How Shai Hope held his nerve during tense final over to secure thrilling tie

first_imgShai Hope scored an unbeaten 123 to secure a tie for West Indies in the second ODI against India at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.Hope in turn became the only cricketer in history to score two hundreds in two tied games.He had scored a century in this second ODI against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2016 which ended in a tie.Vizag ODI: Match Report | Highlights | As it happened | PhotosUmesh Yadav had 14 runs to defend in the last over after a brilliant penultimate over by Mohammed Shami.Umesh started with a perfect yorker just outside off, which forced Hope to dig the ball out and manage just one run.With Ashley Nurse on strike, Umesh bowled another yorker but ended up following him and the ball ricocheted off his pads and raced away to the boundary for four leg-byes.Another yorker from Umesh saw Nurse slogging it from the inner half towards wide mid-on as both batsmen ran hard to come back for the second.Umesh bowled another yorker, but this time Nurse fell to an audacious reverse scoops that went welcomingly in to the palms of third man Ambati Rayudu.Now, West Indies needed seven off two balls. Another fuller length ball saw Hope stroke it through mid-wicket and come back for the second. and brining the equation down to five runs from the last ball.India opted to bring third man in and push point out to deep backward point with a sweeper cover and long-off already in place. The plan was to bolw full outside off.advertisementREAD – India vs West Indies: Was difficult to bowl to Shimron Hetmyer, says Kuldeep YadavKuldeep Yadav, who took three important wickets, said at the post-match press conference that the move was MS Dhoni’s idea.”I’m too young to know,” Kuldeep said when asked if he knew why a new plan was implemented. “I’ve played only 30 games and Mahi bhai has played 300 games. He’s got more experience than me. It happens. He’s more experienced than us. At that time he thought it and he did it.”But the plan did not work out for India as Hope was expecting India to do exactly that and once Umesh bowled the ball full outside off, he carved it over the infield as it raced to the boundary ropes.For the last ball, India decided to bring third man in and push point out to deep backward point. A sweeper cover was already out, as was long-off. It was a field set up for the full wide ball, and Kuldeep Yadav said at the post-match press conference that this had been Dhoni’s idea.”I was hoping that he’d bowl to the field,” Hope told at the post match press conference.”So we knew a wide yorker was coming. I got enough bat on it to get it to the boundary. I was trying to get more bat on it for a six and a win. It didn’t happen. But we didn’t lose the game, and that’s one positive we can take.”last_img

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