short, sits up at waist height, and Pooran wins it with another cracking stroke, a flat pull to the left of midwicket. What a victory for West Indies
Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope hit centuries as West Indies go 1-0 up
Iyer and Pant had given India a good total to defend, but Hetmyer's aggression and Hope's composure won the day
As Hetmyer said, having a smile is always nice. On that note, we're signing off. Don't forget to join us for the next ODI. This one has set the series up nicely. And I suspect we haven't heard the last of that Jadeja run out.
Shimron Hetmyer is the Man of the Match: I just try to hit it as hard as I can to be honest (on his power). I was just hoping to get it over the ropes, and I guess it went far. This hundred means a lot, because the last one I had was at the start of the year. Now it's a matter of being consistent next year. I just backed myself and tried to execute my plans. (Laughs about giving his former franchise captain a headache) I wasn't thinking about that too much. It's always nice to have a smile on your face after a victory. The last time I was here, I got a hundred and we lost that game.
Kieron Pollard: Hetmyer has come under a lot of criticism, but it's about understanding his role and responsibility. As a management group, we have faith in him. (On the Jadeja run out) For me at the end of the day, the right decision was made, which is important. We appealed and the umpire didn't take it at that time, but eventually the right decision was made.
Strong words by Kohli there at the end, on the Jadeja run out.
Virat Kohli: I think myself and Rohit not clicking today gave an opportunity for two youngsters to claim a spot. They played very smartly on a slow pitch. We thought six bowling options will be good enough, specially with the pitch being slow and Kedar as an option. But it played differently under lights. I think they batted really well, you can't take that out of the equation. But I think the ball wasn't holding enough for the fast bowlers. Hetmyer was outstanding and Shai as well. It wasn't a drastic change, but a little bit of a change. (on the Jadeja run out) The thought is simple, the fielder asked 'how is that' and the umpire said 'not out'. The dismissal ends there. The people sitting on the TV outside cannot tell the fielders to then tell the umpire to review it again. I've never seen that happen in cricket. I don't know where the rules are, where the line is drawn. I think the referee and the umpires have to take that up, see that incident again. And figure out what needs to be done in cricket. People sitting outside can't dictate what happens on the field. I think that's exactly what happened there
Abhishek: "For all arguing abt requiremnt of batting deep, remember amidst rare top 3 failure Dube did not get to bat much! May be Manish Pandey in place of Jadhav nd a bowler with teeth instead of Dube wud have been good!" -- I thought Jadhav batted pretty well today, but yeah, his bowling seems to have slipped a little lately; he didn't bowl much at the World Cup either.
Muneeb: "Hope played slower than Babar Azam vs Sri Lanka in the Test match earlier today."
Dev : "India scored just about 75 runs in the last 10 overs. That's where the match was lost. Reckon they were about 25 runs short because of some drab batting towards the end."
Sasikanth: "I think India will look back and say Dube probably batted a little too low, especially given how he played when he came in at No. 3. He should have come in to bat near the 40th over. Pant and Iyer will look back and say at least one of them should have got to a 100."
Shai Hope reveals that he was cramping during his innings. "The key is just to bat deep," he tells Harsha Bhogle on the TV broadcast. "See off the new ball and bat as long as possible. The pitch was a bit of a slow turner, so I don't know how Hetty did it, he made it look so easy. It was slow, turning, so someone had to bat deep. The way he was playing made it much easier for me."
9.47pm West Indies go 1-0 up, and do so in style. They got into good positions while chasing similar targets during the World Cup as well, but kept losing wickets thanks to their heavily T20-inflected approach. Shimron Hetmyer scored rapidly here, but his approach was calculated, and the decisiveness of his footwork and shot selection against spin, in particular, was breathtaking. It was one of the best ODI innings by a visiting batsman in India in a long time, and Shai Hope, battling his own lack of fluency, played his role very well too. India couldn't pick up the middle-overs wickets they crave, and Kuldeep Yadav had a bit of an unlucky day, in the sense that he bowled very well, and beat the bat numerous times, but perhaps spun the ball too much to find the edge or get lbws.
full outside off, and mid-off is up in the circle. Frees his arms and lofts it flat over the fielder's head
length ball on the pads, clipped to deep square leg
length ball, a bit of width, slapped to sweeper cover
short on off stump, sits up nicely at shoulder height, at Dube's pace, and Pooran swats it away firmly to beat deep square leg to his right
Just 11 to win now. Two hits, possibly.
short ball on off stump, mistimes his pull to midwicket
and there's the hundred. It's been a struggle, but he's hung in there, fought the conditions and his own lack of fluency, and he's now earning the rewards. Short from Chahar, and he pulls it away to the right of midwicket
bang. Back of a length, angling into the stumps, and it's the knuckle ball. Hope slides away to the leg side to make himself room, holds his shape beautifully, and flat-bats it hard, back over the bowler's head, and over the boundary as well. Super shot
fullish on off stump, driven firmly and straight to extra-cover
slower ball, back of a length close to off stump. Lets it come on and dabs gently into the point region
All five boundary fielders in front of square for Pooran as Chahar goes round the wicket.
back of a length on off stump, punched to deep point
Chahar's final over.
offcutter, nips in sharply towards off stump as Hope initially shapes to push into the covers. Has to adjust and work it through square leg instead
slower length ball on off stump, lets it come on and dabs gently into the off side
length ball, angling across to off stump, and the stadium goes silent as Pooran makes a bit of room and flat-bats it crisply to the right of the diving extra-cover fielder
steps out and Dube responds with a slower short ball. Swivels too early into his pull, and he ends up bottom-edging into the short third man region
fullish on off stump. Looks to drive to the left of extra-cover, maybe, but the ball stops on him and ends up rolling to the right of the fielder, off the inner half of the bat
shortish, angling across to off stump, flat-batted down to long-on, kind of toe-ended
Shankar: "I don't mind even if India loose this series, but thinking process of selection is not encouraging. You should play a genuine bowler in place of Kedar Or Dube. Jadeja should be your 5th bowler and Dube should be 6th" -- Where would India have finished without those crucial contributions from Jadhav and Jadeja with the bat? It's a difficult situation, choosing between bowling penetration and batting depth, especially with Hardik Pandya out injured.
full on middle stump, clipped to deep midwicket
back of a length on middle stump, worked to deep square leg
full on middle and leg, clipped to deep midwicket