Shimron Hetmyer continued his magnificent form against India in ODIs as he blasted his fifth century and put West Indies on course for a win against Virat Kohli's team in the first ODI at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Hetmyer had a fantastic tour of India in the last series played in 2018. smashing 106 and 94 in the first two ODIs but West Indies still lost the series 3-1. In this match, Hetmyer shared a partnership in excess of 100 with Shai Hope as India's bowlers struggled.
Hetmyer came into bat after Deepak Chahar had trapped Sunil Ambris LBW. The left-hander started off with a bang as he smashed two boundaries off Mohammed Shami, one through backward point and a streaky top-edge over third man. Hetmyer took full toll of Shivam Dube but he put Kedar Jadhav off his line by hammering him for two fours as West Indies built a partnership. The youngster showed his intent by clubbing Kuldeep Yadav for a big six as he notched up his fifty off 50 balls.
After reaching his landmark, Hetmyer thumped two massive sixes off Ravindra Jadeja as the partnership went past 100. The left-hander continued to target Dube and Jadeja as he found the boundary on a regular basis. He entered the 90s with a pulled six off Shami which sailed into the deep midwicket stand. There was a moment of big concern for the West Indies when Hetmyer was laid low with cramps and he required excessive treatment to get him going.
After three minutes, Hetmyer resumed batting and he notched up his landmark in style. The left-hander missed a chance to notch up his landmark as he thumped a wide ball off a Ravindra Jadeja no-ball to the extra cover region for a dot ball. However, Hetmyer got the landmark in the very next over bowled by Kuldeep as he drove a flighted delivery to long on to reach his ton off just 85 balls. The celebrations were jubilant but at the same time subdued as he looked to get West Indies over the line in this tricky chase.
West Indies have not won an ODI series against India since 2006 and they have not clinched a series in India since 2002, when they won the seven-match series 4-3. India, on the other hand, will be determined to win their 10th straight bilateral ODI series win against the Men from the Caribbean.