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India vs West Indies, 1st ODI

West Indies in India, 3 ODI Series, 2019 | 1st ODI | Sunday 15th December | 08:00
 Match Ended
India
287/8 (50.0) RR:5.74
West Indies
291/2 (47.5) RR:6.08
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That's all from this game! West Indies surprised one and all by winning this game. Nobody expected them to win but Hetmyer had other ideas. The Men in Blue would be disappointed with their performance especially their fielding and bowling. The next match takes place at Visakhapatnam on December 18. Join us for that at 1330 Local (0800 GMT).

Shimron Hetmyer has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that he does not know where his power comes from, to be honest. Adds that he was just looking to get it over the ropes. On him being known to play a brisk innings, Hetmyer says that he is looking to be more consistent. Adds that he was backing himself and was not looking to keep the ball down. Adds that getting a match-winning hundred feels sweet. On being released from Bangalore in the Indian T20I league, Hetmyer says that he is not thinking about that too much.

Kieron Pollard, the West Indian skipper says that they know what talent Hetmyer possesses and he knows his responsibilities. Adds that Shimron is playing since 18 months and that has given him experience to play in these conditions. Further goes on to say they know which areas they need to work on and it has been a total teamwork. On Sheldon Cottrell, he says that with experience comes confidence and he has performed well since the last few months. On the run out, Pollard says that the right decision was made.

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, says that the form of Iyer and Pant are good signs for India. Further goes on to say that, him and Rohit failed and that gave Pant and Iyer an opportunity. Further says that they played smart cricket. Goes on to say that he felt 6 bowlers were enough but the visitors batted really well and nothing can be taken away from them. On the controversial run out of Jadeja, Kohli says that once an appeal is made and the on-field umpire gives his verdict, nobody from outside the field can tell the umpire to change his decision.

The West Indian bowlers were on top of their game with Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph and Sheldon Cottrell picking up two wickets each. They started well and ended well. Lost it in the middle but overall, they will be happy with their performance today. Stay tuned for the presentation...

Early on in the day, India were 'restricted' to 287 after their top 3 failed to make a mark. It needed a Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant special to get them to that score. A good cameo from Kedar Jadhav was also helpful. The West Indians used their cutters effectively but the youngsters took the game away. However, just when it seemed like a 300-plus total was on the cards, a controversial moment occurred with Jadeja being adjudged run out after looking at the giant screen. India lost momentum from there on and managed only 38 in their last 5 overs.

Coming to the Indian bowling, well, apart from the fielding, one cannot totally blame them. The bowlers tried their best but Hetmyer was simply batting superbly. He put the Indian bowling to the sword and they simply could not recover. The lack of a 5th bowling option hurt them badly as Chahal was missed on this track.

Shai Hope says that he is not smiling too much as he is cramping a bit but he is happy with the victory. States that he was looking to just play the new ball and try to bat for long periods. Adds that Hetmyer batted well and he was just anchoring the innings. Mentions the pitch was a bit of a slow turner but he adjusted his innings accordingly. Hope also says the partnership between him and Hetmyer was crucial.

Phew! What a performance from the West Indies! Especially Shimron Hetmyer. His innings was the one which actually gave the momentum to the innings. He was exceptional, terrifying and just took the game away from the Indians. The left-hander hit seven sixes in his innings and never once looked like getting out. One chance was given by him though when he hit one straight down the throat of long on but Iyer made a mess of it. However it was too by then it was too late. Shai Hope though was not far behind, he took time to get to his century but was the ideal support for a rampaging Hetmyer. The visitors lost the early wicket of Sunil Ambris but then Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope stitched a 218-run stand to get them to safer shores. Once Hetmyer fell after a mammoth knock, Hope and Pooran finished it off with a 62-run stand. One of the centurions, Shai Hope is down for an interview with Harsha Bhogle.

4 47.5
Shivam Dube to Nicholas Pooran

FOUR! That is all over! Short delivery on middle, Pooran pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. WEST INDIES WIN BY 8 WICKETS!

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