Chennai: West Indies beat India by eight wickets in the first ODI on Sunday, thanks to superb century innings by Shimron Hetmyer (139) and Shai Hope (102 *).
With this, the Caribbean team has made a 1-0 victory in the three-match one-day series. The second one-day will be played on 18 December.
Batting first after losing the toss, India scored 287 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the prescribed 50 overs.
In response, the Caribbean team scored 291 runs in 45.5 overs.
The Caribbean team did not have a good start to chase Team India's goal. Deepak Chahar on the first ball of the fifth over gave India the first success by dismissing Sunil Ambris (9). Only 11 runs were shared between Ambris and Hope for the first wicket.
From here Hope and Hetmyer led the innings and pushed the score to 220. But in 38.4 overs, Mohammed Shami broke this big partnership and Hetmyer was caught by Iyer and sent to the pavilion.
Hetmyer hit a century of 139 runs in 106 balls with the help of 11 fours and seven sixes. During this time, his strike rate was 131.13. A 218-run partnership between Hope and Hetmyer for the second wicket.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant struck his maiden half-century as India shrugged off a poor start to post a challenging 287 for eight.
Shreyas Iyer (70 off 88), who is emerging as a solid number four, and Pant (71 off 69) paired up for a 114-run stand for the fourth wicket after India lost opener K. L. Rahul (6) and skipper Virat Kohli (4) in the seventh over of the innings. It was Iyer's third consecutive half-century in ODIs.
Rohit Sharma (36 off 56) too struggled on a slow surface before Iyer and Pant resurrected the innings with their gritty partnership. A quickfire half-century partnership between Kedar Jadhav (40 off 35) and Ravindra Jadeja (21 off 21), who batted ahead of debutant Shivam Dube, provided the thrust in the slog overs.
Left-arm paceman Sheldon Cottrell (2/46 from 10 overs including 3 maidens), Keemo Paul (2/41) and Alzarri Joseph (2/45) were among the wickets for the visiting team.
Earlier, West Indies captain Pollard won the toss and chose to bowl. India handed a ODI debut to all-rounder Shivam Dube and the expected reunion of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal did not happen as the latter was not included in the playing XI.