The first ODI match between India vs West Indies(WINDIES) was held on Guwahati on October 21, 2018. In this article we deal about the review of the match.

VENUE  : ACA STADIUM, GUWAHATI

TOSS      :  INDIA WON TOSS AND CHOSE TO FIELD

RESULT : INDIA WON BY 8 WICKETS

It was a bright sunny day at Guwahati and ACA Stadium was marked as India’s 46th ODI venue. It was the first ODI in history to be played at the place which is famous for producing Tea powder. Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field. The team news is as follows.

INDIA – ROHIT SHARMA, SHIKHAR DHAWAN, VIRAT KOHLI (C), AMBATI RAYUDU, MS DHONI (WK), RISHABH PANT, RAVINDRA JADEJA, UMESH YADAV, MOHAMMED SHAMI, KHALEEL AHMED, YUZVENDRA CHAHAL.

WINDIES – KIERAN POWELL, CHANDRAPAUL HEMRAJ, SHAI HOPE (WK), SHIMRON HETMYER, MARLON SAMUELS, ROVMAN POWELL, JASON HOLDER (C), ASHLEY NURSE, DEVENDRA BISHOO, KEMAR ROACH, OSHANE THOMAS.

Rishabh pant and Oshane Thomas were debutants for India and Windies respectively.

WINDIES BATTING SUMMARY

OPENING – AS EXPECTED

WI openers were Kieran Powell and Chandrapaul Hemraj and Mohammed Shami has the new ball and bowled the 1st over. The first breakthrough happened at 4.3 overs when the score was 19/1. Shami bowled Hemraj for less runs. Hope joined Powell for the 2nd wicket. Powell was playing in t20 format and scored quick fifty. After scoring fifty he got out while Dhawan took the catch at long off and indian left arm pacer Khaleel bowled. Marlon Samuels then came in, who was playing his 200th ODI was gone for duck and soon the score was 86/3 in 15.3 overs. Hetmyer and Hope joined. The duo were rotating the strikes until Hope got out for the short ball Shami bowled and keeper Dhoni completed the catch. So, the score was 114/4 in 21.4 overs.

So, the match was going as expected and we all thought, the team will be scoring less runs on board.

MIDDLE ORDER – EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Now Hetmyer and Powell joined the crease and the duo were batting sensibly. Hetmyer was striking the ball cleanly for sixes. Powell rotating the strikes and hitting boundaries then and there accompanied Hetmyer . The run rate was going 6 an over and Hetmyer reaches 50. Kohli was changing bowlers inorder to control the run flow but they failed miserably. Except Chahal no one got success. Shami was leaking runs and so as Jadeja. On the other hand, Chahal was economical with less than 5 an over.

Jadeja came for second spell and bowled Powell and soon the score was 188/5 at 30.3 overs. Now the captain Holder comes into crease and joins Hetmyer. Holder was anchoring the innings while Hetmyer was giving lusty blows. So, he reached century, marking as 3rd ODI hundred in 13 innings which is fifth fastest in the world and first WI batsman to do so. The run rate now going beyond 6.5, and then yet again Jadeja provided a breakthrough, Hetmyer gone giving a catch at mid off.

Overall, we can say the Fielding of Indians wan not upto the mark and was little sloppy.

LOWER ORDER – NOT UPTO THE MARK

As the Windies were looking to go beyond 350+ mark, the wickets were tumbling and Chahal put an end to Holder`s anchoring innings. The Scorecard reads 278/8 in 43.2 overs. Two new batsmen were in crease, Bishoo and Roach and they were taking singles then and there. The duo added 44 runs in 42 balls for the 9th wicket partnership and the team score reached 322/8 in 50 overs.

Indian bowlers all went for runs except Chahal who was economical and also took 3 wickets. Shami and Jadeja picked up 2 wickets each and Khaleel got one. Umesh went wicketless. Among the bowlers Shami went more than 80+ runs in the 10 overs.

INNINGS BREAK – INDIA NEED 323 RUNS TO WIN.

WI BATTING STARS – Shimron Hetmyer and the star and worked hard in middle overs, and it was Kieran Powell who made a dashing start as an opener and gave the other batsmen the confidence.

INDIA BATTING SUMMARY

OPENING – AS EXPECTED BUT WAY TOO BEYOND

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan came to crease. Kemar Roach had the new ball. The first over India scored 6/0. Windies debutant 21 year old Oshane Thomas bowled the second over, touching 146 KPH average. He was bowling at good length and soon bowled a short ball to Dhawan and he inside edged and got bowled. Yes, the debutant took his first wicket in his international arena. But when Kohli joins the crease it was almost like t20 format, he was playing brilliantly especially scoring runs and finding gap in square region. He reached 50 in 36 balls and soon went on high and scored century which was his 36th ODI hundred. On the other hand Rohit too reaches his 20th ODI century.

The duo added 246 runs for the second wicket which was the highest against WI team for the 2nd wicket. It was also the most number of 200+ runs between the stalwarts and marked as 5th and moves to 1st place overall. Bishoo stumping bowled Kohli and he went for 140 runs from 107 balls scoring 21 boundaries and 2 sixes. Thomas was slow in his second spell touching 136+ as average. Other than Holder, everybody leaked runs.

MIDDLE ORDER – ALREADY OVER AND MATCH WAS IN CONTROL

Rayudu joins with Sharma and the scoreboard was ticking. Rohit soon reached 150 runs with a six and marked his 6th 150 runs which was the highest among other batsmen in the world surpassing Sachin and Warner’s five 150 runs. India won the match at 43rd over with 8 wickets in hand. Rohit was unbeaten on 152 runs from 117 balls with 15 boundaries and 8 sixes while Rayudu was 22 runs from 26 balls. Among the bowlers, it was captain Holder who bowled economical and others leaked the runs especially the two spinners Nurse and Bishoo. The fielding of WI were very poor and not sharp.

WI bowlers took 2 wickets one for Thomas and one for Bishoo.

MATCH OVER – INDIA WON BY 8 WICKETS.

INDIA BATTING STARSROHIT SHARMA AND VIRAT KOHLI WERE THE TWO STARS AND DISCARDED WINDIES BOWLING.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH WENT TO VIRAT KOHLI.

Thus the review between India and Windies got over hope you like it.