Guwahati ODI: West Indies on course for a fighting total

Kumble Patterson Richards Chopra Sharma

Kohli then took charge with Sharma, who was happy playing second fiddle to his in-form captain, as the duo put on India's biggest-ever ODI stand against West Indies for any wicket. Though Virat Kohli often takes a break from his field duties to ensure his body is well rested, the 29-year-old Indian skipper believes in giving it his 100 per cent every time he walks to the ground.

Rohit, who boasts three double hundreds in ODIs, grew in confidence as he spent time at the crease and cleared the boundary rope easily when he looked to attack, hitting 15 boundaries and eight sixes, the last of which brought up India's victory. The second one-dayer will be played in Visakhapatnam on the 24th of this month. "When we are batting like that, it's good fun out there and we know the team will benefit from it as well", Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.

The hosts didn't get off to the best start when debutant pacer Oshane Thomas (1-83) bowled Shikhar Dhawan (4) early. And when I got out, he took over and [Ambati] Rayudu played the anchor. "They're two quality players, world-class players".

"Got to get them out, that's the only way to stem the flow of runs", West Indies captain Jason Holder said after the match. I think we erred in giving them too many boundaries.




This sort of superiority together, with regular contributions from Dhawan, has been the theme of India's recent ODI history, to the extent that it is comparable on the surface to Ricky Ponting's Australian team that demolished sides with a formidable top three during the period of their consecutive World Cup triumphs.

"Our spinners weren't as effective as you would've liked them to be, so it's just a matter of us going back and just reassess our plans and try to limit some of their scoring". You can't coach a middle order into competence without game time. But the Indian batsman played a pull/pick shot on one leg.

However, making mockery of what looked like a stiff 323-run target, the India cantered to the win with 7.5 overs to spare, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

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