Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

India win toss, bowl against West Indies in first ODI

India win toss, bowl against West Indies in first ODI

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both hit centuries and combined in a stand of 246 to help India chase down a hard target against West Indies for a convincing eight-wicket victory in the opening one day worldwide in Guwahati on Sunday.

Regarded as one of the classiest batsmen ever, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma can dismantle any bowling attack without much ado. Kohli looked in red-hot form right from the time he came to bat and had a ideal second-fiddle in the form of Rohit Sharma.

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The skipper built on his quickfire fifty to get his 36th ODI ton in just 88 deliveries, hitting Roach for a boundary to make the three-figure mark amid loud cheers from a packed home crowd.

West Indies finally managed a breakthrough when Devendra Bishoo dismissed Kohli for 140 to end the mammoth 246-run stand. "It feels pretty good".

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"After they scored 320-plus, we did not know how it will behave in the second half". Windies put up a really good total. Be it Rohit pulling Jason Holder effortlessly over long-on for a six, or the sight of Kohli skipping down the track to deposit off-spinner Ashley Nurse into the stands. "[It] happens very rarely that Rohit plays second fiddle". As Kohli walked out and stamped his authority on proceedings with a flurry of strokes, Rohit was content to take a temporary back seat.

He also admitted that the team could have bowled better.

. "Among the top three, I've always preferred the anchor role, but today I felt good about myself and I communicated with Rohit that he should play the anchor's role", he explained.

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The ODI series will kick-start on Sunday, October 21, and the opening match of the limited-overs leg between India and West Indies will be played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati. "That is something to learn for us", Kohli said.

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