On Monday in Trinidad, Axar Patel scored his first ODI fifty and helped India defeat the West Indies in a nail-biting last over. The all-rounder hit three fours and five maximums on his route to an undefeated 64 off 35 balls. With this, India has secured a 2-0 series lead over the other two teams. India was batting at 205/5 in 38.4 overs of a 312-run chase when Patel entered the crease. He started out rotating the strike, then on the eighth ball of his 35-ball inning, he blasted Akeal Hosein for a six. Patel kept up the pace, hitting the boundaries in between the overs as India lost three more wickets in the run-chase despite needing 100 runs from the last 10 overs and having five wickets in hand.

Patel gave the Indian Premier League (IPL) experience credit for his game-winning effort. “It’s unique. It was timely and contributed to the team’s series victory “After accepting the man-of-the-match award, the 28-year-old stated. “When I went out, my goal was 10 to 11 points over. Due to our IPL experience, we believed it was possible. Just maintain our composure and maintain the intensity, he said.

Patel, who is returning to India’s 50-over system after a lengthy absence, was pleased with his performance and wanted to keep contributing to the squad in this manner.

In his 100th ODI, Shai Hope had a fantastic day at the plate as well, scoring a century. Hope scored 115 points off 135 balls, while Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies captain, added 74 points.

The day belonged to Patel, who also grabbed a wicket with his left-arm spin. Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson both contributed with significant half-centuries in the middle.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Shikhar Dhawan, who added that the IPL experience had equipped them for such high-scoring chases. “We stay prepared with our local and IPL cricket… He has done that several times in IPL, as Axar said.”

On Wednesday, the sides will rematch for the third and final ODI. A five-match T20 series will follow.

with inputs from Reuters