All-rounder Axar Patel hit a quickfire 64 not out off 35 balls to help India defeat West Indies by two wickets in the second One-Day International on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad (July 24).
With the third ODI left to play, Axar’s fifty enabled Shikhar Dhawan’s team to win the three-match series 2-0. When Axar Patel came onto the pitch in the 39th over of the second innings, India was struggling at 205/5. The hosts had dominated the game and appeared to be headed for a series-levelling victory. The southpaw started out striking the ball sharply.
The Delhi Capitals all-rounder hit five sixes during his innings, including one off Kyle Mayers in the penultimate over to end the game. The dramatic 312-chase saw Axar hit five sixes, which is a record for an Indian batter at No. 7 or lower in a successful ODI chase.
MS Dhoni, the current captain of the Chennai Super Kings and a former captain of India, blasted three sixes during India’s 2005 chase against Zimbabwe. Yusuf Pathan, a former all-rounder for India, has done the same feat twice in his career—both against South Africa and Ireland.
Axar was awarded player of the match for his brave innings. About his innings, he said,” I think this is a special one. It came at a crucial time and also helped the team to win the series. We have done the same in the IPL. We just needed to remain calm and keep the intensity up. I was playing an ODI after close to 5 years. I would want to continue performing like this for my team.”
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He also added,” When I went out, I aimed for 10-11 an over. We thought it could be done because of our IPL experience. We just needed to remain calm and keep the intensity up. This is my first ODI (series) after nearly five years. I would like to continue performing like this for my team.”
He also bowled economically and kept building pressure on the West Indian batters. He ended his bowling figures 40-1 in 9 overs in the first innings.