West Indies witnessed the Runs storm of Rohit and Virat Kohli in first ODI at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
All the amazing action by Indian team has been witnessed by cricket fans and West Indies team in the first one-day International at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati. India won this match with 8 wickets and 47 balls left in hand. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made it look so easy to chase a big total of 323 runs.
Many eyes were on the young Oshane Thomas when India came out to bat. He took the new ball and bowled a really pacy first over. When he knocked over Dhawan in his debut over, there was a bit of tension in the blue camp with him getting a lot of bounce and with this being a stiff chase. But, Virat Kohli counter-attacked him in style with a couple of boundaries in one over and showed he was in a great space today.
The timing was so good, the shot selection was brilliant and the way he, alongside Rohit, tormented the bowlers was incredible to watch. 246-run record-breaking second wicket stand it turned out to be. 36th ODI hundred for Kohli and the 20th hundred for Rohit came just like that.
Windies lost the toss and batted first. Kieran Powell provided them a good start but Shami sends back the opener Hemraj in second over. Shai Hope and Powell added some runs to the scoreboard and built a decent partnership. Debutante Khaleel picked up the wicket of Powell, Shami took his second in form of Shai Hope.
Hetmyer scored a reliable century under pressure and with help of Rovman Powell and Captain Jason Holder West Indies team put a big total 322 runs on the board at a loss of 8 wickets. Chahal took 3 wickets and Jadeja picked 2 important wickets of Powell and centurion Hetmyer.
Virat Kohli (Man of the match) in a post-match presentation said: “Feels pretty good. A very convincing win for us. Windies put up a really good total. 320 targets are very tricky, but we knew we could do it with a big partnership. It’s never too difficult when you have Rohit at the other end. Among the top three, I mostly take the anchor role because both Rohit and Shikhar are good stroke-makers.
He added: It was one of those days where I felt good and I told Rohit I will continue to bat this way positively and maybe you can play the anchor role. When Rayudu came he took that role and Rohit took over from me. I think that’s what ODI batting is all about. It’s about communication and batting in partnerships. It’s our 5th or 6th double-century partnership, it’s a pleasure to bat with him.”
Turns out to be a cakewalk for India. A loss such as this can really be hard on you. Windies got to be mentally really strong to leave this behind and come back better in Vizag.
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