Twitter Hails Virat, Rohit’s Batting as Unbelievable & Unreal

Elena Summers
October 22, 2018

PTIIndia have won the first match of the five-match one day worldwide Cricket series against the West Indies by eight wickets in Guwahati.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli emerged at the forefront of the chase with nearly eight overs left to be bowled. "At the half way stage I thought we had a par score but we were probably 30 runs short", Holder said at the post-match press conference. Kohli started off like a train, Rohit was steady, Kohli got to his 50, he settled down, Rohit got to his 50 and he broke free.

"But we knew it's all about one partnership".

The West Indies handed worldwide debuts to left-handed batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj and 21-year-old fast bowler Oshane Thomas.

"Among the top three, I mostly take the anchor role because both Rohit and Shikhar are good stroke-makers". "They're two quality players, world-class players".

Kohli and Sharma then came together and stayed until the 33rd over, putting on 246 runs for the second wicket in a masterly batting display to lead India to victory.

Shimron Hetmyer (L) of West Indies celebrates with teammate Jason Holder after scoring his third ODI hundred. Up front we went to get wickets as that was the only way to put them under pressure. Kohli had a couple of edges and close calls during this time and it took him nearly three overs before he could dominate Thomas and get him out of the attack with severe damage. Yes the game was taken away from us Kohli and Sharma. Kohli has taken only 386 innings to 60 centuries taking 40 innings fewer than Tendulkar.

India beat West Indies by a comfortable 8-wicket margin in the first ODI in Guwahati - all while chasing a mammoth 323 runs to win. After dismissing Dhawan for a paltry 4, Thomas as expected was celebrating.

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