India vs WI, 2nd ODI: Axar Patel powers India to thrilling ODI series win

Xtra Time Web Desk: A terrific 35 ball 64 runs knock from Axar Patel saw India register a thrilling win in the second ODI against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday. The two-wicket win sees Shikhar Dhawan and his boys clinch the three match ODI series with one match to go.  Chasing a stiff 312 runs to win, the Men in Blue romped home with two balls to spare with Axar remaining not out on 64. The win secured India’s 12th consecutive ODI series win against the West Indies, which is a world record.

Chasing a 312-run target, India were in a spot of after being reduced to 79/3, but Iyer held his nerve and stitched a fine 99 runs partnership with Sanju Samson (54 off 51) to put India back on track.

Despite India losing wickets at regular intervals with Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda and Avesh Khan, all back in the pavilion, Axar kept on ticking the scoreboard. Only in the team because of an injury to Ravindra Jadeja’s knee injury, Axar made a big statement. He played a match-winning knock of 35-ball 64 to hand India its 12th consecutive ODI series win.

The last time West Indies defeated India in an ODI bilateral series was in 2006 under Brian Lara. Co-incidentally Rahul Dravid who is now the Head Coach of the team was the captain then.

Both teams will return at the same venue on Wednesday for the third and final ODI.