Superlative Kohli, Rohit tons lead India to thumping win

Brief scores: West Indies 322/8 (Shimron Hetmyer 106, Kieran Powell 51, Jason Holder 28; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/41, Ravindra Jadeja 2/66, Mohammed Shami 2/81) lost to India (Rohit Sharma 152*, Virat Kohli 140, Ambati Rayudu 22*; Devendra Bishoo 1/72) by 8 wickets

1st ODI, statistical highlights

  • India beat the West Indies for the 57th time in One-Day International cricket overall and the 25th time on home soil in 51 ODIs, winning by eight wickets and with 47 balls to spare.
  • Rishabh Pant became India’s 224th ODI player. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Oshane Thomas were the debutants for the West Indies, becoming ODI cap Nos. 185 and 186.
  • Having been put in to bat, Kieran Powell took the West Indies off to a quick start and laid a platform for a potentially big score, with a 39-ball 51, his ninth half-century in ODI.
  • West Indies lost a couple of wickets in quick succession after a 65-run, second-wicket partnership between Powell and Shai Hope.
  • After which, Shimron Hetmyer played an innings full of flair and with the aggression of the right kind to take the Windies closer to 250 before perishing. He walked in with his team in a spot of bother at 86/3 and added 162 runs with three different batsmen. He made his third ODI century, all three in this calendar year, finishing with 106 runs off 78 balls, an innings which was punctuated with six fours and six sixes.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal, with figures of 3/41 in 10 overs, was easily the best bowler for India.
  • Chasing 323, India romped to the target with 47 balls to spare, winning by eight wickets. This, courtesy of superlative centuries from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who made their respective 36th and 20th ODI hundreds, while combining for a second-wicket partnership of 246 runs off 189 balls.
  • Kohli made a 107-ball 140, his 22nd century in a run chase and the 20th in a successful run-chase. Kohli’s knock was studded with 21 fours and two sixes.
  • Rohit made an unbeaten 117-ball 152, an innings studded with 15 fours and eight sixes.
  • Kohli, with this magnificent innings, brought up 2000 international runs in 2018, including 889 runs in ODIs in 2018, 1063 runs in Test in 2018 and 146 runs in T20Is in 2018.
  • Captaining India for the 53rd time in ODI cricket, Kohli recorded his 40th win.
  • This is India’s eighth-highest successful run chase in ODI and the second-highest against the West Indies, after they had chased down 325 in an ODI in Ahmedabad in 2002.

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