West Indies in India ODI Series - 1st ODI

India v West Indies

India won by 1 wicket (with 7 balls remaining)

Here we go.. Vinay has the ball. Two slips for Simmons.

What's stranger for me is that Gambhir can jump through hoops if he has to, but will still not be allowed to open the innings! Rahane, Sehwag, Parthiv - none of these started off as openers. Even Tendulkar for that matter, but they all get the chance bat ahead of Gauti.

"David Boon is the match referee, looking forward to a clean match," says Shekar.

Arun explains the hierarchy: "@Sathish: It has been this way for the last couple of years. Viru has captained India in the absence of Dhoni. Gauti has captained India in the absence of Dhoni & Viru. Raina has captained India in the absence of Dhoni, Viru & Gauti. And i think that's quite fair as Viru has been equally good as a captain." All that is fine, except that Sehwag has said the selectors should groom a younger man to take over the captaincy.

"Can somebody tell me why Gambhir isn't captaining India? He did lead them pretty well recently. Even Raina did a decent job in WI." Beats me too Sathish. Raina obviously was a stop-gap choice in a series where none of the seniors were available, but Gambhir did look set to become Dhoni's understudy. The selectors seem to have changed their mind in that regard.

India win the toss and Sehwag decides to bowl. He says the decision is driven by the dew that poured down early last evening. Viru is pleased to lead a young side, in which he happens to be the oldest member. Parthiv Patel will open with Sehwag, Rohit Sharma is in, while Aaron, Yadav and Vinay Kumar are the seamers. Sammy says he would have bowled too. I am surprised the mystery spinner Sunil Narine isn't playing, but then WI have a bunch of seaming allrounders who have to play.

1.50pm Hello all to our coverage of the ODI series, staring off today in Cuttack. India have been formidable in home ODIs of late, only Australia (twice) have won a bilateral series here since 2005. This could be tough for the Windies.

A huge crowd has turned up though headliners like MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh aren't playing. It does help that Cuttack isn't one of those 'privileged' venues, such as the one in Nagpur, that gets to host ODIs at the drop of a hat. This is the first match here in two years, and the ground has impressive capacity, so here's expecting good atmosphere through the evening. Here's the preview to the game. A few youngsters will come into the spotlight in this series.

0.1

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, full and swinging straight away, that landed outside off and shaped away, Simmons' forward movement with the front pad was too extravagant and he had to check it before guiding to point.

0.2

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, swing again, this time from much wider outside off. Not too much carry on that ball, though, as Simmons leaves.

0.3

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, 1 wide, he sprays this one miles down the leg side.

0.3

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, better length and line, keeps it just outside off and gets the away swing again. Simmons leaves.

0.4

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, back of a length, curls away slightly off the straight, but it dies on Parthiv as Simmons shoulders arms.

0.5

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, Simmons gets across to cover the line and punches to mid-on.

"Given than David Boon rearranges to form "a void bond", I am a bit sceptical about Shekhar's hopes," says Circe Maginifica.

0.6

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, and finishes with another gentle outswinger, as Simmons leaves thoughtfully.

End of over 1 (1 run) West Indies 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
LMP Simmons    0* (6b)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-1-0
AB Barath    0* (0b)     

Umesh Yadav runs in now.

1.1

Yadav to Barath, 2 runs, bangs his first ball in short and wide, and Barath jumps back and punches through the covers. Lovely stroke, and it runs past Raina's dive in the covers for a couple.

1.2

Yadav to Barath, no run, shape for Umesh now, full and angling in towards middle and leg before straightening, and Barath defends from the crease.

1.3

Yadav to Barath, FOUR, emphatic! Barath smashes the first four of the day with a free-spirited carve behind point. Umesh drops short and affords enough pace and width for that shot, Barath latches on with a flourish off the back foot.

1.4

Yadav to Barath, no run, goes full now, attacks the pads, and Barath defends from the crease. He was late coming down on that ...

1.5

Yadav to Barath, 1 run, drifts onto the pads, Barath skips inside the line and tucks it to square leg for a single.

1.6

Yadav to Simmons, no run, short of a length, Simmons hangs back and defends down the track.

End of over 2 (7 runs) West Indies 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
LMP Simmons    0* (7b)      UT Yadav    1-0-7-0
AB Barath    7* (5b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-1-0

One wide slip for Vinay.

2.1

Vinay Kumar to Barath, no run, that's his operating length, short of driving distance and wobbling away. Barath covers the line and defends.

Short cover in place.

2.2

Vinay Kumar to Barath, no run, cut away, but a diving save at point. This Indian ODI side fields as well as the Test side fields poorly. Jadeja dives away to the right and stops a boundary.

2.3

Vinay Kumar to Barath, FOUR, not in control of the pull, but at Vinay's pace he gets away with it. This was short but well wide of off stump for the pull. Barath went for the stroke, and the bat face was pointing upwayds when he connected with it, but managed to drag it over midwicket.

2.4

Vinay Kumar to Barath, 2 runs, gets another couple away as Vinay drifts onto middle and leg. Barath works it behind square.

2.5

Vinay Kumar to Barath, FOUR, Barath is going for everything here! Vinay moves this away off the seam, Barath stays on the crease and lashes at it with hard hands, and gets a thick edge that flies wide of the lone slip, and beats third man too.

2.6

Vinay Kumar to Barath, no run, Vinay ends with a slightly fuller length, gets Barath to lean forward to defend to the off side.

End of over 3 (10 runs) West Indies 18/0 (RR: 6.00)
AB Barath    17* (11b 3x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-11-0
LMP Simmons    0* (7b)      UT Yadav    1-0-7-0

"I love the "Square Cut" of the West Indies batsmen. In each and every time of cricket the West Indian are at very best in Square Cuting the ball," says Tariq. Who is your favourite West Indian square-cutter of all time?

3.1

Yadav to Simmons, no run, Yadav angles in from a length, good pace on that ball as Simmons hangs back and defends.

3.2

Yadav to Simmons, no run, beaten outside off by a McGrathesque sliver of movement away from a length outside off. The pace on that ball was beyond McGrathesque, though. Simmons was late to get his exaggerated trigger movement going into the shot.

3.3

Yadav to Simmons, no run, hops onto the back foot and defends another pacy ball towards the covers. Simmons is still on 0.

3.4

Yadav to Simmons, no run, Make that 0 off 11 balls. Umesh allows him to drive now, full outside off, but Simmons can't pierce the covers.

I'd go with Lara, but obviously. Though, Sherwin Campbell gets a special mention. That man could square-cut with a vengeance.

3.5

Yadav to Simmons, no run, keeps him back on the crease, Simmons opens the face and plays it into the covers.

3.6

Yadav to Simmons, no run, maiden for Umesh, ends the over with another searching ball on a length outside off, getting Simmons to reach out for the defensive push.

End of over 4 (maiden) West Indies 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
LMP Simmons    0* (13b)      UT Yadav    2-1-7-0
AB Barath    17* (11b 3x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-11-0

"Demon of a square cut by Desmon Haynes tops them all," says Srini. Here's Vinay.

4.1

Vinay Kumar to Barath, no run, cramps him for room with a length ball that comes in with the line, and Barath defends from the crease.

