Young all-rounder Akshar Patel smashed the record for the fastest half-century in a match-winning innings against the Caribbean side in the second ODI against the West Indies on Sunday.
- Axar Patel became the fastest Indian batsman to score a half-century against the West Indies in ODI cricket.
- He played an innings of 64 runs off 35 balls in a difficult time and gave the team a sensational victory.
- Holds the record for most sixes in a match-winning innings while batting at number seven or below
PORT OF SPAIN: Young Indian all-rounder Akshar Patel batted with fire against the West Indies on Sunday to take victory from his jaws. Chasing a target of 312 runs for victory, the Indian team lost five wickets for 205 runs in 38.4 overs. To win, the team had to score 114 runs in 74 balls. In such a situation, Akshar Patel, who came to bat, played unbeaten innings of 64 runs off 35 balls and gave the team a sensational victory by 2 wickets in the match.
Atishi’s half-century in 27 balls
Batting from the start, Akshar Patel completed his maiden ODI half-century in 27 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes. With this, he became the fastest Indian batsman to score a half-century on West Indies soil. During this time he allowed only 4 balls to go empty.
After five years, I got an opportunity in ODI
Patel was playing ODI cricket for Team India after a gap of five years. But he did not let this opportunity go and won everyone’s heart by scoring a match-winning half-century. In recent times, Aksar has been able to make his mark with the ball as well as the bat whenever he gets the chance. He did the same on Sunday.
Akshar was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant all-rounder performance in the match. Apart from playing unbeaten innings of 64 runs off 35 balls, he also took 1 wicket in bowling.
Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan’s records were broken.
Akshar Patel also broke the records of MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan thanks to his explosive innings, becoming the new sixer king of the lower order. Akshar has become the Indian batsman with the most number of sixes in ODI cricket by successfully chasing down the target at number seven or lower.
Dhoni hit 3 sixes while batting at number 7 against Zimbabwe in 2005 and led the team to victory. Yusuf Pathan was also equal to Dhoni in this matter. Pathan took 3-6 sixes in his innings in ODIs against South Africa and Ireland in 2011 to lead India to victory.