Axar Patel from India brings West Indies to earth

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — West Indies batsmen pushed their team past the 300-run mark again, with opener Shai Hope scoring a century in his 100th one-day international, but it still wasn’t enough to ease India on Sunday hit .

Axar Patel smashed a 35-ball 64 not out, including the winning six, to give India a two-ball series-defining two-wicket win. India leads the three-game streak 2-0.

The West Indies won the toss, batting first at the Queen’s Park Oval, going 311-6 thanks to Hope’s 135-ball 115 – with eight fours and three sixes – and 74 from captain Nicholas Pooran, who hit six sixes.

India chased the imposing goal, scoring 312-8 in 49.4 overs. In addition to No. 7 Patel’s game-winning innings, the deciding shots came from Shreyas Iyer (63 runs in 71 balls), Sanju Samson (54 of 51) and opener Shubman Gill (43 of 49).

India started with the last over and needed eight runs to win, but there were only two wickets left. Mid-paced Kyle Mayers (2-48) threw the over and only two runs came from his first three deliveries, leaving India still in need of six runs from three balls.

Patel only needs the one and smashes Mayer’s fourth delivery for six.

India won Friday’s series opener by three heats after West Indies settled for first field – and finished 305-6 in response to India’s 308-7.

Both teams made one change from that game on Sunday – the injured Gudakesh Motie was replaced by fellow West Indies player Hayden Walsh, while Prasidh Krishna lost his spot in India’s line-up to Avesh Khan, who returned 54-0 after six overs.

Shardul Thakur was India’s top bowler at 3-54 in seven overs, dismissing both Hope, who was caught by Patel, and Pooran.

The series conclusion ODI is on Wednesday.

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