India Vs West Indies second ODI match highlights:
∙ India and West Indies played out a draw in the second ODI of the 5 match series.
∙ Batting first India made 321-6. In reply West Indies also made 321.
∙ Needing 5 runs off the last ball, Hope hit a four.
∙ Kohli scored 157 to become the fastest ever batsman to reach the 10,000 run mark.
Coming back to India Vs West Indies second ODI, India and West Indies played out an edge of the seat thriller which ended with Shai Hope hitting a crunching cut off the last ball of the innings to end the match in a draw. After Virat Kohli’s record-breaking 157 had guided India to 321 off their 50 overs, West Indies handed the favor back to India, scoring 321 themselves. The match was a beautiful advertisement for cricket, one that ensured that an admirable day of cricket ended in a fair result.
Redefining the word consistency, Indian captain Virat Kohli shattered all records come to the second ODI. The dynamic batsman was at his best, taking on the West Indies bowling line-up like there was no tomorrow. Coming out to bat with India losing their openers early, on a wicket where the ball wasn’t coming onto the ball, Kohli played a surreal and magical inning. His 37th century was a record-breaking one, obliterating Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the fastest player to reach 10,000 ODI runs.
Kohli’s unbeaten 157 had class written on each shot. Stitching together a partnership with Ambati Rayadu, Kohli took no time in applying himself to the crease, playing percentage cricket throughout the 129 balls he faced. Raising his bat to celebrate reaching 10,000, Kohli required just 205 innings to reach the feat, the quickest ever in the history of cricket. Kohli’s unmatched talent as a batsman is evident from the fact that just 11 innings ago he had reached 9,000 runs.
Hitting a century that saw him hit no six; Kohli opened his arms after reaching his 37th hundred. A six down the ground off debutant pacer Obed McCoy brought up 1,000 runs in the year for Kohli and there was no stopping him for there on. Cutting, flicking, driving and pulling in a manner that he does best, Kohli powered his side to 321-6 off their repertoire of overs.
Ambati Rayadu’s contribution to India’s cause was a vital one as well. India’s middle-order stepping up to the plate was something we had talked about in our match preview and with Dhawan and Rohit departing cheaply, India needed something from the middle-order come the second ODI.
A 139 run partnership of 142 balls between Kohli and Rayadu was just what the team needed to stabilize their innings. Rayadu got a 73 in the process of a well-worked partnership.
Coming out to chase India’s massive total, West Indies played fearlessly. Making the most of a frayed Indian bowling attack, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer once again took on Umesh Yadav and Shami. Repeating their exploits of the first match, the duo smashed not only the pacers but also the spinners all over the park. Powering their side to 210-3 off 30 overs, the win was edging closer for the West Indies who went into the final 20 overs of the match well ahead of the run-rate and with plenty of overs in hand.
Playing a shot that the occasion did not require, Hetmyer launched one up in the sky after failing to connect properly against a Jadeja delivery. Walking back with a score of 94 off 64 against his name that included 4 fours and 7 sixes, Hetmyer’s dismissal put the brakes on a runaway West Indies side, helping India back into the match.
However, Hope could not be stopped as he notched up a century and went onto play till the last ball of the innings. His 123 saw him hit a four of the last ball of the visitors’ innings to guide his side to an amazing draw.
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