Shimron Hetmyer, India vs West Indies 2019
Shimron Hetmyer (Credits - Twitter)

Shimron Hetmyer’s and Shai Hape’s ton hit India hard as West Indies chased down 288 to kick off the series with an emphatic win in Chennai. Hetmyer led the chase with his 139 off 106, putting the team on the brink of a win. Just 59 before the target, the left-handed batsman was dismissed off Mohammed Shami but he had his job before walking back towards the dressing room.

Coming in to bat at number three, he added 218 runs for the second wicket with Shai Hope. On one side, Shimron Hetmyer kept the scoreboard ticking by hitting boundaries. Hope, on the other hand, relied on singles to rotate the strike. He did not risk playing big shots and played the second fiddle. Once Hetmyer was dismissed, Hope took the charge and scored his eighth ODI century.

Twitterati lauded Hetmyer and West Indies for chasing down the target. Here is how Twitterati reacted –

Batting first, Team India lost early wickets. KL Rahul handed an easy catch to Hetmyer off Sheldon Cottrell while Virat Kohli edged one back to his stumps off the same bowler. Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer added 55 runs for the third wicket but the vice-captain couldn’t convert his start of 36 into a big one.

Iyer, batting at number four for the first time in his career, stepped up and added 114 runs for the fourth wicket with Rishabh Pant. Iyer continued to play his natural game but Rishabh took his time at the start. Delivering on the promise shown by the team management, Rishabh did not play any lose shot. He scored 71off 69 while Iyer scored 70 off 88.

The decision to hold back debutant Shivam Dube came as a big surprise and despite Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja putting up 59 runs for the sixth wicket, India’s score did not reach the mark that many expected as Men in Blue scored 287/8.

Chasing the target, West Indies also lost an early wicket but Hetmyer and Hope’s efforts were too much for India. With this chase, West Indies are 1-0 up and hold an advantage going into the second ODI.