WI vs IND, 2nd ODI: Power Hitting By Axar Patel Got India Over The Line, India beat West Indies by 2 wickets in the nail-biter match

In the second ODI the three-match series between India and West Indies on 24 July(Sunday) in Trinidad. India took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series after winning the match by only 2 wickets. India scored 8 runs in the final over with the help of Axar Patel and Avesh with just 2 wickets in hand.

West Indies put up a hefty score of 311 on board batting first with the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs. India on the other hand managed to chase the target with just 2 balls remaining and 2 wickets in hand. For India, Axar Patel scored a sensational 64 runs in just 35 balls to seal the deal.

West Indies again won the toss but chose to bat this time at Queen’s Park Oval. The Windian team got off to a fiery start with openers Shai Hope and Kyle Mayers, putting up a partnership of 65 for the first wicket with a 100+ strike rate. Allrounder Deepak Hooda broke the opening partnership by dismissing Kyle Mayers who scored an attractive 39 runs in just 23 balls. Shai Hope playing his 100th ODI played a mature inning of 115 runs, his 13th in this format, and kept the scoreboard ticking.

With the help of a blistering knock of 74 from captain Nicholas Pooran and brief cameos by Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, and Romario Shepherd. West Indies scored a challenging score of 311 runs in 50 overs. For India, Shardul Thakur took 3 wickets, and Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 1 wicket each.

Coming in to chase India had a slow start considering the target. After a short interruption by the rain, Dhawan’s rusty 31-ball 13 runs innings came to an end with only 48 runs on the board. Soon after Shubhman Gill also succumbed to Kyle Mayers. India was struggling on 79-3 when Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson put up a strong partnership with a healthy strike rate. Shreyas Iyer scored his consecutive half-century in the series scoring 63 runs in 71 balls. Along with him, Sanju Samson notched the first 50 of his career scoring 51 balls 54 runs with 3 sixes and 3 fours. This partnership was broken by a beautiful delivery from Alzarri Joseph dismissing Shreyas Iyer by LBW.
At 40 over mark India needed 100 runs in 60 balls with only 5 wickets in hand. Axar Patel took up the mantle and rescued the Indian team by scoring his maiden fifty in ODIs in just 27 balls. Alzarri Joseph and Kyle Mayers took 2 wickets each for the West Indies.

Axar Patel was given the player of the match for his bowling effort ( 40-1 in 9 overs) and brave batting in the final overs of the match (35 balls 64 runs).

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