Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm china-man bowler, buried the ghost of previous encounter against West Indies as in today’s encounter at Vizag he came up with a stunning performance begging a hat-trick for himself. He finished with the bowling figures of 10-0-52-3 helping India win the match by 107 runs.
Kuldeep who was returning to the side after a long time did not look at much ease in the previous match as West Indian batsman did not have any problem in facing him at Chennai pitch. In that match, India set up a target of 288 for West Indies in 50 overs. Everyone was expecting the spinners to wave their magic as the pitch was on slower side. However, both Kuldeep and Jadeja failed to make any impression as West Indies chased down the target easily.
Though things were different today, again asked to bat first by the West Indian captain, India posted a mammoth total on the board as both Rohit and Rahul made centuries and some fireworks from Pant and Iyer propelled India to 387-5 in 50 overs. West Indies started the chase cautiously as the opening duo of Lewis and Hope avoided undue risks while making sure that they get at least a boundary in every over as the duo added 61 runs in 11 overs before Lewis threw it away. Hetmyer, the centurion from last match, was run out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Iyer while Chase was cleaned up by a Jaffa from Jadeja as West Indies slipped to 86-3 after 16 overs.
But Shai Hope and Pooran had other ideas, as the pair counter attacked putting the Indian Bowlers under pressure as the duo added 106 runs off just 79 balls hitting boundaries at will. They forced Indian Captain to go back to his seamers. Mohammad Shami removed Pooran and West Indian Captain Pollard on consecutive deliveries as WI crumbled to 192-5.
Back in the attack was Kuldeep Yadav for his second spell, this time he found his touch back as he first removed Shai Hope, who was brilliantly caught by Kohli at deep mid-wicket, then Jason Holder, stumped by Pant, and then Alzarri Joseph, who was caught at second slip, to beg his Second ODI hat-trick. Kuldeep became the first Indian bowler to beg two hat-tricks in ODIs.