India thump West Indies by six wickets in the first ODI

AHMEDABAD: India outclassed West Indies in the first ODI of their ongoing series; defeating the latter by six wickets to lead the series 1-0, here on Sunday.

India secured a convincing victory in their 1000th ODI, the home side chased down a skimpy 177 in 28 overs after the bowlers bowled out the touring side for a mere 176.

Set to chase 177, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan provided a solid start; recording an 84-runs partnership for the second wicket before Rohit departed after scoring a brilliant half-century. He scored a quick 60 off 51 balls, laced with 10 boundaries and a six.

Following his dismissal, the side lost three wickets in quick succession and was slipped from 84-1 to 116-4. Ishan also walked back to the pavilion after scoring 28, while Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant could only score eight and 11 respectively.

Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda then anchored the run chase with an unbeaten 72-runs partnership and guided the side over the line. Yadav scored 34 off 36 balls, laced with five boundaries, while Hooda scored 26 off 32 deliveries.

For the West Indies, Alzarri Joseph bagged two wickets, while Akeal Hosein managed to make one scalp.

Batting first, the West Indian batting line-up failed completely and could only manage to score 177 before being bowled out. Jason Holder resisted a bit with his gritty knock of 57 runs. He faced 71 deliveries and smashed four sixes.

Later, Fabien Allen also contributed with his 29, while could not guide his side to a commendable total as the West Indies was bowled out for 177 in the 44th over.

For India, Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball; taking four wickets, while Washington Sundar claimed three. Prasidh Krishna and Muhammad Siraj took two and a wicket each.

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