Shai Hope six-fest powers West Indies to 335


Shai Hope six-fest powers West Indies to 335

by Staff • Published on Sat, Mar 18, 2023

West Indies skipper Shai Hope put on a spectacular display with the bat in the second ODI against South Africa to power his side to a strong 335/8 in East London. Hope brought up his 14th ODI century and went on to smash seven sixes in his unbeaten 128 as West Indies put themselves in a very good position.

After a watchful start in the first three overs, Brandon King got the visitors going with successive boundaries. Kyle Mayers went one step ahead and took on Marco Jansen for two fours and a six in a single over as West Indies made a bright start. Gerald Coetzee conceded 18 runs in his first over with Mayers putting on a show. The left-hander was stopped with a very ordinary delivery by Bjorn Fortuin as the batter found the fielder at deep midwicket.

The hosts then turned things around with two more quick wickets to put the pressure back on the Windies. Shamarh Brooks inside-edged Coetzee onto his stumps to fall for a duck and Fortuin struck again with a perfect yorker that cleaned up the well-set King. In what turned out to be a see-saw battle, the visitors once again turned on the heat by counter-attacking instead of going into a shell. Hope and Nicholas Pooran fetched a boundary each in the same over after King’s dismissal and the boundaries just continued to flow. Hope hit Tabraiz Shamsi over long off for his first six as West Indies raced to 138 in just 20 overs.

Coetzee then halted the progress by dismissing Pooran but then Rovman Powell stitched a partnership worth 80 alongside the skipper. After a small lull, both the batters used the long handle to good effect by clearing the ropes consistently during their partnership. At one point, they managed to hit three sixes in the space of four deliveries to put the home side under the pump. A total of 350 looked like a real possibility before Coetzee provided his side a timely breakthrough.

After Powell’s dismissal, South Africa did manage to pick up regular wickets at the death as all hopes rested on Hope to do the bulk of the scoring. He did bring up his hundred in the 47th over and finished the innings in style with a six and a four off the final two deliveries. For someone who had developed a reputation for being an anchor, Hope managed to put on a show despite not batting in the top order, his favoured position over the last few years.

Brief scores: West Indies335/8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 128*, Rovman Powell 46; Gerald Coetzee 3/57) vs South Africa

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