1st ODI, Hope's ton helps WI beat SL: Records broken
An astounding ton by Shai Hope helped West Indies beat Sri Lanka in the first ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. The stylish opener fired his 10th ODI ton, which set the foundation of a one-sided win. After claiming an eight-wicket victory, the hosts now lead the three-match ODI series 1-0. Here are the records broken.
How did the match pan out?
After opting to bat, SL made a resounding start, with openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne adding 105 runs. While skipper Karunaratne departed on 52, the former was sent back for obstruction of field. Eventually, the visitors got bowled out on 232. In reply, WI made it a one-sided affair, completing the run-chase in 47 (Evin Lewis: 65, Hope: 110, Darren Bravo: 37*).
Hope slammed his 10th ODI ton
A magnificent century by Hope fueled the run-chase for West Indies. He ended up scoring 110 off 133 deliveries, an innings that was studded with 12 fours and 1 six. This was his 10th hundred in One-Day Internationals. In the process, Hope became only the eighth player from West Indies to score 10 or more ODI tons.
More records broken by Hope
It is interesting to note that Hope has scored six ODI centuries since 2019. This is the second-most by a batsman in this period after India's Rohit Sharma (8). He has now recorded four successive 50+ scores against Sri Lanka in ODIs. His scores in the last four innings against them read as - 115, 51, 72 and 110.
A 143-run stand for the first wicket
In the run-chase, the likes of Lewis (65) and Hope (110) added 143 runs for the opening wicket. In the process, the duo surpassed their previous-highest partnership of 116. They made the run-chase one-sided before getting dismissed.
Holder remained the pick of Windies bowlers
In the bowling section, all-rounder Jason holder stood with figures of 2/39 in 10 overs. He bowled as many as 37 dot balls to exert pressure on the Lankans. Off-spinner Jason Mohammed also scalped two wickets, and gave away mere 12 runs in four overs. Meanwhile, skipper Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen and Alzarri Joseph chipped in with a wicket apiece.