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Yuzvendra Chahal returned figures of 3/41 (IANS Photo)

649 runs were scored in Guwahati on Sunday as India went on to beat West Indies by eight wickets. It was a day to forget for the bowlers as three batsmen scored centuries and 88 boundaries were hit 20 of them being sixes – across the match.

However, among the bowlers from the two sides one remained unscathed. India legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal returned impressive figures of 3/41 from 10 overs. When others were being belted for boundaries all around the park, Chahal did well to limit the damage.

“On this wicket, you need to vary the pace and have to guess what the batsman is doing and bowl accordingly,” Chahal said after the match. “They (West Indies) were looking to hit sixes, so I avoided bowling the fuller length. They are strong guys so you have to be slower in the air. It’s different when the ball spins.”

Shimron Hetmyer scored 106 off 78 while Kieran Powell hit 51 off 39 to power West Indies to 322/8 after being put in to bat by India at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. India used five bowlers and all of them, barring Chahal, leaked runs.

Windies bowlers weren’t spared either with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten 152 while Virat Kohli 140. “We enjoy watching them (Rohit and Kohli) bat, they are two legends of the game. At times it looked they were playing PS4,” Chahal said.

India have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with the second ODI to be played in Vizag on October 24.