After a defeat to India in the second ODI, West Indian skipper Nicholas Pooran expressed his eagerness to win the next match. Half a century of Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Axar Patel helped Team India win the second ODI of the three-game series against the West Indies by two wickets at the Queens Park Oval stadium in Port of Spain on Sunday. “Certainly, the last few overs we didn’t hold our nerves. The last 6 overs we lost the game. We felt that a spinner was easier to hit. We only needed one wicket to close the game, but Axar played really well,” he said. Pooran in a post-match presentation. “His (Hope’s) 100th ODI, he was exceptional to get a hundred. We did an exceptional job with the batting group. We tried very hard to compete. We really want to win,” he added.
India now has a winning 2-0 lead in the series. Struggling at 79/3, a 99-run tie between Iyer (63) and Samson (54) provided stability in their innings.
In the end, the contributions of Deepak Hooda (33) and Axar Patel (64*) proved to be of great importance in leading the visitors to victory. West Indies lost control of the match despite returning the top order in the early stages of the match and despite putting a huge total on the board themselves.
On the hunt for 312, India had a solid start. Shubman Gill showed a lot of intention from the start and pushed some good boundaries. His partner, skipper Shikhar Dhawan, was the less aggressive of the two.
After 10 overs, India was 42/0, with Gill (30*) and Dhawan (12*).
The duo had nailed a 48-run score before pacer Romario Shepherd stepped in to sack a struggling Dhawan for 13 of 31 balls.
Shreyas Iyer was next on the fold. Gill was in the fold and looked on track to complete his second straight fifty, but was caught and bowled by Kyle Mayers for 43 from 49 balls. At this point, India was 65/2 with Suryakumar Yadav next in line.
Suryakumar showed some intent with a huge six, but the ball hit the inside rim of his bat and rattled his stumps when he got to 9. Mayers struck again for the hosts and with these three wickets within a short space of time, Windies looked really strong. India was at 79/3 at the time and was in dire need of a partnership.
Wicket-keeper Sanju Samson was next on the fold and resumed the chase with Iyer. The duo maintained a good run between the wickets and occasionally went for big hits. The duo made their 50-run tie in 52 balls.
Shreyas looked really good and spent his 11th half-century in the format with a four to deep midwicket, which also took India past the 150 run. The 30th over bowled by Mayers proved to be extremely expensive, giving away 16 runs.
The duo started to accelerate after they launched their 50-run stand. The duo came up one run short to form a 100-run tie after Iyer was jammed in the leg for the wicket by pacer Alzarri Joseph for 63 from 71 balls.
Next on the fold was Deepak Hooda. Hooda-Samson kept the scoreboard ticking for India. Samson brought his girl fifty of 47 balls with a four through the fine leg area. The duo had added just 27 runs before Samson was fired for 54 off 51 balls. India was currently 205/5, with 107 runs to go.
Axar Patel was next in line. After 40 overs, India was at 212/5, with Axar (4*) and Hooda (18*). Men in Blue needed 100 runs in the last ten overs. The scoreboard kept moving for India, with the duo attempting some big hits. They brought India to the 250 run.
Axar-Hooda made their 50-run tie in 31 balls. The comparison came down to 56 runs needed in the last six overs. Hooda was sacked for 33 out of 36 by spinner Akeal Hosein after being caught backwards by Hayden Walsh.
Shardul Thakur was next in line. Patel kept looking good with the bat. The 46th over of Alzarri Joseph’s game was expensive and took a lot of pressure off the batters of India. Just when it looked like India would continue to turn the game in their favor, Thakur was sent off for 3 runs by Joseph after being caught deep in cover by Brooks.
Avesh Khan was next on the fold. The comparison was reduced to 32 out of 24 balls. Patel brought in his first fifty in just 27 balls and single-handedly continued the pursuit as the last recognized batter.
19 were needed in the last three overs. Patel and Khan had a responsibility not to lose their wickets and bring India across the finish line. Patel was fired for 10 by Jayden Seales.
Mohammed Siraj was next in line. India needed eight in the final. Patel closed the game for India with a huge six on the fourth ball from the over, finishing 64* on 35 balls with three fours and five sixes.
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