ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 42nd match, Group B

India v West Indies

India won by 80 runs

Edwards and Smith to open. Ashwin has the new ball. Here we go.. He's done this in the IPL. Very successfully. One slip in place.

Vishal: "My wife does not follow cricket and she asked "didn't India have a plan?"

Right, Veera will take over Chatterbox duties in a bit, so this is Nitin to start off commentary for the chase. Shambolic show from India in the end overs there - they have done it three times against top teams now. On the trot.

0.1

Ashwin to Smith, no run, not much turn with the new ball, slides onto the pad, tucked to Sachin at short fine leg. The crowd yells.

0.2

Ashwin to Smith, no run, on the pads again, worked squarer to square leg. No yell this time.

0.3

Ashwin to Smith, no run, once again, played to the man at square leg quietly.

0.4

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, Smith is away, flicking in front of square for a single. No turn yet for Ashwin, the ball is skidding along.

Short midwicket in place. And fine leg is inside the circle. Slip remains.

0.5

Ashwin to Edwards, no run, length ball on off stump, defended carefully down the track.

0.6

Ashwin to Edwards, no run, one of India's better first overs in this World Cup against a top team. Edwards defends from the pads to midwicket

End of over 1 (1 run) West Indies 1/0 (268 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 5.46)
KA Edwards    0* (2b)      R Ashwin    1-0-1-0
DS Smith    1* (4b)     

Parvez: "Bhajji proved his worth. May have got Pollard's wicket even without bowling!!" No news on Pollard yet. He didn't look good at all, when he came down.

Zaheer now. Two slips.

1.1

Khan to Smith, 1 wide, wide to begin, slips one close to the body but down the leg side

Yuvraj is off the field. Chawla is on as a substitute.

1.1

Khan to Smith, no run, very short, Smith looks to flay the cut away, but finds Kohli at point.

1.2

Khan to Smith, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, worked quietly to the leg side for a single as mid on moves across slowly

1.3

Khan to Edwards, 1 run, Edwards has a run in international cricket. Drives an over-pitched ball on off stump to Tendulkar at mid off for one

1.4

Khan to Smith, no run, Zaheer goes through Smith with a 138 kph delivery, full length and holding its line. Big booming drive without feet and he misses. Zaheer likes bowling at men named Smith ...

1.5

Khan to Smith, FOUR, poor delivery, and Smith cashes in. 134 kph, wide and short from Zaheer, that's what Smith plays for. He sets his base and cracks a cut backward of point.

1.6

Khan to Smith, no run, better line, on middle and off, Smith stays in the crease and plays it back down the track

Tom: "So Vishal probably just wants to show off that he's got a wife and piss us all forever alones off on a lazy Sunday.. Way to go sir"

End of over 2 (7 runs) West Indies 8/0 (261 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.43)
DS Smith    6* (9b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-7-0
KA Edwards    1* (3b)      R Ashwin    1-0-1-0

One slip for Edwards.

2.1

Ashwin to Edwards, no run, back of a length on middle and off, coming in with the angle and defended carefully to the leg side

2.2

Ashwin to Edwards, no run, touch of drift and turn from outside off, fuller length too. Edwards leans out to defend

2.3

Ashwin to Edwards, FOUR, not the best piece of fielding at cover. Fine shot from Edwards though, pressing the front foot across to a half volley and cover driving past Chawla who dives over the ball.

2.4

Ashwin to Edwards, 1 run, slight and subtle spin in, Edwards gets half forward and pokes to the leg side for a single.

2.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, hmm, plays for the spin, but Ashwin gets it to come in with the arm and Smith inside edges the push to the off side, towards Tendulkar at short fine leg

2.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 leg bye, ends with one on the pads, Smith dabs to the leg side of the pitch and they get another single. Sprightly start from West Indies.

Kevin: "Looking at Ashwin's bowling action, he could make perfect Jalebis." Haha!

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies 14/0 (255 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.42)
DS Smith    6* (11b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-6-0
KA Edwards    6* (7b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-7-0

3.1

Khan to Smith, 1 run, full length ball angling in, Smith drops to Tendulkar at mid on and they take a single

3.2

Khan to Edwards, no run, short of a length to the right hander from over the wicket, Edwards stands back on the crease and plays it to the leg side

3.3

Khan to Edwards, 1 run, nicely played. Zaheer lands one on the pads and Edwards glances to fine leg for a single

3.4

Khan to Smith, FOUR, top shot from Smith. Zaheer has got off to an unusually off-colour start here. He's bowled some wide and now he bowls one too full on the stumps. Smith shows him the maker's name and thumps it down the ground past the bowler for four.

3.5

Khan to Smith, no run, aha, the stumps are hit and the umpire hasn't given a run out. It wasn't the strongest appeal yes, but still. Smith cuts to point and they think of a single. Kohli catches Edwards short at the bowler's end, but Taufel doesn't give it. Or refer it. Apalling. Strange happenings in Chennai. Kohli appealed, Munaf appealed, Taufel said not out.

3.6

Khan to Smith, no run, back of a length on off stump, played into the covers.

End of over 4 (6 runs) West Indies 20/0 (249 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.41)
DS Smith    11* (15b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-13-0
KA Edwards    7* (9b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-6-0

4.1

Ashwin to Edwards, 1 run, Edwards pushes a single down the ground

4.2

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, Smith turns the strike over, works in front of square for a single

4.3

Ashwin to Edwards, 1 run, Edwards works with the spin through the leg side for a single

4.4

Ashwin to Smith, no run

4.5

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, forced into the covers for one

4.6

Ashwin to Edwards, no run, holds it back on off stump and Edwards defends down the track

End of over 5 (4 runs) West Indies 24/0 (245 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.80, RRR: 5.44)
KA Edwards    9* (12b 1x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-10-0
DS Smith    13* (18b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-13-0

Harbhajan comes on now.

