Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Bowlers star as India breeze past WI in series opener. Deepak Hooda remained unbeaten on 26 in the run chase.
Deepak Hooda remained unbeaten on 26 in the run chase.
India eased to a six-wicket win in the opening ODI in Ahmedabad after chasing down 176 in just 28 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal bagged four – and crossed the 100 ODI wickets mark – while Washington Sundar picked three on his return to give the visitors a hard time after they were asked to bat. Prasidh Krishna, with figures of 10-0-29-2, was also key in keeping West Indies in check.
With just one practice session after arriving in India behind them, Kieron Pollard had urged his side to “crack on” and try and bat full 50 overs. The batters however couldn't quite hit the ground and at one stage were reduced to 79 for 7. It was Jason Holder's half-century that propped up the side past 160 to give India some sort of a challenge.
Once the coin fell in Rohit Sharma's favour in India's 1000th ODI, the captain enjoyed complete control during the innings with his bowlers making the plans work flawlessly. Shai Hope creamed two consecutive fours through cover in the third over but lost his poles as Mohammed Siraj got the next delivery to nip back in. The inside edge crashed onto the stumps and gave India the early breakthrough. Darren Bravo (31 off 52) and Brandon King made 31 off 52 for the second wicket before Washington forced the visitors into another period of rebuilding. He first had King chip a catch to midwicket and then got Bravo lbw to leave West Indies in trouble at 45 for 3.
A small stand of 26 flourished between Shamarh Brooks and Nicholas Pooran but Chahal put an end to those battles with his strikes. Pooran fell first as the left-hander missed a sweep and was given out lbw after a review. Pollard got sucked into playing an explosive drive first ball and was bowled by Chahal's googly as West Indies found themselves 71 for 5. Brooks was then caught behind as Chahal led the destruction.
Akeal Hosein bagged a duck but Jason Holder and Fabian Allen provided the much-needed resistance to prop up the score past 150. Holder looked fluent and was positive in his approach against the spinners. He took on Chahal and struck the legspinner for three sixes before getting to his half-century. He was dropped by Prasidh Krishan on 23 when the ball went through the pacer's hand at the square leg fence for a six. The pair made 78 off 91 with Holder contributing 47 off 48 before Washington ended Allen's innings on 29. Holder was caught behind trying to push at a back of length delivery from Prasidh to end hopes of the visitors crossing the 200-run mark after.
Right from the start in the chase, Rohit was in a punishing mood even as Ishan Kishan made a scratchy start. India made 67 in the powerplay with Rohit racing towards his half-century and Kishan enjoying the show from the other end. In the 10th over, Rohit first cracked a boundary against Kemar Roach on the second ball and then struck the fourth ball for a boundary to the third man fence. The fifth ball was Rohit's best shot in the innings as he smoked a short ball over square leg to pick up the first six of the innings.
The India captain got to his 44th ODI half-century off 42 balls but fell soon after to Alzarri Joseph. Virat Kohli started with a boundary off the outside edge, uppercut the next ball for another boundary but was caught at fine leg playing the pull on his fourth delivery. Rishabh Pant suffered an unlucky run out while Kishan found the fine leg fielder after nailing a sweep but India never looked out of control. Debutant Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav scored 62 at close to run a ball to shut the door on the visitors.
Brief scores: West Indies 176 in 43.5 overs (Jason Holder 57; Yuzvendra Chahal 4-49, Washington Sundar 3-30) lost to India 178/4 in 28 overs (Rohit Sharma 60; Alzarri Joseph 2-45) by six wickets.