Lucky to get away with a draw: Kohli

Lucky to get away with a draw: Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said his team was lucky to get away with a tie in the high-scoring second one-dayer against West Indies here on Wednesday.

“It was a great game of cricket. Credit to the Windies, they showed great fight. Specially in the second innings, after they were three down, Hetmyer and Hope stuck it out. They took on us and didn’t give us any chance whatsoever,” said Kohli.

“The pitch was drastically different in the second innings. We were looking at 275-280 only, but I got going and we got those extra runs. We had a challenge in front of us today and luckily we got away with a tie and we’ll take that at the end of the day.”

West Indies looked good to overhaul the target as Shimron Hetmyer (94) and Shai Hope forged a 143-run partnership for the fourth wicket to lay the foundation of the chase.

Kohli said: “When the run rate fell under six, I thought they had good chance but Kuldeep (Yadav) got a wicket, (Yuzvendra) Chahal bowled a brilliant over and Umesh (Yadav)and (Mohammed) Shami closed it out. “The game nicely drifted in the last 7 overs and one boundary off Umesh off the shoe and one in the end, a couple of inches from Rayudu from pulling it in. That’s how the game goes. I’ve enjoyed being a part of it and West Indies certainly deserved a draw for the way they played.”