Shikhar Dhawan Leads Team India’s Crazy Celebration After WI Series Win. Watch

It was a memorable Sunday for the Indian cricket team in Port of Spain as they chased a big goal of 312 runs in 49.4 overs against the West Indies. With the two-wicket victory, India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Half centuries of Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Axar Patel helped Team India to victory after the Shikhar Dhawan-led squad struggled with 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.

After the win, skipper Dhawan led a frenzied party in the Indian dressing room. He posted a video of the same, with the caption: “Talent wins game, but teamwork and intelligence win championship! ?? Kudos to the team for the great showdown! #IndvsWI”

Watch: Team India’s Crazy Party After Beating the West Indies

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 intervened 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.

Alzarri Joseph finished as the bowlers’ pick with 2/46. Mayers also got two wickets. Shepherd and Hosein each got one.

Earlier, Shai Hope and captain Nicholas Pooran propelled the West Indies to a massive 311/6 at the end of 50 overs in the second ODI of a three-game run here at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday.

West Indies chose to bat first and had a great start. Openers Shai Hope and Kyle Mayers traded boundaries. The duo propelled their side to the 50 run in just 7.1 overs.

However, their 65-run tie ended after Mayers was caught and bowled by spin bowling all-rounder Deepak Hooda for 39 runs off 23 balls consisting of six fours and one six in the ninth over. Shamarh Brooks was next on the fold.

At the end of 10 overs, the West Indies were at 71/1, with Shai Hope (26*) and Shamarh Brooks (5*) unbeaten.

The duo continued with the momentum of the opening duo. Indian bowlers struggled to pressure the new batter on the crease. Brooks hit some big limits and served as a great partner for Hope. The duo eventually brought up their 50-run tie.

Hope also brought his 21st to fifty and played in his 100th ODI game. The 62-run tie between Hope-Brooks came to an end after the ball hit the outside edge of his bat and went straight to skipper Shikhar Dhawan on slips. Brooks was back in the pavilion for 35 from 36 balls. It was another spinner who had done the job for India, with Axar Patel getting his first wicket.

Brandon King was the next batter, but was fired by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for a duck after trying to slog a pitch that slipped straight into Shikhar’s hands. With a score of 130/3, India had made a small comeback in the match. Captain Nicholas Pooran and Hope started rebuilding the innings from then on. They maintained a solid strike rotation, hitting big at times. They brought out their 50-run tie and moved on with Hope as the main aggressor and Pooran as the anchor.

Pooran traded only in sixes and spent his tenth half-century in ODIs in 59 balls after hitting Chahal for two sixes in the 39th over of the match. A hundred-run tie between Hope-Pooran was in 115 balls.

The duo kept going before pacer Shardul Thakur struck in the 44th over, sacking Pooran for 74 of 77 made up of a four and six sixes, West Indies were now 247/4, after breaking this 117-run tie.

Rovman Powell was next in line. Hope brought up his 13th ODI century and made his 100th ODI special. He hit Chahal for a six in the 45th to celebrate his century.

Powell looked dangerous, hitting a four and six shortly after his arrival, but found Shreyas Iyer long-term as he tried to go big with a Thakur delivery. He was fired for 13 of 10 balls.

Romario Shepherd was next to bat. The duo took Windies to the 300 run. Thakur got his third wicket of the match, disposing of Hope for 115 of 135 balls after Axar Patel caught him at long range.

WI ended their innings at 311/6, with Shepherd (15*) and Akeal Hosein (6*) unbeaten.

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Shardul Thakur was the bowlers’ choice for India, taking 3/54 in 7 overs. Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda and Chahal each got one wicket.

With ANI inputs

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