Guwahati ODI: West Indies on course for a fighting total

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Facing a tricky target of 323 at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, India produced an imperious run chase to get over the line with almost eight overs remaining and draw first blood in the five-match series, condemning West Indies to an 11th defeat in their last 13 ODIs. Promoting players from the middle order is counterproductive if you're training for specialist roles, and you can't put up a second string top order against stronger opposition.

The Indian captain smashed 140 off just 107 balls, his 36th ODI century while Rohit was unbeaten on 152 off 117 balls as India overhauled the target in just 42.1 overs.

"We enjoy watching them [Rohit and Kohli] bat, they are two legends of the game, at times we feel they are playing PS4 (smiles)", Chahal said after the match. But Powell and Shai Hope (32) together forged a 65-run partnership for the second wicket and took West indies past the 80-run mark. Hetmyer played 78 balls and slammed six boundaries and as many sixes before he was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja in the 39th over.

Rohit took his time to settle down after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan fell for four to debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas.

The next ODI will be played at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

"I felt it was a decent effort up front with the new ball". We had to get them out - that's the only way we could stop them. "Obviously on a track like this that's skidding on when the lights take effect, it becomes a little more hard", Holder explained.

"When Rayudu came he took that role and Rohit took over from me".

"Looking back in hindsight, we needed one or two more partnership breakers, and you never know, we could have been back in the game".

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-84, 3-86, 4-114, 5-188, 6-248, 7-252, 8-278. Speedster Umesh Yadav, who dismantled 10 Windies batsmen in the Hyderabad Test will be holding India's pace attack alongside Mohammed Shami and Khaleel Ahmed. Pant's name included as India's search of a wicketkeeper MS Dhoni's option.

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