The West Indies players once again led their team past the 300-point mark, as Shai Hope scored a century opener in his 100 caps, but that wasn’t enough to beat India in Port of Spain.
Aksar Patel hit 35 balls 64 didn’t come out on Sunday, including the winning six, to take a two-wicket streak win for India with two spare balls. India leads the three-game series 2-0.
The West Indies won the lottery and picked the racket first at the Queen’s Park Oval, reaching 6-311 thanks to Hope’s 135 balls, 115 – by eight fours and three sixes – and 74 from captain Nicholas Buran, who took a six by six.
India chased the majestic goal, scoring 8-312 in 49.4 points. In addition to No. 7 Patel’s match winning innings, keystrokes came from Shreyas Iyer (63 times from 71 balls), Sanju Samson (54) and opener Shubman Gill (43).
India started the last round when they needed eight runs to win but with only two wickets left. Mid-range Kyle Myers (2-48) threw the ball and only made two of his first three deliveries, leaving India still with six out of three deliveries.
Patel only needed one, which shattered Myers’ fourth delivery for six.
India won the opening match by three runs on Friday after the West Indies chose to participate first – coming in at 6-305 in response to India’s 7-308.
Both teams made one change on Sunday from that game – injured Gudakish Moti was replaced by West Indies teammate Hayden Walsh, while Pracid Krishna lost his place in India’s squad to Avish Khan, who returned 0-54 from six overs.
Shardul Thakur was India’s most successful player with a score of 3-54 in seven times, disqualifying both Hope and Pooran.
The closing event for the ODI series will be held at the same venue on Wednesday.