4.2

Vinay Kumar to Barath, OUT, what an absolute beaut of a delivery! No pace on that, it didn't have to be fast. It just kept coming in out of his hand, but after landing back of a length, it just kept going away. Barath was on the back foot, and got squared up as he kept moving the bat to the right in search of the ball, but all he got was a thin outside edge through to Parthiv. Tony Hill takes his time, but gets the decision right.

AB Barath c †Patel b Vinay Kumar 17 (19m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 130.76

Samuels comes in at No. 3.

4.3

Vinay Kumar to Samuels, no run, back of a length and angling in, Samuels stays on the back foot as always and defends.

4.4

Vinay Kumar to Samuels, 1 run, jittery but safe .. Samuels gets a length ball wide of off stump and he stayed stationary on the leg stump line and drove uppishly away from the body. The thick edge flew safely through gully.

4.5

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, Simmons is moving into these check-drives with a flourish, but that's not really helping. Puched off the middle of the bat to mid-on.

4.6

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, no run, looks for the single after guiding this length ball to point, but Jadeja puts paid to such hopes. Simmons is still on 0.

End of over 5 (1 run) West Indies 19/1 (RR: 3.80)
LMP Simmons    0* (15b)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-12-1
MN Samuels    1* (2b)      UT Yadav    2-1-7-0

5.1

Yadav to Samuels, no run, short and quick outside off stump, Samuels doesn't get across but times the square punch well. Point gets in the way.

5.2

Yadav to Samuels, no run, Samuels stays well deep in the crease and looks to crash a short ball, but it isn't wide enough for him to really pack some humpty. Mistimed into the covers.

5.3

Yadav to Samuels, FOUR, strange shot-selection again, but he gets the boundary now. Umesh goes full on the middle and leg line, Samuels has a very open stance and lunges into the push drive past point, and it is through for four.

5.4

Yadav to Samuels, no run, his right foot is on leg stump, and his left foot halfway to square leg, but he gets both behind a defensive stroke as Umesh attacks the stumps.

5.5

Yadav to Samuels, FOUR, drifts onto the pads now, and provides Samuels enough pace to skip inside the line and glance it away to fine leg for four.

5.6

Yadav to Samuels, no run, now Samuels leaps across his stumps, it is a long jump for him, and lets a short ball go through to the keeper.

End of over 6 (8 runs) West Indies 27/1 (RR: 4.50)
MN Samuels    9* (8b 2x4)      UT Yadav    3-1-15-0
LMP Simmons    0* (15b)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-12-1

6.1

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, FOUR, Simmons opens his account finally, with a murderously well-timed thump down the ground. It wasn't over-pitched, and he was driving on the up but middled it perfectly. It just flew right past Vinay.

6.2

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, SIX, even better. Simmons skips out, gets inside the line as Vinay angles into the pads, and Simmons hoists it majestically over midwicket. The ball lands on the rope on the full.

6.3

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, 1 run, goes with hard hands at a square push-drive and picks up another single.

6.4

Vinay Kumar to Samuels, no run, good length to Samuels, it cuts in a touch too and Samuels defends from the crease.

6.5

Vinay Kumar to Samuels, 1 run, width outside off, Samuels doesn't get across and just flays at it, and the thick outside edge runs away backward of point.

6.6

Vinay Kumar to Simmons, 1 run, angling in to end the over, Simmons hangs on the crease and whips it through midwicket for a single. Two good overs there for WI.

End of over 7 (13 runs) West Indies 40/1 (RR: 5.71)
LMP Simmons    12* (19b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-25-1
MN Samuels    10* (10b 2x4)      UT Yadav    3-1-15-0

7.1

Yadav to Simmons, no run, Simmons is beaten for pace by Umesh, not quite the same thing as facing Vinay this. Short ball clocked higher than 145 kph and he goes for a pull, but the ball buzzes past him before he plays the stroke, under the bat and over the stumps.

7.2

Yadav to Simmons, FOUR, another super fast ball, inside edged but safe. Full from Umesh, Simmons backs away and looks to guide it square, but the ball takes the edge and flies perilously close to the stumps.

7.3

Yadav to Simmons, no run, gets behind the line and defends a length ball.

7.4

Yadav to Simmons, no run, short ball, late on the pull now. This is exciting stuff.

7.5

Yadav to Simmons, no run, goes very full now, Simmons jams the bat down on it and edges it onto the turf and towards Parthiv. This is blisteringly quick!

7.6

Yadav to Simmons, 2 runs, Simmons stays back and looks to go up and over the off side as Umesh bangs this in short. The ball takes off from a length and he gets a top edge, that just clears point as he runs back.

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 46/1 (RR: 5.75)
LMP Simmons    18* (25b 2x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    4-1-21-0
MN Samuels    10* (10b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-25-1

Aaron comes on now. Pace from both ends.

8.1

Aaron to Samuels, OUT, timber! Samuels ends up looking as clumsy as humpty dumpty. Aaron gets his natural inward shape from a length. Samuels is stuck with the most curious stance since Chanderpaul, and just lunges forward to feel for it. One leg is in Cuttack, the other in Bhubaneshwar and the bat somewhere in between. He is beaten by the inward movement, the ball hits the back pad and disturbs leg stump. Might have been saved if the stance wasn't so open. Or so weird.

MN Samuels b Aaron 10 (17m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Bravo is the new man in. Aaron shifts round the stumps.

8.2

Aaron to Bravo, 1 wide, slips the first ball down the leg side.

One wide slip in place.

8.2

Aaron to Bravo, 1 wide, a wicket followed by two wides. This one slips even wider down the leg side.

8.2

Aaron to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo is away, gets width outside off and steers a single through the covers.

8.3

Aaron to Simmons, no run, back of a length outside off, not a lot of carry as Simmons leaves.

8.4

Aaron to Simmons, no run, Simmons gets forward and guides a length ball to point.

Aaron's not yet hit the speeds Umesh managed today ...

8.5

Aaron to Simmons, 1 run, full toss on the pads, clipped straight to midwicket. And Kohli throws needlessly to concede the overthrow.

8.6

Aaron to Bravo, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, but it is sliding down the leg side for sure. Bravo gets a leg bye into the off side.

End of over 9 (5 runs) West Indies 51/2 (RR: 5.66)
DM Bravo    1* (2b)      VR Aaron    1-0-4-1
LMP Simmons    19* (28b 2x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    4-1-21-0

9.1

Yadav to Bravo, no run, full length on the pads from over the stumps, Bravo leans out and defends cautiously.

9.2

Yadav to Bravo, no run, short of a length and enough pace outside off to allow Bravo a steer through point. No single taken, though.

9.3

Yadav to Bravo, no run, opens the face again and defends to the off side with an opened face once more.

9.4

Yadav to Bravo, 1 run, too straight this time, allows Bravo to nudges it round the corner for a single.

9.5

Yadav to Simmons, no run, pushes him back with the pace, Simmons hangs back and pushes it into the covers.

9.6

Yadav to Simmons, OUT, life is fair. Umesh, easily the best bowler so far today, has a wicket. Simmons never really came to grips with his pace. Another one blasts its way through an apologetically late attempt at a cut. The ball blitzed in, took the inside edge and made a mess of the furniture.

