It was a nail-biting contest yesterday and India managed to cross the line, thanks to Axar Patel’s brilliant batting display at Port Of Spain. India needed 8 runs in the last over and Axar showed a class temperament which helped India to get the victory by 2 wickets.
With this win, Team India has now made a remarkable record. After winning the 2nd ODI against West Indies, India now holds the record to win the most consecutive bilateral series against any team. This was the 12th straight win for India against the hosts in the Bilateral series.
Before this, the record was with Pakistan winning 11 consecutive wins. From 1996 to 2021, Pakistan has managed to beat Zimbabwe every time they have faced each other. If we talk about India, India started their winning streak in 2007 and they have maintained the flow till now. A third position, again the arch-rivals are there with 10 consecutive wins against the West Indies.
In the 2nd ODI between West Indies and India, West Indian captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and decided to bat first. The opponents looked impressive against the Indian bowling line up with Shai Hope taking the charge. Hope scored the highest runs for the West Indies where he smashed 115 runs of 135 balls which includes 8 fours and 3 sixes. Captain Nicholas Pooran joined the party and hammered 74 runs with the help of one-four and 6 massive sixes. With the outstanding effort of these batters, West Indies posted 311 runs on board after the loss of 6 wickets. For India, Shardul Thakur bagged 3 wickets.
Chasing the target of 312 runs, India had a poor start where they lost 3 wickets with the team standing just at 79. After this Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson started building the frame for India and both scored half centuries. India lost Shreyas Iyer at 178 and before leaving the crease he scored 63 runs. Sanju Samson went to Pavillion at the individual score of 54 runs. After India lost Deepak Hooda(33), there was a question about India’s win but then Axar Patel came to the rescue and he scored a quickfire 64 runs in just 35 balls with the help of 3 fours and 5 sixes.
India won the match with 2 balls to spare, thanks to Axar Patel hitting a six against Kyle Mayers on the 4th ball of the last over of the Indian inning. For the brilliant 64 runs, Axar Patel was chosen as the player of the match.