India's 107-Run Victory Secures Batting Dominance And Kuldeep Yadav's Hat-Trick

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India Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI – After Batting Dominance; Kuldeep Yadav’s Hat-Trick Secures India’s Series-Leveling Victory 

India Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI – After Batting Dominance; Kuldeep Yadav’s Hat-Trick Secures India’s Series-Leveling Victory

The hosts India have returned to the three-match ODI series against the visiting side Windies after claiming a 107-run victory at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium (Visakhapatnam) on Wednesday (18th December).

Windies captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and decided to field first. However, the hosts totally dominated in the entire game. In the first innings, India scored a mammoth total of 387/5 (50 overs). Later, Windies were bowled out for 280 runs (43.3 overs).

Indian bowlers controlled the second innings, Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian to claim two international hat-tricks

Windies openers Evin Lewis and Shai Hope provided a good start with the 61 runs partnership. But that momentum was disturbed due to three quick wickets, including breaking up the opening partnership after dismissing Evin Lewis (30). While Shimron Hetmyer (4) and Roston Chase (4) failed to fight, Hope and Nicholas Pooran built up another strong partnership. Their fourth-wicket partnership added 106 runs, but after that, their quick wickets failed to protect that innings.

While Pooran smashed 75 runs off just 47 balls (6 fours and 6 sixes), Hope hit 78 runs off 85 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes).

At first, Mohammed Shami managed to bag back-to-back wickets. Then, the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav registered his second ODI hat-trick and became the first Indian bowler to claim more than one hat-trick in international cricket career. This time Kuldeep secured his hat-trick after dismissing Shai Hope, Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph in the 33rd over of that innings. Those bowling performances forced Windies to go down from 192/3 to 210/8.

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Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Twitter)
India, Windies
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Though the tailenders fought very hard, they were too far from their victory. For the ninth wicket, Keemo Paul and ODI debutant Khary Pierre set up the 50 runs partnership. While Pierre scored 21 runs, Paul scored 46 runs off 42 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes).

The right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami (3/39) and the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/52) bagged three wickets each while the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) took two wickets. Shardul Thakur (1/55) was the other man to scalp one wicket in that innings.

India Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI - After Batting Dominance; Kuldeep Yadav's Hat-Trick Secures India's Series-Leveling Victory 1

India Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI - After Batting Dominance; Kuldeep Yadav's Hat-Trick Secures India's Series-Leveling Victory 2

Indian openers provided a good start, middle-order batsmen maintained the momentum

Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided a solid start with an unbreakable partnership. They comfortably stretched the partnership and completed their respective ODI centuries. Rohit Sharma was the first man to reach the century as his 28th ODI century came in 107 balls. Few minutes after that century, KL Rahul registered his third ODI century in 102 balls.

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rohit-Rahul put the opening partnership of 227 runs before Rahul lost his wicket on 102 runs off 104 balls (8 fours and 3 sixes). Three balls later, captain Virat Kohli lost his wicket on a golden duck. But the situation was controlled by Rohit and Shreyas Iyer with the 60 runs partnership for the third wicket.

After Rohit Sharma lost his wicket on 159 runs off 138 balls (17 fours and 5 sixes), Iyer performed furious batting along with the wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. They put up 73 runs partnership for the fourth wicket in just 25 balls. During that partnership, they managed to score 31 runs in 47th over that was bowled by Roston Chase and it was the record runs in an over for India on ODI history. While Pant was dismissed on 39 runs off 16 balls (3 fours and 4 sixes), Iyer smashed his fourth consecutive ODI half-centuries and managed to score 53 off 32 balls (3 fours and 4 sixes) before losing his wicket. Kedar Jadhav remained not out on 16 off 10 balls.

Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

Only Sheldon Cottrell (2/83) managed to pick up more than one wicket in that innings, but he was very expensive.

India Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI - After Batting Dominance; Kuldeep Yadav's Hat-Trick Secures India's Series-Leveling Victory 3

India Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI - After Batting Dominance; Kuldeep Yadav's Hat-Trick Secures India's Series-Leveling Victory 4

With this result, the series is now standing in the level position with the 1-1 result. The third and final match of this series will be the series-decider game that will be played at Cuttack on this Sunday (22nd December).

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