Shai Hope with Desmond Haynes ahead of the second ODI.© AFP
West Indies batsman Shai Hope on Sunday became the tenth batsman to score a century in his 100th ODI. The stylish West Indies opener achieved this feat during the second ODI against India at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. He is also the fourth West Indies batsman to do so. A six off the fourth ball of the 45th over bowled by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took the batsman to this memorable century.
Hope was superb with the bat. He scored 115 off 135 balls before being caught by Shardul Thakur at long off by Axar Patel.
He is joined in the company of players like Gordon Greenidge, Chris Cairns, Mohamed Yousuf
Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, Marcus Trescothick, Ramnaresh Sarwan, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, who have scored centuries in their 100th ODI.
Coming into the match, West Indies posted a score of 311/6 in their 50 overs after deciding to bat first. A 65-run partnership between Shai Hope and Kyle Meyers (39) got the Windies off to a great start. This was followed by a 62-run partnership between Hope and Shamrah Brooks (35).
Hope and captain Nicholas Pooran (74) shared a 117-run partnership after Brandon King fell early. Indian pacer Shardul Thakur stopped the run flow to an extent in the last 10 overs and took three wickets, but the Windies posted a big total. Thakur remained the best bowler for India with 3/54. India chased down the target in 49.4 overs with two wickets remaining.
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