India vs West Indies 1st ODI at Guwahati: Virat Kohli’s Men in Blue made a mockery of the target by winning the match with 47 balls to spare. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s free-flowing centuries helped India ease to a win and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The two shared a 246-run stand to help India gun down the target. Kohli brought up his 36th ODI ton, whereas Rohit Sharma slammed his 20th ton in 86 balls. He remained unbeaten on 152*. Kohli was finally dismissed for 140 off 107 balls. His innings comprised of 21 fours and two sixes. This was Kohli’s 22nd ton while chasing, exemplifying why he is known as the chase-master. This was also his 31st hundred as captain.
On the eve of the match, Kohli had already mentioned that India will look at this series as a preparatory pad for the 2019 ICC World Cup and that was evident in the way they played. It was fearless cricket on display and not for once did India look in a spot of bother, even as Windies set 323 for India to chase
Earlier in the day, Kohli won the toss and asked the touring Windies to have a bat. They lost an early wicket but Shimron Hetmyer’s 106 off 78 balls and Kieron Powell’s 51 off 39 balls meant the visitor’s got to a score of respectability. They set a target of 323 for India to chase. Yuzvendra Chahal with three wickets was the pick of the Indian bowlers.
For India, the only point of concern was the bowling department. It is debatable that was India’s best bowling outfit fielded. The answer would be ‘no’, as Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, and Kuldeep was not in the XI. One has to also take into consideration the wicket, it is a pitch that allowed attacking style of play. But all in all, it was a great day for the batsmen and the Guwahati fans got their money’s worth.