India secured an easy 4-wicket win over the West Indies in Ahmedabad to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar were the pick of the bowlers for India, taking 7 wickets between them.
Rohit Sharma scored a breezy 60 off 51 balls on his return from a hamstring injury to give India a great start in the chase of 177.
Decent contributions from the middle-order batters were enough to secure the victory for India in their 1000th ODI.
India made quite a few changes to the side that lost the series against South Africa due to injuries and COVID. Ishan Kishan replaced Shikar Dhawan, who tested positive for Covid-19 while Deepak Hooda made his debut for India. Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna formed the fast-bowling trio while Washington Sundar returned to the side after a year.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur,
Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
The West Indies, led by Kieron Pollard, named quite an inexperienced batting line-up. Shimron Hetmeyer continues to miss out due to fitness issues.
West Indies Playing XI: Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Hayden Walsh
In the absence of first-choice bowlers Bumrah and Shami, Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj started off brilliantly for India. Shai Hope, who played two beautiful cover drives off Mohammed Siraj, chopped one onto his stumps in the same over to give India a rare wicket in the powerplay.
Brandon King and Darren Bravo built a decent partnership and prevented the loss of any more wickets in the powerplay. The introduction of Washington Sundar changed the game completely as he extracted decent turn from the pitch and troubled the left-handed Darren Bravo who wasn't comfortable facing the spinner. The off-spinner dismissed Brandon King, caught at short mid-wicket, with the first bowl between the pair.
Sundar trapped Darren Bravo lbw in the same over after a successful review from Rohit Sharma to leave West Indies at 45 for 3. It was the turn of Yuzvendra Chahal next as he picked up 3 wickets in his first two overs to break the spine of the West Indies batting order.
India once again used DRS pretty well as they had two decisions that of Nicholas Pooran's lbw and Shamarh Brooks' caught behind overturned. The West Indies were reeling at 79/7 at one stage but all-rounders Jason Holder and Fabian Allen rescued the innings. The duo built a decent partnership of 78 runs to get the West Indies to a respectable total. The fast bowlers came back and cleaned up the tail as the West Indies were all out for just 176.
Rohit came out all guns blazing in chase of the small total and hit a breezy half-century to give India a great start. He was also the first to be dismissed as he was trapped lbw by Alzarri Joseph for 60(51). There was a mini-collapse from India after that as they slipped from 84/0 to 116/4.
Virat Kohli played an unusual innings as he scored two boundaries in his first two balls but got out playing a pull shot at fine leg. Ishan Kishan holed out at deep square-leg and Rishabh Pant was run out in quick succession to leave India at 116/4. Since the target wasn't huge, Suryakumar Yadav and the debutant Deepak Hooda took their time and finished the chase without the loss of further wickets.
The 2nd ODI will take place on Wednesday, 9th of February in Ahmedabad.
Brief scores: West Indies 176 in 43.5 overs (Jason Holder 57; Yuzvendra Chahal 4-49, Washington Sundar 3-30) lost to India 178/4 in 28 overs (Rohit Sharma 60; Alzarri Joseph 2-45) by six wickets.