Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first in the first ODI against the Windies. However, the visitors didn’t get off to a great start as they lost their debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj as he could not make only nine runs. However, Kieran Powell timed the ball to perfection to score a fine half-century. The southpaw batsman scored 51 off just 39 balls to give a quick start to his team.
Meanwhile, Windies veered off the track in the middle overs. The tourists scored their runs at a brisk pace. However, they also kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The Windies lost three wickets for just 30 runs as they fell from 84-1 to 114-3.
Good score by the Windies.
However, Shimron Hetmyer was able to play a classical knock. The southpaw batsman was able to hit the ground running and found perfection in his timing. The left-hander scored his runs at a brisk pace as he scored half a dozen sixes and the same number of fours. Thus, Hetmyer was able to reach his third ODI hundred in just 78 balls. However, Shimron could not continue as he tried to carry on in the same fashion.
On the other hand, India had a disappointing day with their fielding. Rishabh Pant didn’t have an ideal start to his ODI career as he fielded with butterfingers. Pant also dropped a simple catch of Windies skipper Jason Holder. Holder provided finishing touches as he scored 38 off just 42 balls and looked ominous for India.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers as the leg-spinner was able to scalp three wickets. The rookie bowler Khaleel Ahmed was able to take one wicket. However, Mohammed Shami who return to white ball version after a long time was expensive in his spell as he leaked 81 runs in his ten overs.
Windies were able to put a competitive total of 322-8 at the end of 50 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Windies batting innings:
Enough on the board to make this game interesting…if WI manages to go past the top three. Looking forward to see Thomas and Roach bowl to Rohit-Dhawan-Kohli. Fire with fire. Should be fun. #IndvWI
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 21, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 21, 2018
Quality knock by Shimron Hetmyer. He is going to be some player. 3 centuries in his first 13 games. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 . Best start by any West Indian batsman after so few matches.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) October 21, 2018
— Jinks (@27jinx) October 21, 2018
— Atul Gulrajani (@AtulGulrajani) October 21, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 21, 2018
MS Dhoni has flair written all over him!! ♥️
I just love the way he keeps… changed people's perception on "the right way" of doing things and following the text book
There is no right or wrong way of doing things, find YOUR WAY and believe in it
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) October 21, 2018
— Neel Patel (@NeelPatel189) October 21, 2018
Apart from Bumrah not a single indian bowler is capable of bowling yourkers #INDvWI
— Jeet Dholakia (@jeet_dholakia) October 21, 2018
Absolutely lack of brain application from the Indian quicks today… They have been off their line and lengths and have given away far too many "Hit Me" balls.. this is absolutely not acceptable at the international level
Hopefully the batsmen can chase this down! #INDvWI
— Samay Turakhia (@samay_srt) October 21, 2018
— Manish ❁ (@Man_isssh) October 21, 2018
Zaheer KHAN on Cricbuzz Live:-
"The biggest concern with West Indies is that if their players start performing, they'll disappear within a year since some league is going to pick them and they'll prefer that." 😂#INDvWI
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) October 21, 2018
Superb knock from Hetmyer! Gets to his century with a six! Fabulous temperament on display today after Windies conceded their position of strength early on. #INDvsWI
— Kritika Naidu (@Kritzika) October 21, 2018