October 24, 2018
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Rayudu rues missed golden opportunity for hundred

By Chaitanya Laxman

Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu is disappointed on missing out on a big score in the second ODI against Windies. The middle-order batsman admitted that he missed a golden opportunity.

Rayudu believes he will be able to do it the next time

Coming to bat at number four, Rayudu scored a composed knock of 73 runs of 80 balls. Importantly his partnership of 139 runs with Indian captain Virat Kohli enabled the team to recover from the early loss of openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Rayudu looked set for a big score but he was castled by Nurse in the 33rd over.

Speaking after the innings, the Indian batsman admitted that it was a golden opportunity for him but he feels that hopefully he will be able to do it the next time.

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When asked about batting at No. 4, the right-hand batsman noted that all his life he has batted in the middle order, so he is used to it. He explained that at this position the challenge is keeping the score ticking.

Rayudu thanks Dhoni and CSK

At the same time the right-hand batsman mentioned that the 2018 edition of the IPL in which he scored plenty of runs in the top order was a great platform. He said he is thankful to Dhoni at CSK, who helped him bat higher up.

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Rayudu added that he is happy with the way everything is going and while speaking about his partnership with the Indian captain he said that Kohli and he were very relaxed and Kohli was on another level.

Second ODI ends in a tie

India’s middle-order failed to capitalise on the foundation provided by Rayudu but courtesy of another Kohli’s special knock India reached 321 runs in 50 overs. In response Windies levelled the score but couldn’t cross he line. The match ended in a tie with Shai Hope producing a brilliant hundred under pressure.

Chaitanya Laxman