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Hetmyer and Hope scored 218 for the second wicket to ease West Indies to a win.

Hetmyer and Hope scored 218 for the second wicket to ease West Indies to a win.

Contrasting hundreds from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope helped West Indies off to a winning start in the three-match ODI series against India with an eight-wicket victory. The hosts, asked to bat, rode on a strong middle order show - led by fifties from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant - to post a competitive total of 287 for 8 in the opening ODI in Chennai on Sunday (December 15). However, the Indian bowlers did not have any answers to Hetmyer's blitz (139 off 106, 11 fours and 7 sixes) as he scored the bulk of the runs in a 218-run second-wicket stand with Shai Hope (102* off 151, 7 fours and 1 six), who anchored the chase and helped West Indies over the line with 2.1 overs to spare.

West Indies recovered from Sunil Ambris's early dismissal - when he was trapped in front by Deepak Chahar - and an edgy start from Hetmyer to get their chase off to a good start. Hope played the anchor's role while Hetmyer handled the job of finding the fence, which he did regularly to ensure West Indies did not let the required rate creep up too much. Having edged Mohammed Shami a couple of times for boundaries in the sixth over, Hetmyer looked a lot more in control when he took on the spinners, hitting Jadhav for a couple of fours before sending a Kuldeep Yadav delivery over the long-on fence for his first maximum.

Soon after going past fifty, Hetmyer took on Ravindra Jadeja - who had bowled three quiet overs for 10 runs - for two successive sixes to extend the partnership past 100. The feature of Hetmyer's innings was that he put the bowlers under immense pressure with his regular hits to and over the ropes, while Hope was happy to play second fiddle from the other end, focusing on singles and getting his partner back on strike. Even Shami, in his comeback spell, was struck for a six by Hetmyer, who showcased good back-foot play.

India managed to put a lid on the scoring rate by drying up the boundaries, which coincided with Hetmyer suffering a bout of cramps. Hope took as many as 92 deliveries for his fifty while Hetmyer brought up his fifth ODI ton but the required rate also went up as India managed eight overs without conceding a boundary. The drought came to an end in the 35th over when Hetmyer outside edged a Chahar delivery while Hope steered one past third man for a four, with the fours sandwiched between a simple chance that was put down by Iyer at long-on that gave Hetmyer a reprieve. Capitalising on India's big miss, Hetmyer struck two back-to-back sixes off Jadeja to bring the equation below a run-a-ball at the end of the 36th over. The partnership crossed 200, only the third such instance for West Indies against India in ODIs, and Hetmyer continued to hurt India for a golden opportunity missed by taking on debutant Shivam Dube to extend his tally of boundaries.

Iyer eventually held on to the ball in the deep to send back Hetmyer and give Shami a wicket, but the extent of damage done by the left-hander left West Indies with a comfortable equation. India did manage a few tight overs in a bid to turn things around. But the lack of front-line bowling resources towards the end meant that Hope and Nicholas Pooran had the remainder of the chase in their control. Hope registered his eighth ODI hundred with a six and a four off Chahar while Pooran finished it off with a couple of boundaries off Dube as West Indies pulled off the highest successful chase at Chepauk.

Earlier, India found themselves in trouble early in their innings as Sheldon Cottrell used the change of pace to good effect to send back KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in the seventh over. It was an excellent first spell from the left-arm pacer, whose five overs included three maidens and only 12 runs as India could manage only 33 in the first 10. There was also some sharp movement and bounce for Jason Holder, who troubled Rohit a few times. But whenever it was full Rohit was quick to take advantage of it, as did Iyer. The two batsmen also scored boundaries off Hayden Walsh while the other bowlers also didn't pose too many problems until Alzarri Joseph bowled one short and found Rohit late on the pull.

What followed was another phase of rebuilding, with Rishabh Pant managing to tone down his aggression in what was a measured innings as he assisted Iyer in building a productive partnership. Apart from a slow-sweep for a six off Roston Chase, Pant concentrated on strike rotation and putting away the poor deliveries and free-hits. Iyer too was happy milking the singles, with both batsmen crossing the half-century mark in an important partnership on a trying, double-natured pitch. Iyer's first aggressive shot came after his fifty when he sent a Chase delivery over the midwicket boundary and the offspinner came for some stick from Pant, who had picked up pace without attempting anything fancy, hitting his boundaries mostly straight, as the fourth wicket pair extended the partnership past 100.

Pant even had a lucky break when he hit a full delivery from Kieron Pollard straight to cover where Cottrell put down the catch. But both half-centurions fell in quick succession, leaving it to India's all-round options to finish the job. Jadhav and Jadeja took over and did a fine job, with the former playing the role of an aggressor in a breezy fifty-run partnership. Jadhav struck three fours and a six while Jadeja hit two boundaries before both fell in off successive deliveries in the 48th over. India managed 18 in the last two overs to finish on a good note, although the total wasn't quite enough in the end thanks to Hetmyer's fiery performance.

Brief scores: India 288/8 in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 71, Shreyas Iyer 70, Kedar Jadhav 40; Sheldon Cottrell 2-46) lost to West Indies 291/2 in 47.5 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 139, Shai Hope 102*; Deepak Chahar 1-48) by 8 wickets.

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