Sports Desk: The host West Indies could not score 200 runs in the three-match ODI series against visiting Bangladesh recently. This time, those Caribbeans are running fountains of runs against India.


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The West Indies have crossed the 300-run mark in two consecutive matches. But could not win any match. The hosts have already lost the series by losing two matches.


Batting first in Trinidad’s Port of Spain on Sunday (July 25), West Indies scored 311 runs on Shai Hope’s century. In reply, Akshar Patel shined on a day of indolence among India’s recognized batsmen. His blistering innings of 64 runs saw the visitors reach victory with two balls in hand.


India sealed the series with one match in hand thanks to the win by eight wickets. Besides, he has won 12 consecutive ODI series against the West Indies and set a world record. No other country in the world has won so many consecutive series against a particular country.


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India needed exactly 100 runs in the last ten overs to win. By then, the first five batters had returned to the dressing room. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan scored 13 runs off 31 balls. Shubman Gill 43, Shreyas Iyer 63, Suryakumar Yadav 9 and Sanju Samson 51 runs out.


Later, Akshar made a partnership of 51 runs from 33 balls with Deepak Hooda first in a mission of ten runs per over. After Deepak was dismissed for 33 off 36 balls, Akshar went the rest of the way alone. Still needed 56 runs off 35 balls to win. A flurry of letters which came down to 8 runs off 6 balls.


The left-handed spinning all-rounder sealed the victory by hitting a six off the fourth ball of the last over. Akshar remained unbeaten on 64 runs from 35 balls after scoring his first ODI fifty of his career. His innings had three fours and five sixes. Akshar also took a wicket with the ball.


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Shai Hope made a unique record in the first innings of the match. The right-handed opener scored a century in the 100th ODI of his career. He scored 115 runs off 135 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes before being dismissed in the 49th over of the innings. Hope became only the tenth player in the world to score a century in the 100th ODI.


In addition, West Indies reached 311 runs thanks to captain Nicholas Pooran’s 74 off 77 balls, Kyle Myers’ 39 off 23 balls and Shamar Brooks’ 35 off 36 balls. That was not enough to win. Shardul Thakur took maximum 3 wickets with the ball for India.


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