LMP Simmons b Yadav 19 (48m 30b 2x4 1x6) SR: 63.33

End of over 10 (1 run) West Indies 52/3 (RR: 5.20)
     UT Yadav    5-1-22-1
DM Bravo    2* (6b)      VR Aaron    1-0-4-1

10.1

Aaron to Bravo, no run, back of a length outside off, defended from the crease. Bravo seems to have an extra instant at hand to deal with the pace.

10.2

Aaron to Bravo, 1 run, opens the face this time and guides a single through point.

Two slips in place. Hyatt faces for the first time.

10.3

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, a Simmons-like flourish as he hops onto the back foot and defends towards point.

10.4

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, full and tempting outside off, Hyatt lets the ball go through to the keeper.

10.5

Aaron to Hyatt, no run

10.6

Aaron to Hyatt, FOUR, too much width outside off, and Hyatt cashes in with a fluent drive through the covers that he did well to keep down. Pierces the cover field and the ball buzzes along for four.

End of over 11 (5 runs) West Indies 57/3 (RR: 5.18)
DP Hyatt    4* (4b 1x4)      VR Aaron    2-0-9-1
DM Bravo    3* (8b)      UT Yadav    5-1-22-1

Vinay comes back on.

11.1

Vinay Kumar to Bravo, no run, back of a length outside off, Bravo opens the face and defends to the off side.

11.2

Vinay Kumar to Bravo, no run, keeps him pressed on the back foot with the length, and Bravo defends to the off side.

11.3

Vinay Kumar to Bravo, no run, straighter ball this time, Bravo is reluctant to get forward and pushes carefully to mid-off.

11.4

Vinay Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, a hint of seam movement away from off stump, Bravo gets squared up on the crease and edges through point.

11.5

Vinay Kumar to Hyatt, no run, Vinay nips this in from wide of off stump, and Hyatt shoulders arms. Hits him well outside off, so he gets away with it.

11.6

Vinay Kumar to Hyatt, no run, over-pitched and driven well, but Ashwin at mid-on lunges across to cut off four.

End of over 12 (1 run) West Indies 58/3 (RR: 4.83)
DP Hyatt    4* (6b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    5-0-26-1
DM Bravo    4* (12b)      VR Aaron    2-0-9-1

"Its nice to imagine, pace of Aaron, Yadav, Cummins and Tait if he is playing. Just need to settle down Aaron and Yadav. Do not get carried away with pace. Control and Swing should be more important," says Anil.

12.1

Aaron to Bravo, no run, short and fast, angling in and cramping Bravo who still goes for the pull. He's in no position and mistimes it to wide mid-on.

12.2

Aaron to Bravo, no run, Bravo stays back and pushes a length ball towards point.

"We wanted a Hyatt in Bhubaneswar. How come Hyatt is in cuttack now... take him off now, India!," says Shiven.

12.3

Aaron to Bravo, 2 runs, angled into the pads, and Bravo's fluid timing comes into play. Worked off the pads through square leg for a couple.

12.4

Aaron to Bravo, no run, back of a length outside off, Bravo drives on the up but mistimes it towards point.

12.5

Aaron to Bravo, 1 run, on the pads at 145 kph, Bravo nudges it round the corner towards fine leg for a single.

12.6

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, Hyatt shoulders arms outside off as Aaron bustles through on a length.

End of over 13 (3 runs) West Indies 61/3 (RR: 4.69)
DP Hyatt    4* (7b 1x4)      VR Aaron    3-0-12-1
DM Bravo    7* (17b)      R Vinay Kumar    5-0-26-1

13.1

Vinay Kumar to Bravo, 1 run, 133 kph from Vinay, on the pads and tucked away resolutely for another single. The floodlights are coming on early in east India.

A widish slip stays in attendance.

13.2

Vinay Kumar to Hyatt, no run, short of a length and wide of off stump, Hyatt goes for a big heave and misses.

13.3

Vinay Kumar to Hyatt, no run, ooh, he nips this one in surreptitiously off the seam and Hyatt again leaves ... That wasn't far from off stump.

13.4

Vinay Kumar to Hyatt, no run, gets back and across to defends to the off side.

13.5

Vinay Kumar to Hyatt, no run, Vinay plugs away back of a length, and Hyatt forces it off the back foot towards mid off.

13.6

Vinay Kumar to Hyatt, no run, Vinay ends the over with an unplayable cobra of a delivery. It comes in harmlessly and then slips away like a seductress, leaving Hyatt fumbling away in its wake as he tries to cover the line.

End of over 14 (1 run) West Indies 62/3 (RR: 4.42)
DP Hyatt    4* (12b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    6-0-27-1
DM Bravo    8* (18b)      VR Aaron    3-0-12-1

Ashwin into the attack. Over the stumps with a slip.

14.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, spin straight away for the hero of the Test series. Lands on leg and breaks away, Bravo covers the deviation well and guides to the off side.

14.2

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, flatter and faster on off stump, Bravo pushes it into the mid-off area.

14.3

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, width outside off, Bravo backs away and cuts to deep point for a single.

"It is fantastic to see varun and umesh bowling at 140s. Even vinaykumar increased his speed!" says Mohammad.

14.4

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, turning in from outside off, Hyatt carefully covers the line and defends.

14.5

Ashwin to Hyatt, 1 run, this one turns onto the pads, worked with the angle towards midwicket.

14.6

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, beautiful ball. Tossed up, but it dips alarmingly on Bravo after sucking him forward and he ends up swishing at it in hope. The ball spins past the edge. Drinks in Cuttack.

End of over 15 (2 runs) West Indies 64/3 (RR: 4.26)
DM Bravo    9* (22b)      R Ashwin    1-0-2-0
DP Hyatt    5* (14b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    6-0-27-1

"It's probably hardly behoving of a comparison. But hmmm, this is probably how South Africans feel with Steyn and Morkel bowling in tandem, eh? We got Aaron and Yadav people!" says Tragic_motif who isn't so tragic now. Aaron continues. Bowling Powerplay on

15.1

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, he continues to maintain good lengths outside off and Hyatt hops across to shoulder arms.

15.2

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, another leave outside off, the ball dies on Parthi who fumbles as he collects and it jumps up to hit the face. Babyface at that. Ouch.

15.3

Aaron to Hyatt, 1 run, Hyatt heaves away with hard hands as Aaron rolls his fingers on a legcutter that goes marginally away. Played away behind point for a single.

15.4

Aaron to Bravo, FOUR, Bravura from Bravo! Short and fast ball angling in outside off, and Bravo unleashes a carve of Lara-esque proportions. The bat swing ended at midwicket, and gave the ball a fair tonk on the way, that took it almost all the way over the covers.

15.5

Aaron to Bravo, 1 wide, Aaron tries too hard to cut the room and slips this one down the leg side.

15.5

Aaron to Bravo, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side. Ragged from Aaron, he doesn't seem to like bowling round the stumps.

15.5

Aaron to Bravo, 1 run, on the stumps now, and Bravo pushes to mid-on for a single.

15.6

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, Hyatt unleashes an almighty hoick outside off and misses a short wide ball.

