India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Kohli, Hope steal the spotlight in thrilling tie

Virat Kohli 157 not out India West Indies 2nd ODI Visakhapatnam cricket

Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring his 37th ODI century

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India captain Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 157, during which he became the fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs, but Shai Hope’s last-ball four ensured the West Indies walked away with a tie in Visakhapatnam.

Opting to bat first, India lost opener Rohit Sharma early on as he was caught by Shimron Hetmyer at point off the bowling of Kemar Roach for four runs.

Shikhar Dhawan managed to make 29 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Ashley Nurse.

Kohli and Ambati Rayudu stabilised the innings with a 139-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

Rayudu ended up making 73, which came off 80 balls and included eight boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Nurse.

MS Dhoni only scored 20 before he was clean bowled by debutant Obed McCoy.

Rishabh Pant fell shortly after, but Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja forged a 59-run partnership before Jadeja was dismissed by McCoy for 13.

Kohli went on to make an unbeaten 157, which came off 129 balls and included 13 boundaries and four sixes, as India finished on 321/6.

During his innings, Kohli easily surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs.

Nurse and McCoy picked up two wickets apiece, while Roach and Marlon Samuels chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 322 to win, the West Indies made a disappointing start to their innings as opener Kieran Powell was caught by Pant at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for 18.

Chandrapaul Hemraj, who opened the batting with Powell, scored 32 before he was cleaned up by Kuldeep Yadav, who then proceeded to take out Samuels for 13.

Hope and Hetmyer steadied things with a 143-run stand, during which both batsmen raced past their half-centuries.

With Hetmyer nearing his century, he didn’t end up getting there as he was caught by Kohli at short cover off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal for 94, which came off 64 balls and included four boundaries and seven sixes.

Rovman Powell fell shortly after, but Hetmyer and West Indies skipper Jason Holder added 47 runs to the score before Holder was run out by Rayudu for 12.

With Hope still at the crease, the West Indies found themselves needing 14 runs to win off the last over.

Umesh Yadav conceded seven runs off the first three balls before dismissing Nurse for five runs.

With Hope scoring two off the penultimate ball, the West Indies needed five runs to win off the last ball of the match.

While Hope could not hit a six to win the match, he carved the final delivery to the point boundary to ensure the game ended as a tie.

Shai Hope 123 not out India West Indies 2nd ODI Visakhapatnam cricket

Shai Hope scored his second ODI hundred and ended the match as a tie with a last-ball four

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Hope finished on a career-best 123 not out, which came off 134 balls and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Kuldeep was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Shami, Umesh and Chahal claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was named Man of the Match.

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