India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI
Would you believe if I said that in a cricket game, 642 runs were scored, 17 sixes were hit, 55 boundaries were scored, 13 wickets fell and yet that game produced ‘No Result’? Yes, the best Asian team and the Island nation were involved in a hot clash on Wednesday in the coastal city of Andhra Pradesh for the second One Day International of the series. In which, India won the toss and elected to bat first in a pitch where there was a possible dew threat.
India Batting First:
Indians were pretty clinical with their batting performance. After both the openers being sent back to hut at score board reading 40/2, Ambati Rayudu (73) walked in to accompany the skipper at the crease. The two batsmen toyed the West indies bowling line up for close to 24 overs in which they scored 140 runs for the 3rd wicket partnership.
In the mean while, Kohli broke series of records on his way to unbeaten 157; scored his 10,000 runs in ODI cricket and he was the fastest to do so in terms of ‘number of innings played’ as well as in terms of ‘number of days since debut’, he became the fastest to score 4,000 runs in India, most centuries scored against West Indies, fewest innings to score 1000 runs in a calendar year, highest average for 10,000 runs, most runs for Indian batsmen against the Windies and highest average for 4,000 runs in India. And was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for his effort.
Eventually, India posted 321 runs on the board. Everybody knows it’s not easy to chase such huge target against a team like India. When everyone was expecting a one-sided match, West indies had other plans in mind. They put up a real royal-rumble of a fight and never gave up till the last minute.
The West Indies had everything under control when Hetmyer and Hope were in the crease, the former was sending out the balls out of the park at will. They put up a spectacular fight with 143 run stand. But the dangerous man; Hetmyer who was all set for consecutive centuries against one of the best teams in the world, but a brain-rush moment made him fall 6 short of 100. But Shai Hope continued his spree, threatening India to take the game away from them.
Shai Hope stood tall even when pendulum started swinging India’s way a bit – Nurse’s wicket and Holder’s misery. Hope pounced on India’s resistance and ensured he fought till the very last ball.
Dramatic End in Cricket:
With 15 off the last over required, Umesh to bowl it and Hope in crease, everyone was in the edge of their seat and the stadium was in utter silence.
49.1: U Yadav to Shai Hope, 1 run.
49.2: U Yadav to Nurse, leg byes, FOUR.
49.3: U Yadav to Nurse, 2 runs.
49.4: U Yadav to Nurse, out Caught by Rayudu.
49.5: U Yadav to Shai Hope, 2 runs.
5 runs off 1 ball
49.6: U Yadav to Shai Hope, FOUR, it’s a tie.
With Hope’s boundary off the last ball, the match ended in a tie. West Indies became the team to have been involved in most ties (10) in ODIs. 157* by Kohli is the second highest score by a player in a tied match. 123* is the highest score by a chasing team in a tied match.
As the old goes, “Cricket is the real winner.” The best part of the game has to be the spirit that the players displayed. Dhoni and Kohli were all smiles moments after the finish and laughed it off tapping each others shoulder.