India vs West Indies: Kuldeep Yadav says dew made life difficult for Indian bowlers in 2nd ODI

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

Agence France-Presse, Oct 25, 2018 13:18:38 IST

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

India on Wednesday put up 321 for six after opting to bat with Virat Kohli (157) surpassing Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest player to reach 10,000 runs in One-Day Internationals.

Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers with his figures of 3/67. AP

Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers with his figures of 3/67. AP

West Indies then rode 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 told reporters at the post-match press conference.

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

He said skipper 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 the move to bat first, risking the dew factor to avoid more turn in the second innings, Kuldeep said they expected the wicket to slow down in the second innings.

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 bolwer dismissed Hetmyer, who smashed a 78-ball 106 in the series opener, thrice in the preceding two-match Test series.

Updated Date: Oct 25, 2018 13:18:38 IST







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