ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 42nd match, Group B

India v West Indies

India won by 80 runs

22.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of a length and angling across Yuvraj, with a touch of extra bounce. Yuvraj angles it away to third man for one

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.

22.4

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slow again, Yuvraj is early into the firm push and plays uppishly into the off side for one

22.5

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

22.6

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, whoa, again Pollard extracts bounce out of no where. Landed on a length and angling across Yuvraj who does well to not nick it. Thomas, standing up, does even better to collect it at shoulder height.

India 114/2   KA Pollard 1-0-4-0

24.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Yuvraj covers the bounce this time and steers through point for one

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   KA Pollard 2-0-9-0

26.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full delivery on off stump, Yuvraj defends into the covers

26.2

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball wafting across from middle and leg, Yuvraj defends down the track

26.3

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, aha, this pitch has strarted slowing up. Pollard gets one to slow up on Yuvraj who is early into the check drive and nearly chips straight to point

26.4

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, hmm, slightly airy shot from Yuvraj, tries to thump a short of length ball outside off over the off side, and plays it in the air through the vacant extra cover region

26.5

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slow offcutter, Yuvraj waits for it to do its thing and then steers defensively to the off side

26.6

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the pads to end the over, Yuvraj nurdles through square leg to retain strike.

India 137/2   KA Pollard 3-0-12-0

28.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Yuvraj stands up and steers through point for a single

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

28.5

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, every now and then, Pollard gets an offcutter to grip and stop. Ashwin will love to bowl from this end. Yuvraj has to pull out of the check drive, and just defends to the off side

28.6

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, this one is fuller and Yuvraj cuts it fine as it angles across. Single to third man

India 155/2   KA Pollard 4-0-19-0

34.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length around off, tucked to midwicket

34.2

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Crunchy cut. It wasn't all that short, it wasn't all that far away from the off stump but Yuvraj leaned back and cut it through backward point. Supah

34.3

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, around the off stump, full in length, punched through to sweeper cover

34.4

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, full in length around off, tapped close on the off side and they rush across

34.5

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shortish delivery around off, Yuvraj pulls aerially but it falls short of long-on. Pollard and Yuvraj have a chat and a laugh

34.6

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, gets back and across to shove this through to deep cover

India 188/3   KA Pollard 5-0-27-0

36.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the slow bouncer outside leg, Yuvraj went for the pull but was beaten by the lack of pace and connected with the toe end of the bat. It lands safely in short mid-on region

36.2

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, around off stump line, punched through the off for a single

36.3

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, full delivery but Dhoni stays back and can only push it back down the track in the end

36.4

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, short in length, around off, punched out to extra cover

36.5

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, extra bounce on this and Dhoni adjusts, jumps and stabs it to the off

36.6

Pollard to Dhoni, 2 runs, short in length outside off and Dhoni forces it to right of sweeper cover where Sars makes a diving stop

India 195/3   KA Pollard 6-0-30-0

38.1

Pollard to Dhoni, FOUR, What a thump. he skipped down the track and swivelled to crash it to the midwicket boundary. Not attractive but effective. It was like he shoved that to the boundary

38.2

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, slower, guided to point region for a single

38.3

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, a good-length delivery on the leg and middle, taps to the leg side, wants a single but Dhoni says no. Pollard had moved very quickly to the ball

38.4

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, just outside the off stump, it seemed to have stopped a touch on yuvraj or he gave that impression as he jabbed it out to cover

38.5

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, slower one, loopy full delivery, pushed out to the off

38.6

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, slower cutter on the middle, tapped back to the bowler

India 209/3   KA Pollard 7-0-36-0

40.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, in the zone outside off, Yuvraj goes for the cut and is beaten. Pollard appeals, Thomas doesn't.

40.2

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets forward to drive to extra cover

40.3

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, 100 up for Yuvraj who punches it to long-off. The helmet is off and the bat is held aloft. Loud cheers, as you would expect. Dhoni and Yuvraj get together for a chat.

40.4

Pollard to Dhoni, 2 runs, from wide of the crease, squirted to right of short third man where Benn doesn't stop it cleanly.. Pollard isn't amused

40.5

Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, goes for the yorker, ends up as a dipping full toss, dragged down to long-on.

40.6

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the off stump line, tapped to point

India 216/3   KA Pollard 8-0-40-0

42.1

Pollard to Raina, no run, gets across to push this to extra cover

42.2

Pollard to Raina, 2 runs, just outside off stump, steered through point for couple of runs

42.3

Pollard to Raina, no run, from wide of the crease, cutting across Raina who is beaten, trying to run it to third man

42.4

Pollard to Raina, 1 bye, just outside the leg stump line, moves past the prod and it has been given as byes. It seemed to have clipped the thumb of the keeper, who is now down on the ground in pain

42.5

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and outside off, square driven to point

42.6

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, on the pads, tucked to short fine-leg region for a single

India 223/4   KA Pollard 9-0-42-0

44.1

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, around the off stump line , pushed out to cover

44.2

Pollard to Pathan, 1 run, at the rib cage, Yusuf tucks it behind square-leg for a single.They think about the single. Thomas screams for the throw. The fielder throws it to the non-striker's end

44.3

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, Thomas shuffles to the leg side, takes it and whips off the bails. Smart work

44.3

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, full pitched outside off stump, driven to left of sweeper cover where Darren Bravo makes a sliding stop

44.4

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fullish delivery outside off, square driven for a single

44.5

Pollard to Pathan, 1 run, short in length outside off, cut down to third man

44.6

Pollard to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Pollard is ecstatic. What celebrations. Yuvraj had tried to hit this on the up but hit it softly back to Pollard who rushes to midwicket region, stops, and screams in joy! Fine knock from Yuvraj who got a ton after 35 innings.

Yuvraj Singh c & b Pollard 113 (163m 123b 10x4 2x6) SR: 91.86

India 240/6   KA Pollard 10-0-49-1

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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