Hetmyer and Hope fire West Indies to victory

By Sports Desk December 15, 2019

Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope scored centuries to help West Indies ease to an eight-wicket victory over India in the first game of the ODI series.

India put West Indies to the sword in the decider of the three-match Twenty20 series, but the hosts will need to produce a turnaround to triumph in the 50-over format after an excellent performance from the tourists.

An early blitz from Sheldon Cottrell helped restrict India to 287-8, a score that proved well within the reach of Kieron Pollard's side as their top order delivered in stunning fashion.

Hetmyer recorded the biggest score of his ODI career with 139, while Hope - who finished unbeaten on 102 - guided them across the line to secure a 1-0 lead with two games to play.

Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium witnessed Cottrell's trademark celebratory salute twice in the seventh over, as he drew a leading edge from KL Rahul, who found Hetmyer at short mid on, before then bowling Virat Kohli as the India skipper edged onto his stumps.

Rohit Sharma went for 36 but Shreyas Iyer (70) furthered his case to be India's long-term number four, while Rishabh Pant (71) and Kedar Jadhav (40 off 35) made sure India had a respectable total to defend.

Their hopes of turning that score into a winning one appeared to be boosted when Sunil Ambris was trapped lbw for nine by Deepak Chahar at the start of West Indies' reply.

However, it proved a false dawn for India, who had no answer for the partnership of Hetmyer and Hope, the duo adding 218.

Hetmyer's destructive display saw him hit 11 fours and seven sixes before he holed out to the midwicket boundary off the bowling Mohammed Shami.

Hope picked up where Hetmyer left off, though, and brought up his century with a six and a four off Chahar, with Nicholas Pooran smashing three fours to rush West Indies to a remarkably impressive win.

Related items

  • Windies Women batters need to raise their game says Coach Andre Coley Windies Women batters need to raise their game says Coach Andre Coley

    After a disastrous World Cup earlier this year when none of their batters lived up to expectation, West Indies women's interim head coach Andre Coley has called upon them to step up during their five-match T20 series that begins on Monday.

    "White-ball cricket, and T20 cricket specifically, is about scoring runs," Coley said. "If you watch the history of our cricket, our bowling department has always held its own, done well and been competitive.

    "[But] we'll need to post challenging totals and be able to chase them as well. We need to be clear in our roles for each player, and how we want to go about the batting, and we should be okay."

    Coley said he was happy with the fact that during the two intra-squad warm-up matches they played in the past few days, the batters did fairly will Captain Stafanie Taylor and Lee-Ann Kirby being the standouts with scores of 71 and 85, respectively.

    "It's very good that in all innings that were played, we batted the full complement of overs," Coley said. "And there were individual performances as well as partnerships throughout. It was good for everyone to have had some time out in the middle in a competitive environment, which we haven't had for a while.

  • Capitals gain as Kings XI collapse in IPL classic. Pooran out twice without scoring. Capitals gain as Kings XI collapse in IPL classic. Pooran out twice without scoring.

    Delhi Capitals made the most of a stunning late collapse by Kings XI Punjab to triumph in a super over at the end of an IPL thriller on Sunday. 

    Marcus Stoinis made 53 from 21 deliveries as Delhi recovered from a shocking start to post 157-8, though their fightback appeared in vain when their opponents matched their total with three balls to spare. 

    However, needing just one more run to prevail, Kings XI were somehow unable to get over the line, losing wickets off the final two deliveries. 

    Mayank Agarwal was the first of those to depart having made a superb 89, the opener rescuing his side after they had slipped to 55-5 in their reply. 

    He hit 10 runs off Stoinis' first three deliveries at the start of the 20th over, but the bowler hit back when a wide full toss was slapped to Shimron Hetmyer in the deep.

    Chris Jordan then clipped a full toss straight to Kagiso Rabada at square leg to leave the scores level, meaning a super over was required to decide the outcome of a see-saw contest.

    Kings XI managed two runs off the opening ball but Rabada then claimed a pair of wickets, leaving Delhi needing three. They easily reached the paltry target to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. 

    STOINIS STUNS KINGS XI

    Having come together at 13-3, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant made 39 and 31 respectively. Still, when both fell in successive balls, the Capitals were reeling at 87-5.

    Stoinis, though, emphatically changed the tempo of the innings. Kings XI leaked 57 from the final three overs – including 30 off the last, bowled by Chris Jordan – as Delhi finished with a flourish.

    PAINFUL OUTING FOR ASHWIN

    Playing against his former franchise, Ravichandran Ashwin's involvement was cut short when he suffered an apparent shoulder injury.

    The India spinner claimed two wickets in his opening over before getting hurt when diving to stop a ball, forcing him to leave the field with his left arm in a makeshift sling.

    PAIR FOR POORAN

    It is not often you get to bat twice in a Twenty20 game. However, Nicholas Pooran failed to capitalise on either opportunity he had for Kings XI.

    The West Indies batsman was dismissed by Ashwin first time around and then, called into action again in the super over, was cleaned up first ball by Rabada.

  • 'WI Women feeling at home' - skipper Taylor insists team well-settled ahead of England series 'WI Women feeling at home' - skipper Taylor insists team well-settled ahead of England series

     West Indies Women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor has revealed that the team is buoyed by its comfort level, having been given time to settle in England ahead of the upcoming series.

    The particular nature of the series, played in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowed the Caribbean team to arrive in England at the end of last month.  The players have been since locked away in a biosecure environment where they have had the time to get used to conditions.

    “The good thing is that we have been here for a while now.  It feels like home.  Normally when we go on a tour it feels like we are the away team.  This time it feels like we are the home team.

    “The girls are in good spirits.  We’ve had a few weeks to get out there and get used to the conditions,” she added.

     All matches will be played behind closed doors at Derby, where West Indies have been based for three weeks.  The England Women has dominated the West Indies in recent meetings and have racked up comfortable victories in multiple formats.   Monday's series opener will be the first women's international since 86,174 people watched Australia defeat India in the T20 World Cup final in March.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.