Srinagar: Axar Patel on Sunday showed his batting prowess as the all-rounder led India to a last over thrilling win over hosts West Indies in second ODI at Port of Spain.
India were in deep trouble when Axar Patel arrived in the middle to led Team India to an unlikely win over hosts.
Axar Patel scored India’s second-fastest half-century against the Windies, to seal the last-over thriller as the visitors chased down the target of 312 in the second OD with just two balls to spare.
Axar sealed the deal with massive six in the last over and with that broke MS Dhoni’s 17-year-old record.
Earlier Shai Hope had scored century in his 100th ODI appearance and captain Nicholas Pooran scored 74 for West Indies to set a big total for India.
After India went three down for 79 in the 18th over of the chase, Shreyas Iyer (63) and Sanju Samson (54) helped India recover with his 99-run stand with both scoring their respective half-centuries. Deepak Hooda (33) and Axar then stitched a quick fifty-run stand before West Indies exposed India’s tail-end batting with the latter as last hope in the chase.
Axar’s flurry of boundaries – 3 fours and 5 sixes – along with Avesh Khan’s twin boundaries reduced the equation to 6 needed off 3. Axar then held his nerve and smashed the wider low full toss delivery from Kyle Mayers in the fourth ball of the last over, over long-off, as India inflicted another shattering loss for the Windies.
With the unbeaten knock of 64 runs off 35 balls, Axar broke Dhoni’s long-standing record in ODI cricket. The five sixes he hit during the chase is now the most by an India batter at No.7 or lower in a successful ODI chase. Dhoni had recorded three sixes during India’s chase against Zimbabwe back in 2005. Yusuf Pathan had equalled Dhoni’s tally twice in his career, both in 2011 – against South Africa and Ireland.