an expensive over, conceding 10 runs to India before Keemo Paul gave away five runs to the opposition. Rohit (33) swept the first delivery of the 15th over hard through square leg to collect four runs before Iyer (22) edged the fourth delivery through the vacant slip for another boundary. India 73/2 (16 overs)
# The Men in Blue added 12 runs in the last two overs. Rohit (26) and Iyer (14) are looking to steady India's ship after losing Rahul and Kohli cheaply. India have managed to cross the 50-run mark after Rohit slapped the fifth delivery of the 13th over through backward point for four runs. India 58/2 (14 overs)
# 13 runs off the last two overs. Shreyas Iyer (11) rocked back on the first delivery of the 11th over by Courtney Walsh and cut it through backward point for four runs before he hit the fifth delivery of the 12th over past the bowler for another boundary. India 46/2 (12 overs)
# Just four runs off the last two overs. Rohit Sharma (16) got an inside edge on the fifth delivery of the eight over and the ball went for four runs. Meanwhile, Cottrell has bowled his third maiden in five overs so far. India 29/2 (9 overs)
# Shreyas Iyer is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Two wickets in an over for Cottrell. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was castled by the West Indies bowler on the sixth delivery of the seventh over. India 25/2 (7 overs)
# Virat Kohli is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Sheldon Cottrell gives a breakthrough to West Indies. KL Rahul (6) was caught by Shimron Hetmyer at short mid-on on the second delivery of the seventh over. India 21/1 (6.2 overs)
# India added six runs off the last two overs. Rohit (4) smashed the third delivery of the fourth over towards cover to get off the mark. India 11/0 (4 overs)
# Five runs off the first two overs. Rahul (5) got off the mark with a boundary by cutting the second delivery of the second over from Jason Holder through point. Rohit, on the other hand, is yet to open his account. India 5/0 (2 overs)
# KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to open the innings for India. Sheldon Cottrell to open the proceedings for the Caribbean side.
# The two sides have walked down the crease for their national anthems.
# Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal and Yuzvendra Chahal are not playing in the opening ODI.
West Indies: Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami
# West Indies win toss, opt to bowl first against India!
# The toss is all set to take place in a few minutes.
Having recently sealed a T20I series against West Indies, Virat Kohli-led India will look to continue their winning momentum when they square off with the Caribbean side in the opening ODI of the three-match series, starting from Sunday at M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The Men in Blue will be boosted by confidence after their 67-run win in the third and final T20I at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai saw them clinch the three-match series 2-1. Heading into the upcoming series, India will be keen to clinch their 10th straight bilateral ODI series win against the side from the West Indies.
The hosts will miss the services of their star opener Shikhar Dhawan and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar due to their respective injuries. Dhawan was ruled out of the T20I and ODI series against West Indies due to a knee injury which he sustained at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy recently. Bhuvneshwar, on the other hand, will miss the West Indies ODIs due to a groin injury.
West Indies, on the other hand, came up with a decent performance in all three departments of the game during T20I series against India. The Caribbean side, who won the second T20I by 8 wickets, will be keen to dominate India in the three-match ODI series and end their tour on high.
The two sides last met each other in three-match ODI series in August, when the Men in Blue emerge winners by a margin of 2-0. India and West Indies had also faced each other in the league stage of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales and the Virat Kohli-led side went on to win that match by 125 runs.
The two squads are as follows:
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur
West Indies: Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Khary Pierre, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Kieron Pollard (C), Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh Jr.