India was too good for the Windies in the first ODI at Guwahati as the hosts won by eight wickets and 47 balls to spare. However, Windies were able to put a good total on the board as they scored 322 runs after being asked to bat first by Virat Kohli. Shimron Hetmyer was able to score his third century as he scored 106 off just 78 balls. Windies skipper Jason Holder credited Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for taking the game away from them.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored big hundreds to take their side over the line. The right-handed pair added a mammoth partnership of 246 runs for the second wicket. In fact, this is the fifth partnership of more than 200 runs for Rohit and Virat. Kohli scored his 36th ODI hundred whereas Rohit scored his 20th ODI century.
Jason Holder said he was happy with batting effort of the team as Shimron Hetmyer batted really well. However, he believes his team should have done better with the ball. Holder credited India’s captain, Virat Kohli and deputy Rohit Sharma, for taking away the game.
Jason Holder said in the post-match press conference, “Pleased with the guys for the batting effort. Hetmyer batted exceptionally well. We needed to be a lot more decent with the ball. Probably we got a par score. Credit to Kohli and Rohit for taking the game away from us. Oshane is one of the exciting talents we have got. Hopefully, we can play better in the second game.”
Meanwhile, India was able to tick the right boxes with the bat. However, they would aim to put a better performance with the ball in the second match.
In fact, the bowlers of both the teams had a tough day at the office as no maiden overs were bowled. The bowlers were expensive from both sides.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma scored their runs with utmost ease. Virat Kohli was able to bring his best to the table. Kohli rode his innings in the topmost gear as he scored 21 fours and two sixes in his blistering knock of 140 off just 107 balls. Thus, Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match award. Rohit Sharma accelerated in the fag end of the innings as he scored 152 off just 117 balls.
However, Jason Holder went wicketless. The second ODI will take place on 24th October at Visakhapatnam.