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Cricket: Kohli, Rohit hit tons to flatten West Indies

(Reuters) – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma each hit centuries and mixed in a stand of 246 to assist India chase down a tough goal towards West Indies for a convincing eight-wicket victory within the opening sooner or later worldwide in Guwahati on Sunday.

Shimron Hetmyer struck his third ODI hundred in simply his 13th match to assist West Indies to 322-Eight after India captain Kohli had received the toss and put the touring aspect in to bat.

The goal of 323 appeared steep when India misplaced opener Shikhar Dhawan within the second over of their innings however Kohli and Rohit took the West Indies bowling to the cleaners with the hosts reaching the mark with 47 deliveries to spare.

India had received each their current take a look at matches inside three days towards West Indies and the touring aspect’s hopes of any change in fortune had been dashed by the blistering partnership between Kohli and Rohit.

Kohli hit a masterful 140 off 107 deliveries for his 36th hundred within the 50-over format whereas Rohit remained unbeaten on a 117-ball 152 for his 20th ODI ton.

The Caribbean quick bowlers and spinners had been handled with equal disdain by the 29-year-old Kohli, who smashed 21 fours and two sixes throughout his stylish knock.

India’s batting mainstay was lastly out when leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo acquired one to flip previous Kohli’s bat with wicketkeeper Shai Hope finishing a sensible stumping.

Rohit took his time to cool down after his opening accomplice Dhawan fell for 4 to debutant quick bowler Oshane Thomas.

The right-handed batsman, who boasts three double a whole bunch within the format, grew in confidence as he frolicked on the crease and cleared the boundary rope with ease when he appeared to assault, hitting 15 boundaries and eight sixes, the final of which introduced up India’s victory.

Earlier, the 21-year-old Hetmyer, who had managed simply 50 runs from 4 innings in the course of the checks, confirmed he was significantly better suited to the 50-over format, clobbering half a dozen sixes and an an identical variety of fours throughout his 78-ball knock.

The left-handed batsman favoured the leg aspect extra throughout his knock however introduced up his century with a six over further cowl off quick bowler Mohammed Shami.

Opening batsman Kieran Powell set the tone of the West Indies innings with a 39-ball 51, whereas Shai Hope (32) and captain Jason Holder (38) additionally made helpful contributions.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was probably the most profitable bowler for the hosts with Three-41 in his 10 overs whereas Shami gave away 81 runs for his two wickets.

The second ODI will probably be performed at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; enhancing by Martyn Herman

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