India vs West Indies: Port of Spain, July 25: Axar Patel’s blitzkrieg with the bat was instrumental in helping Team India pull off a stunning two-wicket win against West Indies in the second one-day international in Port of Spain on Sunday (July 24). Patel hit his first half-century of ODI play and held onto his nerves during the final overs, and led Team India Men In Blue to a winning series-clinching win on Trinidad and Tobago.
Axar took the spotlight with his blistering batting performance in India, which defeated 312 with eight wickets lost in 49.4 overs. The left-handed all-rounder was unbeaten at 64 off 35 deliveries. He also ended the game for his side with a tally of a hundred, as the former India captain MS Dhoni used to do. Dhoni has won several matches with Team India with a six, and Axar likes him in his long-off shot against Kyle Mayers.
Team India claims a sensational win. Team India required eight off the last over. The formula was reduced to six from three balls; however, Patel, who has been involved in several memorable innings in the IPL and local cricket – displayed his skill and determination to get his team back home after a tight contest. Patel was positioned in the middle of the field to bat at the seventh position and struck five sixes and three boundaries in his innings. He scored his first ODI fifty in just 27 balls.
Axar beats MSD. In his blitz at his fellow West Indies, Patel even smashed Dhoni’s 17-year record of smashing the most sixes by an Indian batter when batting at No.7 or lower in an ODI chase. Patel, a former India wicketkeeper-batsman, scored three top scores against Zimbabwe. A former India All-rounder Yusuf Pathan also equaled Dhoni’s record twice in 2011, but it was Patel – – whom the Jharkhand cricketer dubbed “Bapu” — who overtook him.
Axar was selected as the game’s MVP: Patel, who had bowling numbers of 9-1-40-1 and was also the contest’s most economical bowler, was named the player of the match for his all-around performance. The Gujarat cricketer said during the post-match presentation: “This one, in my opinion, is unique. It was timely and contributed to the team’s series victory. In the IPL, we did the same thing. All we had to do was maintain our composure and intensity. I had not played an ODI in almost five years. For my team, I would like to keep contributing in this manner.”
Again, Team India shocks the West Indies: The Indians were having trouble chasing 312 in the second one-day match as they had already lost three wickets (Shikhar Dhawan 13, Shubman Gill 43, and Suryakumar Yadav 9) in just 18 overs. The visitors were rejuvenated by the 99-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer (63 off 71) and Sanju Samson (54 off 51). Samson hit his first fifty in an ODI and several inside-out maximums over the extra cover area. Deepak Hooda (33) and Patel formed a crucial alliance when Samson was run out for 54 at a critical moment. The tourists were therefore kept on the hunt as Patel continued to form partnerships with Shardul Thakur and Avesh Khan. He completed the game for his group and prevented West Indies from tying the series. Both skipper Nicholas Pooran’s 74 and Shai Hope’s impressive century in his 100th ODI debut for the West Indies were ineffective as the visitors secured an unassailable 2-0 series lead. India won the Windies’ bilateral ODI series for the most of any side in the world for the 12th time in a row.