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 –
Shimron Hetmyer knows that the IPL Auction is just 4 days away. #INDvsWI
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) December 15, 2019
Shimron Hetmyer' xR (runs expected from him based on the balls faced, match situation, etc) was 91.9 he ended up scoring 139 runs, scoring 47.1 runs more than his xR.
This explains the quality of his innings.
— Clive (@vanillawallah) December 15, 2019
Highest stands for WI against India in ODIs:
221 – Gordon Greendige/Viv Richards, Jamshedpur, 1983
218 – Shai Hope/Shimron Hetmyer, Chennai, 2019*
200* – Shiv Chanderpaul/Stuart Williams, Bridgetown, 1997#INDvWI
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 15, 2019
Highest ODI score in India by visiting team in chasing.
160 Tillakaratne Dilshan
158 Andrew Strauss
151* Sanath Jayasuriya
149* S Chanderpaul
139 SHIMRON HETMYER
— Merin Kumar ™ (@merin_kumar) December 15, 2019
What a world class knock this is by Shimron Hetmyer, one of the best innings I've seen this year in ODIs! Just not giving Indian bowlers to take the lead. This man is the future of West Indies cricket!!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 15, 2019
Very controlled 5th Odi century from Shimron Hetmyer. He has paced this innings with such calm body language and assured shot selection; it has the feel of a player who has gone up another step in his maturity👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) December 15, 2019
— Swapnil Gujar (@iamswap07) December 15, 2019
Standing ovation for Hetmyer, 139 runs from 106 balls including 11 fours and 7 sixes against India in India while chasing 288 runs.
He is just 22 years old. #INDvWI
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) December 15, 2019
West Indies have got one month long match practice in India behind them ( against Afghanistan in Lucknow ). No wonder they're up and running, performing so well. Meanwhile our entitled shehzadas need to lose a couple of matches to wake up.#INDvWI #INDvsWI #WIvIND #wivsind
— Abhishek (@abhishaek) December 15, 2019
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.