West Indies tour of India, 2006/07 / Commentary

West Indies in India ODI Series - 1st ODI

India v West Indies

India won by 14 runs

0.1

Bradshaw to Gambhir, 1 run

0.2

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

0.3

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

0.4

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

0.5

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

0.6

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
SC Ganguly    0* (5b)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-1-0
G Gambhir    1* (1b)     

1.1

Taylor to Gambhir, FOUR

1.2

Taylor to Gambhir, 2 runs

1.3

Taylor to Gambhir, 2 runs

1.4

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

1.5

Taylor to Gambhir, FOUR

1.6

Taylor to Gambhir, FOUR

End of over 2 (16 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 8.50)
G Gambhir    17* (7b 3x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-16-0
SC Ganguly    0* (5b)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-1-0

2.1

Bradshaw to Ganguly, 1 run

2.2

Bradshaw to Gambhir, 1 run

2.3

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

2.4

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

2.5

Bradshaw to Ganguly, 1 wide

2.5

Bradshaw to Ganguly, FOUR

2.6

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

End of over 3 (7 runs) India 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
SC Ganguly    5* (10b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-8-0
G Gambhir    18* (8b 3x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-16-0

3.1

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

3.2

Taylor to Gambhir, 1 run

3.3

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

3.4

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

3.5

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

3.6

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 wide

3.6

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 run

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 27/0 (RR: 6.75)
SC Ganguly    6* (14b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-19-0
G Gambhir    19* (10b 3x4)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-8-0

4.1

Bradshaw to Ganguly, 1 run

4.2

Bradshaw to Gambhir, 1 run

4.3

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

4.4

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

4.5

Bradshaw to Ganguly, FOUR

4.6

Bradshaw to Ganguly, 1 run

End of over 5 (7 runs) India 34/0 (RR: 6.80)
SC Ganguly    12* (19b 2x4)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-15-0
G Gambhir    20* (11b 3x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-19-0

5.1

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 leg bye

5.2

Taylor to Gambhir, 1 leg bye

5.3

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 run

5.4

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

5.5

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

5.6

Taylor to Gambhir, 1 run

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 38/0 (RR: 6.33)
G Gambhir    21* (15b 3x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-21-0
SC Ganguly    13* (21b 2x4)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-15-0

6.1

Bradshaw to Gambhir, no run

6.2

Bradshaw to Gambhir, 2 runs

6.3

Bradshaw to Gambhir, 2 runs

6.4

Bradshaw to Gambhir, no run

6.5

Bradshaw to Gambhir, 1 wide

6.5

Bradshaw to Gambhir, no run

6.6

Bradshaw to Gambhir, 1 run

End of over 7 (6 runs) India 44/0 (RR: 6.28)
G Gambhir    26* (21b 3x4)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-21-0
SC Ganguly    13* (21b 2x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-21-0

7.1

Taylor to Gambhir, 1 wide

7.1

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

7.2

Taylor to Gambhir, 1 run

7.3

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

7.4

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 wide

7.4

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

7.5

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

7.6

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 run

End of over 8 (4 runs) India 48/0 (RR: 6.00)
SC Ganguly    14* (25b 2x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-25-0
G Gambhir    27* (23b 3x4)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-21-0

8.1

Bradshaw to Ganguly, FOUR

8.2

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

8.3

Bradshaw to Ganguly, no run

8.4

Bradshaw to Ganguly, SIX

8.5

Bradshaw to Ganguly, 1 run

8.6

Bradshaw to Gambhir, FOUR

End of over 9 (15 runs) India 63/0 (RR: 7.00)
G Gambhir    31* (24b 4x4)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-36-0
SC Ganguly    25* (30b 3x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    4-0-25-0

9.1

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run

9.2

Samuels to Gambhir, no run

9.3

Samuels to Gambhir, no run

9.4

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run

9.5

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

9.6

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 65/0 (RR: 6.50)
SC Ganguly    26* (33b 3x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-2-0
G Gambhir    32* (27b 4x4)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-36-0