End of over 16 (8 runs) West Indies 72/3 (RR: 4.50)
DP Hyatt    6* (18b 1x4)      VR Aaron    4-0-20-1
DM Bravo    14* (24b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-2-0

16.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, turning away from short of a length, Bravo guides to the off side.

16.2

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, short ball, Bravo goes back and wrist-whips through midwicket for one.

One slip for Hyatt.

16.3

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, the carrom ball, lands on middle and straightens, Hyatt manages to defend it off the front foot.

16.4

Ashwin to Hyatt, 2 runs, this one turns down the leg side and Hyatt helps it along to fine leg.

16.5

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, another straighter one tossed up on the stumps and Hyatt defends off the front foot.

16.6

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, tossed up generously, Hyatt leans out to block it.

End of over 17 (3 runs) West Indies 75/3 (RR: 4.41)
DP Hyatt    8* (22b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-5-0
DM Bravo    15* (26b 1x4)      VR Aaron    4-0-20-1

"Hey, "Baby-Face" is my profile name on the Multiplayer game "Wolfenstein", am either playing this on my comp or watching cricket, such a hard worker I am." Vijay, you are tracking the game on Cricinfo, so not that hard a worker.

17.1

Aaron to Bravo, no run, 144 kph, full and fast from Aaron, who has toes in his eyes. Bravo is stuck on the back foot and plays all around it, but the ball was slipping down the leg when it struck him.

17.2

Aaron to Bravo, FOUR, 145 kph, another full ball outside off and Bravo jams down on it and gets a thick outside edge that hurtles past Parthiv to the third man fence.

17.3

Aaron to Bravo, no run, packs a fair thump on this one, fast delivery on a length and it is punched to cover, but finds the fielder.

17.4

Aaron to Bravo, FOUR, 142 kph, and Bravo sends it past cover at 284 kph at least. A smouldering cover drive to deal with the pace and show Aaron who is the boss. Deep point didn't have a chance to stop that once it found the gap in the infield.

17.5

Aaron to Bravo, no run, another flowing smash through the covers, but this time he picks out the man inside the circle. Bravo is looking the part here.

17.6

Aaron to Bravo, no run, short of a length to end the over, Bravo adjusts and defends even as it straightens.

End of over 18 (8 runs) West Indies 83/3 (RR: 4.61)
DM Bravo    23* (32b 3x4)      VR Aaron    5-0-28-1
DP Hyatt    8* (22b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-5-0

18.1

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, loopy ball on off stump, Hyatt defends to the leg side.

18.2

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, he skips out of the crease and defends to the leg side with the turn.

18.3

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, carrom ball now, Hyatt was on the front foot and defended it confidently.

Round the stumps now.

18.4

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, on the pads, and whipped with the turn to a tumbling Kohli at midwicket.

18.5

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, keeps it on the middle and leg line and Hyatt again turns it around to the leg side.

18.6

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, maiden from Ashwin, as the third successive ball is played with the turn to Kohli in the circle at midwicket.

End of over 19 (maiden) West Indies 83/3 (RR: 4.36)
DP Hyatt    8* (28b 1x4)      R Ashwin    3-1-5-0
DM Bravo    23* (32b 3x4)      VR Aaron    5-0-28-1

Aaron round the stumps.

19.1

Aaron to Bravo, 2 runs, inside edge, but safe. Bravo pushes away from the body with awry balance as Aaron angles in, and the ball squeezes away through square leg.

19.2

Aaron to Bravo, no run, back of a length outside off, Bravo adjusts and opens the face to play it to point.

19.3

Aaron to Bravo, 1 run, quick and angled in from round the stumps, Bravo doesn't have room but manages to time the steer well enough for a single through point.

19.4

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, beaten outside off. Hyatt has his feet firmly plastered to the turf as he plays a cut. Beaten for pace, comprehensively.

19.5

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, fuller now, allows Hyatt to thump the drive with good timing. He finds point, though.

19.6

Aaron to Hyatt, no run, timed even better, but dead straight to Raina who takes the missile without flinching, even as he falls back to cushion the impact.

End of over 20 (3 runs) West Indies 86/3 (RR: 4.30)
DP Hyatt    8* (31b 1x4)      VR Aaron    6-0-31-1
DM Bravo    26* (35b 3x4)      R Ashwin    3-1-5-0

"Varun's reactions Reminds me of Javagal Srinath," says Sugan. His face actually reminds me of my colleague Dustin Silgardo. Ashwin continues.

20.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, close, but safe again. Tossed up outside off, Bravo tries an ambitious whip against the turn and plays it onto his pad.

20.2

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, drops a return catch! That ball stopped, gripped and broke away sharply to have Bravo in a mess. He ended up pushing it hard and high, a couple of feet over Ashwin at catchable height, but he can't latch on with the leap to his right.

20.3

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, full ball, Hyatt stays circumspect and defends.

20.4

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, tossed up outside off, played back to the bowler.

20.5

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run

20.6

Ashwin to Hyatt, 1 run, gets the single at long last, driving with the turn through mid-on for a single.

End of over 21 (2 runs) West Indies 88/3 (RR: 4.19)
DP Hyatt    9* (35b 1x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-7-0
DM Bravo    27* (37b 3x4)      VR Aaron    6-0-31-1

Jadeja, recent Ranji triple-centurion comes on now. With a slip. He got that 300 at this very ground.

21.1

Jadeja to Hyatt, no run, angled in and straightening, Hyatt defends down the track.

21.2

Jadeja to Hyatt, no run, tight line, defended onto the pad.

21.3

Jadeja to Hyatt, 1 run, Hyatt reaches 10 for the second time in his career. Pushes with the turn into the covers to reach double figures.

21.4

Jadeja to Bravo, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, and Bravo drives it past the bowler for a single.

21.5

Jadeja to Hyatt, SIX, now that he's reached his landmark, Hyatt is taking on the bowlers. He skips out, gets to the flight and smashes Jadeja all the way over long-on. Super shot.

21.6

Jadeja to Hyatt, no run, stays on the crease for the final ball and defends down the track.

End of over 22 (8 runs) West Indies 96/3 (RR: 4.36)
DP Hyatt    16* (40b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-8-0
DM Bravo    28* (38b 3x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-7-0

22.1

Ashwin to Bravo, no run, tossed up, dipping and turning away, Bravo cuts straight to Jadeja at cover.

22.2

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, pushed through flatter, Bravo pushes to point for a quick single and Kohli nearly concedes another needless overthrow.

22.3

Ashwin to Hyatt, 2 runs, drifts this one across Hyatt, and it takes the outside edge to point. Aaron's turn to hurl wildly at the stumps, and the Windies get an overthrow.

22.4

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, the straighter one on middle and holding its line, defended from the crease.

Praveen Kumar is out of this series and the Australia Tests with a fractured rib.

22.5

Ashwin to Hyatt, FOUR, smashed! The hotelier is having a party now. Flighted into his zone outside off, and Hyatt veritably smashes it back past the bowler for four.

22.6

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run

End of over 23 (7 runs) West Indies 103/3 (RR: 4.47)
DP Hyatt    22* (44b 2x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    5-1-14-0
DM Bravo    29* (40b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-8-0

23.1

Jadeja to Bravo, no run, slipping down the leg side, Bravo looks to cross-bat the sweep but can't get it away.

