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New Delhi, Oct 25: India skipper Virat Kohli's 37th ODI ton went in vain as the West Indies pulled off a heart-stopping chase to hold the hosts to a tie in the nail-biting second One-day International at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium
This is interestingly the second tied match between the two sides, with the other one, way back in December 1991.Chasing a mammoth 322, powered by Kohli's unbeaten 157 off 129 balls and Ambati Rayudu's 80-ball 73, the West Indies rode on an undefeated century from Shai Hope (123 off 134; 4X10, 6X3) and Shimron Hetmyer's 64-ball 94 to get tantalisingly close to a win.
Also Read: Kohli's Virat 10000 bomb to beat Sachin.. Creates this world record alsoNeeding 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 rnn 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.
Also Read: 'Virat Kohli is not human'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.
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The BCCI selectors on Thursday recalled white ball specialists Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while resting pacer Mohammed Shami for the final three One-day Internationals (ODI) against the West Indies.Both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah were rested for the opening two ODIs while the Test specialist duo of Umesh Yadav and Shami were drafted in along side rookie left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed.Khaleel, however was retained in the squad alongside Umesh, who on Wednesday leaked 13 runs off the final over of the second ODI that ended in a draw.India squad for the final 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey.