CHENNAI — Shimron Hetmyer smashed 139 runs off 106 balls as West Indies beat India by eight wickets in the first one-day international Dec. 15 with 13 balls to spare.
Hetmyer hit seven sixes and 11 fours, and put on a 218-run partnership with Shai Hope, who was 102 not out. It was the second-highest partnership for any West Indies wicket against India after 221 runs by Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge, also for the second wicket, back in 1983.
West Indies reached 291-2 in 47.5 overs after Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant scored half-centuries to help India score 287-8.
Hetmyer showed patience at the start of his innings that paid dividends later with a fifth ODI hundred. Hope scored his eighth ODI century.
“I try to hit the ball as hard as I can. The last time I scored a hundred, we lost, so I am happy that we won today. This innings means a lot to me. It is always great to have a smile on the face after that,” said Hetmyer, who was man of the match.
India’s bowlers had no response on a pitch that eased off with their fielding letting them down with dropped catches.
West Indies leads the three-match series 1-0.
Earlier, Pant scored his first ODI half-century, finishing on 71 off 69 balls, after India lost the toss. Pant put on 114 runs with Shreyas Iyer for the fourth wicket.
Iyer scored 70 off 88 in his fifth ODI half-century and revived India’s innings after they were initially reduced to 25-2, losing Lokesh Rahul (6) and Virat Kohli (4) in the space of five deliveries. Sheldon Cottrell (2-46) removed both batsmen.
Iyer added 55 runs with Rohit Sharma (36) to steady the ship. Sharma was out in the 19th over, caught pulling off Alzarri Joseph (2-45).
India had it all to do again but Iyer and Pant calmly took the innings forward. They put on 50 runs off 66 balls. Later, Pant assumed control of the innings as he hit seven fours and a six.
The hosts were able to accelerate in the middle overs and crossed 200 in the 29th over. Pant and Iyer scored a combined 100 off 99 balls.
Both batsmen fell in the seventies, well short of their respective first ODI tons.
Kedar Jadhav then scored 40 off 35 to push India’s score past 250.
“The pitch eased out a little bit but the conditions didn’t change too much. Full credit to the West Indies for the way they batted. Rohit (Sharma) and I didn’t click today but the youngsters had a good opportunity to bat in the middle,” said Kohli.
West Indies conceded 24 extras but managed to hold India below 300. The visitors exceeded the stipulated time to bowl 50 overs by nearly 40 minutes.