India vs West Indies: Axar Patel breaks MS Dhoni’s 17-year-old batting record with his blitz

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Team
India
claim
sensational
win

Team
India
required
8
off
the
final
over
and
the
equation
came
down
to
six
off
three
balls,
but
Patel

who
has
played
several
impactful
knocks
in
the
IPL
and
in
the
domestic
circuit

showed
his
experience
and
composure
to
take
his
team
home
in
a
tense
contest.

He
stepped
into
the
middle
to
bat
at
number
seven
and
hammered
five
sixes
and
three
boundaries
in
his
knock.
He
notched
up
his
maiden
ODI
fifty
off
just
27
deliveries.

Axar surpasses MSD

Axar
surpasses
MSD

With
his
blitz
against
the
West
Indies,
Patel
even
went
on
to
break
Dhoni’s
17-year-old
record
of
hitting
most
sixes
by
an
Indian
batsman
at
No.7
or
lower
in
a
successful
ODI
chase.

The
former
India
wicketkeeper-batsman
had
in
2005
hit
three
maximums
against
Zimbabwe.
Former
India
all-rounder
Yusuf
Pathan
also
equalled
Dhoni’s
record
twice
in
2011
but
it
was
Patel

whom
the
Jharkhand
cricketer
nicknamed
‘Bapu’

who
surpassed
him.

Axar named player of the match

Axar
named
player
of
the
match

Patel

who
was
also
the
most
economical
bowler
in
the
match
with
his
figures
of
9-1-40-1

was
adjudged
the
player
of
the
match
for
his
all-round
effort.

While
speaking
during
the
post-match
presentation,
the
Gujarat
cricketer
said,
“I
think
this
is
a
special
one.
It
came
at
a
crucial
time
and
also
helped
the
team
to
win
the
series.
We
have
done
the
same
in
the
IPL.
We
just
needed
to
remain
calm
and
keep
the
intensity
up.
I
was
playing
an
ODI
after
close
to
5
years.
I
would
want
to
continue
performing
like
this
for
my
team.”

Team
India
stuns
West
Indies,
again

Chasing
312
in
the
second
one-dayer,
the
Indians
were
in
a
spot
of
bother
as
they
had
lost
three
wickets
(Shikhar
Dhawan
13,
Shubman
Gill
43,
and
Suryakumar
Yadav
9)
inside
18
overs.
However,
the
99-run
stand
between
Shreyas
Iyer
(63
off
71)
and
Sanju
Samson
(54
off
51)
revived
the
visitors.
Samson
slammed
his
maiden
ODI
fifty
and
hit
some
trademark
inside-out
maximums
over
the
extra
cover
region.

When
Samson
was
run
out
for
54
at
a
crucial
stage,
Deepak
Hooda
(33)
and
Patel
shared
a
valuable
partnership.
Patel,
then,
kept
stitching
partnerships
with
Shardul
Thakur
and
Avesh
Khan
and
kept
the
tourists
in
the
hunt.
He
finished
the
game
for
his
team
and
played
spoilsport
to
West
Indies’ hope
of
squaring
off
the
series.

Shai
Hope’s
remarkable
century
in
his
100th
ODI
appearance
for
West
Indies
and
captain
Nicholas
Pooran’s
74
went
in
vain
as
the
visitors
took
an
unassailable
2-0
lead
in
the
three-match
series.

It
was
India’s
12th
consecutive
bilateral
ODI
series
win
over
Windies,
the
most
by
any
team
in
the
world.

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