Axar Patel became the unexpected hero for India with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 64 off just 35 balls to help India chase down a massive 312-run target against West Indies in the second ODI at Port of Spain. The win ensured that the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian cricket team took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Patel’s innings included five sixes and three fours. A tight target of 312 was set, the visitors were at 205 for five in 38.4 overs, but Patel saved India on Sunday with his six as he took the visitors home with two balls to spare. Six runs were needed off the last three balls, Patel hit Kyle Meyers straight on his head for a six
WATCH: Axar Patel’s six that took India to victory vs WI in 2nd ODI
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It’s so special, it’s wonderful to bring it to an important, series-winning cause. When I got out, I set a target of 10-11 per over. We thought it could be done as we have IPL experience.” Patel was adjudged man of the match.
“We wanted to keep calm and keep the rate covered. It was special because this is my first ODI since 2017, even my first half-century came here.” India captain Shikhar Dhawan heaped praise on the all-rounder.
“The way Axar played was amazing. Our domestic and IPL cricket keeps us ready as we play in front of big crowds. As Axar said, he has done this many times in IPL. It brings a huge stage. ” West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran said his team lost the game “in the last six overs”. “Axar played well and we didn’t give up. We couldn’t keep things down in the last five overs. We thought it was easy to hit the spinners. One wicket would have opened things up but Axar played brilliantly,” he said. ,
Opting to bat, Shai Hope played a scintillating 135-ball 117 while skipper Nicholas Pooran displayed his big-hitting knock of 74 off 77 balls with six sixes and a four as West Indies posted six sixes and a four. Scored 311 runs on the wicket.
In reply, Shubman Gill (43) looked in good touch as he hit five boundaries to give India a good start during his 49-ball knock, but skipper Dhawan (13) was finding it difficult at the other end.
Dhawan was first caught by Meyers with a brilliant catch at third man off Romario Shepherd.
Meyers then returned India with two quick wickets, first getting rid of a well-set Gill and then removing Suryakumar Yadav (9), who once again pulled one over his stumps.
Iyer and Samson tried to chase down a partnership of 99 runs off 94 balls, but once both were gone, India still needed 105 runs in 11 overs.
After that it was Patel show as he kept fighting despite losing Hooda and Shardul Thakur.
Earlier, Hope played an anchor to perfection as he added 65 runs with opener Meyers (39), before forging another 62-run partnership with Shamrah Brooks (35).
Hope then found his ideal ally in the form of captain Pooran as the two shared a 117-run partnership.
Hope, dismissed cheaply in the first ODI, hit eight fours and three sixes in his innings of 115 runs in 135 balls.
For India, the spin duo of Patel (1/40) and Hooda (1/42) were economical, but Yuzvendra Chahal (1/69) was expensive as he hit six sixes and two fours.
Mohammad Siraj (0/47) bowled well but the ODI debut of Avesh Khan (0/54 in 6 overs) was forgettable, while Thakur (3/54) improved the back end with three wickets.
Hope looked in full flow as he played some fine shots on the off side before reaching the figures of three in his 100th ODI with a six in the 45th over.
West Indies scored 93 runs in the last 10 overs.
“Asha’s innings was impressive, as a batting group it was exceptional. We want to win, we want to win very badly in the next game. That’s all we’re aiming for,” Pooran said.
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