Shai Hope scored a sensational hundred as the West Indies stole a tie in the second one day International against India at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision that raised eyebrows considering the dew factor late in the evening.
The home side started badly by losing Rohit Sharma, who was caught by Shimron Hetmyer off Kemar Roach for 4 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli added 25 runs for the second wicket, before the latter was dismissed for 29 LBW to Ashley Nurse.
The defining partnership of the Indian innings came in the form of a 139 run stand for the third wicket between Kohli and Ambati Rayudu before the latter was bowled for 73 runs by Nurse.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in, and looked good in his innings of 20, before the debutant Obed McCoy claimed his maiden wicket by getting the former Indian skipper bowled.
With Rishabh Pant also falling quickly in the quest for runs, it fell to Kohli and Jadeja at the end, and their late flourish helped India post a mammoth total of 321 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs.
During his unbeaten knock of 157, Virat Kohli also became the fastest to reach the 10,000 ODI run landmark.
Nurse and McCoy were their best bowlers for the West Indies, as they claimed 2 wickets each.
Chasing a target of 322, Windes opening pair of Kieran Powell and Chanderpaul Hemraj started briskly by adding 36 runs for the first wicket, before Mohammed Shami broke through by getting Powell for 18 runs.
Hemraj who looked good in his innings of 32 runs, was bowled by left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
Marlon Samuels too departed early, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 78 for three .
Hope and Shimron Hetymer batted sensationally and took the attack to the Indian bowlers, by adding 143 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed six short of what would’ve been a well deserved century.
Rovman Powell and West Indies skipper Jason Holder made some useful contributions at the end, but the visitors were strangled by spin- they needed 73 from 14 overs at one stage, but some sluggish batting saw the required run rate go up.
Two fantastic overs from Yuzvendra Chahal (18) and Mohd Shami (19) put India back in the driver’s seat, with the Windies needing 14 off the last over.
It eventually came down to five from the last ball, and Hope scored a boundary off Umesh Yadav, with Rayudu on the boundary not able to stop the ball from crossing the ropes. The game thus finished in a dramatic tie.
Kuldeep was India’s best bowler with figures of 3/67 in 10 overs.
The Third one day International between India and West Indies will be played at Pune on October 27.