1st ODI highlights: Hetmyer, Hope tons guide WI to 8-wicket win; lead 1-0
Rishabh Pant struck his maiden half-century to silence his critics as India shrug off a poor start to post a 287 for eight.
Rishabh Pant struck his maiden half-century at M S Dhoni's spiritual home to silence his critics as India cricket shrugged off a poor start to post a challenging 287 for eight in the first One Day International (ODI) against Windies cricket team at M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Shreyas Iyer (70 off 88), who is emerging as a solid number four, and Pant (71 off 69) paired up for a 114-run stand for the fourth wicket after India lost opener K L Rahul (6) and skipper Virat Kohli (4) in the seventh over of the innings. It was Iyer's third consecutive half-century.
Rohit Sharma (36 off 56) too struggled on a slow surface before Iyer and Pant resurrected the innings with their gritty partnership. A quickfire half-century partnership between Kedar Jadhav (40 off 35) and Ravindra Jadeja (21 off 21), who batted ahead of debutant Shivam Dube, provided the thrust in the slog overs. Left-arm paceman Sheldon Cottrell (2/46 from 10 overs including 3 maidens), Keemo Paul (2/41) and Alzarri Joseph (2/45) were among the wickets for the visiting team.