23.2

Jadeja to Bravo, 1 run, works a single now, with the turn through midwicket.

23.3

Jadeja to Hyatt, 1 run, Hyatt's turn to get the single, through midwicket now.

23.4

Jadeja to Bravo, no run, tossed up outside off, Bravo leans into a powerful drive, but finds cover.

23.5

Jadeja to Bravo, 1 run, short ball now, Bravo heaves it away though midwicket.

23.6

Jadeja to Hyatt, 1 run, another short ball, Hyatt works it around through midwicket for a single.

End of over 24 (4 runs) West Indies 107/3 (RR: 4.45)
DP Hyatt    24* (46b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-12-0
DM Bravo    31* (44b 3x4)      R Ashwin    5-1-14-0

24.1

Ashwin to Hyatt, 1 run, legbreak from Ashwin. Hyatt takes it on the full and drives to long-on for a single.

24.2

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, too short to Bravo, he cracks it away into the covers for a single.

24.3

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, Parthiv has attempted a clever stumping, and the third umpire is being asked to check it. Tossed up and turning down the leg side, Hyatt can't get the glance away and keeps the foot grounded. Parthiv collects and waits. And waits. Until Hyatt lifts the foot. He does eventually, but brings it down almost immediately, before the bails are whipped off.

24.4

Ashwin to Hyatt, no run, carrom ball on off and middle, breaking away as Hyatt spots it and defends.

24.5

Ashwin to Hyatt, 1 run, back of a length, whipped with the turn through midwicket for one.

24.6

Ashwin to Bravo, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Bravo whips aerially on purpose and gets a single to deep midwicket.

End of over 25 (4 runs) West Indies 111/3 (RR: 4.44)
DM Bravo    33* (46b 3x4)      R Ashwin    6-1-18-0
DP Hyatt    26* (50b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-12-0

25.1

Jadeja to Bravo, 1 run, flat ball on the stumps, Bravo drives to long-on for a single.

25.2

Jadeja to Hyatt, 1 run, flatter and faster, the hotelier pushes it into the off side for one more.

25.3

Jadeja to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo backs away and looks to cut even as the ball spins in, and finds cover with his shot.

These guys have so far handled spin far better than England did on their recent tour.

25.4

Jadeja to Hyatt, 2 runs, Hyatt works carefully through the leg side for two more.

25.5

Jadeja to Hyatt, 1 run, looks to launch Jadeja out of the ground and mistimes the leg-side smash. It lands just short of long-on ...

25.6

Jadeja to Bravo, FOUR, well played! Bravo opens the face as Jadeja goes fractionally wide of off stump, and guides it down to third man. Feather-touch delicate stuff this.

End of over 26 (10 runs) West Indies 121/3 (RR: 4.65)
DM Bravo    39* (49b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-22-0
DP Hyatt    30* (53b 2x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    6-1-18-0

Raina comes on now.

26.1

Raina to Hyatt, 1 run, flat ball turning into the pads, Hyatt nudges it round the corner for one.

26.2

Raina to Bravo, FOUR, Bravo is looking ominous now! Tossed up a touch wide of off stump, Bravo cleans it up through the covers off the front foot. Beats cover in the circle and wide long-off easily.

26.3

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, OUT, The hotel runs out of rooms. In fact the intercom has conked off. Hyatt is gone. Back of a length outside off, Bravo cuts it to deep point and they think of two. Hyatt ambled to the batting end and turned blind. Bravo was hollering a series of "No!"s from the bowler's end, he wasn't looking for the second at all once Vinay fired in a powerful throw. Hyatt hears him only when he is close enough to. Parthiv manages to collect and break the stumps, despite coming close to falling down in anticipatory glee.

DP Hyatt run out 31 (70m 54b 2x4 1x6) SR: 57.40

Pollard is the new man in.

26.4

Raina to Pollard, no run, flighted ball on the stumps, defends to the off side.

26.5

Raina to Pollard, no run, turning into the pads, Polly stays on the crease and defends to the leg side.

26.6

Raina to Pollard, no run

End of over 27 (6 runs) West Indies 127/4 (RR: 4.70)
KA Pollard    0* (3b)      SK Raina    1-0-6-0
DM Bravo    44* (51b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-22-0

27.1

Jadeja to Bravo, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, stays back and plays it through the off side.

Pollard pulls out a bail to mark his guard.

27.2

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Polly defends off the front foot.

27.3

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, leans out once more to defend a flighted ball.

27.4

Jadeja to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard skips out to get to the flight and whips powerfully through midwicket.

"Even top 15 results of Google results don't refer to Danza Pacino Hyatt. P.S.: I do keep a count of my unpublished comments. Huh." - says "417th comment".

27.5

Jadeja to Bravo, FOUR, he's done it again, Bravo makes room and opens the face to steer with Jadeja's pace down to third man. The ball skidded off the face of the blade just as fast as it came on. Neat deflection.

27.6

Jadeja to Bravo, no run, tighter line, he leans forward and defends now.

End of over 28 (6 runs) West Indies 133/4 (RR: 4.75)
DM Bravo    49* (54b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-28-0
KA Pollard    1* (6b)      SK Raina    1-0-6-0

28.1

Raina to Pollard, no run, flat ball on the pads, Pollard whips to midwicket.

28.2

Raina to Pollard, 1 run, on the pads again, Pollard works it through midwicket for one.

28.3

Raina to Bravo, no run, tight line, no room for Bravo to work with and he punches it back to the bowler.

28.4

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, A fine fifty for Bravo. Tossed up on the pads, he wrists it away sumptuously through midwicket.

28.5

Raina to Pollard, no run, flat ball on the pads, Pollard shuffles across and works it to square leg.

28.6

Raina to Pollard, no run, another flat delivery, defended back down the track.

End of over 29 (2 runs) West Indies 135/4 (RR: 4.65)
KA Pollard    2* (10b)      SK Raina    2-0-8-0
DM Bravo    50* (56b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-28-0

"Pollard in WI clothes looks as unsure of himself as Raina does in whites," says Yogi. Rohit comes on for some more offies now.

29.1

Sharma to Bravo, no run, fired across wide of the stumps, Bravo under-edges the cut.

29.2

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, fuller and slower, Bravo pushes softly into the covers for a single.

29.3

Sharma to Pollard, no run, another flat delivery on Pollard's pads, and it is worked round the corner, but not into the gap.

29.4

Sharma to Pollard, 1 run, short again, Pollard drives down to long-on for a single.

29.5

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo prances back to pull down the ground for one more.

29.6

Sharma to Pollard, no run, slow and tossed up, Pollard defends from the crease.

End of over 30 (3 runs) West Indies 138/4 (RR: 4.60)
KA Pollard    3* (13b)      RG Sharma    1-0-3-0
DM Bravo    52* (59b 6x4)      SK Raina    2-0-8-0

"Is this the youngest Indian team ever? Or is it the most in experienced team on the field for quite a while?? Average age is 25-1/2 years and average matches played is 66.9 for this Indian playing XI." wonders Vinod. Surely the side that played in West Indies, and in Zimbabwe a couple of years back were younger.

30.1

Raina to Bravo, no run, Bravo leans out to to play Raina with the spin to cover.

