Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope hit centuries and combined in a stand of 218 runs to guide West Indies to an eight-wicket victory over India in the series opener of the three-match ODI series at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai on Sunday.
Hetmyer took just 106 balls for his highest ODI score of 139 and his second-wicket partnership with Hope, who remained unbeaten on 102, helped Windies chase down a target of 288 with 13 balls to spare.
Earlier, half-centuries from Rishabh Pant (71) and Shreyas Iyer (70) helped India to recover from a shaky start and post 287-8 in their stipulated 50 overs.
Well, the 288-run target achieved by West Indies in the first ODI is also a record by any team against India in Chennai.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) December 15, 2019
An ODI game in Chennai and not a single wicket to spinners. Who would’ve thought? Top stuff from Hetmeyer and Hope. Radically Different ways of succeeding on the same surface. A knockout series for India now. #IndvWI
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 15, 2019
What a stunning innings it was from Shimron Hetmyer, one of the best played by an overseas batsman in India in recent times and Shai Hope complimented him so beautifully and this is a really well deserved win for WI. #IndvWI pic.twitter.com/zeP5TdKqrk
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 15, 2019
Never seen such a dominant win from a touring team in India, nor heard an Indian crowd so quiet at the end of the game. Everyone is stunned😯 #INDvWI
— Daniel Beswick (@DGBeswick1) December 15, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 15, 2019
Very controlled 5th Odi century from Shimron Hetmyer. He has paced this innings with such calm body language and assured shot selection; it has the feel of a player who has gone up another step in his maturity👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) December 15, 2019
More power to you lads 👊🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/QpjOQRo9PZ
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) December 15, 2019
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 15, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 15, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 15, 2019
Very impressed by Shimron Hetmyer, showed great maturity and turned the game firmly in WI's favour. Great support from Shai Hope as well and this is a very deserving win for the West Indies. Promises to be a very exciting series #IndvWI pic.twitter.com/9hjx3jHdTo
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 15, 2019
The highest successful run-chase in Chennai as the hard-hitters of #WI take a 1-0 lead!
— Hotstar Canada (@hotstarcanada) December 15, 2019
Hope and Hetmyer joined forces to help West Indies beat #TeamIndia in Chennai and take a 1⃣-0⃣ lead in the series. 👏
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) December 15, 2019
Shai Hope in ODI cricket in Asia:
Innings – 12
Runs – 878
Best – 146*
Average – 146.33
SR – 76.68
100s / 50s – 5 / 2
Among the players with 500+ ODI runs in Asia, the average of 66.50 by Anshuman Rath is the best after Shai Hope's 146.33!! #INDvWI
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 15, 2019
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 15, 2019