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Lost games in last six overs, West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran considered after defeat against India



After suffering a loss against India in the second ODI, West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran expressed his eagerness to win the next game. Fifties from Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Axar Patel helped Team India win the second ODI of the three-match series against West Indies by two wickets at the Queen’s Park Oval Stadium in Port of Spain on Sunday. “Definitely, in the last few overs we didn’t keep our nerves. Last 6 overs, we lost the game. We thought it was easy to hit a spinner. We needed just one wicket to seal the game but Akshar played really well,” said Pooran in the post-match presentation. “His (Hope’s) 100th ODI, he was exceptional to score a century. We did an exceptional job with the batting group. We tried to compete really hard. We want to win really poorly,” he said. Told.

India have now taken a 2-0 win lead in the series. Struggling at 79/3, a 99-run partnership between Iyer (63) and Samson (54) provided stability to his innings.

In the end, the contributions of Deepak Hooda (33) and Axar Patel (64*) proved to be crucial in taking the visitors to victory. West Indies lost control of the match despite sending back the top order in the opening round of the match and posting a huge total on the board themselves.

Chasing the target of 312 runs, India got off to a strong start. Shubman Gill showed a lot of intention from the beginning and also broke some good boundaries. His fellow captain Shikhar Dhawan was the less aggressive of the two.

At the end of 10 overs, India stood at 42/0 with Gill (30*) and Dhawan (12*).

The duo shared a 48-run stand before pacer Romario Shepherd intervened to dismiss struggling Dhawan for 13 off 31 balls.

After this Shreyas Iyer was at the crease. Gill was well settled at the crease and looked on track to complete his second straight half-century, but was caught by Kyle Meyers for 43 off 49 balls. At this point, India stood at 65/2 and Suryakumar Yadav was at the crease.

Suryakumar showed some intent with a huge six, but the ball hit the inside edge of his bat and left his stumps when he was on 9. Meyers struck once again for the hosts and with these three wickets within a short span, the Windies looked really strong. India stood at 79/3 this time, desperately in need of a partnership.

Wicketkeeper Sanju Samson was at the crease and started the chase with Iyer. The duo had some decent runs between the wickets and went for big hits at times. The duo shared a 50-run partnership in 52 balls.

Shreyas was looking really good, completing his 11th half-century in the format with a boundary through deep midwicket, which also took India past the 150-run mark. The 30th over bowled by Meyers proved to be very costly for 16 runs.

The duo started accelerating after sharing a 50-run partnership. Iyer was dismissed for 63 off 71 balls by pacer Alzarri Joseph, after which the two shared a 100-run partnership.

Deepak Hooda was ahead at the crease. Hooda-Samson kept the scoreboard ticking for India. Samson completed his maiden fifty in 47 balls with the help of a boundary in the fine leg area. The duo added only 27 runs before Samson was dismissed for 54 off 51 balls. India were 205/5 at this point, with 107 runs to spare.

Akshar Patel was at the crease at the next number. At the end of 40 overs, India stood at 212/5 with Akshar (4*) and Hooda (18*). The Men in Blue needed 100 runs in the last ten overs. The scoreboard kept moving for India and the duo attempted some big hits. He took India to the 250-run mark.

Akshar-Hooda shared a 50-run partnership in 31 balls. The equation came down to the required 56 runs in the last six overs. After being caught at backward point by Hayden Walsh, spinner Akil Hossein dismissed Hooda for 33 for 36.

Then there was Shardul Thakur at the crease. Patel continued to look good with the bat. The 46th over of the game was from Alzarri Joseph which was expensive and put a lot of pressure on India’s batsmen. When it looked like India would continue to turn the game in their favour, Thakur was dismissed for 3 by Joseph after being caught at deep cover by Brooks.

Then there was Avesh Khan at the crease. The equation was reduced to 32 runs in 24 balls. Patel completed his maiden half-century in just 27 balls, single-handedly chasing as the last recognized batsman.


19 runs were needed from the last three overs. It was the responsibility of Patel and Khan not to lose their wickets and take India across the finishing line. Patel was dismissed for 10 by Jaden Seals.

Mohammad Siraj was second at the crease. India needed eight runs in the last over. Patel sealed the match for India with a huge six off the fourth ball of the over, hitting 64* off 35 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes.

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