Axar Patel was one of the heroes for India in their nail-biting two-wicket triumph in the second one-day international against West Indies. With two wins in a row in the first two games of the series, India was able to seal the three-match series with a 2-0 lead. It was a nail-biting finale at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, when Axar blasted an unbeaten knock of 64 runs off of just 35 balls to help India chase down the target of 312 runs in the final over. The match was held at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Axar Patel Breaks MS Dhoni’s old Record During 2nd ODI Against West Indies
When India were given the task of chasing down a difficult goal of 312 runs, they got off to a rough start. Their skipper, Shikhar Dhawan, was dismissed for a low score of 13, and then his opening partner, Shubman Gill (43), too lost his wicket in rapid succession. After losing Suryakumar Yadav cheaply on 9 off 8 balls, India were left reeling with a score of 79/3 at one point in the game.
However, Shreyas Iyer (63) and Snaju Samson (54), who both had fantastic half-centuries, brought India closer to winning until Axar finished off the run-chase in an exciting manner with his quickfire 64. The left-handed all-rounder broke a record that had been held by MS Dhoni for the past 17 years with his match-winning 64, which included three fours and five sixes.
Team India pulls off a remarkable victory.
Axar, who played the finest innings of his ODI career to help India over the finish line in the tense run chase, blasted five sixes during his innings, which is the most by an Indian batter batting at number 7 or lower in a successful run chase in ODIs. Dhoni was the former holder of the record for blasting three sixes in a run-chase during a One-Day International match against Zimbabwe in 2005.
Axar surpasses MSD
To equal Dhoni’s achievement, Yusuf Pathan, a former all-rounder for India, hit three sixes twice during India’s victorious run chases against South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2011. Pathan’s three sixes were the equivalent of three fours. On Sunday, though, Axar exceeded it with his batting feats against West Indies, which set a new record.
Axar named player of the match
In addition, India broke a global record with their two-wicket victory over West Indies in the second one-day international match. India has now broken the record for most one-day international series victories against a single team, having won a record 12 bilateral ODI series versus West Indies. When they take on West Indies in the third one-day international on Wednesday, the Men in Blue lead by Shikhar Dhawan will be looking to complete a whitewash of the series.