India breaks Pakistan’s record for the most consecutive one-day international series wins against a team. Axar Patel’s timely and fiery half-century ensured the visitors crossed the line with a couple of deliveries to spare.
India defeated West Indies by two wickets in the second One-Day International (ODI) to win the three-match series 2-0. This game, like the first in the series, came down to the wire, and the Men in Blue prevailed once again. Meanwhile, a slew of records were set and broken during the game. Including India’s 12th consecutive bilateral ODI series win over the West Indies, the most for a team against an opponent.
Arch-rivals of India Pakistan previously held the record, having won 11 consecutive One-Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, momentum up and down in the game as West Indies put on a fantastic performance. After batting first and posting a challenging 311/6, the hosts took wickets at regular intervals and appeared to tighten their grip on the game.
Axar Patel was a standout performer for India.
Axar Patel’s timely and fiery half-century, however, ensured that the visitors crossed the line with a couple of deliveries to spare. This was also India’s most successful ODI run-chase in the West Indies. Team India’s chase was the third-highest on Caribbean soil overall.
Earlier in the match, West Indies won the toss and chose to bat at Trinidad’s Queen’s Park Oval. The Men in Maroon got off to a fast start, with openers Kyle Mayers and Shai Hope leading the way.
The pair put on 65 runs for the first wicket before the former was caught for 39. Hope, on the other hand, smashed his 13th ODI century and finished with 115 runs. While Shamarh Brooks contributed 35 runs, West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran hit a crucial 77-ball 74 to help the team cross the 300-run mark.
In contrast to the previous game, India got off to a shaky start, with skipper Shikhar Dhawan falling for a 31-ball 13. Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, who scored 43 and 63 points, then helped to steady the ship. The baton was then passed to Sanju Samson and Axar Patel, who both scored their first ODI fifties.
Axar, in particular, was outstanding, scoring 64 off 35 deliveries and remaining unbeaten until the end. As a result, India won the series with a run in the final over. The all-rounder was named Player of the Match after bowling figures of 1/40 in nine overs. Meanwhile, the third and final ODI will be played on Wednesday at the same venue (July 27).