Shai Hope, who scored an unbeaten 123 off 134, secured a tie by hitting a boundary off the last delivery of the 2nd ODI against India. A partnership of 143 between Shimron Hetmyer and Hope, while chasing a target of 322 set by India, had put West Indies on top. It was all going well for the visitors until the 48th over wherein Yuzvendra Chahal conceded only two runs. In the same over West Indies captain, Jason Holder was run out by Ambati Rayudu/Chahal.
Consequently, at the end of the 48th over, West Indies required 20 runs off the last couple of overs.
Hetmyer in his innings of 94 off 64, was able to send the ball all the way for SIX seven times yesterday. He scored exactly the total number of sixes hit by Kohli and Shai Hope, the two centurions from last night.
But the hero of the match, like most other matches, was the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. It was not only about the century that he scored. He was not just the hero at Vishakapatnam where the crowd was rooting more for Rayudu than him. Virat Kohli is probably the hero of the century, and not because of a century. There was silence all over the crowd when Kohli reached 9,999 runs with a single off Marlon Samuel’s over. Two balls into the next over, Kohli embraced his 10,000th ODI run and there were standing ovations all around. Kohli acknowledged his partner on the non-striker’s end, MS Dhoni first, and then the rest of the team in the dressing room.
Believe it or not, 11 innings ago he had just crossed 9000 ODI runs. And more than 1000 runs since then. He reached the 10,000 mark in 205 ODIs, that’s 54 matches faster than the previous best. Yes, 54 matches faster than the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Not only that, he has an average of 59.62 which is 17 runs more than Sachin’s, when he reached the 10,000 mark. However, Kohli was dropped when he was on 44 by Jason Holder. Overall, it was West Indies’ match to lose which they threw away very late in their chase. In the end, both centurions of the match, Virat Kohli and Shai hope were winners.
But West Indies has a lot of positive takeaways from this match. The way they performed in the 2nd ODI and consecutively scored totals of 300 showcases their potential in the limited overs.
The 3rd ODI of the 5-match series, in which India leads by 1-0, is scheduled to be played in Pune on October 27.
Scorecard for 2nd ODI:
India 321 for 6 (Kohli 157*, Rayudu 73) tied with West Indies 321 for 7 (Hope 123*, Hetmyer 94, Kuldeep 3-67)