10.1

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

10.2

Taylor to Gambhir, FOUR

10.3

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

10.4

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

10.5

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

10.6

Taylor to Gambhir, no run

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 69/0 (RR: 6.27)
G Gambhir    36* (33b 5x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-29-0
SC Ganguly    26* (33b 3x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-2-0

11.1

Samuels to Ganguly, FOUR

11.2

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

11.3

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 wide

11.3

Samuels to Ganguly, FOUR

11.4

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

11.5

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run

11.6

Samuels to Gambhir, no run

End of over 12 (10 runs) India 79/0 (RR: 6.58)
G Gambhir    36* (34b 5x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-12-0
SC Ganguly    35* (38b 5x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    5-0-29-0

12.1

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

12.2

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

12.3

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

12.4

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 run

12.5

Taylor to Gambhir, 1 run

12.6

Taylor to Ganguly, no run

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 81/0 (RR: 6.23)
SC Ganguly    36* (43b 5x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    6-0-31-0
G Gambhir    37* (35b 5x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-12-0

13.1

Samuels to Gambhir, FOUR

13.2

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run

13.3

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

13.4

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run

13.5

Samuels to Gambhir, no run

13.6

Samuels to Gambhir, FOUR

End of over 14 (10 runs) India 91/0 (RR: 6.50)
G Gambhir    46* (39b 7x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-22-0
SC Ganguly    37* (45b 5x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    6-0-31-0

14.1

Powell to Ganguly, no run, back of a length, blocked back down the ground

14.2

Powell to Ganguly, no run, striaghter, turned straight to square leg

14.3

Powell to Ganguly, FOUR

14.4

Powell to Ganguly, 1 wide

14.4

Powell to Ganguly, no run

14.5

Powell to Ganguly, no run, deflected to the off side, no run

14.6

Powell to Ganguly, FOUR, Blistering! Ganguly backs away and swats it past the off side for a four. Oh Ah. What a peppering!

End of over 15 (9 runs) India 100/0 (RR: 6.66)
SC Ganguly    45* (51b 7x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    1-0-9-0
G Gambhir    46* (39b 7x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-22-0

15.1

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, fast and straight, Gambhir blocks it

15.2

Samuels to Gambhir, FOUR, down the leg side, this is not what West Indies want. leg bye races away down the leg side for four

15.3

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, driven straight down, easy single

15.4

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run, steered away to the off side for another single

15.5

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, easily done, tucked round the corner

15.6

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

End of over 16 (7 runs) India 107/0 (RR: 6.68)
SC Ganguly    46* (53b 7x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    4-0-29-0
G Gambhir    52* (43b 8x4)      DBL Powell    1-0-9-0

16.1

Powell to Gambhir, 1 run, flicked away to the short midwicket region for an easy single. West Indies just can't stop the run-flow now

16.2

Powell to Ganguly, no run, taped to the off side, straight to the fielder

16.3

Powell to Ganguly, SIX, WOAH! WHAT A WAY TO BRING UP A FIFTY! backed away, down the ground, juddering swat soars over extra cover for a big six, Ganguly pumped up now, lifts his bat to the dressing-room and celebrates. What a return for Ganguly. Nagpur is in raptures

16.4

Powell to Ganguly, 1 run, turned square for an easy single. Ganguly full of energy now

16.5

Powell to Gambhir, no run, tapped down the ground, no run this time

16.6

Powell to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, Gambhir on his back foot and defends it watchfully

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 115/0 (RR: 6.76)
G Gambhir    53* (46b 8x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-17-0
SC Ganguly    53* (56b 7x4 2x6)      MN Samuels    4-0-29-0

17.1

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run, quick single to the on side

17.2

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, blocked straight, tries to hurry for a single but no run

17.3

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, tucked away to the on side

17.4

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, can't keep it out

17.5

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 wide, down the leg side, Samuels continues to bowl his his customary wide for the over

17.5

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run, tapped for a single, India's openers having no problem in handling the darts that Samuels is sending down

17.6

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 119/0
SC Ganguly    54* (60b 7x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    5-0-33-0
G Gambhir    54* (48b 8x4)     

18.1

Powell to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, on the back foot, defended to mid-on

