Virat Kohli, Kieron Pollard
Virat Kohli, Kieron Pollard (Credits: BCCI)

West Indies chased down history in Chennai and stunned Team India. Stepping up against all the odds, Shimron Hetmyer turned out to be the star-performer for his side as West Indies did the job with eight wickets and 13 balls left. Chasing the target of 288, they did lose an early wicket of Sunil Ambris but Hetmyer and Hope’s 218-run partnership for the second wicket turned the tide in WI’s favour.

Hetmyer blossomed during the partnership, scoring 139 runs. He played his shots and never allowed the asking rate to go up. His knock of 139 included seven sixes and 11 boundaries. After his dismissal, Hope opened his arms and ensured an easy win for the visitors.

Despite WI’s win, one of the talking points from the game was Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal. He was adjudged run-out after Pollard was advised to ask umpires to have a relook after instructions from outside. Pollard, in the post-match presentation, differed from Kohli’s stance. He also heaped praise on Shimron Hetmyer.

“At the end of the day, the right decision was made and that’s the most important thing for me,” he said on Jadeja’s run-out.

“We know the talent that he has. He has been struggling a bit in the last 9 months and he has been under a lot of pressure. We just want to make him understand about his role in the side. He has been in the team from the last 18 months so he has a taste of international cricket. As a management we are very happy about his knock. e know the talent that he has. He has been struggling a bit in the last 9 months and he has been under a lot of pressure. We just want to make him understand about his role in the side. He has been in the team from the last 18 months so he has a taste of international cricket. As management we are very happy about his knock,” he said on Hetmyer’s knock.

Earlier, West Indies’ bowlers did a great job by restricting India under 300. Despite Shreyas Iyer’s and Rishabh Pant’s half-centuries, West Indies did not allow the run-rate to go up in the last overs and kept the total under check.

Sheldon Cottrell, with his spell of 10-3-46-2, starred with the ball. Keemo Paul and Alzarri Joseph scalped two wickets each.

With a win, West Indies now have an upper hand and will have an advantage over India in the second ODI, which takes place in Vizag on December 18.