30.2

Raina to Bravo, no run, beaten outside off by the sliding offbreak. Bravo was playing inside the line there. Parthiv gets excited.

30.3

Raina to Bravo, no run, works this one into the covers off the front foot.

30.4

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, short ball, Bravo hangs back and whips through midwicket.

30.5

Raina to Pollard, no run, on the pads, Pollard turns it straight to midwicket.

30.6

Raina to Pollard, 1 run, Polly skips out and chips with the angle to midwicket for one.

End of over 31 (2 runs) West Indies 140/4 (RR: 4.51)
KA Pollard    4* (15b)      SK Raina    3-0-10-0
DM Bravo    53* (63b 6x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-3-0

"Ok, Let me give an insight of whats kolaveri english. 30.1 raina to bravo 1 run-u bowled-u offside-u, pushed-u to cover-u and run-u." This, from Revanth, was coming.

31.1

Sharma to Pollard, 1 run, flat from Rohit, Pollard drags it away through midwicket for one.

31.2

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, short ball, Bravo hacks it through the covers for a single. Aaron fumbles and they think of a second, but decide against it.

31.3

Sharma to Pollard, 1 run, another flat ball, muscled down to long-on for another single.

31.4

Sharma to Bravo, no run, short ball on middle and off, Bravo defends to the off side.

31.5

Sharma to Bravo, 1 run, hint of width outside off, Bravo creams it away through point for a single.

31.6

Sharma to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard stays stuck to the crease and works with the angle through square leg for one.

End of over 32 (5 runs) West Indies 145/4 (RR: 4.53)
KA Pollard    7* (18b)      RG Sharma    2-0-8-0
DM Bravo    55* (66b 6x4)      SK Raina    3-0-10-0

32.1

Raina to Pollard, 1 run, short of a length again, pushed down the ground for another single.

32.2

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, good milking session this for the Windies. India happy to give the singles. Bravo leans out and defends softly into the covers.

32.3

Raina to Pollard, 1 run, on Polly's pads and he turns it square for yet another single.

32.4

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo laces a length ball into the covers for one more.

32.5

Raina to Pollard, 1 run, another single taken, Pollard works through the leg side again.

32.6

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, six singles in that over. Bravo tips into the covers and runs.

End of over 33 (6 runs) West Indies 151/4 (RR: 4.57)
DM Bravo    58* (69b 6x4)      SK Raina    4-0-16-0
KA Pollard    10* (21b)      RG Sharma    2-0-8-0

Jadeja comes on now.

33.1

Jadeja to Bravo, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, Bravo pushes it back to the bowler.

33.2

Jadeja to Bravo, 1 run, width now, enough for Bravo to glide down past backward point for a single.

33.3

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, well bowled... nearly has Pollard in a mess there as he holds the length back and defeats Pollard in the air. He ends up feeling for it from the crease and it nearly sneaks through onto the stumps.

33.4

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, flatter and faster, he manages to keep it out.

33.5

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, again attacks the stumps, Pollard stays on the crease and defends without conviction. The ball dribbles into the off side.

33.6

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, tossed up to end the over, Pollard defends off the front foot. Drinks for the second time today.

End of over 34 (1 run) West Indies 152/4 (RR: 4.47)
KA Pollard    10* (25b)      RA Jadeja    5-0-29-0
DM Bravo    59* (71b 6x4)      SK Raina    4-0-16-0

"I dont know whats the fuss about Pollard always. One inning (CL-2009) does not makes you a batsman. Ask agarkar who made century at Lords. Bravo should replace pollard once he's fit n back," says Priyank.

34.1

Raina to Bravo, no run, tossed up on the stumps, he leans out and defends to the off side.

34.2

Raina to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo escapes another caught and bowled chance. He hangs on the crease and thumps a length ball right back at Raina, it came back straight at him and Raina got the hands in a good position as he fell back but couldn't grab on.

34.3

Raina to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard jumps out, gets close to the pitch and hoicks to midwicket for one.

34.4

Raina to Bravo, OUT, bowled him! Raina's quicker one - 94 kph - does the trick. It landed on off, but didn't turn away like the other deliveries. It just skidded on as Bravo drove loosely away from the body. The ball slipped past the inner half of the bat and hit off stump. End of a very good innings, just before the Powerplay too.

DM Bravo b Raina 60 (107m 74b 6x4 0x6) SR: 81.08

Ramdin is the new man in.

34.5

Raina to Ramdin, no run, flat ball to welcome him, Ramdin defends from the crease.

34.6

Raina to Ramdin, 2 runs, haha! Raina gets wrong-footed by Ramdin's drive. He was moving to the right in anticipation, but the ball passed to his left for a single down the ground. Whoa, a misfield at long-off, and they get another run.

End of over 35 (4 runs) West Indies 156/5 (RR: 4.45)
D Ramdin    2* (2b)      SK Raina    5-0-20-1
KA Pollard    11* (26b)      RA Jadeja    5-0-29-0

Batting Powerplay comes on by default.

35.1

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, fires this one into the pad as Pollard looks to advance, but Jadeja keeps it flat and scrambles the shot.

35.2

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, stops in his tracks to see what Pollard is up to before landing it back of a length on middle and leg. Pollard can't do much with it.

35.3

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, three dots in the Powerplay to a man who is known to butcher sixes. Follows him again with a flat straighter one and Pollard can't do anything with it as he tries to heave to the leg side.

35.4

Jadeja to Pollard, 1 run, finally gets a single away, desperately dragging it down the ground.

35.5

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, full ball on the stumps, Ramdin leans out to defend off the front foot.

35.6

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, whoa, how close was that? Ramdin tries to cut an armer that slips close to the off stump as he misses. Very close.

End of over 36 (1 run) West Indies 157/5 (RR: 4.36)
D Ramdin    2* (4b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-0
KA Pollard    12* (30b)      SK Raina    5-0-20-1

Ashwin comes back on.

36.1

Ashwin to Pollard, 1 run, offbreak on the pads, Pollard nudges down to square leg for one.

36.2

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, the floater outside off, Ramdin tries to cut and misses as it drifts along.

36.3

Ashwin to Ramdin, 1 run, proper offbreak now, Ramdin adjusts and works a single with the spin through square leg.

36.4

Ashwin to Pollard, no run, another floater. Or was it the carrom ball? Pollard stays pinned on the crease and spots it late to defend to point.

36.5

Ashwin to Pollard, OUT, Pollard's woes against spin continue. Ashwin strikes. Short of a length and spinning in, Pollard stays back and tries to hoist it out of the ground, but picks out long-on. Horrible stroke.

KA Pollard c Kohli b Ashwin 13 (33m 33b 0x4 0x6) SR: 39.39

"Kieron Pollard is an uncultured slog-donkey whose technique isn't even up to the demands of one-day cricket - FACT" says Dave Angel. Wonder what Nasser Hussain will have to say to that.

36.6

Ashwin to Sammy, 1 wide, another legbreak from Ashwin, but he slips this well down the leg side.

Sammy is the new man in.

36.6

Ashwin to Sammy, no run, dipping offbreak to end the over, Sammy dabs it from the crease to the leg side.

