Rohit Sharma led from the front by scoring a fluent 60, as India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first one day international at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
After being asked to bat first by Indian skipper Rohit, Mohammed Siraj drew first blood by dismissing Shai Hope (8) bowled with the one that nipped back.
Washington Sundar then got into the act by dismissing both Brandon King and Darren Bravo for 13 & 18 respectively.
Yuzvendra Chahal bagged wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard and Shamarh Brooks as the visitors slumped to 78/6.
Pacer Prasidh Krishna dismissed Akeal Hosein caught behind off a short delivery for a duck. West Indies pair of Jason Holder and Fabian Allen resurrected the innings with a valuable 78 run stand for the eight wicket before the latter chipped a Sundar delivery back to the bowler for 29.
Chahal wrapped up the innings by dismissing Alzarri Joseph caught at long on by Suryakumar Yadav, as the West Indies were bowled out for 176 in 43.5 overs.
For India Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/49, while Washington Sundar claimed 3 wickets.
Chasing 177, Rohit Sharma along with Ishan Kishan got India off to a fantastic start. The duo put on 84 runs for the opening stand before Alzarri Joseph broke the partnership by trapping Rohit leg before wicket for a breezy 51 ball-60. His knock comprised off 10 fours and a solitary six.
Virat Kohli (8) fell cheaply as he top edged a hook off Joseph to Roach at long leg. Kishan’s stay also ended soon after as he slogged swept a Akeal Hosein delivery to Fabian Allen at deep square leg for 29.
Rishabh Pant (11) was run out at the non-striker’s end after Joseph stuck his right boot and deflected a straight drive from Suryakumar onto the stumps.
Yadav (34) along with debutant Deepak Hooda (26) shared an unbeaten 62-run stand for the fifth wicket to take India to a comfortable victory in their 1000th one day match.
Yuvendra Chahal was declared the Man of the Match. The second one day international between India and West Indies will take place at the same venue on 9 February, Wednesday.