Twitter reactions: Axar Patel shine in India’s series-clinching win over West Indies

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India beat West Indies in 2nd ODI

Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patels incredible show with the bat helped India beat West Indies in a thriller at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Sunday (July 24).

Opting to bat, the hosts posted a formidable total of 311 in 50 overs, thanks to opener Shai Hope’s brilliant century (115) in his 100th ODI appearance, along with skipper Nicholas Poorans sensational 74. For the visitors, pacer Shardul Thakur was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets for 54 in seven overs.

In reply, India were reduced to 79/3 before Iyer and Samson steadied the ship with their respective half-centuries. The pair formed a vital partnership of 99 runs for the fourth wicket before the home team dismissed both players quickly to make a comeback in the game. While Iyer scored 63 off 71, Samson made 54 from 51 deliveries.

The game could’ve slipped away from India’s hands, but Axar’s terrific knock came out of the syllabus for the Caribbeans as he scored a blistering unbeaten 64 off 35 to take the ‘Men in Blue’ over the line as they registered a record 12th consecutive bilateral series win against the West Indies.

Most consecutive bilateral ODI series wins against a team:

12 – IND vs WI (2007-2022)*
11 – PAK vs ZIM (1996-2021)
10 – PAK vs WI (1999-2022)
9 – SA vs ZIM (1995-2018)
9 – IND vs SL (2007-2021)

Highest targets successfully chased in ODIs in West Indies:

361 – ENG vs WI Bridgetown 2019
313 – SL vs WI Bridgetown 2003
311 – IND vs WI Port of Spain 2022*
309 – WI vs PAK Providence 2017

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