5.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, lovely start from round the wicket, curls in with the arm and then breaks away as Smith pokes. Just past the outside edge.

5.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 leg bye, this one ends on the pads as Smith looks to flick. Leg bye stolen, Dhoni sends a horrible throw at the bowler's end.

Munaf was beckoning, possibly in jest, for Taufel to go for the third umpire on Kohli's throw.

5.3

Harbhajan Singh to Edwards, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, Edwards check-drives past the covers for a couple. Nice controlled shot.

Slip and leg slip in place.

5.4

Harbhajan Singh to Edwards, no run, doosra, Edwards hangs out of the crease for the offie and then pokes as the ball breaks away

Ramesh Srivats on twitter - "Simon Taufel" - Anagram - "Fault is on me". Hahahahaha!

5.5

Harbhajan Singh to Edwards, SIX, Edwards goes downtown. Super shot, he jumps out of the crease, gets to the pitch of an offie and slams it straight back over the bowler's head for six over long off. Top-notch shot.

5.6

Harbhajan Singh to Edwards, no run, plays the last ball defensively down the ground to end the over

End of over 6 (9 runs) West Indies 33/0 (236 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.36)
KA Edwards    17* (16b 1x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-8-0
DS Smith    13* (20b 2x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-10-0

6.1

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, Smith pushes a length ball on off stump into the covers for a single

6.2

Ashwin to Edwards, OUT, India have referred an lbw appeal turned down by umpire Davis. Seemed close in real time. It is the carrom ball, does it land on leg? Yes it does. Lands on a length and goes the other way. It is headed to middle and leg. All over for the debutant. Well bowled Ashwin, this is the first time umpire Davis has been over-ruled on referral. I daresay, Ashwin's carom ball - inspired by Ajantha Mendis - is actually better than the Mendis version.

KA Edwards lbw b Ashwin 17 (26m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Anil: "As Jay Leno will ask in his Monologue - Can India quit after Aswin finishes with his quota (of 10 overs)?"

Darren "Lara lookalike" Bravo is in.

6.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, full delivery coming in from off stump, Bravo defends down the track

6.4

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, Bravo stays back and pushes into the covers for one

6.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, offie on leg stump, straightens into Smith who defends off the front foot

6.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, drifts onto the pads, Smith forces the whip through square leg for a single

End of over 7 (3 runs) West Indies 36/1 (233 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 5.41)
DS Smith    15* (23b 2x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-13-1
DM Bravo    1* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-8-0

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, length ball on off stump, played carefully in front of square

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, short but not too wide, cut away in front of point for a single.

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, no run, tossed up and drifting into the pads, worked to midwicket cautiously

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, 1 run, fired in on the pads, it is played straight to a slow moving Zaheer at short fine leg and they get a single. Daylight robbery, to get that single so easily.

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up on off, Smith reaches out and plays towards mid off

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, immense urgency in the running, Smith pokes to the leg side and they take off, Dhoni hares after the ball and attempts a run out at the striking end, but they are through.

End of over 8 (3 runs) West Indies 39/1 (230 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 5.47)
DS Smith    17* (27b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0
DM Bravo    2* (4b)      R Ashwin    4-0-13-1

8.1

Ashwin to Smith, no run, offie straightens from off stump and Smith guides a steer towards backwards point

8.2

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, mid on is on his heels, allowing an easy single as Smith punches off the back foot

8.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, short of a length on off stump, Bravo punches to mid on

8.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, short enough for Bravo to cut, not short enough to really thump. He guides to Yusuf at cover

8.5

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, Ashwin slows this up in the air, on the pads and worked backward of square for a single.

8.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Smith tries another sneaky leg side single, but this time Ashwin is onto it in a flash.

End of over 9 (2 runs) West Indies 41/1 (228 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 5.56)
DS Smith    18* (30b 2x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-15-1
DM Bravo    3* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, 1 run, well done by Raina at a shortish point. Short ball, asking to be smashed and Bravo powers it away. Raina dives away to the left and keeps it down to a single as he parries it away

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, FOUR, rubbish bowling. Short and wide again, Smith cuts well in front of Raina and encashes a gift voucher that had four runs written on it.

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, fuller, on off and Smith plays it back to the bowler

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, again, Harbhajan lands it in Smith's half and he reaches out to play down the track

Raina runs back to the circle to cut the single.

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, aha, pops off the inside edge to short leg, but there's no one to take it. Extra bounce for Harbhajan.

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, fuller ball again to end the over, quietly played off the front foot towards mid off

End of over 10 (5 runs) West Indies 46/1 (223 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 5.57)
DS Smith    22* (35b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-16-0
DM Bravo    4* (8b)      R Ashwin    5-0-15-1

Bowling Powerplay taken.

10.1

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, grip and turn from off stump, Bravo pushes at cover and they steal another single

10.2

Ashwin to Smith, no run, turns away from Smith who opens the face and steers backward of point for a single

10.3

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, drift onto the pads and Smith works to the leg side for a single

10.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, grip and turn from outside off, and a touch of bounce. Bravo defends carefully after adjusting for the bounce.

10.5

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 leg bye, aha, half an appeal for lbw as Bravo plays round the pads and gets a leg bye to midwicket.

10.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, another easy single as Raina hangs back on the circle to save the boundary. Tip and run.

Ragu: "At long last with Ashwin and Harbhajan bowling in tandem we can really assess who the better bowler is. For my money Ashwin is the better one."

