Yuzvendra Chahal during the 3rd ODI vs West Indies.© AFP
The Indian cricket team survived some pressing moments to win the second ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain on Sunday. Courtesy that win, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead over the hosts in the three-match series. Set a tight target of 312, the visitors were reduced to 205 for five in 38.4 overs but Axar Patel (64*, 35 balls) hit his sixes to take the visiting team home with two balls to spare on Sunday. India’s chase resumed with . Needing six off the last three balls, Patel smashed Kyle Meyers straight over the bowlers for a six as India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Patel hit five sixes and three fours in his unbeaten innings and added 51 runs from 33 balls with Deepak Hooda (33) to keep India on the hunt.
After the win, BCCI uploaded a video in which Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal can be seen talking with Patel and Avesh Khan. The trio discussed the tense final few overs and how India were also on the line of Patel’s sixes.
“I cut all my nails. The pressure was so high it was sitting outside. So much pressure was not there at the time of marriageChahal starts the conversation with a gem. Then Patel and Avesh joined in and talked about their strategies while batting.
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In a post-match presentation, Player of the Match Patel said: “It’s so special, it’s wonderful to have it in an important, series-winning cause. When I went out, I targeted 10-11 an over We thought it could be done because we have IPL experience.
“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 also praised this all-rounder fiercely. He said, “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’s a big deal. Brings the stage.”
with PTI input
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