ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 42nd match, Group B

India v West Indies

India won by 80 runs

1.2

Benn to Kohli, no run, gets forward to defend to the off

1.3

Benn to Kohli, no run, leans forward to push it back to the bowler

1.4

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, picks up a run with a drive to long-off

India 10/1   V Kohli 1* (3b)

2.1

Rampaul to Kohli, no run, cuts in towards middle and leg, turned to midwicket

2.2

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, rears up to the off stump line, tapped down to midwicket

2.4

Rampaul to Kohli, no run, short of length, again some extra bounce outside off, steered to point

2.5

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, stays back to run this down to third man for a single

India 17/1   V Kohli 3* (7b)

3.1

Benn to Kohli, no run, around the off, pushed away to point

3.2

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, slower, fuller, around off, eased down to long-off for a single

India 18/1   V Kohli 4* (9b)

4.1

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, stay back to clip this past square-leg for a single

India 23/1   V Kohli 5* (10b)

5.2

Benn to Kohli, no run, beaten! Extra bounce as it goes outside off and Virat is beaten on the cut.

5.3

Benn to Kohli, no run, a very hesitant poke outside off and the ball rolls of the edge to slip

5.4

Benn to Kohli, FOUR, No hesitation this time. It was an invitation to drive - a full flighted delivery well outside off- and Virat creams it through point with a square drive

5.5

Benn to Kohli, FOUR, More runs as Benn errs again by pitching it too full. And some width as well. Virat leans forward and across to cream this through covers

5.6

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, short in length this time and Virat cuts to point where a tumbling stop is made

India 38/1   V Kohli 14* (15b 2x4)

6.1

Rampaul to Kohli, no run, short in length and climbing again, Virat gets his hands high to ride the bounce and defends to the on side

6.2

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, runs this down to third man for a single

India 39/1   V Kohli 15* (17b 2x4)

7.1

Russell to Kohli, no run, starts off with an 140 kmph delivery around off, defended to cover

7.2

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, full in length around off stump line, worked through backward square-leg

7.4

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, this one bounces and Virat gets back to work it to the on side for a single

India 46/1   V Kohli 17* (20b 2x4)

8.1

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, stays back to turn this to square-leg

8.4

Rampaul to Kohli, no run, short in length around off, pushed out to the off

8.5

Rampaul to Kohli, 2 runs, short in length on the stumps, clipped past square-leg

8.6

Rampaul to Kohli, no run, full in length around off, worked across the line to short midwicket

India 53/2   V Kohli 20* (24b 2x4)

10.1

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, short in length on the middle, clipped past square-leg

India 54/2   V Kohli 21* (25b 2x4)

11.1

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, full in length and on the middle, clipped past square-leg

11.4

Russell to Kohli, no run, tries the bouncer and Virat goes down under

11.5

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, bounces between chest and waist from short of length and Virat tucks it behind square-leg

India 65/2   V Kohli 23* (28b 2x4)

12.1

Sammy to Kohli, no run, full delivery, on driven to mid-on

12.2

Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, full again, flicked away for a single

India 68/2   V Kohli 24* (30b 2x4)

13.1

Russell to Kohli, 1 leg bye, fullish, on the pads, rolls behind square-leg for a leg bye

13.3

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, short in length on the middle, clipped past square-leg for a single

India 73/2   V Kohli 25* (32b 2x4)

14.1

Sammy to Kohli, 2 runs, short in length, moving in to middle and leg, clipped through midwicket for two runs

14.2

Sammy to Kohli, no run, full in length, gets forward to deflect this to midwicket

14.3

Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, short in length, just outside off, Kohli presses back to tap it to the on side for a single

India 76/2   V Kohli 28* (35b 2x4)

15.5

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, stays back to tap this to the on side

15.6

Bishoo to Kohli, FOUR, Edged past slip. It was a nice flighted legbreak around off stump and Virat went for the cover drive. Fat profitable edge!

India 86/2   V Kohli 32* (37b 3x4)

16.3

Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, slower one, loopy dipping full toss, eased to long-on

India 88/2   V Kohli 33* (38b 3x4)

17.5

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, flighted on middle and leg, this time there is some turn as Kohli reaches out to play into the off side. Slightly airy but safely towards cover

17.6

Bishoo to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steals a quick single, dabbing in front of point for one

India 91/2   V Kohli 34* (40b 3x4)

18.1

Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, length ball angling in amiable fashion into the pads, and Kohli clips square for one

18.3

Sammy to Kohli, no run, this one came in a touch from outside off, at 126 kph, no worries for Kohli who forces it to mid on

18.4

Sammy to Kohli, no run, short of a length on off stump, Kohli looks to drop it to the off side for a single, but Sammy is quickly onto it.

