Chennai: West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his century during the 1st ODI match between India and West Indies at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Dec 15, 2019. . Image Source: IANS News

Chennai, Dec 15 : Centurion Shimron Hetmyer on Sunday said the knock of 139 means a lot to him, especially since West Indies ended up on the winning side against India in the first ODI here.

Hetmyer cracked a career-best 139 while Shai Hope scored an unbeaten 102 as the West Indies romped to a eight-wicket victory against India at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

Hetmyer, 22, took 106 balls for his sensational 139 which was studded with 11 fours and seven huge sixes. This was his fifth ODI hundred.

"I don't know from where the power is coming from. I am trying to hit as hard as I can. This ton means a lot to me," he said after being adjudged the man of the match at the post match presentation ceremony.

"The last one I had was at the start of the year and this one came at the end of the year. It is always nice to have a smile on the face after the victory. It's a good feeling because the last time, I got a hundred in India, we lost the game," he added.

The pair of Hetmyer and Hope shared a mammoth 218-run partnership for the second wicket to steer Windies clear with ease in the end and put Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant's fifties in a shade.

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