- Axar Patel seals the deal for India
- West Indies batter Hope’s 115 in vain
India clinched the series against West Indies by winning the first two matches of three One Day International cricket. It had beaten the West India in the second ODI by chasing a score of 312 runs with two balls and two wickets to spare. India won the series 2-0 under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan. Axar Patel did the wonderful job by hitting up 64 runs in 35 balls at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Sunday. Shai Hope’s century (115 runs in 135 balls) for the West Indies went in vain.
Hope and Nicholas Pooran (74 off 77 balls) helped the West Indies team to pile up 311 runs after they chose to bat first. Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets giving away 54 runs. Both the matches India won were clinched in the last minute. While the first match was won thanks largely to the guile of Hyderabad fast bowler Mohammad Siraj who defended 15 runs in the last over he bowled. India won the first match by three runs. The second was won due to the dynamism of Axar Patel. A full toss from Mayer and Axar made it with two wickets in hand and two balls to spare. While West Indies made 311 for 8 in 50 overs, the Indians had made 322 for 8 in 49.4 overs.