West Indian opener Shai Hope hit his eleventh one-day international century to lead his team to a seven-wicket victory over the Netherlands in Amstelveen on Tuesday, in a match reduced to 45 overs. Although the Dutch only made 240 for seven, the Duckworth Lewis method adjusted the target to 247 passing the West Indies with 11 balls left. Hope, who made 119 not out, and fellow opener Shamarh Brooks quickly got a grip on the damp conditions that allowed the Dutch sailors to move the ball, adding 120 for the first wicket.
Brooks rattled 60 of the 67 balls before Logan van Beek knocked it off with a great return catch.
Van Beek removed Nkrumah Bonner’s leg for the first pitch and Aryan Dutt threw Nicholas Pooran for seven to leave the West Indies in somewhat dangerous territory with 133 for three.
But Hope kept his head up and found a solid ally in Brandon King, who shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 116.
Hope hit his 100 off 113 balls and finished with 119 off 130 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes.
When Hope reached his barrel, King upped the ante on the other side, hitting Van Beek for a six and a four on consecutive balls.
The 27-year-old Jamaican then posted his first ODI fifty, clubbing Ryan Klein for the winning line ending at 58 from 51 balls.
Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd had previously given the Netherlands a solid start, adding 60 in the same time for the first wicket after putting in the battle.
Singh was particularly impressive, hitting six fours and two sixes in his 47 of 45 balls. But when he fell with his leg on review for Akeal Hosein, the innings lost its early momentum.
O’Dowd (39), Bas de Leede (17) and Scott Edwards (14) each scored a single border as the West Indies turned the screw.
Teja Nidamanuru, an all-rounder who played for Auckland in the past, put them back on track, marking his ODI debut with a spirited 58 from 51 balls, taking the Netherlands to the respectable tally of 240 for seven of their 45 overs.
The result leads the West Indies 1-0 in the series of three games, and the second ODI will take place in Amstelveen on Thursday.
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