18.2

Powell to Gambhir, 1 run, full ball, Ganguly gets under it and drives it to long-off for a single

18.3

Powell to Ganguly, no run, Gambhir steers it to gully, can't beat the fielder though

18.4

Powell to Ganguly, 1 run, short ball, slightly wide of the off, gambhir goes for the pull but can't get hold of it, ball strikes the top of the bat and lobs over mid-on for a streaky single. Not in control that time

18.5

Powell to Gambhir, no run, yorker length, Ganguly tries to deflect but can't beat the fielder in the off side

18.6

Powell to Gambhir, no run

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 121/0
G Gambhir    55* (52b 8x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-19-0
SC Ganguly    55* (62b 7x4 1x6)     

19.1

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, defended with a dead bat. Gambhir drops it down cautiously

19.2

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, on the hips again, worked to backward square leg. again no run.

19.3

Samuels to Ganguly, FOUR, Down the track, flighted a bit, Gambhir waltzes down and chips it over extra cover for a glorious four

19.4

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run, angles the bat, ball deflects to third man for a single

19.5

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, can't keep it out. Ganguly not taking any undue risk now

19.6

Samuels to Gambhir, no run

End of over 20 (5 runs) India 126/0
G Gambhir    55* (54b 8x4)      MN Samuels    6-0-38-0
SC Ganguly    60* (66b 8x4 1x6)     

20.1

Powell to Ganguly, FOUR, BIFF! short from Powell, gambhir pulls it away imperiously for a four over midwicket. This has been a supremely confident innings from Gambhir and he's not showing signs of stopping

20.2

Powell to Ganguly, 1 run, taps to the off side

20.3

Powell to Gambhir, no run

20.4

Powell to Gambhir, 1 run, down the track again, this time the ball is slightly wide and moving away, Gambhir gets a thickish edge to the cover fence for an easy single

20.5

Powell to Ganguly, no run

20.6

Powell to Ganguly, 1 run

End of over 21 (7 runs) India 133/0
SC Ganguly    66* (70b 9x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    4-0-26-0
G Gambhir    56* (56b 8x4)     

21.1

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, on a length, outside off stump, wide called. Harsh call.

21.2

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, offers the dead bat, doesn't think of a run that time

21.3

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, doen the track, shows aggressive intent, but straight to Brian Lara stationed at short midwicket

21.4

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, turned to shrot fine leg but can't get through for a run

21.5

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run, angled to shrot third man and hurries for a quick single, Gayle misses the stumps and almsot gives the batsman overthrows

21.6

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, straight to short midwicket, can't beat the infield

End of over 22 (1 run) India 134/0
G Gambhir    56* (57b 8x4)      MN Samuels    7-0-39-0
SC Ganguly    67* (75b 9x4 1x6)     

22.1

Powell to Ganguly, 1 run, tucked away, Powell can't get his direction right

22.2

Powell to Gambhir, no run, no run this time

22.3

Powell to Gambhir, no run

22.4

Powell to Gambhir, 1 run

22.5

Powell to Ganguly, FOUR, SWAT! full and straight, Gambhir slots it with the meat of the bat to the midwicket fence for a gorgeous four

22.6

Powell to Ganguly, no run

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 140/0
SC Ganguly    72* (78b 10x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    5-0-32-0
G Gambhir    57* (60b 8x4)     

23.1

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run, turned to third man for a single, even infielders can't stop the run-flow. The batsmen are pacing the shots well

23.2

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, tries to angle to third man but can't get a single this time

23.3

Samuels to Gambhir, no run, keeps it out carefully

23.4

Samuels to Gambhir, 1 run, tip and run is the order of the day

23.5

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, keeps it out again, it's fast and straight and the batsmen wouldn't want to be doing anything silly

23.6

Samuels to Ganguly, 2 runs

End of over 24 (0 runs) India 140/0
SC Ganguly    60* (81b 10x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    8-0-43-0
G Gambhir    69* (63b 8x4)     

