India win toss, bowl against West Indies in first ODI

India win toss, bowl against West Indies in first ODI

India win toss, bowl against West Indies in first ODI

India hammered the Windies by 8 wickets in the first ODI of the five-match series in Guwahati on Sunday with Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma slamming daddy hundreds. But he couldn't have been further from the truth, given the form Rohit is in and given Kohli's ridiculous success while chasing in white-ball cricket. Rohit remained unbeaten on 152 off 117 balls with 15 fours and eight sixes.

On a belter of a wicket, with Rohit playing ideal foil, Kohli raced to his half-century off 35 balls to take the wind out of Windies' sails.

Kohli's 36th ODI century and 60th alongside Tests has made him the fastest to the mark - ahead of Sachin Tendulkar. Whenever he gets there, Kohli will be the fastest to do so and again beat Tendulkar to the record. Tendulkar took 259 innings to reach 10000 runs followed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly (263 innings) and Ricky Ponting (266 innings).

It was the fifth time they have put on a double ton together, two more than any other partnership in world cricket. "We make a good trio", he added. And life isn't hard when Rohit is at the other end.

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

With the team losing an early wicket, Kohli was pressed into action early.

The two marauding batsmen started to toy with the opposition bowlers before Devendra Bishoo got Kohli stumped against the run of play. The fall of wicket brought in Ambati Rayudu (22 not out) who played sensibly with Rohit and the duo guided India home comfortably. The second one-dayer will be played in Visakhapatnam on the 24th of this month.

"Among the top three, I mostly take the anchor role because both Rohit and Shikhar are good stroke-makers".

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