Kohli lauds Sharma partnership as India thrash West Indies


The arrangements for media personnel covering the first of the five-match ODI series between India and West Indies here on Sunday left much to be desired, including the position of the Press Box and the accreditation process. I can't blame bowlers as this was a batting wicket and we chased the total in just 42 overs. While Kohli scored 140 runs, Rohit notched up an unbeaten 152, and together stitched a record-hauling partnership of 246 runs.

Kohli was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 107-ball knock and the India skipper said he enjoyed his batting today.

The visitors got off to a rapid start and set a competitive target of 322 runs for the loss of eight wickets.

Kohli and Sharma added 200 runs for the second wicket off 163 balls, the first double-hundred partnership among Indian batsmen against West Indies for any wicket in ODI cricket.

India could draft in chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who did not play in the opening game, to replace Khaleel Ahmed, who looked out of sorts against Hetmyer. "He also bowls at a decent pace", he said.

"But we knew it's all about one partnership". His compatriot Keiron Powell was skimming runs at the other end and quietly reached his half-century.

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"It was one of those days where I felt good and I told Rohit I will continue to bat this way positively and maybe you can play the anchor role", he said.

"Among the top three, I mostly take the anchor role because both Rohit and Shikhar (Dhawan) are good stroke-makers", he said. Kohli smashed 21 fours and 2 sixes.

Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets, returning impressive figures of 3-41 from his 10 overs, to check West Indies' surge.

Hetmyer took charge of the innings and made good use of ideal batting conditions as he smacked six fours and six sixes.

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Kemar Roach and Devendra Bishoo made sure they batted through the innings, and along the way dispatched the loose balls to add 44 off 40 for the ninth wicket.