Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Kohli, Sharma star in India's big win

Kohli, Sharma star in India's big win

PTIIndia have won the first match of the five-match one day global Cricket series against the West Indies by eight wickets in Guwahati.

The century helped Kohli become the fastest batsman to 60 global tons and took him within touching distance of the 10000-run mark in ODIs as well.

Kohli's 36th ODI century and 60th alongside Tests has made him the fastest to the mark - ahead of Sachin Tendulkar. Again, it was a Tendulkar record that was broken.

India skipper Virat Kohli and deputy Rohit Sharma sent the West Indies bowlers on a leather hunt in Guwahati on Sunday. 320 targets are very tricky, but we knew we could do it with a big partnership. Dhawan (4) was clean bowled by Oshane Thomas in the second over of the innings.

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Shimron Hetmyer (L) of West Indies celebrates with teammate Jason Holder after scoring his third ODI hundred. "They are two legends and when they are playing like this, it sometimes feels like they are playing PS4", said the leg-spinner. And the only way to stop them from scoring is by getting them out.

Kohli and Sharma then came together and stayed until the 33rd over, putting on 246 runs for the second wicket in a masterly batting display to lead India to victory. Yes the game was taken away from us Kohli and Sharma. Tendulkar took 259 innings to reach 10000 runs followed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly (263 innings) and Ricky Ponting (266 innings).

Rohit and Kohli were involved in a 246-run stand which is the highest for any wicket for India against West Indies. In both of them, the top three run-scorers were Rohit, Dhawan, and Kohli, and after prolific near-perfect unbeaten runs into the final stages, India fell apart when all three of them were dismissed in a short space of time.

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