End of over 37 (3 runs) West Indies 160/6 (RR: 4.32)
DJG Sammy    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    7-1-21-1
D Ramdin    3* (6b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-0

One slip in place for Jaddu.

37.1

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, full and fast outside off, Ramdin gets forward and defends to the off side.

37.2

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, flat and quick again, Ramdin defends without scoring intent.

37.3

Jadeja to Ramdin, 1 run, slips onto the pads, Ramdin gets the single now into the midwicket.

37.4

Jadeja to Sammy, 1 leg bye, too straight to Sammy who looks to nurdle from inside the line and gets a single to square leg.

37.5

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run

37.6

Jadeja to Ramdin, 1 run, Ramdin defends softly into the covers for another single before Aaron can run in.

End of over 38 (3 runs) West Indies 163/6 (RR: 4.28)
D Ramdin    5* (11b)      RA Jadeja    7-0-32-0
DJG Sammy    0* (2b)      R Ashwin    7-1-21-1

"I think Michael Holding said something like "Pollard, in my opinion, is not a cricketer". I'm not arguing with Mikey." Me neither, James. Here's Ashwin.

38.1

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, loopy and breaking in, gets Ramdin to work across the line and get a leading edge that pops up safely into the covers.

38.2

Ashwin to Ramdin, 1 run, turns into the pads, and Ramdin gets a single through square leg.

38.3

Ashwin to Sammy, no run, floater outside off, Sammy doesn't spot it and gropes for it inside the line.

38.4

Ashwin to Sammy, no run, whoa, close. Would have been a strange way to get out. Sammy closes the face early on a regulation tuck around the corner and the leading edge nearly carries to mid-on.

38.5

Ashwin to Sammy, no run, extra bounce along with spin from outside off, Sammy defends it cautiously as if Ashwin's hurled a grenade at him.

38.6

Ashwin to Sammy, no run, stays back and forces against the spin into the covers. Still can't get the single away.

End of over 39 (1 run) West Indies 164/6 (RR: 4.20)
DJG Sammy    0* (6b)      R Ashwin    8-1-22-1
D Ramdin    6* (13b)      RA Jadeja    7-0-32-0

39.1

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, Jadeja drifts this in towards the pads and Ramdin defends from the crease.

39.2

Jadeja to Ramdin, 2 runs, angled into the pads, allows Ramdin to turn it around through the leg side for a single.

39.3

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended off the front foot.

39.4

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, opens the face and guides a single through point.

39.5

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, looped up outside off, Ramdin smashes the drive into the covers but there's protection there.

39.6

Jadeja to Ramdin, 1 run, a dawdle of a Powerplay comes to an end. It has done infinite damage to the WI cause. Turned around to square leg with the turn.

End of over 40 (3 runs) West Indies 167/6 (RR: 4.17)
D Ramdin    9* (19b)      RA Jadeja    8-0-35-0
DJG Sammy    0* (6b)      R Ashwin    8-1-22-1

40.1

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, Ashwin slips another floater outside off, past the outside edge.

40.2

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, tossed up generously on the stumps, Ramdin plays it to midwicket but can't get the single.

40.3

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, looped up outside off, Ramdin gets forward and plays it to mid-on again.

40.4

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, goes outside off, Ramdin steers it square through the off side.

40.5

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, drives inside out now, but once again finds cover.

40.6

Ashwin to Ramdin, 1 run, after protecting Sammy for five balls, he gets the single now. Gets the drive past the cover fieldsman now.

End of over 41 (1 run) West Indies 168/6 (RR: 4.09)
D Ramdin    10* (25b)      R Ashwin    9-1-23-1
DJG Sammy    0* (6b)      RA Jadeja    8-0-35-0

41.1

Jadeja to Ramdin, 1 run, fired in short of a length, Ramdin pops it uppishly over the bowler for a single.

41.2

Jadeja to Sammy, no run, on the off stump, Sammy is very circumspect as he looks to cover the line. Defended to the off side.

41.3

Jadeja to Sammy, OUT, Gone. Jadeja's turn to slip in the arm ball past a confused West Indies batsmen with neither the footwork nor the eye to deal with such variations. Sammy doesn't cover the line, doesn't spot the deviation and just hangs the bat limply in hope for turn. He's haplessly outside the line, and the ball shoots through to strike timber.

DJG Sammy b Jadeja 0 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

41.4

Jadeja to Russell, FOUR, outside edge now, but thick enough to go to the boundary. Russell pushes forward and looks to cover the line but ends up edging it with the turn through third man. First four in 13 overs.

41.5

Jadeja to Russell, no run

41.6

Jadeja to Russell, no run, defends off the front foot with a straight bat, back to the bowler.

End of over 42 (5 runs) West Indies 173/7 (RR: 4.11)
AD Russell    4* (3b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-40-1
D Ramdin    11* (26b)      R Ashwin    9-1-23-1

42.1

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, Ramdin works a flighted ball from outside off with the turn.

42.2

Ashwin to Ramdin, no run, carrom ball, Ramdin defends it back to the bowler.

42.3

Ashwin to Ramdin, 1 run, slow and full outside off, Ramdin pushes softly into the off side for a quick single.

42.4

Ashwin to Russell, 1 run, beats Russell in the flight as the ball dips and breaks towards the leg side, but Russell manages to inside edge the attempted whip through backward square leg.

42.5

Ashwin to Ramdin, 1 run, backs away to a sharp offbreak and drives against the turn into the covers.

42.6

Ashwin to Russell, FOUR, Russell gets another edged boundary through third man. This was very full from Ashwin, and Russell was looking to dig it out, but the edge flew away very fine. How good a spell this has been, from Ashwin.

End of over 43 (7 runs) West Indies 180/7 (RR: 4.18)
AD Russell    9* (5b 2x4)      R Ashwin    10-1-30-1
D Ramdin    13* (30b)      RA Jadeja    9-0-40-1

43.1

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, full ball round-arm from wide of the stumps, defended back to the bowler.

43.2

Jadeja to Ramdin, 1 run, slipping onto the pads, worked with the angle through square leg.

43.3

Jadeja to Russell, no run, Russell leans out to defend a full ball.

43.4

Jadeja to Russell, no run, another armer, Russell is more careful than Sammy and defends with bat and pad near each other.

43.5

Jadeja to Russell, 1 run, Russell gets the single now, pushing hard through the mid-off area.

43.6

Jadeja to Ramdin, no run, ends with another armer, Ramdin backs away and cuts as it keeps coming in, and manages to squeeze it away.

End of over 44 (2 runs) West Indies 182/7 (RR: 4.13)
D Ramdin    14* (33b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-42-1
AD Russell    10* (8b 2x4)      R Ashwin    10-1-30-1

Hurrah! Fast bowling is back. Time for my fingers to rest a bit. Umesh runs in.

"Jadeja looks a much improved & useful package ever since last IPL. Hope he doesn't look back. PK is injured, would love to see Irphan Pathan rolling his swingers to Oz," says Dhaval Vyas.

"The curator was saying this is 300+ pitch..does he mean total of both teams?" wonders Mohammad.

44.1

Yadav to Russell, 1 run, sharp ball to start off, angling in at pace as he looks to cut and for the nth time today, the batsman gets an inside edge to the leg side.