Muraliu: "Instead of daylight robbery.. Flood light robbery would have been more precise.. "

End of over 11 (4 runs) West Indies 50/1 (219 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.54, RRR: 5.61)
DS Smith    24* (38b 3x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-18-1
DM Bravo    5* (11b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-16-0

Short leg in place, and a slip.

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 2 runs, flat on the pads, worked with the wrists to the leg side. Short leg won't want to stand there for too long if he keeps bowling so short.

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 4 leg byes, a poor ball, followed by a poorer appeal. Harbhajan's doosra slips down the leg side and Smith gets something on the pull down to fine leg. Not sure what the appeal was for.

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, quicker one, hurries into Smith who inside edges the defensive shot into the pad.

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off, Smith defends as it breaks away into the off side

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, FOUR, it's really not clear why you need a short leg if you want to bowl this short. Really poor ball, sits up nicely and Smith whacks the pull over the infield. He could have hit it anywhere really.

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 wide, and he doesn't exactly redeem the over by sliding a wide down the leg side

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, lands one on the spot, on middle and leg, defended off the front foot

End of over 12 (11 runs) West Indies 61/1 (208 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 5.47)
DS Smith    30* (44b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-23-0
DM Bravo    5* (11b)      R Ashwin    6-0-18-1

12.1

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length and hurrying in, forced off the back foot DEAD STRAIGHT to mid on. And they get a single.

12.2

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, and another one, Smith gets a leading edge as he looks to flick and it goes straight to mid off for another single.

12.3

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, short of a length, Bravo hangs back and guides square for a single

12.4

Ashwin to Bravo, SIX, Lara is batting in Chennai! The swagger, the backlift, the clean strike, the follow through, the finish. Bravo leans out to a flighted offie and slams it through the line well over long off.

12.5

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, holds the length back, Bravo hangs in the crease and defends

12.6

Ashwin to Bravo, FOUR, poor over from Ashwin, he's dropped one short now and Bravo gets for more with an emphatic cut in front of square. India in trouble and in need of some inspiration.

Sreekant: "Maybe the short leg is there to see how short the ball is."

End of over 13 (12 runs) West Indies 73/1 (196 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 5.29)
DM Bravo    16* (16b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    7-0-30-1
DS Smith    31* (45b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-23-0

Yusuf Pathan comes on. Still no Munaf.

13.1

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, ooh, this one hurries in flat and with the arm as Smith tries to cut. Very late on the shot but he gets it away into the covers

13.2

Pathan to Bravo, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, Bravo drives with the spin to long off for a single

Yuvraj is back on the field.

13.3

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, tossed up on off, driven fluidly to long off for one more

13.4

Pathan to Bravo, no run, slowish and flighted on off, Bravo is a little early into the shot as he drives back at the bowler

13.5

Pathan to Bravo, 1 run, turning away from outside off, Bravo cuts past slip for a single

13.6

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, Smith leans out to the flight and eases Yusuf wide of mid off for another single

End of over 14 (5 runs) West Indies 78/1 (191 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 5.30)
DS Smith    34* (48b 4x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-5-0
DM Bravo    18* (19b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    7-0-30-1

14.1

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, short again from Ashwin, Smith cuts into the covers for one more single

14.2

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, stops this one on Bravo who waits and forces through point. Good fielding from Yusuf running in from the deep, keeps it down to one.

14.3

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, breaks away from outside off, Smith whips against the spin wide of mid on for a single

14.4

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, big spin from Ashwin, lands this on leg and square him up as he looks to flick. Extra bounce, it hit him quite high on the pad.

14.5

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, hurries into the batsman from outside off as he looks to cut. Played into the off side

14.6

Ashwin to Smith, 2 runs, drifts onto the pads, Smith tickles it along towards fine leg and Munaf does his version of Humpty Dumpty as he stops with his feet. Easy two. Dhoni actually applauds that fielding effort. It's a sorry state of affairs.

End of over 15 (6 runs) West Indies 84/1 (185 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 5.28)
DS Smith    38* (51b 4x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-36-1
DM Bravo    20* (22b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-5-0

15.1

Pathan to Bravo, no run, loopy delivery on the stumps, Bravo plays down the ground.

15.2

Pathan to Bravo, 1 run, ooh, another one of those armers from Yusuf, Bravo is late on the ambitious cut and gets a single

15.3

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, Smith drives a full ball towards mid on where Yuvraj's tumbling save doesn't save the single

15.4

Pathan to Bravo, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Bravo drives back to Yusuf who dives and fields

15.5

Pathan to Bravo, no run, aha, Yusuf is keeping it tight here, Bravi plays back to a quicker one and defends

15.6

Pathan to Bravo, no run, again stuck amidships as he feels for the defensive shot to a Yusuf armer.

End of over 16 (2 runs) West Indies 86/1 (183 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 5.38)
DM Bravo    21* (27b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-7-0
DS Smith    39* (52b 4x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-36-1

Munaf is playing as a specialist No. 11. Raina to bowl now from round the wicket.

16.1

Raina to Smith, 1 run, back of a length offie on off stump, cut away to cover where Yusuf fumbles

16.2

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, short again, Bravo cuts it square for a single to deep point

16.3

Raina to Smith, no run, speared in full, Smith leans out to defend

16.4

Raina to Smith, 2 runs, back of a length on the pads, and worked square for a couple. As Dhoni keeps harping, India aren't a good fielding unit. The captain called it right. Second run given easily.

16.5

Raina to Smith, 1 run, fuller on the pads, worked to the leg side and this time Dhoni runs after it himself.

16.6

Raina to Bravo, OUT, suicide from Bravo. Oh boy, what have you done. Lara wouldn't approve of that at all. Short ball from Raina, Bravo could have played it anywhere he wanted to, he probably was spoilt for choice. He ended up pulling it from off stump in the air. To long on. Harbhajan takes the catch. Raina's golden arm has turned many an IPL and Champions League game. Can he do it at the World Cup?

