Axar Patel turned out to be India’s unlikely hero with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 64 off simply 35 balls to assist India chase down a giant 312-run goal in opposition to West Indies within the second ODI in Port of Spain. The win ensured that the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian cricket staff takes an unassailable 2-Zero lead within the three-match collection. Patel’s innings included 5 sixes and three fours. Set a stiff goal of 312, the guests have been tottering at 205 for 5 in 38.four overs however Patel rescued India together with his six-hitting prowess, taking the guests house with two balls to spare on Sunday. Needing six runs off final three balls, Patel clobbered Kyle Mayers straight over his head for a six
Watch: Axar Patel’s six that took India to a win vs WI in second ODI
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It’s totally particular, to get it in a vital, series-winning trigger is superb. After I went out, I aimed for 10-11 an over. We thought it might be executed as we’ve IPL expertise,” Patel, who was adjudged man of the match, mentioned.
“We needed to be calm and maintain cowl of the speed. This was particular as that is my first ODI since 2017, even my first fifty got here right here.” India skipper Shikhar Dhawan was lavish in his reward for the all-rounder.
“The way in which Axar performed was superb. Our home and IPL cricket retains us prepared as we play in entrance of massive crowds. As Axar mentioned, he is executed it a number of instances in IPL. That brings a giant stage.” West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran mentioned his aspect misplaced the sport “within the final six overs.” “Axar performed properly and we did not maintain our nerves. We couldn’t maintain issues down within the final 5 overs. We felt that it acquired simpler to hit spinners. One wicket would have opened up issues however Axar performed brilliantly,” he mentioned.
Opting to bat, Shai Hope produced a masterclass 135-ball 117, whereas skipper Nicholas Pooran confirmed his big-hitting prowess with six maximums and one 4 throughout his 74 off 77 balls as West Indies posted a powerful 311 for six.
In reply, Shubman Gill (43) seemed in good contact as he hit 5 boundaries throughout his 49-ball innings to provide India an honest begin however captain Dhawan (13) discovered the going robust on the different finish.
Dhawan was the primary to depart with Mayers producing a surprising catch at third man off the bowling of Romario Shepherd.
Mayers then pegged India again with two fast wickets, first getting rid off a well-set Gill after which eradicating Suryakumar Yadav (9), who as soon as once more dragged one to his stumps.
Iyer and Samson tried to take the chase deep with a 99-run partnership off 94 balls however as soon as each departed, India nonetheless wanted 105 runs from 11 overs.
It was the Patel present after that as he stored preventing regardless of shedding Hooda and Shardul Thakur.
Earlier, Hope performed the function of an anchor to perfection as he added 65 runs with opener Mayers (39), earlier than forging one other 62-run stand with Shamarh Brooks (35).
Hope then discovered his good ally in skipper Pooran as the 2 shared a 117-run stand.
Hope, who was dismissed cheaply in first ODI, hit eight fours and three maximums in his 135-ball 115-run knock.
For India, spin duo of Patel (1/40) and Hooda (1/42) have been economical however Yuzvendra Chahal (1/69) was costly as he was smashed for six sixes and two fours.
Hope seemed in full circulation as he performed some beautiful pictures on the off aspect earlier than reaching the three determine mark in his 100th ODI sport with a six within the 45th over.
West Indies amassed 93 runs in final 10 overs.
“Hope’s innings was spectacular, it was distinctive as a batting group. We wanna win, we wanna win fairly dangerous within the subsequent sport. That is all we’re aiming for,” mentioned Pooran
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