Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team defeated West Indies in the first ODI and once again went on to face the hosts in the second ODI at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on 24th July, Sunday. Winning the toss, the skipper of West Indies, Nicholas Pooran opted to bat.
Batting first, West Indies posted a huge total of 311 runs on the board. Shai Hope has played an instrumental role, scoring 115 runs with the help of 8 fours and three sixes. Nicholas Pooran also played a fighting knock in the middle for his team and added 74 off 77 balls which includes one boundary and 6 sixes.
Chasing the target, India took the game till the last over with Axar Patel on the crease who finished the match and remained unbeaten on 64 runs from 35 balls with the help of 3 fours and 5 sixes. With that, India took the lead by 2-0 and will be looking to whitewash the West Indies in the final One-day game.
We tried to compete really hard: Nicholas Pooran
After losing the match against India, Nicholas Pooran shared a few words in the post-match presentation. "Definitely, last couple of overs we didn't hold our nerves. Last 6 overs, we lost the game.
We felt a spinner was easier to hit. We just needed one wicket to seal the game but Axar played really well. His (Hope's) 100th ODI, he was exceptional to get a hundred.
We did an exceptional job with the batting group. We tried to compete really hard. We want to win really bad," said Nicholas Pooran as quoted by Cricbuzz.
"I think this is a special one. It came at a crucial time and also helped the team to win the series. We have done the same in the IPL. We just needed to remain calm and keep the intensity up. I was playing an ODI after close to 5 years. I would want to continue performing like this for my team," said Axar Patel.
However, during the game, Shikhar Dhawan got a nasty blow on his head during the spell of Romario Shepherd and got out in the same over.
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