DM Bravo c Harbhajan Singh b Raina 22 (35m 29b 1x4 1x6) SR: 75.86

End of over 17 (5 runs) West Indies 91/2 (178 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.35, RRR: 5.39)
     SK Raina    1-0-5-1
DS Smith    43* (56b 4x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-7-0

Sarwan comes in now.

17.1

Pathan to Smith, no run, full on leg stump, Smith gets forward and defends

17.2

Pathan to Smith, no run, short of a length on the pads, Smith forces the whip to the leg side

17.3

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, this time he gets it squarer and picks up a single. Sarwan to face now.

Prasad: "Harbhajan completely outbowled by Ashwin, Yusuf and Raina..there I said it!"

Slip in place.

17.4

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, offie from over the wicket on off stump, worked with the spin to midwicket

17.5

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, similar ball, played squarer this time through midwicket and Sarwan is away.

17.6

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, looped up on off stump, Smith drives with the spin to long off for one more

Karthik Saba: "Looks like Lara. Bats like Lara. Mad moment like Lara. Thank you."

End of over 18 (3 runs) West Indies 94/2 (175 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 5.46)
DS Smith    45* (60b 4x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-10-0
RR Sarwan    1* (2b)      SK Raina    1-0-5-1

18.1

Raina to Smith, FOUR, poor ball from Raina, drops short and Smith will put those cuts away all day if he has to. Not a great effort from Ashwin on the ropes, Smith gets four through point.

18.2

Raina to Smith, no run, full on leg stump, Smith plays it back towards Raina.

18.3

Raina to Smith, no run, back of a length on middle and off, played back to the bowler

18.4

Raina to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets his 50, driving with the spin to long off for a single.

18.5

Raina to Sarwan, 1 run, oh boy, Sarwan taps with the softest of hands to the off side off the back foot and they get another single before Gambhir can come in.

18.6

Raina to Smith, 1 run, full on leg stump, driven wide of mid on for a single.

Over to Sriram Veera for the next passage of play. I am heading across to Chatterbox.

End of over 19 (7 runs) West Indies 101/2 (168 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 5.41)
DS Smith    51* (65b 5x4)      SK Raina    2-0-12-1
RR Sarwan    2* (3b)      YK Pathan    3-0-10-0

dp: "What is Munaf doing in this match ? He cannot bat, he is not been given the ball...aah, he is in for his fielding!!:

Yuvraj is back on the field now.

19.1

Pathan to Smith, FOUR, just outside off stump, cut away to right of backward point where Harbhajan dives but doesn't get across in time..

19.2

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, leans across to squeeze it to point

19.3

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to the on side

19.4

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, slower, turns in to the middle and off, defended to the on side

19.5

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, skips down the track to on drive to long-on

19.6

Pathan to Smith, no run, leans forward to defend to the off

End of over 20 (6 runs) West Indies 107/2 (162 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.35, RRR: 5.40)
DS Smith    56* (68b 6x4)      YK Pathan    4-0-16-0
RR Sarwan    3* (6b)      SK Raina    2-0-12-1

20.1

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, FOUR, turns away from the off stump line, cut away hard to third man boundary. Munaf escorts it to the boundary, thinks about kicking it back but decides against it

Shashi: "Looks like Dhoni wants to try out an all spin attack."

20.2

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, leans forward to push it to the off for a single

20.3

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, 1 run, gets back to work it through backward square-leg

Ian Bishop on Devon :"This is the best Innings I have seen him play."

20.4

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, tossed up around off, driven to cover

20.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, 2 runs, fuller, on the off, driven to left of long-off and they come back for the second run

20.6

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, flighted outside off, pushed out to backward point

End of over 21 (8 runs) West Indies 115/2 (154 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 5.31)
RR Sarwan    10* (11b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-8-0
DS Smith    57* (69b 6x4)      YK Pathan    4-0-16-0

21.1

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, pushes this to point for a single

Amraiz: "There is an on-going bad passage of time or phase for West Indies Cricket, But in between there was a Small glimpse of Good times too when they started chasing brilliantly and made "Chasing a Target" their strength, I am seeing that kind a stuff in this Match."

21.2

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, leans forward to defend to the off

21.3

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, on the pads, tapped behind square-leg for a single

21.4

Pathan to Smith, no run, full in length but SMith goes for the cut and mishits it to cover

21.5

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, quicker, eased down to long-on

21.6

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, gets back to work it to square-leg

End of over 22 (3 runs) West Indies 118/2 (151 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 5.39)
RR Sarwan    11* (14b 1x4)      YK Pathan    5-0-19-0
DS Smith    59* (72b 6x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-8-0

22.1

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, turns away from Devon who steers to point

22.2

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, SIX, Loverly hit! Absolutely thumped. Devon rushed down the track and crash-landed this beyond long-on.

