In the post-match press conference, the 24-year-old Hope revealed how he managed to hit the in-form Umesh Yadav for a boundary on the last ball of the match.
Chasing 322 to win at the start of innings and five off the last ball, Hope cut India seamer Umesh Yadav for a boundary through point to level the scores.
He said that his aim was to just put bat to ball in the last delivery and he second-guessed Umesh’s delivery correctly.
“Last ball I knew a wide yorker was coming at the end, and I had to get bat on the ball. I didn’t get enough bat but it was enough,” Hope said.
Hope hit only his second ODI century on Wednesday to help the Windies tie the match after India had put on an imposing 321 for six after opting to bat.
He, however, said the Windies need to be much more consistent as a team.
“Definitely, such knocks improve your confidence. You have to gain after every innings. It was a matter of time before I got a big score,” said Hope.
“(But) we need to be more consistent as a team.”
Hope’s unbeaten 123-run knock came at a crucial juncture for the West Indies.
He joined forces with Shimron Hetmyer after the Windies lost three wickets and added 143 runs for the fourth wicket to keep his team in the hunt.
However, first game centurion Hetmyer (94) got out with the visitors still requiring 101 runs in 18 overs.
“There was a change in approach after that (Hetmyer’s dismissal). We needed to take the innings deep,” Hope said.
Speaking about batting with Hetmyer, he said, “It’s pretty different with him, he likes to keep the scoreboard ticking. As long as we take it to the last five overs, we knew we stood a chance.”
Thanks to the tie, India continue to lead the five-match series 1-0 after two matches.
(With PTI inputs)
Opting to bat, Kohli fired 157 off 129 balls, while Ambati Rayudu, who is seen as the answer to the team’s persistent problems at the number four slot by Kohli himself, made a fluent 73 off 80 deliveries.
The 29-year-old Kohli, who hit 13 boundaries and four sixes, bettered the iconic Sachin Tendulkar’s record by an incredible 54 innings, and then went past 1000 runs in the calendar year in only 11 innings, which is also the fastest.
During their stay in the middle, the two were involved in a partnership of 139 runs in 142 balls for the third wicket at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, set amidst picturesque hills.
While he acknowledged the fans’ applause by raising his bat after reaching the 10k landmark, the crowd was on its feet again when Kohli creamed Marlon Samuels to the cover boundary to bring up his century, his 37th in this format.
Kohli pulled, cut, flicked and drove in the manner he does best before cutting loose towards the end. A six down the ground off debutant left-arm pacer Obed McCoy brought up 1,000 runs for him in the year.
He then deposited McCoy over long-on for another maximum and in the next over, smashed Roach for a six and two fours to power his team past 300.
India were, however, off to a poor start when Rohit Sharma (4) was dismissed early by Kemar Roach in the fourth over of the day.
After the fall of his opening partner, who like Kohli entered the game on the back of a big hundred in the series-opener, Shikhar Dhawan continued to find the fence a couple of times while playing an uppercut to slice Roach’s short ball outside off for a six over the third man.
However, Ashley Nurse had Dhawan trapped in front of the wicket after a West Indies review went in their favour.
At 40 for two in the ninth over, Rayudu joined his skipper and the two played fluently to keep the run rate healthy.
Save the one dropped catch by West Indies skipper Jason Holder who ran backwards from mid-off, Kohli looked untroubled throughout and seemed to be satisfied with the way his partner at the other end, Rayudu, was batting. Kohli was on 44 when he got the life.
The West Indies spinners, especially senior pro Devendra Bishoo, could not deliver on a pitch that offered turn and played slow.
That India eventually set the visitors a target of 322 was only due to Kohli’s brilliance, as conditions and the quality of opposition bowling don’t seem to matter to him anymore.
Earmarked for the critical number four slot through to the 2019 World Cup, Rayudu reposed his skipper’s faith by compiling a neat innings that contained eight boundaries.
The crowd favourite, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, walked in to a rousing reception and was bowled by McCoy, his maiden wicket, for 20.
Rishabh Pant was slotted ahead of Dhoni but the plan was dropped at the insistence of Kohli, who relayed a message to the dressing room while he was toying with the opposition’s bowlers.
When he eventually came, Pant also fell quickly, for a 13-ball 17, but Kohli remained strong and shifted gears to launch another onslaught, barely three days after a blazing 140-run knock.
Kieran Powell (18) and Chanderpaul Hemraj started West Indies’ response by hitting a few quick boundaries, but Mohammed Shami had the former caught behind.
Kohli introduced Kuldeep Yadav and the chinaman, having missed the series opener, delivered straightaway when he foxed Hemraj for a 24-ball 32.
The spinner then bowled seasoned Marlon Samuels (13) to leave the visitors in a spot of bother at 78 for three in 12 overs.
A 143-run partnership ensued between Hetmyer and Shai Hope for the fourth wicket as the duo took calculated risks.
Taking off from where he left in the first match, Hetmyer launched into the Indian spinners and rattled them with a flurry of sixes. He was destructive in the region between long-off and deep midwicket and was most harsh on Yuzvendra Chahal, who leaked 18 runs in one of the middle overs.
Shai Hope was the perfect foil for the marauding Hetmyer, as the former kept rotating strikes while finding the fence on a fairly regular basis.
However, Chahal had the last laugh when Hetmyer top-edged an innocuous short ball for a skier to Kohli at short cover. At that point, West Indies needed 101 runs in 18 overs as Rovman Powell joined Hope, and the equation was brought down to 63 in the last 10 with skipper Holder among the five batsmen remaining but they could only tie the game.
