#INDvWI: Hope, Hetmyer star for Windies in a thrilling tie after Kohli’s masterclass

Virat Kohli came to the middle in the fourth over and batted all the way through. (PTI Photo)Virat Kohli came to the middle in the fourth over and batted all the way through. (PTI Photo)

Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer starred for Windies in a thrilling tie after Virat Kohli’s masterclass


Highlights:

  • West Indies needed 14 runs in the final over and five off the last ball
  • Windies leveled the score with Shai Hope (123 not out) cutting Umesh Yadav for a boundary
  • Besides Hope’s ton, Shimron Hetmeyer too registered 94 runs

Visakhapatnam: Virat Kohli propelled India to 321 with an unbeaten 157 but his efforts were negated on Wednesday. West Indies managed to go all the way and tied the score, largely thanks to a 143-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer. The latter did most of the heavy hitting while Hope anchored the partnership and the rest of the chase. While it looked like West Indies might pull off a famous win during that partnership, the Indian bowlers pulled things back their teams way in the final 10 overs. With five needed to win off the last ball, Hope hit a four and ensured a tie for his team.

West Indies were tottering at 78/3 when Hope was joined in the middle by Hetmyer. Openers Kieran Powell and Chandrapaul Hemraj put up 36 runs in six overs before the former was dismissed. Hemraj soon departed for 32 while Marlon Samuels departed for 13. But Hope and Hetmyer got West Indies’ chase going. Hope played the anchor while Hetmyer picked up from where he left off in Guwahati. The Guyanese smashed 94 off 64 balls before an erratic lofted attempt was gobbled up by Kohli in at short cover.

 

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Shai Hope scored his second ODI century and ended with a career-best 123. (PTI Photo)

Shai Hope scored his second ODI century and ended with a career-best 123. (PTI Photo)

Hope then went on to set partnerships with Rovman Powell and captain Jason Holder. In due time, he made his second ODI century and surpassed his previous highest total in the format.

India chose to bat first and lost Rohit Sharma early. Virat Kohli took strike in the third over and carried his bat all the way through. Before the match, he needed 81 runs to become the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs. The 29-year-old surpassed that, and then some. He has taken just 205 innings to get to the milestone while the person he surpassed – Sachin Tendulkar – took 259. His century was his second consecutive one and the Indian captain eventually went on to cross 1000 ODI runs in 2018. It was also his 30th ODI century as a no. 3, which is the most in that position. He surpassed Ricky Ponting in that area.

 

The third ODI will be played on Saturday in Pune.