22.3

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, gets back to tap this to Virat at square-leg

22.4

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, 1 run, rocks back to cut to AShwin at deep point

22.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, on the middle, defended on the front foot

22.6

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, presses back to clip this to Ashwin at deep square-leg

End of over 23 (8 runs) West Indies 126/2 (143 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 5.29)
RR Sarwan    12* (16b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-16-0
DS Smith    66* (76b 6x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    5-0-19-0

23.1

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, moves down the track to turn it to midwicket

23.2

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, on the middle, tapped to square-leg

23.3

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, turns in to the leg stump line, deflected to square-leg

23.4

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, turns this to point for a quick single. It has been referred to third umpire. Not out. The ball came out of Dhoni's gloves even as he swooped towards the stumps I think

23.5

Pathan to Smith, no run, gets back to push it back to the bowler

23.6

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, this time works it behind square-leg for a single

End of over 24 (2 runs) West Indies 128/2 (141 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 5.42)
DS Smith    67* (78b 6x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    6-0-21-0
RR Sarwan    13* (20b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-16-0

Drum rolls. Munna bhai to bowl

24.1

Patel to Smith, 2 runs, leans forward to drive to left of sweeper cover for two runs

24.2

Patel to Smith, no run, on a length around off, punched out to cover

24.3

Patel to Smith, 1 run, slightly short in length outside off, cut away to sweeper cover

24.4

Patel to Sarwan, no run, full in length around off, driven to short extra cover where raina stops

24.5

Patel to Sarwan, 1 run, straightens outside off, run down to third man for a single

24.6

Patel to Smith, no run, short in length, cut to point where Yuvraj intercepts

Lokesh: "India look flat,dispirited and almost dis-interested, wonder if its all part of a grand strategy to avoid playing Aus in the quarterfinal..hmmmm!!"

End of over 25 (4 runs) West Indies 132/2 (137 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 5.48)
DS Smith    70* (82b 6x4 1x6)      MM Patel    1-0-4-0
RR Sarwan    14* (22b 1x4)      YK Pathan    6-0-21-0

25.1

Pathan to Sarwan, FOUR, Supah hit. It was flighted on a length, Sars eased forward and swung it high to wide midwicket boundary. He picked the gap perfectly

25.2

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, reaches across to square drive but edges it and it falls short of backward point

25.3

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, gets back to nudge it to square-leg

25.4

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, on the middle and off line, tapped to the off

25.5

Pathan to Sarwan, 2 runs, full and just outside off, driven to right of Ash at sweeper cover

25.6

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-off

End of over 26 (7 runs) West Indies 139/2 (130 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.34, RRR: 5.41)
RR Sarwan    21* (28b 2x4)      YK Pathan    7-0-28-0
DS Smith    70* (82b 6x4 1x6)      MM Patel    1-0-4-0

26.1

Patel to Sarwan, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned to backward square-leg region

26.2

Patel to Smith, 1 run, full in length and outside off, driven to Ash at deep cover. 50 of the partnership. Crowd applaud.

26.3

Patel to Sarwan, no run, stays back to push it to point

26.4

Patel to Sarwan, 1 run, hurls across a bouncer, a surprised Sars topedges his pull short of Tendulkar at long leg

26.5

Patel to Smith, FOUR, short and wide, Smith, who loves to cut, flays it to the backward point boundary. Fab knock so far.

26.6

Patel to Smith, no run, in the zone outside off, comng in from short of length, Smith is beaten on the cut. Munna walks two steps ahead. Wipes the sweat off this forehead. And glares at the batsman. He is still staring at him!

End of over 27 (7 runs) West Indies 146/2 (123 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 5.34)
DS Smith    75* (85b 7x4 1x6)      MM Patel    2-0-11-0
RR Sarwan    23* (31b 2x4)      YK Pathan    7-0-28-0

harbhajan singh to bowl

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, turns in to the middle, worked to the on side

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, leans well forward and across to defend the off break. Turn and bounce there.

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, gets back to jab it away. He was confused whether to go forward or back and chose to retreat

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, flighted around off, turned to midwicket

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, fuller, on the middle, Sars almost yorks himself but manages to stab it down the track. Crowd applaud

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, big roar as Sarwan plays out the maiden

End of over 28 (0 runs) West Indies 146/2 (123 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.21, RRR: 5.59)
RR Sarwan    23* (37b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-23-0
DS Smith    75* (85b 7x4 1x6)      MM Patel    2-0-11-0

28.1

Patel to Smith, no run, leans forward to drive to extra cover

28.2

Patel to Smith, no run, just outside the off stump line, squeezed out to point

28.3

Patel to Smith, no run, in the zone outside off, short of length, Devon tries to cut and is beaten.

ten dot balls in a row. Smith may have felt the pressure and tried to manufacture some thing there. Sars gets across for a chat

28.4

Patel to Smith, 2 runs, full in length, square driven to deep point and by the time Tendulkar comes across, they get back for the second

28.5

Patel to Smith, no run, slower one from round the stumps and Smith is beaten, trying to run it to third man

28.6

Patel to Smith, 1 run, full in length around off, driven to long-off

End of over 29 (3 runs) West Indies 149/2 (120 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.13, RRR: 5.71)
DS Smith    78* (91b 7x4 1x6)      MM Patel    3-0-14-0
RR Sarwan    23* (37b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-23-0

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, turns away from the off stump, cut away to sweeper cover

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, spins down the leg side .... Sars and Dhoni have a laugh. Don't think it hit anything. ump must have thought it brushed the thigh pad

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, gets forward to push it away for a quick single

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, he goes for yet another cut shot and bottom edges it to the ground and it bounces over dhoni

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, leans forward to ping long-on

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Catch it was the cry but Smith's aerial drive went through unmanned mid-off and down to long-off. He was beaten in the flight and India thought it would go to straightish cover but it didn't

End of over 30 (5 runs) West Indies 154/2 (115 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.13, RRR: 5.75)
DS Smith    81* (94b 7x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-28-0
RR Sarwan    25* (40b 2x4)      MM Patel    3-0-14-0

30.1

Khan to Smith, no run, short in length, moves in to hit the thigh pad

30.2

Khan to Smith, no run, full in length, drifts past the flick to hit the pad. A slower one there

30.3

Khan to Smith, OUT, Zak gets a wicket in his first over of this spell. It was yet another slower one, the knuckled-it over as Zak does these days. It was full in length, landed just outside off and moved in to hit the off. Smith was looking to drive but missed.