44.2

Yadav to Ramdin, OUT, and gone. Yadav recovers nicely on his followthrough to run back towards the umpire and complete a return catch. Ramdin stayed back and was looking to swing to the leg side, but ends up getting a meek edge.

D Ramdin c & b Yadav 14 (29m 34b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

Roach is in, but Russell faces.

44.3

Yadav to Russell, no run, that's really quick! Looking to york Russell, who manages to adjust and defend at the l;ast moment.

44.4

Yadav to Russell, 1 run, Russell gets a single into the covers now. Over to Roach.

44.5

Yadav to Roach, no run, another attempted yorker, full and curving in. Roach defends off the front foot reasonably well.

44.6

Yadav to Roach, no run, hops across to cover the line and defend a short length ball to the off side.

End of over 45 (2 runs) West Indies 184/8 (RR: 4.08)
KAJ Roach    0* (2b)      UT Yadav    6-1-24-2
AD Russell    12* (11b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    10-0-42-1

Aaron comes on now.

45.1

Aaron to Russell, 1 leg bye, slower ball, beats him all ends up as he looks to pull. he is done with the shot when the ball comes and thuds into his back and go behind point.

45.2

Aaron to Roach, no run, Roach again moves across to the off stump and defends a length ball to the off side.

45.3

Aaron to Roach, 1 run, fuller length and angling in menacingly, Roach inner edges through midwicket for a single.

45.4

Aaron to Russell, 1 run, over-pitched, and Russell muscles it with furious timing at mid-on. Jadeja collects and hurls at the bowler's end, but misses. Touch and go, it would have been.

45.5

Aaron to Roach, 1 run, another slower ball, Russell is sucked into a hard-handed drive behind point and it goes uppishly towards third man.

45.6

Aaron to Russell, 1 run, blasted away uppishly, but he nearly holes out to deep extra-cover. Aaron goes full and just outside off, Russell times the loft really well off the back foot, but it lands short of the man diving in from the deep.

End of over 46 (5 runs) West Indies 189/8 (RR: 4.10)
AD Russell    14* (14b 2x4)      VR Aaron    7-0-35-1
KAJ Roach    2* (5b)      UT Yadav    6-1-24-2

46.1

Yadav to Russell, 1 run, another power drive through the covers against a pacy delivery. What is this man doing batting below pretenders like Sammy and Ramdin?!

46.2

Yadav to Roach, no run, bouncer from Umesh, Roach ducks under it quickly.

46.3

Yadav to Roach, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Roach covers the line and taps into the covers for one.

46.4

Yadav to Russell, no run, another heavy ball, dropped well short and past Russell's attempt to pull. Beaten for pace, and called a bouncer.

46.5

Yadav to Russell, no run, close to a wide that. Umesh goes wide of off stump as Russell backs away to carve, but he misses.

46.6

Yadav to Russell, SIX, how did that go? Russell must be as confused as us that he got six for that. Slow legcutter from Umesh, Russell picked up the length early and looked to hoick it over the leg side, but the extra bounce meant he got a top edge. Despite the lack of pace on it, it carried comfortably over long-on.

End of over 47 (8 runs) West Indies 197/8 (RR: 4.19)
AD Russell    21* (18b 2x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    7-1-32-2
KAJ Roach    3* (7b)      VR Aaron    7-0-35-1

47.1

Aaron to Roach, 1 run, Roach pushes a single into the covers now.

47.2

Aaron to Russell, 1 run, low full toss on the stumps, Russell lashes it away through midwicket for a single.

47.3

Aaron to Roach, 1 run, Roach again jumps across and opens his face to guide a single through point. The Windies have 200.

The fourth 50 was the slowest of the lot. Not what you would term classic ODI acceleration.

47.4

Aaron to Russell, OUT, We have seen pace, we have seen spin and now we see lack of pace get a wicket. 115 kph from Aaron, he's delighted to have a wicket with that one. Russell spots it late and looks to force the cut away through point, but gets an inside edge onto him stumps, to leave Aaron grinning with glee.

AD Russell b Aaron 22 (23m 20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 110.00

Aaron has six ODI wickets, all bowled.

47.5

Aaron to Martin, no run, full toss on the stumps, Martin the leggie manages to keep it out.

47.6

Aaron to Martin, 1 run, length ball outside off, Martin slaps it into the covers to open his account.

End of over 48 (4 runs) West Indies 201/9 (RR: 4.18)
A Martin    1* (2b)      VR Aaron    8-0-39-2
KAJ Roach    5* (9b)      UT Yadav    7-1-32-2

48.1

Yadav to Martin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Martin hops and guides it down to third man for one.

48.2

Yadav to Roach, 1 leg bye, Umesh goes full and fast in search of the lbw, and Roach gets across the stumps and manages to get the pad on it to the leg side. Surely slipping down the leg.

48.3

Yadav to Martin, no run, Martin does everything he can to get a single, hopping this way and that before working it down the track.

48.4

Yadav to Martin, no run, whoa, a slower ball but he didn't go for the offspinner or the legspinner. Just released it softly and got it to swing away gently too. Play and a miss.

48.5

Yadav to Martin, no run, back to normal service in the mid 140s, and it is defended.

48.6

Yadav to Martin, no run, Martin is pushed onto the back foot and defends a short ball on the jump to the off side.

End of over 49 (2 runs) West Indies 203/9 (RR: 4.14)
A Martin    2* (7b)      UT Yadav    8-1-33-2
KAJ Roach    5* (10b)      VR Aaron    8-0-39-2

49.1

Aaron to Roach, no run, 114 kph from Aaron, it stays low and slips under Roach's attempt to heave to the leg side.

49.2

Aaron to Roach, 1 run, not good for the toes. Full and curving in towards the pads, Roach is caught on the crease as he looks to work it to the leg side and limps across for the single.

49.3

Aaron to Martin, 1 run, short ball outside off, Martin clatters it away through extra cover for one.

49.4

Aaron to Roach, FOUR, poor ball, full toss angled down the leg side and Roach skips inside the line and rolls the wrists on it to send it away at the 86 mph at which it came. Ashwin at fine leg had no chance.

49.5

Aaron to Roach, no run, another slower ball, scoots along the turf as Roach backs away and tries to crash it through the off side.

49.6

Aaron to Roach, 2 runs, and he ends the innings with another slower ball on the stumps, this time Roach spots it and nurdles round the corner for a couple of runs. West Indies finish on a fairly unflattering 211.

Impressive work from India's bowling unit today. Umesh Yadav stood out, but each one of them chipped in well. West Indies' prospects rose and fall with Bravo's sparkling innings. They'll need to bowl out of their skins to hand India only their second ODI loss at home in a year. I'll be back at about 6.30 pm for more.

End of over 50 (8 runs) West Indies 211/9
KAJ Roach    12* (15b 1x4)      VR Aaron    9-0-47-2
A Martin    3* (8b)      UT Yadav    8-1-33-2
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Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron held their nerve at the death, India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Cuttack, November 29, 2011

Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron held their nerve at the death

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Nov 29, 2011

Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are all smiles after guiding India to a tense win, India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Cuttack, November 29, 2011

Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are all smiles after guiding India to a tense win

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