ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 42nd match, Group B

India v West Indies

India won by 80 runs

If West Indies win, they play Australia in the quarter-final. If they lose, they face Pakistan.

If India win, they play Australia in the quarterfinal. If they lose, they play Sri Lanka

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Whoa! No Gayle. No Roach. And still no Chanders. Edwards gets a chance to showcase what he can do at the top.

Toss: India will bat first. Dhoni thinks the track is harder than it was in the last two games, and expects lesser help for the spinners. "We need to get off to a good start and review the situation every 5-10 overs." Dhoni feels the openings between the stands makes things 500% better! Sehwag and Nehra out. Raina and Ashwin in.

Sammy: "We are going to come out and play hard, we are looking to beat higher-ranked opposition and today could be the day. We have matchwinners, we just need to come together and play well." Gayle and Roach are not playing. Kirk Edwards and Ravi Rampaul are playing. Boy, some key players are missing out today!

Hello folks. Welcome to game 42 of the World Cup, the last of the league phase. India are through to the quarters, and barring a thumping of epic proportions, so are West Indies. Yet, both sides are yet to register a win against top opposition in this World Cup. Which is a worry at the end of such a long league phase.

The toss is almost upon us. Think you can predict the result of this game? Go ahead.

0.1

Rampaul to Gambhir, 5 wides, Ooh! A high wayward bouncer that leaped over everything!

Nikhil: "WOW, no Gayle, Roach, or Chanderpaul, WI doing everything they can not to win this match, hmmm.. i wonder why, perhaps India should have RESTED Tendulkar, Khan, Bhajji, Gambhir, and let Nehra and Munaf open the innings."

0.1

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, short in length outside off stump, tapped to backward point

0.2

Rampaul to Gambhir, 1 run, similar delivery, this time Gautam chops it down to third man. huge customary cheers as SRT is about to take strike.

0.3

Rampaul to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Two slips in place. Tendulkar whips the ball off his pads to pick a couple to deep square-leg region

0.4

Rampaul to Tendulkar, no run, around the off stump line, steered out to ppint

0.5

Rampaul to Tendulkar, no run, a bouncer on the middle stump line, Tendulkar hops, rides the bounce and tucks the ball quietly to the on side. he then walks to the leg side, returns, adjusts his helmet and looks around

0.6

Rampaul to Tendulkar, OUT, Done in by the shortish ball that straightened just outside off. Ravi Rampaul has gone berserk. Windies said they had a plan. It wasn't a bouncer, just leaped from short of length above waist and straightened outside off, Tendulkar stabbed at it by taking the bottom hand off the handle but the ball popped up to the keeper. umpire ruled not out, tendulkar walked, though.

SR Tendulkar c †Thomas b Rampaul 2 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 1 (8 runs) India 8/1 (RR: 8.00)
     R Rampaul    1-0-8-1
G Gambhir    1* (2b)     

1.1

Benn to Gambhir, 1 run, low dipping full delivery, eased to long-on

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

It wasn't a bouncer, just leaped from short of length below chest high, above waist and straightened outside off, Tendulkar stabbed at it by taking the bottom hand off the handle

1.4

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

1.5

Benn to Gambhir, no run, skips down the track to work it to midwicket

1.6

Benn to Gambhir, FOUR, moves down the track and lofts this up and over to wide midwicket boundary. Neatly done

End of over 2 (6 runs) India 14/1 (RR: 7.00)
G Gambhir    6* (5b 1x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-6-0
V Kohli    1* (3b)      R Rampaul    1-0-8-1

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

2.3

Rampaul to Gambhir, 1 run, stays at this crease to push this one to the off for a single

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

2.6

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

Short of length is the preferred length from Rampaull today ie. And to his credit, he is getting some bounce

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 17/1 (RR: 5.66)
G Gambhir    7* (7b 1x4)      R Rampaul    2-0-11-1
V Kohli    3* (7b)      SJ Benn    1-0-6-0

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

slip and very short midwicket in

3.3

Benn to Gambhir, no run, gambhir turns this to square-leg fielder

Raju: "@Nikhil : No need to take that drastic action in sending Munaf and Nehra to open the innings. Just declare yourself OUT even if the umpire says NOTOUT thus maintaining cricketing values. :)"

3.4

Benn to Gambhir, no run, around the off stump line, tapped back to the bowler

3.5

Benn to Gambhir, FOUR, Top shot! It was slightly short in length but there was not much room there but Gambhir backed away and cut it hard through point

3.6

Benn to Gambhir, no run, goes down the track and turns back quickly as he knows Benn will be itching to have a shy back at the striker's end. Benn glares, Gautam smiles, crowd roar.

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 22/1 (RR: 5.50)
G Gambhir    11* (11b 2x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-11-0
V Kohli    4* (9b)      R Rampaul    2-0-11-1

4.1

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

4.2

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, The bouncer arrives and Gautam is in a tangle. He was in an awkward position and tries to use his bat as a face shield but the leather zips over his right shoulder.