DS Smith b Khan 81 (117m 97b 7x4 1x6) SR: 83.50

A dog sprints across the outfield.

30.4

Khan to Pollard, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped to the on side

30.5

Khan to Pollard, 1 run, leans well forward to punch it back past Zaheer.

30.6

Khan to Sarwan, 1 run, Sars takes fresh guard. yet another slower one, Sarwan pushes it behind point

End of over 31 (2 runs) West Indies 156/3 (113 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 5.94)
RR Sarwan    26* (41b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-15-1
KA Pollard    1* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-28-0

31.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, turns in sharply from outside off, from over the wicket, pushed out to the off

31.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, leans forward to defend and the ball turns and bounds off the pad

31.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, gets forward to nudge it to midwicket

31.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, on the middle stump line, spins down, flicked away for a single

31.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pollard, OUT, holes out to long-on. Bhaji takes Pollard out. Crowd clear their throats. It was a flighted delivery and Pollard went down for the big hit. But he didn't go for that big swing he does, rather just chipped it over, that pick-up shot as they say, and finds long-on

KA Pollard c Pathan b Harbhajan Singh 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Zaheer has seven overs left. West Indies looking down the barrel now

31.6

Harbhajan Singh to Thomas, no run, slip, silly point and short-leg watch Thomas defends to the off

End of over 32 (1 run) West Indies 157/4 (112 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 6.22)
DC Thomas    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-29-1
RR Sarwan    27* (45b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-15-1

32.1

Khan to Sarwan, no run, on the middle stump line, Sarwan pushes it back down the track

32.2

Khan to Sarwan, 1 run, on the middle stump line, looking for that lbw, turned through square-leg

32.3

Khan to Thomas, no run, reverses away from Thomas who is beaten, poking out at it

32.4

Khan to Thomas, no run, full in length around off stump line, defended out to the off

32.5

Khan to Thomas, 1 run, full in length, slower, moving away, pushed out to the off

32.6

Khan to Sarwan, no run, pushed out to the point region

Zaheer has been magnificent these days. Wasim Akram was naturally gifted. A great great bowler. For Zaheer to develop his skills in the second part of the career and become as good as he has become now is a great achievement

End of over 33 (2 runs) West Indies 159/4 (110 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.81, RRR: 6.47)
RR Sarwan    28* (48b 2x4)      Z Khan    4-0-17-1
DC Thomas    1* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-29-1

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Thomas, no run, leans forward to drive to the on side of the pitch

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Thomas, 1 run, leans forward to wrist the on drive to long-on

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, goes back to turn it to midwicket

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, goes back to work it to the on side and jabs it away ..

a backward short leg in -place

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, leans well forward to defend to the on side

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, from round the stumps, on the leg stump line, hit on the pad, trying to defend to the off

Bhajji wants review, Dhoni still convincing him it is pitched outside leg

End of over 34 (1 run) West Indies 160/4 (109 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.70, RRR: 6.81)
RR Sarwan    28* (52b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-30-1
DC Thomas    2* (6b)      Z Khan    4-0-17-1

34.1

Yuvraj Singh to Thomas, no run, leans forward to drive to extra cover

34.2

Yuvraj Singh to Thomas, OUT, Dhoni returns the favour. He was stumped and now he has stumped Thomas. It was a lovely delivery btw. It drifted in from round the stumps, dipped on the batsman and turned away. Thomas was lured forward - he wasn't looking for a big hit but was fatally attracted by that flight and he stretched the back foot outside the crease. Mistake. Dip, grip and turn. Dhoni does the rest.

DC Thomas st †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 2 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Drinks break. Over to Nitin for the remainder of the game.

Thanks Veera. Not sure which team doesn't want to win this match more. Manish: "And Dhoni avenges himself by stumping back Thomas."

Sammy is in.

34.3

Yuvraj Singh to Sammy, no run, tossed up on off, Sammy reaches across to defend

34.4

Yuvraj Singh to Sammy, no run, past the outside edge. Yuvraj is getting drift, grip and turn. Sammy looks to force it away and misses.

34.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sammy, 1 run, on the pads, Sammy taps to the leg side for a single

34.6

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, whoa, what happened there? Sarwan looked to guide a very full ball on off stump to the off side and it squeezes off the inside edge to the leg side. West Indies are nervy out there.

End of over 35 (1 run) West Indies 161/5 (108 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 7.20)
RR Sarwan    28* (53b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-17-1
DJG Sammy    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-30-1

Munaf returns. The old-ball specialist, by the looks of it.

35.1

Patel to Sammy, 1 run, slips the first one onto the pads and it is whipped backward of square for a single

35.2

Patel to Sarwan, no run, length ball on middle and leg, played down the track

35.3

Patel to Sarwan, OUT, Munaf is showing us just how bad, bad fielding can get. He somehow still manages to get a run out. That's how bad the running was. Sammy is gone. Short of a length ball on Sarwan's stumps and he works it straight to midwicket. The fielder, Raina, collects and lobs an accurate throw at Munaf as Sammy hurries halfway down before turning back. Munaf collects, but doesn't break the stumps the way you would normally expect. Instead he moves his hand away from the stumps for backlift, for want of a better word, and then brings it crashing into the stumps. Sammy's dive got him close thanks to Munaf's amateur methods, but he was still short.

DJG Sammy run out 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

35.4

Patel to Sarwan, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side.

