Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

India vs West Indies, 1st ODI

India vs West Indies, 1st ODI

Pant's aggressive strokeplay and ability to up the scoring ante with his funky shots could well give the impetus India need to plug a spot that has been auditioned for extensively, given that only a handful of matches now remain as they lead up to the 2019 World Cup.

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.

Windies batsman Shimron Hetmyer's 74-ball ton had set the hosts a seemingly challenging chase in the first game of the five-match series, only for Kohli (140 off 107 balls) and Rohit (152no off 117) to break the back of India's reply after Shikhar Dhawan (4) fell in the second over to debutant Oshane Thomas.

Chasing 323, India suffered an early blow when debutant Oshane Thomas struck to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan in the second over to take his maiden global wicket.

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

For India, the only point of concern was the bowling department. The answer would be "no", as Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, and Kuldeep was not in the XI. While he used brute force against the pace, Hetmyer also looked fluent against the spin duo of Yuzvendra Jadeja and Ravindra Jadeja before being dismissed by the latter after immediately betting the milestone-mark.

Hetmyer then arrived in the middle and stitched crucial partnerships with Rovman Powell and Jason Holder (38) before getting out in the 39th over.

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