Mon, 25 Jul 2022

Axar Patel’s scintillating performance brings Windies down to earth!!

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West Indies openers Shai Hope scores a century in his 100th one-day international with a 300-run mark after West Indies chose to bat first at Queen’s Park Oval Sunday.

Thanks to Hope’s 135-ball 115 — with eight fours and three sixes — and 74 from captain Nicholas Pooran, who clouted six sixes

In response to Windies’ excellent batting, our Axar Patel smashed a 35-ball 64 not out, including the winning six, to secure a series-clinching two-wicket win for India with two balls to spare. India leads the three-match series 2-0.

India won the series opener by three runs on Friday after West Indies chose to field first — reaching 305-6 in reply to India’s 308-7.

India reached 312-8 in 49.4 overs. As well as No. 7 Patel’s match-winning innings, key knocks came from Shreyas Iyer (63 runs in 71 balls), Sanju Samson (54 in 51) and opener Shubman Gill (43 in 49).

India needed eight runs to win with two wickets left. Kyle Mayers (2-48) bowled the over, and India needed 6 runs off 3 balls.

Patel hit Mayers' fourth ball for six. West Indies fielded first and scored 305-6 in response to India's 308-7.

Injured West Indies spinner Gudakesh Motie was replaced by Hayden Walsh, while India's Prasidh Krishna was replaced by Avesh Khan, who took 0-54 in six overs. Shardul Thakur dismissed Hope and Pooran with 3-54 in seven overs. Wednesday is the final ODI.

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