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Pant, Iyer propel India to 287-8 in 1st ODI vs West Indies

Rishabh Pant scored a maiden half-century as India finished on 287-8 from 50 overs in the first one-day international against West Indies on Sunday.

Pant scored 71 off 69 balls and put on 114 runs with Shreyas Iyer for the fourth wicket.

Iyer scored 70 off 88 balls and resurrected India’s innings after they were initially reduced to 25-2.

India's Deepak Chahar, right, celebrates the dismissal of West Indies' Sunil Ambris, left, during the first one day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP PhotoAijaz Rahi)

This was after West Indies won the toss and opted to field on a slow pitch. India didn’t get off to the best start, losing Lokesh Rahul (6) and Virat Kohli (4) in the space of five deliveries.

Sheldon Cottrell removed both batsmen and he finished with figures of 2-46 in ten overs.

Iyer added 55 runs with Rohit Sharma (36) to steady the ship. Sharma was out in the 19th over, caught pulling off Alzarri Joseph (2-45).

West Indies' Keemo Paul, left, celebrates with captain Kieron Pollard the dismissal of India's Shivam Dube during the first one day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP PhotoAijaz Rahi)

India had it all to do again but Iyer and Pant calmly took the innings forward. They put on 50 runs off 66 balls. Later, Pant assumed control of the innings as he hit seven fours and a six.

In doing so, Pant scored his first ODI half-century off 49 balls. At the other end, Iyer scored his fifth ODI half-century off 70 balls.

The hosts were able to accelerate in the middle overs thanks to the partnership and crossed 200 in the 29th over. Pant and Iyer scored a combined 100 off 99 balls.

India's captain Virat Kohli prepares to catch the ball during the first one day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP PhotoAijaz Rahi)

Both batsmen fell in the seventies, well short of their respective maiden one-day hundreds.

Kedar Jadhav then scored 40 off 35 balls to push India’s score past 250.

West Indies were guilty of conceding 24 extras but managed to hold India below 300. However, they exceeded the stipulated time to bowl 50 overs by nearly 40 minutes.

India's Deepak Chahar celebrates the dismissal of West Indies' Sunil Ambris during the first one day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP PhotoAijaz Rahi)

India's Kedar Jadhav bats during the first one day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP PhotoAijaz Rahi)

India's Kedar Jadhav, left, reacts as he leaves the field after being dismissed by West Indies' Keemo Paul, right, during the first one day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP PhotoAijaz Rahi)