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[Watch] Josh Hazlewood Stuns Shai Hope With Borderline 'Unplayable' Delivery In 2nd ODI

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In a steep run chase, West Indies skipper and set batter Shai Hope fell victim to Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood's masterclass. Hazlewood's impeccable line and length, combined with subtle seam movement, made the delivery a challenging proposition for Hope.

Australia set up a challenging chase of 259 runs for West Indies in the second ODI of the three-game series earlier today at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The visitors fumbled under pressure, and a couple of early wickets in powerplay induced a collapse.

At 34/3, captain Shai Hope and Keacy Carty tried to rebuild the West Indies innings. Hope was looking headstrong and had finally found his groove until Josh Hazlewood left him traumatized with a near-unplayable delivery.

In the 23rd over of the chase, Josh Hazlewood took a leaf off his Test format experience, and owing to favorable conditions, he executed a length delivery at the off-stump line.

The ball swung back into the right-hander, who was deceived by the lack of bounce. Shai Hope tried to defend it in an awkward position but left a wide gap between his bat and pad, which was enough for Hazlewood to exploit. 

The fast bowler used every ounce of his experience and fast bowling craft to deceive the opposition captain. 

Meanwhile, Hope was shocked and in disbelief as he saw his stumps dismantled. The delivery was borderline unplayable as it didn't bounce as much as Hope expected.

On the flip side, Australia breathed a sigh of relief as Shai Hope was looking dangerous from one end. He had already put together 40-odd runs partnership for the fourth wicket, and thus, the wicket was invaluable from the Aussie's standpoint.

Regardless, a devastated Hope dragged himself back to the dressing room, leaving West Indies in disarray. It's a do-or-die game for the Windies, as the series is on the line.