4.3

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, More trouble. Another short delivery, this time in the zone outside off, Gambhir has a lame poke at it and the ball rushes past the edge.

4.4

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, stays back to defend this to the cover region

4.5

Rampaul to Gambhir, FOUR, Edged but between lone slip and gully! It was yet another shortish delivery cutting and bouncing across Gambhir who hangs his bat away from the body. A lame push. The ball flies of the edge but goes through safe zone.

4.6

Rampaul to Gambhir, 1 run, short in length around off, pushed out towards mid-off and they rush across for a quick single

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 28/1 (RR: 5.60)
G Gambhir    16* (16b 3x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-17-1
V Kohli    5* (10b)      SJ Benn    2-0-11-0

5.1

Benn to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to drive this down to long-on

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

End of over 6 (10 runs) India 38/1 (RR: 6.33)
V Kohli    14* (15b 2x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-21-0
G Gambhir    17* (17b 3x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-17-1

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

6.3

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, full in length around off stump line, pushed out to mid-off

6.4

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, runs down the track, gets outside leg and slams this short of length delivery hard but straight to cover. Rampaul doesn't like it!

6.5

Rampaul to Gambhir, FOUR, Top shot! Crunched. It was a good short of length delivery outside off - he has been poking and prodding at those deliveries so far but this time, he hopped back, got on top of the bounce and punched it neatly through cover point. Fab timing.

6.6

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, in the zone outside off, cutting away from Gambhir who shoulders arms. Rampaul stops on his followthrough and has a look across. Gambhir walks down the track. Eye ball to eyeball.

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 43/1 (RR: 6.14)
G Gambhir    21* (21b 4x4)      R Rampaul    4-0-22-1
V Kohli    15* (17b 2x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-21-0

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

7.3

Russell to Gambhir, 1 run, short in length, not much bounce from Andre, clipped 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

7.5

Russell to Gambhir, no run, full in length around off stump line, driven to cover

7.6

Russell to Gambhir, 4 byes, A screaming bouncer that flies over the attempted pull but Thomas too can't haul it back in

End of over 8 (7 runs) India 50/1 (RR: 6.25)
G Gambhir    22* (24b 4x4)      AD Russell    1-0-3-0
V Kohli    17* (20b 2x4)      R Rampaul    4-0-22-1

Hamza Khan: "To win or not to win, that is the question. If you win, you face the mighty Australians who have lost only once in the last 12 years but who look rusty against spin bowling. If you lose, Windies get Pakistan and India get Lanka. Two of the best bowling attacks in the WC but with suspect batting lineups. What is going through Dhoni and Sammy's minds?What was that bit about the group stages being useless, again?"

8.1

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

8.2

Rampaul to Gambhir, no run, full in length outside off stump, stabbed of the edge behind the stumps .. rolls away

8.3

Rampaul to Gambhir, OUT, Caught at third man! Gambhir goes for the dash and slap. He rushed down the track, got outside the leg and went for the cut. The ball bounced more than he thought and flew of the edge and landed into the palms of third man.

G Gambhir c Russell b Rampaul 22 (34m 26b 4x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Tim: "As an Aussie I'd love to see Windies win here. Surely India would prefer to play Australia than Sri Lanka."

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

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 53/2 (RR: 5.88)
V Kohli    20* (24b 2x4)      R Rampaul    5-0-25-2
Yuvraj Singh    0* (0b)      AD Russell    1-0-3-0

Andre to Yuvraj. Bouncer first up? Or a full delivery outside off? Two slips in place

9.1

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Its a bouncer and Yuvraj is squared up as he hops back and manages to jab it to point.

9.2

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length delivery angling across Yuvraj who guides it to backward point

9.3

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full in length this time, Yuvraj was on the back foot, rather than coming forward to this and pushes it to the on side. Good fun this. Andre has already made Yuvraj think about the short ball

9.4

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, in the zone outside off, full in length, left alone

9.5

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Goes for the bouncer and Yuvraj jumps up to push this to the on side

9.6

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Nice teasing good-length delivery in the corridor left alone. Andre will learn that he can lure Yuvraj with two lengths outside off. Either full or from short of length and cutting away. He normally lets the good-length deliveries alone if he is in the mood. Fuller, he gets tempted. Short of length and cutting away, he gets squared up

End of over 10 (0 runs) India 53/2 (RR: 5.30)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (6b)      AD Russell    2-0-3-0
V Kohli    20* (24b 2x4)      R Rampaul    5-0-25-2

10.1

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

10.2

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Almost a wicket! The bouncer again and Yuvraj goes for the pull. Too late. The ball flies past the edge. Rampaul turns and smiles as he walks past the umpire.

