they tie it! They tie it! West Indies have tied it! Hope carves a full delivery outside off to the point boundary, past the reach of Rayudu patrolling there.
Hope ties game against India with last-ball boundary
Shimron Hetmyer's sensational hitting and Shai Hope's near run-a-ball unbeaten hundred brought West Indies awfully close to their highest successful chase in ODIs, but they contrived to somehow fall behind and then hit a last-ball four to come away with
There we go. Over six-hundred runs scored. And in the end, it's a tie. Virat Kohli made a century - one that no one will soon forget, it took him past 10,000 ODI runs, and it showcased that he can get runs even in the harshest conditions for limited-overs batting. Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer threatened to gatecrash India's party, one playing shots out of the text book and the other just playing, just hitting, just swindling the spirit from the bowler. In the end, none of them deserved to be on the losing side.
Virat Kohli is Man of the Match for his unbeaten 157. "First of all, I would like to say ti was a great game of circket. Full house. Credit to the West Indies as well. They showed great heart and fight. Specially in the second innings, after they were three down, Hetmyer and Hope stuck it out. Pretty proud of my innings and my milestone [10,000 runs]. It's something that we decided pre-game. Everyone was of the opinion we wanted to bat first because it was hot and humid and also in the big games, in world cups, you might have to put runs on the board and defend. The pitch was drastically different in the second innings. We were looking at 275-280 only, but I got going and we got those extra runs. We had a challenge in front of us today and luckily we got away with a tie and we'll take that at the end of the day. When the run-rate fell under six, I thought they were in a strong position but Kuldeep got a wicket, Chahal bowled a brilliant over and Umesh and Shami closed it out. One boundary off Umesh off the shoe and one in the end, a couple of inches from Rayudu from pulling it in. That's how the game goes. We should all just enjoy it and not keep pulling at strings. I've enjoyed being a part of it and West Indies certainly deserved a draw for the way they played. Rayudu was really professional. He's someone we're looking at to be a permanent No. 4. He plays spin well, he plays pace wlel, he's in good momentum, in good form. And Shai obviously, I've watched him since that Headingley game. He plays classy knocks and even Hetmyer as well. Both of them played really really well"
"Really good game of cricket. Two outstanding knocks. Virat was outstanding, congrats to him for 10,000 runs. Shai Hope though, young player, scoring a century like that in a high-pressure game. And Hetmyer as well.," Jason Holder says. "I guess the run-out of myself. And the wicket of Hetmyer as well, he was the set batsman, they were getting runs easy. We said at the beginning of the innings that one of our top four had to go on and bat till the end. Good on Shai to do that. India got a par score. Before coming here, we knew we should be hitting that mark over and over. I thought our bowlers tried. But we were a bit sloppy in the field. Obed McCoy has a lot of variations, the cutters and slower balls and the wicket helps that kind of bowling. He's one of those players we've identities as a death bowler"
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"Worked very hard today," Shai Hope says "We lost wickets at crucial stages. We lost Jason late. But that's the key, when the game gets tight. We needed to keep wickets in hand. The pitch was good. It came on with the new ball and it spun for both teams. We came here to win, we didn't come here to complete. Just a bit disappointed. [Plans in the last couple of overs] I was trying to get bat on ball, try to hit the gaps, get as close as possible"
Varun Shetty with the last word: A strange change in strategy last ball. Umesh'd nailed five yorkers on the stumps (with some bad luck) and for some reason, India chose to bring third man up and push point back for a wide yorker. Hope was never going to play the scoop.
9.45 pm Yikes. West Indies needed 65 from the last 11 overs. That's under run-a-ball and they got to that position only because of Shimron Hetmyer's breathtaking innings - 94 off only 64 balls. With him for all of that innings was Shai Hope, who did go on to get a century, and evebtually the tie as well. But you think they'd been kicking themselves a bit right now? They had this chase done. They had India's spinners scratching their heads. They were pulling off an insane heist until the last few overs where Jadeja, Kuldeep, Chahal, Shami and in the end Yadav did so very well and ensure India did not lose the match in which their captain Virat Kohli became the fastest man to 10,000 ODI runs.
