It was a memorable Sunday for the Indian cricket team in Port of Spain as they chased down a massive target of 312 runs in 49.4 overs against West Indies. India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with a two-wicket win. Fifties from Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Axar Patel helped Team India win, with the Shikhar Dhawan-led side struggling at 79/3. A 99-run partnership between Iyer (63) and Samson (54) provided stability to his innings. In the end, the contribution of Deepak Hooda (33) and Axar Patel (64*) proved to be very important in winning the audience. 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.
After the win, captain Dhawan celebrated fiercely in the Indian dressing room. He posted a video of the same, with the caption: “Talent wins games but teamwork & intelligence wins championships!?? Congratulations to the amazing face-to-face team! #IndvsWI”
Watch: Team India’s crazy celebration after defeating West Indies
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) 25 July 2022
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 intention 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 were looking 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.
Axar Patel was at the crease at the next number. At the end of 40 overs, India stood at 212/5 with Axar (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.
Alzarri Joseph finished as the bowlers’ choice with 2/46. Meyers also got two wickets. Shepherd and Hossin got one each.
Earlier, top innings from Shai Hope and captain Nicholas Pooran took West Indies to a mammoth 311/6 at the end of 50 overs in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday.
Opting to bat first, West Indies got off to a great start. Openers Shai Hope and Kyle Meyers were working in the boundary. Both took their team to 50 runs in just 7.1 overs.
However, his 65-run stand came to an end after Meyers was caught out and bowled by spin-bowling all-rounder Deepak Hooda, scoring 39 off 23 balls in the ninth over with the help of six fours and a six. After this Shemar Brooks was at the crease.
At the end of 10 overs, West Indies stood at 71/1, with Shai Hope (26*) and Shamar Brooks (5*) remaining unbeaten.
The two proceeded with the momentum offered by the opening pair. The Indian bowlers struggled to put pressure on the new batsman at the crease. Brooks hit some great boundaries and acted as a great partner for Hope. The two eventually shared a 50-run partnership.
Playing his 100th ODI match, Hope also scored 21st half-century. The 62-run partnership between Hope-Brooks came to an end when the ball hit the outer edge of their bat and went straight to skipper Shikhar Dhawan at slip. Brooks returned to the pavilion after scoring 35 off 36 balls. It was once again a spinner that worked for India, with Axar Patel getting his first wicket.
Brandon King was the next batsman but was dismissed for a duck by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal when he attempted to sweep a ball that went straight into Shikhar’s hands at slip. With a score of 130/3, India made a short comeback in the match. Captain Nicholas Pooran and Hope started rebuilding the innings from the same point. He maintained a solid strike rotation and occasionally hit big. He extended his 50-run stand and continued with Hope’s main attacker and Pooran’s anchor.
Pooran was only dealing in sixes, completing his tenth half-century in ODIs in 59 balls after hitting two sixes off Chahal in the 39th over of the match. The 100-run partnership between Hope-Pooran came in 115 balls.
The duo continued their march before fast bowler Shardul Thakur dismissed Pooran for 74 with the help of a four and six sixes in the 44th over, breaking the 117-run stand as West Indies are now 247/4.
Then there was Rovman Powell at the crease. Hope completed his 13th ODI century, making his 100th ODI special. He hit Chahal for a six in the 45th over to complete his century.
Powell looked dangerous, hit a boundary and a six soon after coming on, but found Shreyas Iyer attempting to go big off Thakur. He was dismissed for 13 runs in 10 balls.
To bat next was Romario Shepherd. Both took the Windies to the 300-run mark. Thakur took his third wicket of the match, dismissing Hope for 115 off 135 balls when Axar Patel caught him at long-off.
West Indies finished their innings on 311/6, with Shepherd (15*) and Akil Hossein (6*) remaining unbeaten.
The bowlers’ choice for India was Shardul Thakur, who scored 3/54 in 7 overs. Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda and Chahal got one wicket each.
With ANI inputs
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