Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Dominant India look to extend winning streak against hapless Windies

Dominant India look to extend winning streak against hapless Windies

Opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli scored blistering centuries to help India thrash the West Indies by eight wickets here on Sunday. Chasing a target of 323 runs, India made 326 in 42.1 overs, losing two wickets.

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The effort from Kohli and Sharma easily overshadowed a dominant 106 by West Indies batsman Shermon Hetmyer in his team's 322-8 after being put into bat first.

"Against a team like India you never know what's the par-score".

"On this wicket, we needed to vary our pace, we have to guess what the batsman is doing and bowl according to that".

Sources said that the West Indies side will have net practise at the stadium at 9 am on Tuesday while Team India will practise after 1 pm.

The seasoned Marlon Samuels is part of the squad but he perished quickly in the first match. And life isn't hard when Rohit is at the other end.

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"Among the top three, I mostly take the anchor role because both Rohit and Shikhar (Dhawan) are good stroke-makers", he said. He would look to make up for his failure, just like India's Shikhar Dhawan. "It was one of those days where I felt good and I told Rohit I will continue to bat this way positively and maybe you can play the anchor role", he added.

A swashbuckling Hetmyer continued the onslaught and smashed six sixes and six fours, under pressure.

Hetmyer took charge of the innings and made good use of ideal batting conditions as he smacked six fours and six sixes. He holds the record for scoring most tons in 300+ ODI chases with Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara being the second best, who scored four centuries in these chases.

Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets each.

"We could have got a bit more had he carried on for 5-6 more overs, but this is a young team and we will learn".

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

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