Raj: "By the way ...who was celebrating in the end ? West Indies or India ??" --- No one celebrated. India knew they got out of jail. West Indies knew they missed out on a win
Dhaval: "Why no Super over in ODIs? ICC should consider this. Could make a lot of difference to teams like WI who needs such wins under their belt. If a result is possible why not play for it. "
West Indies need five to win, four to tie
low full toss, which Hope swings to deep midwicket. Two runs the result
The batsmen crossed so Hope will be on strike for the next ball. West Indies need seven off two balls now
caught at third man playing the scoop! Nurse does well - predicting this would be near the blockhole and would have enough pace for him to play a dinky shot like that. But it carries to deep third man, and Rayudu holds onto a high-pressure catch.
WI need seven off three
Ayni: "WI neck to neck with India at the same over mark , plus a centurion on strike needing to get the 14 runs another centurion got earlier in the day, off the last 6 balls. Scintillating stuff. Tie would be a fair result."
yorker on leg stump, Nurse works it away to deep midwicket
the reverse-swinging yorker turns into a full toss, which pings off the back leg and away to the third man boundary
WI need 13 off 5 now
sends in a stinging yorker on off stump, Hope jams the bat down and finds a single. Only a single
West Indies need 14 off the last six balls. Umesh will bowl them. Deep point, long-off, and three men on the leg side. Looks like Dhoni's setting the field
Harry: "Yadav's ODI career deciding over"
full, slow and wide of off stump. Hope is again in the wrong position to deal with the ball. Toe-ends it back to the left of the bowler to pinch a single
full toss on off stump, Hope launches it down the ground for a couple
full and wide - Hope doesn't expect it to be there, he's standing on leg stump, he's expecting a yorker in line with the stumps and as such he has to reach out, and in doing so he loses his shape entirely and inside edges the ball back to the bowler. Outstanding work from Shami
"India! India! India!" goes Vizag
bangs it in and Nurse pulls, this time properly, to deep midwicket
swings hard at a full delivery on off stump and finds only a single at long-on. Claps all around the ground. They're feeling it.
slower short ball, which Nurse tries to pull, but he doesn't count on the change of pace. Mis-hit still gets WI one run
Third man's back, fine leg's back. Mid-off is up.
West Indies need 20 off 12 now with Hope batting on 112
Ankit Kumar: "oh dear WI, c'mon get over the line. If they dont this, this will be crushing considering they were on 221 in the 32nd over."
sees a full delivery on middle and slogs to deep square leg
shapes for a scoop against a ball that could easily have been cut away. The premeditation means not only does he miss the ball, the dot-ball pressure keeps rising on West Indies
Ashley Nurse, the new batsman on strike against a wristspinner
tosses it up on leg stump, Hope pats it down to long-on
quicker and flatter on middle, Hope defends
Holder's run-out! And Vizag roars! Poor stuff from West Indies, after staying so calm, they lose their captain over a silly mistake. Hope defends a legbreak on middle to cover and then takes a couple of steps out. Holder sees that and starts haring down the pitch only to look up at his partner suddenly standing still. Then he looks around and realises Rayudu already has the ball in his hand and underarms it through to the bowler to break the stumps
goes for the cut, but the ball doesn't quite bounce as much as he figures. Bottom edge that goes nowhere
Hope and Holder need 22 off 18 now
full on off stump, Hope drives into the covers and gets a single. That's West Indies' 300
Purvesh: "Not to look for specifics here, Indian bowlers don't bat at all & Indian batsmen don't bowl at all. So basically India have a problem when the Top 3 don't finish off the innings and one of the bowlers has an off day."
full toss outside off this time, Hope dabs it to point