The first match of the three-match ODI series was played between India and West Indies at the MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai. The Indian team lost by eight wickets in this match and the West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
In this match, India lost the toss and batted first and scored 287 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the prescribed 50 overs. In response, the Caribbean team scored 291 runs in 45.5 overs. Shimron Hetmyer was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant performance from the Windies. Now the second one-day between the two teams will be played on December 18 in Visakhapatnam.
Hetmyer hit a blistering 139 from 106 balls, while Shai Hope, who came to the opening, was seen standing at the other end, giving Hetmeyer a full chance to take charge. By the time Hetmyer was at the crease, he was scoring at a strike rate of 50. But after Hetmyer, he took command and returned unbeaten pavilion to lead his team to victory. Indian bowling looked completely out of the match in front of Hetmyer and Hope.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper. He says that the form of Iyer and Pant are good signs for us. Adds that with the T2OI World cup coming, that gave them a chance to experiment. Further goes on to say that, Him and Rohit failed and that gave Pant and Iyer an opportunity. Further says that they played smart cricket. Goes on to say that he felt 6 bowlers were enough but the visitors batted really fell and nothing can be taken away from them. On the run out of Jadeja, Kohli says that once the appeal is made and the onfield umpire gives it not out, nobody from outside the field can tell the umpire to go upstairs.
Kieron Pollard, the West Indian skipper says that they know what talent Hetmyer possesses and he knows his responsibilites. Adds that he is playing since 18 months and that has given him experience to play in these condition. Further goes on to say they know which areas they need to work on and it has been a total teamwork. On Sheldon Cottrell, he says that with experience comes confidence and he has performed well since the last few months. On the run out, Pollard says that the right decision was made.
India (Playing XI) - Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube (DEBUT), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar and Kuldeep Yadav.
West Indies (Playing XI) - Shai Hope (WK), Sunil Ambris, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (C), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell and Keemo Paul.