24.1

Gayle to Gambhir, no run, cut to backward point but can't get a run

24.2

Gayle to Gambhir, no run, forward defence, cautious that time

24.3

Gayle to Gambhir, no run, flick to backward square leg

24.4

Gayle to Gambhir, OUT, Strikes! Chris Gayle gets a wicket in his first over. It's an important one. Gambhir cuts straight into backward point's hands. The ball is wide and slightly short but Gambhir can't get his timing going. Samuels accepts a simple catch. Gambhir

G Gambhir c Samuels b Gayle 69 (114m 75b 10x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

24.5

Gayle to Tendulkar, no run, watchfully tucked away to the on side. Gayle firing it in speedily

24.6

Gayle to Tendulkar, no run, Gayle flights it a bit outside off, Tendulkar walks across and turns it to short fine but can't get the single

Double spin attack from West Indies now. But India cruising along just fine. The base is set, can they launch now?

End of over 25 (4 runs, wicket maiden) India 144/1
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)      CH Gayle    1-1-0-1
SC Ganguly    60* (73b 10x4 1x6)     

25.1

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, full and straight, blocked to the off side, Ganguly on the front foot and assured

25.2

Samuels to Ganguly, FOUR

25.3

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

25.4

Samuels to Ganguly, FOUR

25.5

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

25.6

Samuels to Ganguly, no run

End of over 26 (8 runs) India 152/1
SC Ganguly    68* (79b 12x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    9-0-51-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)     

26.1

Gayle to Tendulkar, no run, tries to flick away to leg, strikes him on thigh

26.2

Gayle to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward and pushes to midwicket

26.3

Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushes gently just square of midwicket a full length ball. master is off the mark

26.4

Gayle to Ganguly, no run, Ganguly plays back to a good ball round the wicket and drops it down

26.5

Gayle to Ganguly, FOUR, Four runs!! Steps out and smashes inside out over extra covers

26.6

Gayle to Ganguly, FOUR, Four runs!! Ganguly paddles sweeps a poor leg-side delivery for another boundary. Dada on fire

Taylor back on now

End of over 27 (9 runs) India 161/1
SC Ganguly    76* (82b 14x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    2-1-9-1
SR Tendulkar    1* (5b)     

27.1

Taylor to Tendulkar, 2 runs, two runs, tendulkar flicks just short of midwicket, valiant dive but can't stop 2 runs

27.2

Taylor to Tendulkar, no run, no run. Tendulkar plays off thighs for no run

27.3

Taylor to Tendulkar, no run, Clever slower ball, Tendulkar deals with confidently pushing it to legside

27.4

Taylor to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar wristily nudges an good length ball from outside off through midwicket. Elastic wrists.

27.5

Taylor to Ganguly, 1 run, full ball Ganguly just dabs through point for an easy single

27.6

Taylor to Tendulkar, no run, tendulkar pushes a slower ball to short fine leg

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 165/1
SR Tendulkar    4* (10b)      JE Taylor    7-0-35-0
SC Ganguly    77* (83b 14x4 1x6)     

28.1

Bravo to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly just drops in front of him and takes a superb quick single

28.2

Bravo to Tendulkar, no run, slower ball, another one, Tendulkar pushes out to short cover

28.3

Bravo to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar flicks off hips very square for a boundary. beautifully timed shot

28.4

Bravo to Tendulkar, no run, another slower ball, tendulkar pushes out to cover

28.5

Bravo to Tendulkar, no run, another slower ball, pushed gently to midwicket - he should start bowling regular off spin

28.6

Bravo to Tendulkar, 1 run, tendulkar pushes a yorker down the legside to fine leg for a single. 4 balls out of six in that over were slower balls.

Taylor to contine...

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 171/1
SR Tendulkar    9* (15b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-6-0
SC Ganguly    78* (84b 14x4 1x6)     

29.1

Taylor to Tendulkar, no run, flicked striaght to short fine leg

29.2

Taylor to Tendulkar, no run, short bal around the off stump, cut away straight to point

29.3

Taylor to Tendulkar, 2 runs, tendulkar opens face expertly and guides to fine third man, and good running sees them get two. old men, fresh legs.