10.3

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Whack! this one doesn''t climb as high as the other ones. It was around waist-high and Yuvraj pulls it through wide midwicket.

10.4

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full in length and outside the off stump line, left alone

10.5

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Short of length and some width outside off, Yuvraj goes for the cut but the ball flashes past the bat

10.6

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stays back to punch this good-length delivery to cover

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 58/2 (RR: 5.27)
Yuvraj Singh    4* (11b 1x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-30-2
V Kohli    21* (25b 2x4)      AD Russell    2-0-3-0

11.1

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

11.2

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Lovely cover drive. Fab timing. It was the full delivery outside off and Yuvraj creamed it through covers.

11.3

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, stays back to work this to deep square-leg fielder

11.4

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

Richard Wilkin: "@Tim...As a West Indies fan, I would rather them play Pakistan than Australia! But I can't root against them while they are playing so at the end of today, I'm hoping we are matched up against the Australians!"

11.5

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

11.6

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Dropped by Sammy at backward point! It was the short-pitched delivery cutting across Yuvraj who hops, gets squared-up and stabs it away from the body. the ball flies to left of Sammy who lunges out but can't hold on. He is down on the turf and looks pretty disappointed. Sammy should have taken that. It wasn't traveling too quickly.

End of over 12 (9 runs) India 67/2 (RR: 5.58)
Yuvraj Singh    11* (14b 2x4)      AD Russell    3-0-12-0
V Kohli    23* (28b 2x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-30-2

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

Sammy should have taken that. It wasn't traveling too quickly.

12.3

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, on the pads this time, clipped away for couple of runs

12.4

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full in length just outside off stump, guided to backward point

12.5

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length around off, punched back down the track and Sammy stretches his right hand out to make a half-stop

12.6

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Dropped by "Sammy again. It was a full delivery around off stump and Yuvraj seemed to decide late to try whipping it across the line. he gets a leading edge and it flies over Sammy who jumps and stretches his right hand out but can't pouch it. Sammy just got his finger tips on the previous chance

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 70/2 (RR: 5.38)
Yuvraj Singh    13* (18b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-3-0
V Kohli    24* (30b 2x4)      AD Russell    3-0-12-0

13.1

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

13.2

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tucked close on the leg side for a quick sinlge

Sammy just got his finger tips on the previous chance

13.3

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

Zaheer from T&T: "@ Russel and Tim, Australia or Pakistan. The Windies are caught between a rock and a hard place there. I would personally love it if we were the team to eliminate the Aussies and stop their march towards a 4th straight title."

13.4

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets forward to defend but pushes outside the line and edges it to his back pad

13.5

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the bouncer around off and Yuvraj jumps to push it down in front of him on the off side

13.6

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, width outside off, Yuvraj cuts but can't beat point

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 73/2 (RR: 5.21)
Yuvraj Singh    14* (22b 2x4)      AD Russell    4-0-14-0
V Kohli    25* (32b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-3-0

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

14.4

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, short in length, sits up nicely at a comfortable height and Yuvraj goes for the pull. He doesn't connect as well as he would have liked but still gets enough wood behind it to drag it through midwicket

14.5

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Nice shot. No runs, though. He went back and across and punched it sweetly but straight to short extra cover

14.6

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower one, fullish, eased past the bowler

End of over 15 (8 runs) India 81/2 (RR: 5.40)
Yuvraj Singh    19* (25b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-11-0
V Kohli    28* (35b 2x4)      AD Russell    4-0-14-0

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15.1

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leans forward to push this to the on side

15.2

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leans forward to drive it back to the bowler

15.3

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leg break outside off, defended on the front foot

15.4

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets back to drag-pull it to deep midwicket

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!

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 86/2 (RR: 5.37)
V Kohli    32* (37b 3x4)      D Bishoo    1-0-5-0
Yuvraj Singh    20* (29b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-11-0

16.1

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length around off, punched hard but Edwards makes a diving save at short extra cover

16.2

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full in length, driven to pollard at sweeper cover for a single

16.3

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

16.4

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fullish on the stumps, pushed out to the bowler

16.5

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length around off, cut away to backward point

16.6

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, from round the stumps, width offered outside off, cut away to sweeper cover

I am out of here! Nitin will take over bbb. Drinks break

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 89/2 (RR: 5.23)
Yuvraj Singh    22* (34b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-14-0
V Kohli    33* (38b 3x4)      D Bishoo    1-0-5-0

Bishoo continues.

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Thanks Veera. This match is, by the way, the answer to life, the universe and everything to do with this World Cup. After all, it is match no. 42.

17.1

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, not much turn, length ball on middle from over the wicket, Yuvraj defends

17.2

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, skids along without turning, Yuvraj pushes forward and defends

17.3

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, quicker, hurries through as Yuvraj plays back and he is forced into hurrying the bat down and play it to the leg side

17.4

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower and loopier outside off, Yuvraj opens the face and guides to point for one

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

Sharda Ugra who is in the ground, tells us Kemar Roach isn't playing since he had fever.

