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India Vs Windies 2019/20: First ODI – Twin Centuries Guide Windies To Easy Series-Leading Victory 

India Vs Windies 2019/20: First ODI – Twin Centuries Guide Windies To Easy Series-Leading Victory
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The visiting side Windies have taken the 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against the hosts India after winning the opening game of the series on Sunday (15th December) night at Chennai.

After winning the toss, the visiting captain Kieron Pollard decided to field first. Struggling from the beginning, the hosts managed the first innings total of 287/8 (50 overs). In reply, Windies chased down that target in 47.5 overs after losing two wickets.

Windies opener Shai Hope and no.3 batsman Shimron Hetmyer scored centuries

Though the opener Sunil Ambris (9) lost his wicket cheaply, another opener Shai Hope and the no.3 batsman Shimron Hetmyer handled that situation very well. Both were very solid – while Hetmyer was furious, Hope showed his familiar control batting. For the second wicket, Hope-Hetmyer put the 218 runs partnership.

Shimron Hetmyer scored 85 balls century and smashed 139 runs off just 106 balls (11 fours and 7 sixes). Though Hetmyer was dismissed in 39th over of that innings, Hope smoothly guided Windies to the comfortable victory along with Nicholas Pooran. Hope-Pooran set up the 62 runs partnership for the unbroken third wicket.

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Shimron Hetmyer (Image Credit: AFP)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope completed his century in 149 balls. The right-handed batsman remained not out on 102 runs off 151 balls (7 fours and only six). Meanwhile, Pooran scored 29 not out off 23 balls (4 fours).

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Shai Hope (Image Credit: Google)

Among the Indian bowlers, only Deepak Chahar (1/48) and Mohammed Shami (1/57) managed to pick up a wicket.

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Indian middle-order batsmen played well

Indian opener KL Rahul (6) and the skipper Virat Kohli (4) lost their wickets cheaply as the hosts were struggling on 25/2.

Another opener Rohit Sharma handled that initial situation very well along with Shreyas Iyer. After their 55 runs partnership, Rohit was dismissed on 36 runs. Then Shreyas Iyer and the wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant provided a good partnership for the fourth wicket which was 114 runs. Both those batsmen batted very well while Pant finally impressed with his bat after a long time.

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Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

After Iyer was dismissed on 70 runs off 88 balls (5 fours and only six), Pant soon lost his wicket on 71 runs off 69 balls (7 fours and only six).

Then Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja put the 59 runs partnership for the sixth wicket at late of that innings. While Jadhav’s bat added 40 off 35 balls (3 fours and only six), Jadeja scored 21 runs.

Among the Windies bowlers, Sheldon Cottrell (2/46), Keemo Paul (2/40) and Alzarri Joseph (2/45) all scalped two wickets each.

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While Windies are now leading this series by 1-0, India and Windies will play the second ODI of this series at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday (18th December).

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