35.4

Patel to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan is getting stuck again. Back of a length on off stump, he pats into the covers tamely

35.5

Patel to Sarwan, no run, over-pitched by Munaf, Sarwan drives hard but it is straight to cover

35.6

Patel to Sarwan, 1 run, legcutter from Munaf, Sarwan adjusts and dabs off the outer half to third man

End of over 36 (3 runs) West Indies 164/6 (105 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 7.50)
RR Sarwan    29* (58b 2x4)      MM Patel    4-0-17-0
AD Russell    0* (0b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-17-1

36.1

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads, worked straight to midwicket.

Slip in place.

36.2

Yuvraj Singh to Russell, no run, breaks away sharply from outside off, Russell feels for it and misses

36.3

Yuvraj Singh to Russell, no run, shorter, but not enough for the cut. Russell goes for the huge cut and misses.

36.4

Yuvraj Singh to Russell, no run, Russel drives powerfully into the covers, and the half stop by a diving Raina keeps him down to one

36.5

Yuvraj Singh to Russell, no run, they are finding the fielders with unmistakable regularity. Driven fluidly, but dead straight to cover.

36.6

Yuvraj Singh to Russell, OUT, they are losing the plot here are West Indies, and the crowd is getting behind India. As tame as they come. Yuvraj gets one to grip, turn and bounce as Russell goes for a cut and edges it uppishly to Yusuf at point. West Indies are muffing this despite India's consistent ineptitude through the day.

AD Russell c Pathan b Yuvraj Singh 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 37 (1 run) West Indies 165/7 (104 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 8.00)
     Yuvraj Singh    4-0-18-2
RR Sarwan    30* (59b 2x4)      MM Patel    4-0-17-0

37.1

Patel to Sarwan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Sarwan steers to deep backward point for a single

37.2

Patel to Benn, no run, full and over-pitched at 127 kph - that is Munaf's full-tilt. Benn flails and misses

Widish slip in place. West Indies are missing Chanders.

37.3

Patel to Benn, 1 run, Benn drives to long off for a single

37.4

Patel to Sarwan, no run, back of a length at 124 kph, Sarwan cuts without timing straight to point

37.5

Patel to Sarwan, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, Sarwan drives into the covers for single

Sarwan is stuck. Couldn't be more stuck if he had Super Glue on his soles.

37.6

Patel to Benn, no run, Benn gets a short of length ball on off stump, he hangs back and defends to the off side

Vinay: "As Shastri would say: It takes two to tango, and this game is the ineptitude tango."

End of over 38 (3 runs) West Indies 168/7 (101 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 8.41)
SJ Benn    1* (3b)      MM Patel    5-0-20-0
RR Sarwan    32* (62b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-18-2

Batting Powerplay taken. Can Sarwan find an extra gear? Harbhajan to bowl.

38.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, FOUR, good start to the Powerplay for Sarwan. Tossed up from round the wicket by Harbhajan, Sarwan gets the front foot across and whams it over midwicket. Good hit.

38.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan chips out and Harbhajan tries to slip one down the leg side, Sarwan adjusts and drops it to the off side for a single

38.3

Harbhajan Singh to Benn, no run, flighted on the pads, Benn defends from the crease with a languid half stooping forward push

38.4

Harbhajan Singh to Benn, no run, Gambhir is on his toes at short leg, Benn looks to flick and it pops up. No bat on that though.

38.5

Harbhajan Singh to Benn, no run, aha, Benn takes one on the helmet. He goes for a sweep and top-edges onto the visor.

38.6

Harbhajan Singh to Benn, 1 leg bye, Benn looks to poke to the leg side. Surreal Powerplay field, with catchers on both sides. He gets it away behind square on the leg side for a single. There is a second. Benn is not even looking. Indian running from the West Indians.

End of over 39 (6 runs) West Indies 174/7 (95 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.46, RRR: 8.63)
SJ Benn    1* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-35-1
RR Sarwan    37* (64b 3x4)      MM Patel    5-0-20-0

Zaheer comes back on.

39.1

Khan to Benn, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended from the crease to the off side

39.2

Khan to Benn, 1 run, Benn runs like a giraffe that is asleep. Length ball on the off stump, defended to mid off. He then trots across as if he's dancing to some very slow tune. The throw from mid off misses, and he makes his ground. Just in time.

39.3

Khan to Sarwan, 2 wides, Zaheer lands a short one well outside leg as he sees Sarwan making room. Dhoni fails to collect and they run an extra too.

39.3

Khan to Benn, 1 run, yorker on the toes, Benn digs it out and it bounces over Zaheer's jump on his follow through. They get a single

Kareem Gordon: "sarwan couldnt find an extra gear if they put him on automatic on a stretch. ive lost all my hope in westindes , im a westindian but from now on i support australia , thanks windies."

39.4

Khan to Sarwan, 1 run, slower ball at 119 kph, Sarwan drives wide of Raina at extra cover and they pinch a single as his throw misses.

39.5

Khan to Benn, no run, Benn weaves away from a bouncer outside off.

39.6

Khan to Benn, OUT, A sight for the ages. Munaf has taken a tumbling catch. He did not have to tumble, but that's alright I guess. Slower ball from Zaheer, comes much after Benn got into his on-side chip. He ended up looping it gently to the left of mid-on. Munaf moves across, goes down on his knees as he completes the catch. West Indies have put the 'plod' in 'implode' here.

SJ Benn c Patel b Khan 3 (15m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 40 (5 runs) West Indies 179/8 (90 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.47, RRR: 9.00)
     Z Khan    5-0-22-2
RR Sarwan    38* (65b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-35-1

Bishoo comes in. Ashwin gets a second spell. Slip, silly point and short leg.

40.1

Ashwin to Bishoo, no run, back of a length from round the wicket. Defended off the front foot.