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 91/2 (RR: 5.05)
V Kohli    34* (40b 3x4)      D Bishoo    2-0-7-0
Yuvraj Singh    23* (38b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-14-0

18.1

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

18.2

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of a length and angling across, cut away for a single through point

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

18.6

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, confident drive from Yuvraj who seems to be settling down now, played to long on for a single

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 95/2 (RR: 5.00)
Yuvraj Singh    25* (40b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-18-0
V Kohli    36* (44b 3x4)      D Bishoo    2-0-7-0

19.1

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fullish ball on the pads, Yuvraj tries to flick drive and gets a single through midwicket

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

19.5

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lovely wrong 'un, foxes Yuvraj as it slides along with the angle instead of breaking in, and Yuvraj misses the flowing drive.

19.6

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, holds the length back, Yuvraj punches it straight back at the bowler

Spencer: "Bishoo might not be the best bowler in the world, but he's the only sneeze ever to represent his country in the World Cup." Think that idea is copied from Andy Zaltzman's tweet, but anyway ...

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 97/2 (RR: 4.85)
Yuvraj Singh    26* (43b 3x4)      D Bishoo    3-0-9-0
V Kohli    37* (47b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-18-0

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

20.4

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Yuvaj has hit one into the Marina beach. Almost. Absolute whooper of a shot. Length ball from Sammy, no pace, no movement, angling across amiably, Yuvraj just walks into it and tees off over long on. Huge.

20.5

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower ball, smartly done by Sammy and Yuvraj has to back out of the shot as he looks to pull, then flick and finally defends a short ball that comes on slowly

20.6

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, and a bouncer like he means it to the end the over. Yuvraj plays an ungainly mosquito-swat and misses

End of over 21 (7 runs) India 104/2 (RR: 4.95)
Yuvraj Singh    32* (46b 3x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    5-0-25-0
V Kohli    38* (50b 3x4)      D Bishoo    3-0-9-0

21.1

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

21.2

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slow and full on off stump, Yuvraj tries to work it with the wrists, but can't beat midwicket

21.3

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller and flatter on the pads, Yuvraj works it to square leg

21.4

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvraj is beginning to flex those muscles now. Fullish ball on the stumps, Yuvraj negates the turn by propping the front foot across and then thuds the ball away with a comprehensive sweep shot.

21.5

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flatter from Bishoo, Yuvraj was expecting it, and pushes to mid on for one

21.6

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

Vikramjit: "Sadly, its the umpire in the other match who should Ideally be standing in the middle in this one, to be rightfully called "The Kumar(a) at No.42. " :)"

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 110/2 (RR: 5.00)
V Kohli    39* (52b 3x4)      D Bishoo    4-0-15-0
Yuvraj Singh    37* (50b 4x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    5-0-25-0

Pollard comes on now. This could be interesting.

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.

Maji: "This guy Bishoo is so much like Warney, no run-up at all, shoulder spin, knows where to pitch the ball, low economy rate and ofcourse, plenty of spin. Definately a better bowler than Steven Smith. I see him one of the leading spinners of the future "

Right. Compare him to Warne. That's how you over-hype and jinx bowlers. Heehaw.

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.

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 114/2 (RR: 4.95)
Yuvraj Singh    39* (53b 4x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    41* (55b 3x4)      D Bishoo    4-0-15-0

23.1

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

23.2

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full at 93 kph on leg stump, Yuvraj defends after getting forward

23.3

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, pristine timing from Yuvraj, advaces to the pitch and punches a full ball without much effort past Bishoo to long on for a couple.

23.4

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, ahemm, this slows up on Yuvraj as he looks to flick and he nearly chips straight to midwicket.

23.5

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball, Yuvraj resists the temptation to try dumping him over midwicket and forces uppishly to long on for one more

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

End of over 24 (4 runs) India 118/2 (RR: 4.91)
V Kohli    42* (57b 3x4)      D Bishoo    5-0-19-0
Yuvraj Singh    42* (57b 4x4 1x6)      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.

The keeper goes back now.

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.

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 123/2 (RR: 4.92)
V Kohli    46* (62b 4x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-9-0
Yuvraj Singh    43* (58b 4x4 1x6)      D Bishoo    5-0-19-0

25.1

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, don't bowl fulltosses to Yuvraj on leg stump. He will reach across and swipe you through midwicket like he doesn't rate you. Bishoo now knows this.

25.2

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, poor ball, flat and sliding down the leg side. Yuvraj has another 50. He could have let this go and earned a wide. Instead he brings the sledgehammer down on a comprehensive paddle sweep that runs away to fine leg. West Indies are now paying for dropping him twice.

