Hyderabad: In what can be called as a remarkable chase from the Windies, they defeated India by 8 wickets in the first ODI at the Chepauk. They now go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series.

Centuries from Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer took windies home with 13 balls to spare as they chased down the target of 288.

Windies won the toss and chose to bowl in what was a surprising decision according to Virat Kohli but a planned move by Pollard as early blows rattled Team India on 25/2. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant then took the command as they brought up their fifties and had a wonderful partnership of 114 runs as Shreyas hit a simple catch to Pollard. It was Pant’s maiden and Iyer’s 5th ODI fifty.

Pant carried the momentum until he mistimed yet another time and got out on 71. Kedhar jadhav showed some resistance at the end as India posted a total of 287/8.

Windies had a bad start as Deepak Chahar got Sunil Ambris leg before with Windies on 11/1.

It was never looking back since then as Hetmyer made sure he “het” the bad balls and Hope made sure he stayed till the end of the inning as the “Hope” for the Windies with the duo adding 218 runs for the second wicket.

Shimron Hetmyer’s 139 and Shai Hope’s 101* took the West Indies over the line as the Indian bowling & fielding unit let themselves down at the Chepauk with dropped catches and misfields.

Hetmyer was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 139, his highest individual score in ODIs.

India and Westindies will now play the second ODI on December 18 at Vishakapatnam.

Anurag Mallick

A sports enthusiast, Anurag Mallick is currently working with Newsmeter as a reporter. He is a mass communication graduate from Loyola Academy. He is also a budding presenter and loves talking in front of the camera. His future aim is to discuss cricket professionally. He has earlier interned with a YouTube Channel, "Hind ki Pukaar" where he spoke on various topics infront of the camera. He has also interned with "WrytIn", a content writing platform, where he wrote articles on sports & entertainment. "Lights, Camera, Cricket" is what sums him up. He also loves playing cricket and other sports like Badminton & Volleyball.

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