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PHOTOS, 1st ODI: Kohli, Rohit pummel West Indies with centuries

Last updated on: October 21, 2018 21:33 IST


Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Virat Kohli celebrates with Rohit Sharma. Rohit reached his 20th ton. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma conjured up breathtaking centuries as India's ruthless domination over the West Indies continued with a facile eight-wicket win in the first One-day International, in Guwahati, on Sunday.


Making mockery of what looked like a stiff 323-run target, the home team cantered to the win with 7.5 overs to spare, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Kohli pounded the Caribbean bowlers with 21 fours and two sixes to raise his 36th ODI century and now needs just 81 runs to join the elite club of cricketers who have amassed 10,000 runs in the One-day format.

After early departure of Shikhar Dhawan (4), Kohli raised a massive 246-run stand for the second wicket with Rohit, who remained unbeaten on 152. It was Rohit's 20th ODI hundred which came off 117 balls with 15 fours and eight sixes.

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Unstoppable Virat Kohli celebrates his 36th ton. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

While Kohli and Rohit plundered boundaries to entertain the packed stadium, it painted a sorry picture of the West Indies attack, which once was intimidating for any batting line up in the world.

The only high point for the West Indies while defending their total was 21-year-old newcomer Oshane Thomas' raw pace up front.

Playing his first ODI in more than three months, Kohli was unstoppable. It seemed another routine affair for Kohli as he also got past the milestone of 2000 International runs in the calendar year.

He emulated iconic Sachin Tendulkar in scoring 2000-plus runs in three successive years. After Kohli was stumped off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, India's vice captain took the side home in company of Ambati Rayudu (22). 

Any hopes of a close contest evaporated when Kohli and Rohit started striking the ball clean and hard.

Shimron Hetmyer

IMAGE: Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his century against India in the first ODI, in Guwahati, on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

After their rout in the Test series, West Indies did a good job by putting on board a challenging 322 for eight, capitalising on the absence of India's front line pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
The duo has been rested for the first two ODIs and the 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer (106) put to sword an under-strength Indian attack to raise his third ODI hundred.

The 21-year-old left-hander, who led the West Indies to their first Under-19 World Cup title in Bangladesh in 2016, put to sword an under strength Indian attack to raise his third ODI hundred.

He punished the Indian bowlers while scoring 106, which was inclusive of six fours and as many sixes, in an entertaining 78-ball knock.

In absence of front line pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who have been rested for first two ODIs, India struggled to contain the run-flow against the Caribbean side.

The bowling looked lacklustre while the fielding was shoddy, as India, on a high after their Test series win, seemed to have underestimated their opponents.

The Guyanese lad brought up his half-century off 41 balls and was involved in two 50-plus partnerships with Rovman Powell (22) and skipper Jason Holder (38).

Hetmyer completed his hundred by lofting Mohammed Shami for a six over extra cover.

Kieran Powell

IMAGE: Kieran Powell enabled the West Indies recover after the loss of an early wicket with a fine 51

While he used brute force against pace, he was also fluent against the spin duo of Yuzvendra Jadeja and Ravindra Jadeja before being dismissed by the latter after immediately getting to the milestone.

Looking to redeem themselves after the 2-0 Test series thumping under six days, the touring side put up a strong challenge after being put in by home captain Virat Kohli.

Visiting skipper Holder, on the eve of the match, had said 300-plus is the benchmark of ODI cricket and his young batters responded well, with Devendra Bishoo taking the team past 300 in the penultimate over.

Ravindra Jadeja is congratulated by teammates after dismissing Hetmyer

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja is congratulated by teammates after dismissing Shimron Hetmyer. Photograph: BCCI

Opener Kieran Powell set up the foundation with a 39-ball 51 (6x4, 2x6) in a 67-run stand for the second wicket with Shai Hope (32).

Powell and debutant opening partner Chandrapaul Hemraj dealt in boundaries against Shami and Yadav.

Rishabh Pant is presented the India cap by Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Rishabh Pant is presented the India cap by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Photograph: BCCI

The West Indies lost three wickets in quick succession but the Guyana youngster took charge after Marlon Samuels departed for a duck in his landmark 200th ODI.

Earlier, young Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was presented his maiden One-Day International cap by former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni before the start of play.

Pant was included in the side as a specialist batsman and Dhoni kept wickets. The stylish left-handed batsman impressed the selectors as well as India coach Ravi Shastri in the two-Test series against the West Indies, scoring 184 runs, at an average of 92, in the two innings he batted.

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