Both India and the West Indies have been World Cup champions on two occasions. The two sides began the ODI series in Chennai, with their head-to-head results reading 62-62. Since 1979, when the two sides first met, until 1989, the head-to-head results were six wins for India (win percentage - 18.18) and 27 for West Indies. However, since then, it’s been India with 56 wins (win percentage - 56.70) and West Indies with 36 including Sunday's game.
Moreover, the visitors haven't beaten India in a bilateral ODI series having lost their last nine series since May 2006 when they beat India 4-1 at home. But in the first ODI on Sunday, they upset the home side to register the highest ever successful run chase at Chepauk. A few records were set and these are listed below.
Two to tango
Centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope provided the 172nd instance of two or more batsmen scoring hundreds in the same ODI innings. This includes two instances of three batsmen scoring centuries in the same innings – on both occasions by South African batsmen against West Indies and India at the Wanderers and Wankhede respectively in 2015 (in January and October).
This is now the 15th occasion when West Indian batsmen have achieved this in ODIs, while Indian bowlers have now conceded two centuries in an innings on 24 occasions, including one with three centuries. Listed below is a summary of these 172 instances in ODI cricket history.
142 instances have come in winning causes. India have the distinction of winning on most occasions – 29 times
On 29 occasions, sides have lost the match. Australia and India have lost on most occasions – six times.
Also note, on one occasion, the match was called off because of rain when two South African batsmen scored centuries against India at Centurion Park on 11 December 2013.
Success in chases
Shimron Hetmyer’s 139 is now the joint third highest score (but statistically the fourth highest) by a batsman in a successful run chase against India in ODIs.
The three-figure accumulator
Shai Hope registered the eighth century of his ODI career in Chennai. He has managed to do so in only 65 innings. Although he is quite a distance away from the ODI record of 43 innings by South Africa’s Hashim Amla, Hope is still by far the quickest to reach his eighth ODI century for a West Indian batsman. Viv Richards took 75 innings to reach his eighth ODI century in 1985.
Slow but steady
Hope, meanwhile, registered one of the slowest centuries in recent times in ODIs. Since 2000, his 100-plus score in Chennai is the third slowest overall, but the slowest by a batsman from a major cricketing side.
The two Hs shine together
The 218-run partnership between Hope and Shimron Hetmyer fell just short of the existing West Indies record for the highest stand for any wicket in ODIs against India. The record that is still unsurpassed is the 221-run stand between Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards at Jamshedpur in December 1983, which was also for the second wicket.
However, the Hope-Hetmyer effort is now the highest for the West Indies in a successful run chase in ODI cricket. Incidentally, it is also the second-best against India in a successful run chase after the Aussie pair of Steve Smith and George Bailey who put on 242 for the third wicket at Perth in January 2016.
When spin goes without a wicket
Five spinners were used by both teams in Chennai and none of them were able to claim a wicket.
West Indies (2 spinners): 12-0-73-0 (run-rate - 6.08)
India (3 spinners): 21-0-114-0 (run-rate - 5.42)
The 33 overs bowled are now the most delivered by spinners in an ODI in India without one of them claiming any wickets.
Four successive home defeats
The Chennai defeat means that India have now lost their last four ODIs at home, having lost the previous three matches to Australia in March this year. The last time this happened in India was during the series against Pakistan in April 2005. In the six-match series, the home side won the first two, before Pakistan won the next four! Incidentally, the West Indies are now in a winning streak. They have now won the last four ODI matches, that began with the series against Afghanistan in Lucknow last month. The last time they won so many in a row was between August and October, 2014.
(all records mentioned above are from men's ODIs and are complete and updated until 17 December 2019)