18.5

Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, fuller length offcutter, Kohli gets the front pad across to play the flick through square leg for one

India 94/2   V Kohli 36* (44b 3x4)

19.2

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, quicker one, Kohli plays back to it but manages to bring the bat down on time

19.3

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, another flat and quick delivery on leg stump, Kohli forces it back to the bowler

19.4

Bishoo to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli again punches from the back foot and gets a single to long on

India 97/2   V Kohli 37* (47b 3x4)

20.1

Sammy to Kohli, no run, length ball outside off, Kohli drives to mid off as he comes half forward

20.2

Sammy to Kohli, no run, shorter outside off, Kohli tries to dab fine but can't beat point

20.3

Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, this time he strays onto Kohli's pad for an easy single as he clips through square leg

India 98/2   V Kohli 38* (50b 3x4)

21.1

Bishoo to Kohli, 1 run, on Kohli's pads, he tickles it through square leg for one

21.6

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, Kohli tries to steer a single to point but plays it too softly for runs

India 110/2   V Kohli 39* (52b 3x4)

22.2

Pollard to Kohli, no run, legcutter of sorts delivered at 116 kph from wide of the crease, and Kohli defends carefully from the crease

22.3

Pollard to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Kohli dabs to Bishoo at point and makes an easy single by the time the direct hit comes in.

22.5

Pollard to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli plays another single, punching into the gap at mid on for a single.

India 114/2   V Kohli 41* (55b 3x4)

23.1

Bishoo to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli punches another single into the covers

23.6

Bishoo to Kohli, no run, Kohli can't get a single to end the over, as he looks for the dab to point

India 118/2   V Kohli 42* (57b 3x4)

24.2

Pollard to Kohli, FOUR, top shot from Kohli. He picked the legcutter from Pollard, and spotted the width on offer. Kohli set himself up on middle and leg, waited for the ball to come along and then opened the wrists to dab it past short third man for four.

24.3

Pollard to Kohli, no run, very slow and short outside off at 110 kph, Kohli tries to pull but finds midwicket. He had to make all the pace on that shot.

24.4

Pollard to Kohli, no run, length ball outside off, Kohli drops it in front of point, but can't get the single

24.5

Pollard to Kohli, no run, another slower ball, chugs in at 114 kph and Kohli flicks straight to Bishoo at midwicket. The run rate is now below 5 btw.

24.6

Pollard to Kohli, no run, slow again, Pollard's bowling pace is the opposite of his run-scoring pace. Kohli works it carefully back to the bowler.

India 123/2   V Kohli 46* (62b 4x4)

27.5

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli leans out to the flight on middle and leg and drives down the ground for a single

India 147/2   V Kohli 47* (63b 4x4)

28.2

Pollard to Kohli, FOUR, Fifty to Kohli now, lines up a slow offcutter that comes along slowly, but he shows patience, as he has for the strike in recent times. He waits for it to turn into the pads and then heaves it deliberately in the air towards midwicket. Well played.

28.3

Pollard to Kohli, no run, slow offcutter, he hangs back and nudges off the hips to midwicket, but can't get the single

28.4

Pollard to Kohli, 1 run, this time he does, working off the hips through backward square leg for a single

India 154/2   V Kohli 52* (66b 5x4)

29.2

Russell to Kohli, 1 wide, attempted legcutter goes too far down the leg side. He bowled a lot of wides against England too.

29.2

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, angles into Kohli's pads and he on drives solidly past wide mid on for a single

29.5

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, straight and angling into Kohli's pads, he quietly flicks through midwicket for a single

India 160/2   V Kohli 54* (68b 5x4)

30.1

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, touch of reverse into the pads, Kohli flicks with the angle to square leg for a single

30.3

Rampaul to Kohli, no run, short of a length outside off, Kohli plays from the crease into the off side

30.4

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, again, a slight hint of inward movement. No problems for Kohli, he flicks through midwicket for a single

30.6

Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, he is sure looking for the yorkers. 141 kph and angling into the pads, Kohli whips past midwicket for single

India 165/2   V Kohli 57* (72b 5x4)

31.1

Russell to Kohli, 1 wide, Russell's wide problem continues. Slips too far down the leg side

31.1

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, short ball, sits up and waits for Kohli who pulls away to deep midwicket for one.

31.5

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, over-pitched and angling into the pads, Kohli helps it along backward of square leg for a single

India 171/2   V Kohli 59* (74b 5x4)

32.1

Rampaul to Kohli, no run, Rampaul is looking for reverse. Full and outside off, Kohli looks to steer and gets an edge to the leg side

32.2

Rampaul to Kohli, OUT, Rampaul does it again. Will this 'reverse' the momentum? Top bowling from Rampaul, gets it to nip in sharply from a length outside off. Kohli plonks the front foot across plays a swat-swipe across the line, rivalled in ugliness only by the shot Michael Clarke played yesterday. The ball sneaks past and upsets the furniture. It is one of Kohli's main scoring shots, but at times he doesn't pull it off that well.

V Kohli b Rampaul 59 (128m 76b 5x4 0x6) SR: 77.63

India 173/3   V Kohli 59 (76b 5x4)

Photos

Mar 20, 2011

Yuvraj Singh is congratulated on dismissing Devon Thomas, India v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, March 20, 2011

Yuvraj Singh is congratulated on dismissing Devon Thomas

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Mar 20, 2011

India's players gather together after Ramnaresh Sarwan holed out, India v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, March 20, 2011

India's players gather together after Ramnaresh Sarwan holed out

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