India make a mockery of the 323-run target against Windies

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma
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Windies batsmen played out of their skin but India were too good to even give them a chance.

Kieran Powell and Shai Hope showed a lot of intent to begin with in the first ODI at Guwahati. Although, veteran batsman Marlon Samuels was dismissed for a duck, young gun Shimron Hetmyer blasted a 78-ball century to set the platform for the team.

Rovman Powell and Jason Holder then further capitalised to take the score past 300. With a few finishing touches from Devendra Bishoo and Kemar Roach, Windies were able to post a 322-run score on the board.

In reply, Oshane Thomas came steaming in with the speed gun threatening to touch 150 kmph at times. He dismissed Shikhar Dhawan in his first over on a nippy delivery that took the Dhawan's edge and cannoned into the stumps.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli then showed their class and why they are the top two ranked ODI batsmen. They made a mockery of the 323-run target, both piling up daddy hundreds. While Kohli smashed his 36th ODI ton, Rohit Sharma reached his 20th ODI century.

It was very unlike Kohli when he was stumped for 140 and failed to take the team over the line. Ambati Rayudu then fit in the role of the foil seamlessly as India romped home with almost eight overs to spare.

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