In a day of the roller coaster where the fortunes of both teams almost turned, many accepted the tie in the second ODI of India-West Indies as an appropriate result. But that moment at the end of the entrances to the West Indies itself was made by a stalemate that was not apparent at the beginning. MS Dhoni had made a plan, and Shai Hope was secretly waiting for him to be executed.
Umesh Yadav had 13 defenses in the last time, and he began to nail a yorker in Hope's first ball that could only be taken by one. The batter had scored one hundred, but for almost three shots, he had not reached a limit when India persisted with a complete plan.
Umesh maintained this strategy even against Ashley Nurse, although it resulted in Four hind legs deflected from her hind leg. The nurse picked up two of the leg stump yorker that followed, before pulling back with a full throw to the third man.
With seven in need of two, Hope missed another full pitch on the stumps, managing to get only two at the depth of midwicket. It had finished decent, with only five of the bats' own volition, and the West Indies needed five to win the last ball, or more practically, hitting six of the final ball.
For the last ball, India decided to bring the third man and push the point towards the point further back. A sweeper cover was already out, as it was waiting time. It was a field prepared for the full-width ball, and Kuldeep Yadav said at the post-match press conference that this had been Dhoni's idea.
"I'm too young to know," Kuldeep said when asked if he knew why a new plan was implemented. "I have played only 30 games and Mahi bhai has played 300 games, he has more experience than I. It happens, he has more experience than us, he thought about it and he did it".
The new plan, of course, did not work for India that was on the cusp of an impressive return victory, with Hope carving a big ball to the right of that newly-fielded outfielder at that far back
" I must say that I expected him to play the field, "said Hope. "I knew a great yorker was coming in. I had enough bat to get to the limit, I was trying to get more bat to go for a six and we would win, it did not happen that day, but one positive aspect is that we did not lose the game." .
Earlier, Hope had said that she had been struggling to put the bat on the ball and that the plan at the end of the innings was to pick up two and find the weird limit through the big blow nurse. But India had been clinical, conceding only 13 in three attempts before the final.