25.3

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, too full, too straight, poor stuff from Bishoo. Yuvraj helps him along to fine leg for two more

25.4

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lands this one on off stump, Yuvraj leans out and defends down the track

25.5

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, again, gets a hint of inward turn from outside off, Yuvraj defends down the track

25.6

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the pads to end the over, Yuvraj clips through square leg for one more

Haseeb: "Bishoo looking more and more like Warney... getting hammered by Indian batsmen"

End of over 26 (11 runs) India 134/2 (RR: 5.15)
Yuvraj Singh    54* (64b 6x4 1x6)      D Bishoo    6-0-30-0
V Kohli    46* (62b 4x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-9-0

26.1

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

The keeper is standing up to the stumps again.

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.

Rafiq: "Yuvraj is doing "bishoo bishoo" on bishoo. 30 year old bollywood movies had this sound effect during action scenes - bishoo bishoo." You mean Dishoom or Diskiyaoon, I guess.

End of over 27 (3 runs) India 137/2 (RR: 5.07)
Yuvraj Singh    57* (70b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-12-0
V Kohli    46* (62b 4x4)      D Bishoo    6-0-30-0

Benn comes back on now.

27.1

Benn to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, and Yuvraj greets him with a boundary. Short of a length ball outside off, breaking in and cramping Yuvraj, but he has no problem forcing the cut away through backward point

27.2

Benn to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, oh boy, Sammy really shouldn't have dropped Yuvraj twice. Again Benn is slammed for some poor bowling, packing the leg side with fielders and landing a gentle half volley outside off, Yuvraj creams him through the covers off the front foot

Round the wicket now.

27.3

Benn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lands one full and just outside off, Yuvraj looks to wallop the slog sweep and misses

27.4

Benn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower and on a length around middle and off, Yuvraj drives him into the off side for a single

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

27.6

Benn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj keeps strike, driving solidly down the ground as Benn over-pitches on off.

End of over 28 (11 runs) India 148/2 (RR: 5.28)
Yuvraj Singh    67* (75b 8x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    4-0-32-0
V Kohli    47* (63b 4x4)      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

It's been all Yuvraj for a while. Kohli has strike now.

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

End of over 29 (7 runs) India 155/2 (RR: 5.34)
Yuvraj Singh    69* (78b 8x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    4-0-19-0
V Kohli    52* (66b 5x4)      SJ Benn    4-0-32-0

Russell the Mohawk comes on now.

29.1

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj is looking ominous. With a capital O. Full ball on off stump, he drills the drive down to long off without any effort for a single

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.

Mehneez: 'Heres an interesting fact: The last time india actually beat a top opposition in a world cup was during their last super six game against New Zealand in the 2003 world cup.'

29.2

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

Yuvraj is in some strife, with the heat and humidity. Dr. Nitin Patel runs out to attend to him.

Meanwhile, the latest on Gayle is that he isn't playing due to a slight discomfort from his old injury. Remember, he was not at his fittest in the previous game too. WI wanted to keep him fresh for the knockouts.

Yuvraj is back on his feet now.

29.3

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full delivery at 134 kph, he is early on the flick and gets a leading edge back down the track

29.4

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, over-pitched outside leg this time, Yuvraj clips backward of square for one

29.5

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

29.6

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, wide outside off, Yuvraj swipes at it without moving the feet and doesn't get bat on it.

End of over 30 (5 runs) India 160/2 (RR: 5.33)
Yuvraj Singh    71* (82b 8x4 1x6)      AD Russell    5-0-19-0
V Kohli    54* (68b 5x4)      KA Pollard    4-0-19-0

Rampaul returns for some short stuff. West Indies need a wicket.

30.1

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

30.2

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of a length on Yuvraj's pads, he's timing them very well now. Dainty flick from the crease to square leg. A fitter Yuvraj would have got two for it.

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

30.5

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball on the hips, Yuvraj hops back and works it to square leg for one more

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

End of over 31 (5 runs) India 165/2 (RR: 5.32)
V Kohli    57* (72b 5x4)      R Rampaul    7-0-35-2
Yuvraj Singh    73* (84b 8x4 1x6)      AD Russell    5-0-19-0

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.

31.2

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, 130.7 kph, short ball on off stump holds its line, and Yuvraj is early into a flick and misses it.

31.3

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, on the pads, Yuvraj stays on the crease and languidly flicks to deep midwicket for a couple

31.4

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slow bouncer, comes along slowly and Yuvraj plays a guided pull. Strange shot for one. He is again in some strife after taking the single.

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

31.6

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Yuvraj is toying with the attack at the moment. Short of a length ball, no room outside off, he makes his own pace as he powers it into the covers for a couple.

