Hope’s heroics help West Indies tie second India ODI

Hope’s heroics help West Indies tie second India ODI

Hope’s heroics help West Indies tie second India ODI

India won the first match by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Hope played out a crucial 143-run partnership with Shimron Hetmyer, who was unlucky to miss out on what would have been a well deserved century when he was dismissed on 94 by Yuzvendra Chahal.

He reached the 10,000 milestone with a single off spinner Ashley Nurse, then hit Marlon Samuels for a boundary to get his second successive ton of the five-match series.

Playing 212 ODIs, Kohli has 9,919 runs at an average of 58.69 to his name with the help of 36 hundreds and 48 half-centuries to his name.

The 35-year-old Bravo, who is not a part of the team which is now engaged in a series in India, played 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is since making his debut back in 2004.

Kohli cashed in to record his third-highest score in ODIs, after his 183 against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2012 and unbeaten 160 against South Africa in Cape Town earlier this year. However, Sachin Tendulkar had the previous record as he took 259 innings to get there.

Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant along with left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed have retained their spot in the team.

Holder congratulated Kohli for his 10,000 runs and also praised Hope for his 123-run innings.

He is just the 13th batsman, and fifth Indian, to join the elite list. In the process, he also became the fastest to 1,000 runs in a calendar year, taking just 11 innings to get there.

"Really good game of cricket played by both teams".

A big-hitter on the field and a hit DJ off it, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo Thursday retired from worldwide cricket to prolong his career as a professional player available for Twenty20 franchise events all over the world.

Shai Hope was the ideal foil for the marauding Hetmyer, as the former kept rotating strikes while finding the fence on a fairly regular basis.

The crowd favourite, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, walked in to a rousing reception and was bowled by McCoy, his maiden wicket, for 20.

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