Ind Vs WI 2nd ODI: High Scoring Game Ends On Tie In Last Ball Thriller

| October 25 , 2018 , 15:38 IST

Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli's impressive ton went in vain as the Windies has managed to pull out a nail-biting tie in a high scoring second One-day International at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

It is learnt that this contest was interestingly the second tied match between the two sides, with the other one, way back in December 1991.

The Men in Blue had managed to post a gigantic total of 322, powered by Kohli's unbeaten 157 off 129 balls and Ambati Rayudu's 80-ball 73.

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The West Indies rode on high on the undefeated century from Shai Hope (123 off 134; 4X10, 6X3) and Shimron Hetmyer's 64-ball 94 to get tantalisingly close to a win.

Needing 14 off the dramatic final over from Umesh Yadav, Hope got a single off the first ball before the second ball went for four leg byes. Ashley Nurse managed to get a single off the third before being run out off the fourth.

With two deliveries left and Windies requiring 7 runs, Hope drove the penultimate delivery for a couple before slicing the final ball for a boundary, to which the Indian players gathered around and appreciated the effort of the right-hander as the match ended in a thrilling tie.

The West Indian chase centred around an excellent 143-run fourth wicket stand between Hope and Hetmyer, after the loss of the openers Kieran Powell (18) and Chandrapaul Hemraj (32) with the scoreboard ticking 64 on the board.

India managed to pack back veteran Marlon Samuels (13) cheaply before the left-right combo of Hetmyer and Hope dashed their hopes for a major part of the middle overs.

With the dew making batting relatively easier in the second innings, the Windies duo used it to good effect as Hetmyer looked set to become the second fastest West Indian after Brian Lara to bring up a century, had Yuzvendra Chahal not dismissed him caught by Kohli.

But the fall of Hetmyer did not deter Hope, who went on punishing the Indian bowlers at will, despite losing Rovman Powell (18) and skipper Jason Holder (12) in quick succession.

For India, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/67) turned out to be the star with the ball, even as the dew made life difficult for the other bowlers.

Brief Scores: India 321/6 (Virat Kohli 157 not out, Ambati Rayudu 73, Shikhar Dhawan 29; Ashley Nurse 2/46, Obed McCoy 2/71) tie with West Indies 321/7 (Shai Hope 123 not out, Shimron Hetmyer 94, Chandrapaul Hemraj 32; Kuldeep Yadav 3/67).

India still leads the five-match ODI series with 1-0.