Sayeeram: "Here's an Interesting fact: Yuvraj last century (131) came against Westindies in 2009 at Kingston. Will he try to get one in chennai break the jinx and get a century after 38 innings"

End of over 32 (8 runs) India 173/2 (RR: 5.40)
Yuvraj Singh    78* (88b 8x4 1x6)      AD Russell    6-0-27-0
V Kohli    59* (74b 5x4)      R Rampaul    7-0-35-2

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

Over to Sriram Veera for the rest of the innings. I shall head across to the Chatterbox. Dhoni is the new man in.

Kohli's let a century, that was there for the taking, go. He will want to drown his sorrows with a drink or two. Fittingly, it is a drinks break.

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32.3

Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 run, full and reversing in to the middle, on driven to long-on

32.4

Rampaul to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a bouncer on the leg stump line, takes the bottom-hand off the handle and fends this to short fine-leg region

32.5

Rampaul to Dhoni, no run, gets back to push it quietly to the off side

32.6

Rampaul to Dhoni, 1 run, eases this through to long-on and Ian Bishop wants that man inside the circle for the new batsman. he says in agony: "Easy single .. Whyyyyyy?"

End of over 33 (3 runs) India 176/3 (RR: 5.33)
MS Dhoni    2* (3b)      R Rampaul    8-0-38-3
Yuvraj Singh    79* (89b 8x4 1x6)      AD Russell    6-0-27-0

33.1

Russell to Dhoni, 1 run, full in length on the off and Dhoni prefers to go back to push it covers where Sammy makes a complete mess of a regulation stop.

33.2

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, turns this past square-leg for a single

33.3

Russell to Dhoni, no run, the bouncer on the off stump line, Dhoni thinks about the pull but kills the thought

33.4

Russell to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length, forced away to sweeper cover

Word in from Sharda Ugra: "kemar Roach is not at the ground he got high fever post england game "

33.5

Russell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, overpitched delivery, driven to long-on

33.6

Russell to Dhoni, no run, fullish delivery around off, driven to mid-off

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 180/3 (RR: 5.29)
MS Dhoni    4* (7b)      AD Russell    7-0-31-0
Yuvraj Singh    81* (91b 8x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    8-0-38-3

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

End of over 35 (8 runs) India 188/3 (RR: 5.37)
MS Dhoni    6* (9b)      KA Pollard    5-0-27-0
Yuvraj Singh    87* (95b 9x4 1x6)      AD Russell    7-0-31-0

35.1

Bishoo to Dhoni, 1 run, presses back to force this one to deep cover

35.2

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slider outside off, goes away with the angle, skids on, pushed out to the off

35.3

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, skids on towards middle from short of length, punched out to long-on

35.4

Bishoo to Dhoni, no run, slower, turns from the leg and middle line, Dhoni goes back to defend

35.5

Bishoo to Dhoni, 1 run, lands on the same spot but this one goes on with the arm to the leg and middle line, tucked to square-leg

35.6

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, skids on outside off, punched out to deep cover.

End of over 36 (4 runs) India 192/3 (RR: 5.33)
Yuvraj Singh    89* (98b 9x4 1x6)      D Bishoo    7-0-34-0
MS Dhoni    8* (12b)      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

End of over 37 (3 runs) India 195/3 (RR: 5.27)
MS Dhoni    10* (16b)      KA Pollard    6-0-30-0
Yuvraj Singh    90* (100b 9x4 1x6)      D Bishoo    7-0-34-0

37.1

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed out to mid-on

37.2

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, works this wide of midwicket for a single

37.3

Bishoo to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length outside off, cut away of the back foot

Yuvraj looks in real trouble there. They showed a visual of him vomiting, not sure whether it was live or some time back.

37.4

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets back to turn this past square-leg

37.5

Bishoo to Dhoni, 1 run, turns away from the off stump, cut to sweeper cover

37.6

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, sprays this to the leg side and Yuvraj goes down on his knee and laps it around the corner in some style

End of over 38 (8 runs) India 203/3 (RR: 5.34)
Yuvraj Singh    96* (104b 10x4 1x6)      D Bishoo    8-0-42-0
MS Dhoni    12* (18b)      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

Yuvraj on 96 and Pollard pulls out prior to release

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

End of over 39 (6 runs) India 209/3 (RR: 5.35)
MS Dhoni    17* (22b 1x4)      KA Pollard    7-0-36-0
Yuvraj Singh    97* (106b 10x4 1x6)      D Bishoo    8-0-42-0

39.1

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the pads, turned to short fine-leg region for a single

39.2

Bishoo to Dhoni, no run, gets back to ease this to right of Yuvraj

39.3

Bishoo to Dhoni, no run, on the middle and leg, skidding on and Dhoni defends

39.4

Bishoo to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length, skids outside off, cut away hard but straight to sweeper cover

39.5

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, no run

39.6

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, punches this to long-on to move to 99

End of over 40 (3 runs) India 212/3 (RR: 5.30)
Yuvraj Singh    99* (109b 10x4 1x6)      D Bishoo    9-0-45-0
MS Dhoni    18* (25b 1x4)      KA Pollard    7-0-36-0

Sridhar: "This is madness :( :( Raina in team but dhoni coming ahead of him !!!! Then why raina is in team :( For Fielding ?"