Published: October 22, 2018 10:10:38 pm
Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand struggled for the second day running as he was held to a draw by almost-retired Robert Hess of the United States in the second round of Isle of Man International Chess tournament here on Monday. Anand was on the verge of losing to 13-year old Raunak Sadhwani in the first round on Sunday and had to dig out some fine manoeuvres to stay in the game.
In the second round also, the Indian continued to hunt for his form and again employed defensive approach towards the business end of the game. Hess is a noted commentator and was the appointed coach of the US women’s team earlier this year for the chess Olympiad.
Anand faced the French defense with white and could not get much and it was a tiring rook and pawns endgame, with a pawn less, that the Indian had to defend a long time before salvaging a draw after 78 moves. Upsets continued in the tournament with Indians involved in making most of the opportunities. At the top of the list in the second round was Grandmaster V Vishnu Prasanna, who got the better of nearly 200-points above rated Tamir Nabaty of Israel.
Joining the celebration was Grandmaster-in-waiting Harsha Bharthakkoti, who put it across compatriot and higher ranked S P Sethuraman in what was probably the game of the day. Harsha was at his best in attacking Sethuraman’s king right from the word go and capped it with a brilliant queen sacrifice that will certainly find its way in many future tactics books.
Vidit Gujrathi also apparently made a contribution to the tactics books at the expense of fellow Indian Debashish Das. Gujrathi was in top form in bringing all his pieces together against a hapless black king. Hungarian Peter Leko had won a very difficult endgame against Tania Sachdev in the previous round but found young Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa a much tougher nut to crack. The game ended in a draw as the former world championship candidate could not make any progress.
Praggnanandhaa’s sister Vaishali also had her moment of glory as she played out a draw against former women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia. With seven rounds still to come in the world’s toughest open event carrying a prize pool of 130000 pounds sterling, as many as five Indians share the lead in a group of 19.
Apart from Gujrathi, Harsha and Vishnu Prasanna, Grandmasters Abhijeet Gupta and Vaibhav Suri share the lead with a perfect score. At the top of the tables, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France defeated Abhimanyu Puranik while S Kidambi’s dream start hit a setback against Hikaru Nakamura of the United States. Kidambi had drawn with Russian superstar Vladimir Kramnik in the opening round.
Important second round results (involving Indians): Abhimanyu Puranik (1) lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA, 2); Viswanathan Anand (1.5) drew with Robert Hess (US, 1.5); Vidit Gujarati (2) beat Debashis Das (1); V Vishnu Prasanna (2) beat Tamir Nabaty (ISR, 1); Peter Leko (HUN, 1.5) drew with R Praggnanandhaa (1.5); Harsha Bharathakoti (2) beat S P Sethuraman (1); B Adhiban (1.5) drew with Helgi Olafsson (ISL, 1.5); Nigel Short (ENG, 1.5) drew with M Shyam Sundar (1.5); Vaibhav Suri (2) beat Daniel Gormally (ENG, 1); Niclas Huschenbeth (GER, 1.5) drew with Prithu Gupta (1.5); Valerio Bianco (ITA, 1) lost to Abhijeet Gupta (2); Raja Harshit (0.5) lost to Wesley So (US, 1.5); Hikaru Nakamura (US, 1.5) beat S Kidambi (0.5); C R G Krishna (0.5) lost to Richard Rapport (HUN, 1.5); S Ravi Teja (1) drew with David Howell (ENG, 1); Rahul Srivastava (1) drew with Alexei Shirov (ESP,1); Jovana Rapport (GEO, 1) drew with Surya Shekar Ganguly (1); Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 1) drew with R Vaishali (1).
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Published: October 22, 2018 12:54:31 am
ATK produced a solid defensive display to hold an in-form Jamshedpur FC to a 1-1 draw in a Hero Indian Super League match here on Sunday.
Sergio Cidoncha gave Jamshedpur the lead with a 35th-minute freekick before Manuel Lanzarote curled a corner directly into the net at the stroke of half-time to level the scores.
ATK’s defence was called into action as early as the sixth minute when Gerson Vieira’s headed clearance thwarted Cidoncha from getting his head to a Michael Soosairaj’s cross.
The hosts were in control of the midfield with the ever-present Mario Arques and Memo working in tandem to nullify ATK’s forays.
Soosairaj, meanwhile, was enjoying space down the left flank. His cross into the box allowed Cidoncha to send a volley at goal from close-range but the effort was straight at goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya, who managed to punch the ball away.
Cidoncha had another chance to score when a rebound fell in front of his feet after Soosairaj’s effort was initially blocked. But ATK had plenty of bodies inside the box to keep out the forward’s attempt.
The Spaniard finally gave Jamshedpur the lead in the 35th minute. Pronay Halder’s foul on Cidoncha just outside the box allowed the forward to curl the resulting free-kick into the bottom right corner with goalkeeper Arindam at fault for not reading the bounce.
ATK equalised against the run of play on the stroke of half-time. Lanzarote’s in-swinging corner flew directly into the net after goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury failed to clear the ball.
After the break, John Johnson and Gerson Vieira were required to hold firm as the hosts tried to find gaps in ATK’s backline.
At the other end, a free-kick from the left by Lanzarote just after the hour mark managed to take the entire Jamshedpur backline out of the equation but the near-post delivery missed Johnson by a whisker.
A fantastic ball into the box by Mario Arques allowed Tim Cahill to sneak in behind ATK defence but the Australian’s header fell safely into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Lanzarote’s willingness to drop deep in midfield allowed ATK to hold on to the ball better as the second-half progressed.
Jamshedpur, who threatened from the flanks in the first half, were unable to maintain the same intensity after the restart.
Jamshedpur almost took the lead at the end when Carlos Calvo’s cross was headed just over by Mario Arques.
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