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Did Kohli make a mistake by opting to bat in 2nd ODI?

October 25, 2018 09:52 IST

'It was very difficult to bowl in the dew, the square was quick and there the got ball wet. I was having difficulty gripping the ball.'

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli had elected to bat after winning the toss despite the threat of dew in the second half of the match. Photograph: PTI

Bowling in the dew was a big problem, admitted India spinner Kuldeep Yadav after the second ODI against the West Indies ended in a thrilling tie in Visakhapatnam, on Wednesday.

India put up 321 for six after opting to bat with Virat Kohli (157) surpassing Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest player to reach 10000 runs in One-Day Internationals.

 

West Indies then rode on Shai Hope's unbeaten century and Shimron Hetmyer's 64-ball 94 to level the scores at the YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium.

"It was very difficult to bowl in the dew, the square was quick and there the got ball wet. I was having difficulty gripping the ball. But you have to consider these situations, we need to practice a lot," Kuldeep said after the game.

The chinaman bowler was India's most successful, returning with figures of three for 67.

IMAGE: Kuldeep Yadav was India's most successful bowler with figures of three for 67. Photograph: PTI

He said captain Kohli told him to just bowl in the good areas and contain the runs.

Kuldeep, who was not played in the first ODI, defended seamers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who were wayward in both the matches.

"Considering the situation they were in at one point when they (West Indies) were cruising, we are happy as a a bowling unit. With the dew also there, I think we did a good job."

Asked about Captain Kohli's decision to bat first after winning the toss, despite the threat of dew, Kuldeep pointed out that they expected the wicket to slow down in the second half of the game.

The spinner lavished praise on Hetmyer, who carried on from where he left in the first game.

"Hetmyer is playing brilliantly, it was very difficult to bowl to him. I was trying to contain him, was really on to him and trying to get him out. He was not comfortable against me but a couple of sixes he hit changed the course," Kuldeep said.

The young spinner dismissed Hetmyer, who smashed a 78-ball 106 in the series opener, three times in the preceding two-match Test series.

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