Virat Kohli surpassed fellow Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar as the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs, but the West Indies showed some character to snatch a thrilling tie in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday night.
West Indies batsman Shai Hope scored an unbeaten century and struck the final ball for four as they finished 321-7 in reply to India’s 321-6 in the second ODI of the 5-match series.
Following up on his 140 in the opening match in Guwahati, Kohli was unbeaten on 157 for his 37th ODI century. The 29-year-old broke the record of Tendulkar, who had reached the milestone in 259 innings. Kohli took just 205, becoming the 13th cricketer to complete 10,000 ODI runs.
Meanwhile, Hope’s unbeaten 123 and a 94 off 64 balls from Shimron Hetmyer put the visitors in reach of the target; the duo adding 143 after their side was reduced to 78/3.
Windies required 66 from the last 12 overs and appeared comfortably placed to tie the series at 1-1 but ended up needing 14 off fast bowler Umesh Yadav’s final over and then five with the final delivery.
Hope hit his 10th four just wide of third man.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
“Century pe century baar baar, run hue pure dus hazaar!”
Heartiest congratulations brother @imVkohli 👏
Fastest player ever to complete 10,000 ODI runs! What a remarkable journey it’s been so far!#ViratKohli #Virat10K pic.twitter.com/HRzLEGaxzN
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) October 24, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 24, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 24, 2018
Well Played @imVkohli. Take a Bow 🙏
(Saving this as a Draft because he compels me to tweet this in every match now) pic.twitter.com/VzqG1kOZ9x
— Siddharth Kaul (@iamsidkaul) October 24, 2018
Seeing you bat is an experience in itself, @imvkohli.
The flow with which you score your runs is brilliant.
Hoping to see you achieve many more milestones and keep scoring the way you do. 🏏
Congratulations on scoring 10000 runs and your 37th ton. #KingKohli #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/A1zxutvHxn
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) October 24, 2018
642 runs and a tie in the end. West Indies must be very proud of their effort. Liked the calm composure of Hope at the crease which was complimented beautifully by the aggression of Shimron Hetmyer. #IndvWI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 24, 2018
Great effort from the West Indies to tie this. Hope was brilliant and I really like the uncomplicated approach of Hetmyer. #IndvWI
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 24, 2018
So near yet so far for the West Indies. They were cruising along at one stage but India pulled it back well and I would say are lucky to escape with a tie. Well done to the Windies for the wonderful effort #IndvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 24, 2018
Another day, another hundred for Virat Kohli. As close to normalcy now as it could get. What a player! #INDvsWI
— Kritika Naidu (@Kritzika) October 24, 2018
Take a bow Virat! Congratulations !@imVkohli
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) October 24, 2018
Two tied games in the last four ODI for India. Thanks for keeping the format alive 😊🙌 #IndvWI
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 24, 2018
At Vizag, Shai Hope became the first batsman in ODI history to register two 100s in tied ODI games. He had made one in a tied game (in his 2nd ODI match) v Zim @ Bulawayo in 2016.
He had then said: "So the hundred doesn't really mean much right now because we didn't win." #INDvWI
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 24, 2018
For his well-crafted 123 not out, Shai Hope was the "Bankable Player of the Match" in the 2nd ODI vs India. pic.twitter.com/EGIM9AWMWP
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) October 24, 2018
Shai Hope has scored two centuries in his ODI career and BOTH the games ended as TIE.
v Zim, Bulawayo, 2016
v Ind, Vizag, 2018#IndvWI
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 24, 2018
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 24, 2018