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

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 216/3 (RR: 5.26)
Yuvraj Singh    100* (113b 10x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    8-0-40-0
MS Dhoni    21* (27b 1x4)      D Bishoo    9-0-45-0

41.1

Bishoo to Dhoni, no run, backs away to mishit it back to the bowler

41.2

Bishoo to Dhoni, 1 run, around that off, cut away to sweeper cover.

41.3

Bishoo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the pads, dragged to left of short fine-leg region where a neat save is made by Ravi

41.4

Bishoo to Dhoni, OUT, Lovely leg break from Bishoo! Supah delivery. It was flighted on a length on the middle and leg, Dhoni went down the track but was beaten in the flight and went on to complete that big lofted hit. No luck. The ball dipped, turned and bounced over the stumps. Thomas collected it and quietly removed the bails. The stumper is stumped.

MS Dhoni st †Thomas b Bishoo 22 (41m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

41.5

Bishoo to Raina, no run, leans forward to defend to the off

41.6

Bishoo to Raina, 1 run, fuller, on the stumps, eased to long-on for a single

End of over 42 (3 runs) India 219/4 (RR: 5.21)
SK Raina    1* (2b)      D Bishoo    10-0-48-1
Yuvraj Singh    101* (114b 10x4 1x6)      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

Thomas is down on the ground in pain. Did that ball clip his thumb? Kis that the issue. Not sure. He is in pain. The physio is trying to slip in the gloves on Thomas after treatment but thomas is writhing in pain. More treatment. The gloves are on now. Crowd roar. Game can start soon.

Aakash: "New title of Dhoni "A momentum destroyer". Hate the way he plays these days."

Now Yuvraj is down on the ground. The umpire has a chat with him. Yuvraj gets up and dons his helmet. The crowd cheer him

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

End of over 43 (4 runs) India 223/4 (RR: 5.18)
Yuvraj Singh    101* (116b 10x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    9-0-42-0
SK Raina    3* (6b)      D Bishoo    10-0-48-1

Mike from NZ: "Dhoni has an average of 49 and Indian fans still whining about him - you don't want him we'll take him if only for his batting."

43.1

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Massive blow! It was a short delivery that sat up nicely and winked at Yuvraj who crash-pulled it high over midwicket

43.2

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushes this to the off for a single

Sammy has a chat with Pollard

43.3

Sammy to Raina, 1 run, short in length around off, punched out to long-off

43.4

Sammy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full in length, driven to long-on

43.5

Sammy to Raina, OUT, It could have been a wide- full and down the leg side- but raina, who had shuffled outside leg, reached out further down leg as he went down on his knee and swept it to right of short fine-leg where Ravi Rampaul pouched a sharp catch.

SK Raina c Rampaul b Sammy 4 (14m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

43.6

Sammy to Pathan, 1 wide, why not try another wide down the leg side but Yusuf doesn't chase this

43.6

Sammy to Pathan, no run, full in length on the middle stump line, pushed out to the on side

End of over 44 (10 runs) India 233/5 (RR: 5.29)
YK Pathan    0* (1b)      DJG Sammy    6-0-35-1
Yuvraj Singh    109* (119b 10x4 2x6)      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

Yusuf pulls out just as Pollard was on his delivery stride. Pollard stares. And stares. And stares

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

Tim: "One of India's major problems is their confidence. They genuinely don't believe they can protect a score of 250. Their batting panic's trying to get enormous scores and their bowlers panic when partnerships build in the chase. They need more cool heads, like Tendulkar."

End of over 45 (7 runs) India 240/6 (RR: 5.33)
     KA Pollard    10-0-49-1
YK Pathan    2* (3b)      DJG Sammy    6-0-35-1

Batting Powerplay on.

45.1

Russell to Pathan, FOUR, banged in short just outside off, Yusuf seemed to be waiting for it, he archs back to cut/steer it through vacant slips

Five fielders inside the circle on the off side

45.2

Russell to Pathan, 1 run, yorker on the middle, dug out to midwicket for a single

45.3

Russell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, another yorker attempted, short of blockhole, pushed to long-on

45.4

Russell to Pathan, no run, he went back and across, opened his stance, as if he was expecting a shortish delivery that he can pull to the on side; it wasn't a short ball, it was a back of length delivery cutting in, he jabbed it to point

45.5

Russell to Pathan, 1 run, This time he gets that shortish delivery and with that opened stance he drag-pulls it to right of Pollard at long-on

45.6

Russell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full in length, moving in to middle, and Harbhajan defends to the off

End of over 46 (7 runs) India 247/6 (RR: 5.36)
Harbhajan Singh    1* (2b)      AD Russell    8-0-38-0
YK Pathan    8* (7b 1x4)      KA Pollard    10-0-49-1

Jaggu: "@ Tim can't agree with you more. I think 260 is above average score on this pitch. And with three spinners (Yuvraj) in the team they should be able to defend it. We need belief though."

