Dr Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium in Visakhapatnam witnessed a nail-biting finish in the second ODI between India and Windies as the match ended in a tie. Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to have a bat first. Both the teams made a solitary change from their last match. Kuldeep Yadav came in for Khaleel Ahmed for India while Obed McCoy replaced Oshane Thomas in the Windies playing XI.
Just like in the last match India didn’t have the kindest of starts. Rohit Sharma lost his wicket to Kemar Roach in the fourth over when his shot found Shimron Hetmyer at the point. Shikhar Dhawan looked confident and played some lovely cover drives to lead India’s batting. However, the southpaw misjudged Ashley Nurse’s delivery in the 9th over to lose his wicket as the hosts were reduced to 40-2.
Ambati Rayudu and Virat Kohli looked to consolidate the innings for the men in blue. The pitch looked to be on the slower side. Both Rayudu and Kohli started their innings slowly. Devendra Bishoo and Nurse applied brilliant pressure on the India duo with tight line and length. But with the passage of time both the batsmen found their feet on the crease. Kohli reached to yet another fifty when he nudged a single of Nurse. Rayudu wasn’t to left behind either. He too completed a well deserved half century in the due process. He looked to take on the charge to Windies bowler after completing his fifty.
The 139 run stand was finally broken by Nurse who cleaned up Rayudu for 73. Kohli carried on his impressive form with well-timed shots. When Kohli reached to 81 he became the fastest batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODI history. But the Indian skipper lost his partner MS Dhoni on the other side of the wicket. Kohli completed his 37th ODI century. Pant looked threatening. But his short stay came to an end when Marlon Samuels picked him up. India were 248-5 at that time in the 44th over. Ravindra Jadeja rotated strike and gave as much strike as possible to his skipper. Kohli looked impeccable. He hit four sixes after his century as India looked to up the ante in the dying overs. Kohli completed the innings with an unbeaten 157 as the hosts ended the innings with 321 runs on the board.
Windies were pretty clear from the beginning of their innings. They looked to be aggressive and not give Indian bowlers any respite. Mohammed Shami drew first blood when he dismissed Kieran Powell in the seventh over. Chandrapaul Hemraj hit six fours and was aptly supported by Marlon Samuels. But both the batsmen were picked up by Kuldeep Yadav in successive overs to reduce the visitors to 78-3 in the 12th over. But what followed was an absolute treat for the crowd in Vizag.
Centurian in the first match, Shimron Hetmyer came to the crease. The left-handed batsman looked to be on the front foot from his first delivery. He with Shai Hope frustrated the Indian bowling line up with their aggressive cricket. Hetmyer smashed the spinners all around the park. He hit seven sixes and four fours. He was, however, unlucky to miss out on an ODI century. Yuzvendra Chahal picked him up for 94 and the 142 run partnership for the fourth wicket came to an end. Shai Hope didn’t lose his concentration despite losing his attacking partner. Kuldeep picked his third wicket of the innings in the form of Rovman Powell. Jason Holder supported Shai Hope, who know how looked to accelerate his innings. Hope completed his second ODI century with a double towards fine leg.
With just 22 runs needed in three overs, Chahal bowled an exceptional over that gave away just 2 runs and also bestowed India with the wicket of Holder. Shami bowled a tight penultimate over as the visitors needed 14 runs from the last over. Umesh Yadav was trusted by Virat Kohli to deliver the last over.
After a good first ball, Windies got lucky to get a boundary towards the third man region. Umesh dismissed Nurse on the fourth delivery when Windies needed 7 runs to win the contest. Hope was successful in taking two runs of the fifth delivery. Five runs were needed in the last ball. Umesh slightly overpitched the delivery and Hope took full advantage of it. He smashed it over the point region for a boundary as the match finished as a tie.
Windies have finally something to cheer for. Their batsmen looked very positive and were up for the challenge. While for India and Virat Kohli, bowling department looks depleted with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as Jasprit Bumrah. The third ODI is on 28th October at Pune.
India: 321-6(50 o.)
Virat Kohli: 157*(129)
Ambati Rayudu: 73(80)
Ashley Nurse: 10-0-46-2
Windies: 321-7(50 o.)
Shai Hope: 123(134)
Shimron Hetmyer: 94(64)
Kuldeep Yadav: 10-0-67-3.
Man of The Match: Virat Kohli