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Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope tons help West Indies thrash India in Chennai ODI

Windies chase down 288 with eight wickets in hand on Sunday

Shimron Hetmyer hit 139 off just 106 balls as the West Indies thrashed India by eight wickets in the first ODI in Chennai on Sunday.

Hetmyer cracked seven sixes and 11 boundaries and put 218 runs with fellow centurion Shai Hope (102 not out) as the visitors chased down a challenging target of 288 with 13 balls remaining.

Hetmyer was patient at the start of his innings and went on the offensive later on as he reached his fifth ODI hundred while Hope took his time to register his eighth ODI ton. Hope batted 151 balls to score 102.

The pitch in Chennai slowed down as the match progressed but even then India's spinners were ineffective, with only seamer Deepak Chahar (1-48) beating the batsmen regularly. Shreyas Iyer also dropped a simple chance of Hetmyer just after he reached three figures.

Earlier, Rishabh Pant (71) scored his first ODI half-century and added 114 runs with Iyer (70) for the fourth wicket.

Iyer scored his fifth ODI fifty and revived India’s innings after they were reduced to 25-2, losing KL Rahul (6) and Virat Kohli (4) in the space of five deliveries. Sheldon Cottrell (2-46) removed both batsmen.

Iyer added 55 runs with Rohit Sharma (36) to steady the ship. Sharma was out in the 19th over, caught pulling against pacer Alzarri Joseph (2-45).

The hosts accelerated in the middle overs and crossed 200 in the 29th over. Kedar Jadhav then hit 40 off 35 to push India’s score past 250. West Indies conceded 24 extras but managed to restrict India below 300.

Updated: December 15, 2019 09:31 PM

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