India were lucky to get away with a tie in the second ODI against West Indies at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Chasing 322 for a win, West Indies needed five off the last ball and managed to crunch a four through deep point to carve out the tie but things could have gotten a lot worse for the hosts.
Things could have gone horribly wrong for India when Windies needed just 63 from the final 10 overs but with half their side still remaining. Of them was Shai Hope who had come to bat in the seventh over and was gunning for an ODI century.
He was ably supported by Shimron Hetmyer who nearly made it two centuries in as many games too. In fact his was the more aggressive knock, scoring a 64-ball 94 before holing out to a long hop from Yuzvendra Chahal.
As it turned out Hope got to his century but began tiring towards the end and the loss of crucial wickets at different times in the final just added to his pressure. Still with 14 needed from the final six deliveries and five from the final ball, by the end, Windies would have come away thinking they got something out of the contest. It was that kind of a match where neither team deserved to lose.
Earlier, India had managed to get to 321/6 thanks to captain Virat Kohli’s brilliant, unbeaten 157. Admitted India were looking to score around 275 batting first but the skipper got going and accelerated well towards the end. India managed to claw out 100 runs from the final 10 overs with Ambati Rayudu chipping in with a 73 of his own.
With the World Cup only a few months away, India would hope they have found a solution to their number four problems but Rayudu will need to keep churning out those big scores.
In getting to his century, Kohli also reached 10,000 runs in his ODI career, getting there in a record time – 209 innings as opposed to 250 plus for the next best.
Virat Kohli’s ODI average & strike-rate was 45.67 & 83 after 50 games.
After 75: 46.6 & 86
100: 48.9 & 86
125: 51.5 & 88.8
150: 51.5 & 90.1
175: 52.8 & 90.5
200: 55.5 & 91.5
Current 58.7 & 92.5
Both his average & his strike-rate have gone up with time. Mind-boggling.#INDvWI
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) October 24, 2018
Kohli was declared the man of the match for his knock but the Windies will take a lot of positives out of this encounter. The India-West Indies series now moves to Pune where the third ODI will be played on Saturday.