All-rounder Axar Patel ‘s unbeaten knock of 64 off 35 balls with the help of five sixes and three fours helped India beat West Indies by two wickets with two balls to spare in the second one-day international 2-0 in the three-match series. Took an unbeatable lead. India had won the first ODI by three runs.
Shai Hope’s stormy century was in vain
After winning the toss and electing to bat, West Indies posted a massive total of 311 for six, thanks to a brilliant century from opener Shai Hope (115 runs) and half-centuries from captain Nicholas Pooran (74 runs) with six sixes. Chasing this target, the start of the Indian team was slow. But after half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer (63 runs) and Sanju Samson (54 runs) and a 99-run partnership for the fourth wicket between the two, Patel finally led the team to victory. Patel’s six made the team 312 for eight in 49.4 overs to win the series. He also took one wicket for 40 runs. The team had scored 42 runs without losing a wicket for 10 overs on a slow pitch.
Due to rain, the match was a little troubled
India lost the wicket of captain Shikhar Dhawan (13) in the 11th over after a rain interruption. Kyle Meyers ended Dhawan’s innings by taking a brilliant catch at deep third man off Rovman Shepard. The team lost the first wicket for 48 runs. Shubman Gill (43 runs, 49 balls, five fours) also reached the pavilion shortly after. In the 16th over, Meyers’ short ball was played early and was caught by the same bowler. Suryakumar Yadav (09) sent the first ball of Akil Hossain for a six at long on in the next over, the first six of the Indian innings. But Meyers bowled Suryakumar in the 18th over and gave the Indian team the third blow for 79 runs.
Samson also played a stormy innings
Samson hit a four on fine leg as soon as he came. He then hit six sixes in the 20th and 24th over on Hayden Walsh over covers and at long off. Samson and Shreyas Iyer were slowly moving towards a strong partnership. Till 25 overs, India’s score was 124 runs for three wickets. He needed 188 runs in the next 25 overs. The required run rate was increasing and there was a need to score runs fast to deal with it. During this, Iyer completed his half-century in the 30th over by hitting a four in deep midwicket off Meyers. After a ball, he sent this bowler’s slow ball over his own head for a six. Samson also took advantage of the bad ball and hit a four on the last ball of the over. In this over, 16 runs were added to the team’s account.
Axar Patel won India by hitting a six
Iyer was soon out leg before Alzarri Joseph’s yorker. Although the Indian batsman took a review of this decision but it was in favor of West Indies. Thus ended the 99 partnership between Iyer and Samson. The team’s score was 187 for four after 35 overs and the required run rate was 8.33. Samson completed his half-century in the 38th over by hitting a four off Jaden Seals, but was run out in the next over. Patel hit sixes in the 41st, 42nd and 43rd overs. He shared a 51-run partnership with Deepak Hooda (33 runs). Patel hit the fourth six in the 46th over. He then completed his half-century in the next over by hitting a four in 27 balls with three fours and four sixes. The team needed 19 runs in 18 balls to win and Patel hit the fifth six and gave the team victory with two balls to spare.