Axar Patel Reveals His Intent During His 20-ball 50 Against Sri Lanka
By CricShots - Jan 6, 2023 1:18 pm
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When the Indian all-rounder, Axar Patel walked out to bat Team India was reeling at 57/5, and with the asking rate creeping up, the all-rounder showcased batting credentials with a stunning assault, but he failed to avoid the 16-run loss. In a video posted by BCCI.TV, Axar spoke about what was the approach he and Suryakumar Yadav took made a crucial partnership of 91 runs in just 40 balls for the sixth wicket in the second T20I against Sri Lanka.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel kept India in the game

Talking about his approach, Axar Patel said, “When I went in, I spoke to Surya bhai, and he told me if we show intent, we might have an outside chance. We tried to score 10-12 runs per over and wanted to take the game deep. We knew that if we couple of overs will our way, we’ll have high chances.”

Axar was particularly severe on off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, clobbering the bowler for a four and six over long-on in the 13th over. It was not just Theekshana, Hasaranga de Silva also was at the receiving end of Axar’s aggression as the left-hander smacked the bowler for a hat-trick of sixes in the 14th over.

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Describing the same, Axar Patel said, “I had not thought about taking on Hasranaga. I was just watching the ball and decided if it will be in my zone I will go for it.”

Axar brought up his maiden half-century in T20Is off just 20 balls with a six of Karunaratne over long-off. He raised hopes of a famous victory but it was not to be as the visitors pulled the strings just in time to level the series.

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Talking about his fiery half-century, Axar Patel said, “First fifty is always special, but I am not happy because we lost the match. I had the chance to finish the match.” India and Sri Lanka will be locking horns with each other in the final T20 at the SCA stadium in Rajkot.f