40.2

Ashwin to Bishoo, no run, back of a length, Bishoo still got forward and defended

40.3

Ashwin to Bishoo, no run, sharp turn, Bishoo is left prodding away as it breaks away from him and he gets it away to slip

40.4

Ashwin to Bishoo, 1 run, over-pitched and driven straight to Raina whose enthusiasm gives away an overthrow. He has a shy at the bowler's end and misses.

40.5

Ashwin to Sarwan, no run, back of a length on off stump from over the wicket and turning in. Sarwan just blocks.

40.6

Ashwin to Sarwan, 1 wide, Ashwin slides one down the leg side and to rebowl this ball.

40.6

Ashwin to Sarwan, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, flicked straight to deep midwicket for a single

kamal, tongue in cheek - "Munaf doing a Jonty!!! I cant believe my eyes.India's fielding is at its best today."

End of over 41 (3 runs) West Indies 182/8 (87 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 9.66)
RR Sarwan    39* (67b 3x4)      R Ashwin    9-0-39-1
D Bishoo    1* (4b)      Z Khan    5-0-22-2

41.1

Khan to Sarwan, OUT, Sarwan came in to an even game, has seen the pressure mount around him, and has now exited in a whimper. Back of a length from Zaheer, angling the slower ball across at 119 kph, Sarwan tries to stay back on the crease and manufacture a carved boundary over the off side. Ashwin, was however, placed on the cover boundary and easily ran across to pouch the uppish slap.

RR Sarwan c Ashwin b Khan 39 (111m 68b 3x4 0x6) SR: 57.35

You have to feel for Ravi Rampaul. He deserved to be in the winning team today. He's out there at No. 11.

41.2

Khan to Bishoo, no run, back of a length on off stump, Bishoo gets behind the line and defends

41.3

Khan to Bishoo, no run, still can't get the single away, squeezing the steer past point but not for runs

41.4

Khan to Bishoo, FOUR, interesting shot from the small-built Bishoo. Stands up to the bounce of a hustling short ball and politely opens the face to upper cut rather well, almost all the way to third man

41.5

Khan to Bishoo, no run, fuller from Zaheer, Bishoo digs it out from the crease to the off side

41.6

Khan to Bishoo, no run, yorker on the toes to end the over, Bishoo can't get it away and plays to the leg side

End of over 42 (4 runs) West Indies 186/9 (83 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.42, RRR: 10.37)
D Bishoo    5* (9b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-0-26-3
R Rampaul    0* (0b)      R Ashwin    9-0-39-1

42.1

Ashwin to Rampaul, no run, grips and turns from leg stump line, Rampaul prods forward and defends

42.2

Ashwin to Rampaul, 1 run, on the pads, tapped to the leg side for a single

42.3

Ashwin to Bishoo, no run, whoa, that's worth a review? No, too high. Bishoo looks to reverse sweep and misses, but is hit above the pad

42.4

Ashwin to Bishoo, 1 run, fuller on middle and off, driven wide of extra cover

42.5

Ashwin to Rampaul, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, dabbed to the leg side

42.6

Ashwin to Rampaul, OUT, India have finally beaten one of the top teams in the World Cup. West Indies go into the quarters without a single win. Straight armer from Ashwin, slips past the ugliest of leg-side heaves and crashes into the furniture. Great World Cup debut for Ashwin, one of the things that went right for India today. In the end, they have managed to pull off a rather convincing win.

R Rampaul b Ashwin 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

On behalf of Sriram Veera and the rest of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. It's sudden death from now on, seven cracking games ahead of us. Join us for the fun. See you all, there!

That's about it then for tonight. After all that fuss, we have narrowed down from 14 teams to eight. How many predicted that these very teams would make the knockouts? Here's the QF line-up just to reiterate - Pak-WI, Mirpur, 23rd | Ind-Aus, Motera, 24th | NZ-SA, Mirpur, 25th | SL-Eng, Colombo, 26th. Here is Sid Monga's bulletin, it's getting updated at the moment.

Yuvraj is the Man of the Match. Three MoMs in one World Cup. I doubt if that's been done before. "It's been good, I went in and was middling the ball, so happy with the way it went. When you lose early wickets, you need a partnership going. Me and Virat took us to 220, very happy with the way it went. I was getting stomach cramps, but wanted to bat till the end. Very happy with the team effort today. We have our batting plans. Our batting is going well, once we get the bowling and fielding going we should be ok. Looking forward to the Aussies."

Dhoni: "It's a pleasure playing in Chennai .. Whole 50 overs are important, until the 50th over you got yo be at your best. The game really changed once Zaheer gave us the breakthrough, until then Devon was batting really well. After that we could put pressure on both sides, and got more wickets than we needed. There is a gradual improvement (from 7 for 29 to 7 for 51) I am sure we will be at our best in the quarters. That's the positive I will take out of this. Being in the present is a better option that thinking of the past or worrying about the future." Dhoni at his philosophical best there.

Sammy: "Rampaul was really good in his first game ... but we could not find our A game. Hope to do that in Dhaka against Pakistan."

QF line-up: 24th - Ind v Aus in Ahd, 26th - Eng v SL in Colombo, WI-Pak and SA-NZ will play in Mirpur, one of them on 23rd and other on 25th. Still not sure which of those two games will be played on which day.

Zaheer, probably said this unintentionally: "As a bowling unit, I think I am doing well." But he gets it right. If not for Zaheer, India would have capsized today. The Smith dismissal changed the course of this game completely.

Nishu: "West indies returned the favour to india by giving 3 more wicket... india 28 runs 5 wicket and west indies 28 runs 8 wickets."

End of over 43 (2 runs) West Indies 188/10 (81 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.37, RRR: 11.57)
     R Ashwin    10-0-41-2
D Bishoo    6* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-0-26-3

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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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