46.1

Rampaul to Pathan, 1 run, full in length around off, Pathan is well back inside the crease, tries to punch it on the up but edges it to short fine-leg region

46.2

Rampaul to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full in length around off, Harbhajan tries to lift it towards long-on. The inside edge takes it to fine-leg region

46.3

Rampaul to Pathan, 2 runs, length delivery and Yusuf goes through the line on the up and gets it over extra cover. he didn't quite connect well

46.4

Rampaul to Pathan, OUT, Clatter! Ravi Rampaul screams, "Wow!" A yorker that reverses in to the middle and off line. Yusuf goes for the big swing. And misses. Clatter!

YK Pathan b Rampaul 11 (16m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

46.5

Rampaul to Ashwin, 1 run, Run out of Ashwin missed. It was pushed to mid-off where Sammy stops and fires with Ashwin miles out

46.6

Rampaul to Harbhajan Singh, no run, lovely delivery! It cuts in to the middle stump line, goes through the bat and pad gap and bounces over middle stump

End of over 47 (5 runs) India 252/7 (RR: 5.36)
Harbhajan Singh    2* (4b)      R Rampaul    9-0-43-4
R Ashwin    1* (1b)      AD Russell    8-0-38-0

Change of ball. Shavir Tarapore comes out with a box.

47.1

Russell to Ashwin, FOUR, Lucky inside edge! It was a good-length delivery, Ashwin tried to dab it to third man and it goes to the left of the keeper

47.2

Russell to Ashwin, 1 run, backs away and times this square drive well but Bishoo makes a nice save at point

47.3

Russell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, stays back to flat bat this to long-on

Dave: "Interestingly, coming into the tournament WI bowling appeared to be their weakest link, but the bowlers have given them an opportunity to win in all of their games, it's their batting that has failed. Let's see the outcome of this one." Pity about Dwayne Bravo and Adrian Barath.

47.4

Russell to Ashwin, 1 run, short and lifting on the middle, jabbed to midwicket for a single

47.5

Russell to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, Pollard has taken a beauty but has dislocated his fingerOr so it appears. Oh ouch... what pain that must be.. He rushed forward from long-on and dived to take a very very fine catch. He immediately got up, looked to the dressing room and waved for the physio. That little finger looked really crooked. He has done it in. Oh dear. He now walks off the field

Harbhajan Singh c Pollard b Russell 3 (16m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

47.6

Russell to Ashwin, 1 run, fullish delivery just outside off, steered behind point for a single

End of over 48 (8 runs) India 260/8 (RR: 5.41)
R Ashwin    8* (5b 1x4)      AD Russell    9-0-46-1
Z Khan    0* (0b)      R Rampaul    9-0-43-4

48.1

Rampaul to Ashwin, 1 run, really full delivery on the middle, dug out to midwicket.

Hope Pollard will be all right soon. It appeared as if he had dislocated that little finger on his hand

48.2

Rampaul to Khan, 1 run, another full delivery, pushed through the on side

48.3

Rampaul to Ashwin, 1 run, moves outside leg and runs it to short third man for a single

48.4

Rampaul to Khan, FOUR, slammed! Zaheer clears his front foot and thumps it through left of mid-off

48.5

Rampaul to Khan, OUT, Five-for for Rampaul! His best ODI returns. Ever. Fab show. He is all smiles. It was the yorker again, Zaheer had shuffled to the off and looked to swing it to the on side. timber!

Z Khan b Rampaul 5 (4m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

48.6

Rampaul to Patel, 1 run, yorker outside off, pushed out to backward point

End of over 49 (8 runs) India 268/9 (RR: 5.46)
MM Patel    1* (1b)      R Rampaul    10-0-51-5
R Ashwin    10* (7b 1x4)      AD Russell    9-0-46-1

49.1

Russell to Patel, OUT, India don't play 50 overs. Again. He backed away, tried to open the bat-face and steer it to third man - that's the only shot he plays - and got an inside edge.

MM Patel b Russell 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

India have got 268. West Indies are without Chris Gayle. Let' see how they go about their chase. Darren Bravo has to play a special knock. And lets see how Richards plays. Join us in a while for the chase.

Rampaul: I finally got a 5-wicket haul in an ODI. Roachy got sick and I got a call up suddenly. I went out there and did my job for the team. Early on there was some bounce on this track. We assessed it well. In the end I tried yorkers; it worked. Once you have long partnerships you can take this. It''s an awesome crowd man. They cheered."

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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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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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