Shimron Hetmyer West Indies batsman
Shimron Hetmyer struck 106 (IANS Photo)

Shimron Hetmyer’s strokeful century powered West Indies to 322/8 against India in the first ODI of the five-match series at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.

Hetmyer struck 106 off 78, this third ODI century, while Kieran Powell scored 51 after India captain Virat Kohli opted to field in the series opener.

On a track that offered bounce but not threatening enough, West Indies maintained a brisk scoring rate but their innings was peppered with loose strokes which prevented a full-blown explosion. Kieran was threatening from the word go, hitting the first ball of the match from Mohammed Shami, playing in his first ODI in over a year, for a boundary. Debutant Hemraj Chandrapaul also dazzled with consecutive fours off Shami before becoming his victim on 9.

Powell, unfazed by the early jolt, continued playing confidently, hitting two fours in the first over of young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed. Shai Hope gave him good support, allowing him to reach a ninth ODI fifty off 36 deliveries. He failed to build on it after holing out on 51. Marlon Samuels (0) lasted two deliveries in his 200th ODI before becoming Yuzvendra Chahal’s (3/41) first victim of the innings. 84/1 became 114/4 before Hetmyer found support from Rovman Powell and captain Jason Holder.

He began cautiously, before pulling Chahal for his first four – a pull to midwicket boundary. Shami was belted for a six and four off consecutive deliveries and soon he had completed his fifty. With West Indies looking to have seized control, Ravindra Jadeja cleaned up Rovman to break the 74-run partnership.

The 21-year-old shifted gears in the company of Holder who was solid. His first fifty came in 41 deliveries and he took just 33 for the next, reaching his third ODI century with a six off Shami. A top-edge resulted in him being caught on 106 bringing an end to an entertaining knock that was laced with six fours and six sixes.

The innings, again, seem to be losing track before Holder (38) and the lower order pair of Kemar Roach (26*) and Devendra Bishoo (22*) combined to ensure a challenging total.

Brief Scores: West Indies 322/8 (Shimron Hetmyer 106, Kieran Powell 51; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/41) vs India