29.4

Taylor to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar lifts straightest of straight bats but mistimes it and it lands just over mid-on to run away to the buondary

29.5

Taylor to Tendulkar, no run, Cuts a short wide ball but straight to point

29.6

Taylor to Tendulkar, no run, wild hoick to off-stump ball , gets inside edge and dribbles out apologetically to midwicket

Drinks called into the field Cracking start by the Indians. Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is having a ball. What a dream comeback this has been. He sparkled in South Africa, becoming the highest scorer, and now he has waded into the West Indies attack.

End of over 30 (6 runs) India 177/1
SR Tendulkar    15* (21b 2x4)      JE Taylor    8-0-41-0
SC Ganguly    78* (84b 14x4 1x6)     

30.1

Bravo to Ganguly, no run

30.2

Bravo to Ganguly, no run

30.3

Bravo to Ganguly, no run, length ball, pushed away to cover

30.4

Bravo to Ganguly, no run, speared in, pushed back straight to bowler

30.5

Bravo to Ganguly, no run

30.6

Bravo to Ganguly, SIX, Classic dada!! dances down the pitch and lofts gayle high,high, high over long on for a massive six,ball out of the ground

Samuels brought back into the attack

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 183/1
SC Ganguly    84* (90b 14x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-12-0
SR Tendulkar    15* (21b 2x4)     

31.1

Samuels to Tendulkar, 1 run, easily pushed a leg-side delivery to deep square leg

31.2

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, easily pushed a leg-side delivery to deep square leg

31.3

Samuels to Ganguly, no run, another good ball, again pushed out to cover

31.4

Samuels to Ganguly, 1 run, great run, this time dabs it just fine, towards point and immediately sets off for one

31.5

Samuels to Tendulkar, no run, tendulkar clips straight to short fine leg

31.6

Samuels to Tendulkar, FOUR, superb shot, little angled dink past where slips generally are and timed beatifully. typical ODI shot and typically tendulkar

End of over 32 (6 runs) India 189/1
SR Tendulkar    20* (24b 3x4)      MN Samuels    10-0-57-0
SC Ganguly    85* (93b 14x4 2x6)     

32.1

Gayle to Ganguly, 1 run

32.2

Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, tendulkar dances down and elegantly pushes to long on for easiest single

32.3

Gayle to Ganguly, 1 run, round t he wicket, speared into thighs, ganguly flicks to midwicket

32.4

Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, tendulkar itchy feet, again dances down and pushes to square leg

32.5

Gayle to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly dabs past slips, short third man fumbles and another run to bring up 50 partnership in 49 balls

32.6

Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar flicks away to deep midwicket, uppishly, for just the one

End of over 33 (6 runs) India 195/1
SR Tendulkar    23* (27b 3x4)      CH Gayle    4-2-21-1
SC Ganguly    88* (96b 14x4 2x6)     

33.1

Smith to Tendulkar, 1 run, Directed off off-stump to swuare leg, simple one as singles keep flowing

33.2

Smith to Ganguly, no run, Ganguly dabs it, but only to point, where good fielding prevents single

33.3

Smith to Ganguly, 1 run, slower ball and a full toss to boot, gaguly pushes past mid-off for easy run, could've been more

33.4

Smith to Tendulkar, 1 run, tendulkar pushes out a perfect forward defensive to long-on

33.5

Smith to Ganguly, 2 runs, Ganguly cleverly deflects to leg-side, in vacant areas to deep midwicket to bring up the 200

33.6

Smith to Ganguly, 1 run, angling outside off again, steered to third man for another single. the runs keep coming for India

End of over 34 (6 runs) India 201/1
SC Ganguly    92* (100b 11x4 3x6)      DR Smith    1-0-6-0
SR Tendulkar    25* (29b 3x4)     

34.1

Gayle to Ganguly, no run, played straight to square leg

34.2

Gayle to Ganguly, 1 run, outside leg stump again, this time Ganguly manages to turn it to fine leg

34.3

Gayle to Tendulkar, no run, On the legs, Tendulkar attempts a sweep but misses

34.4

Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, Down the pitch and driven to long-on

34.5

Gayle to Ganguly, 1 run, Dabbed to short third man, and excellent runing by Tendulkar

34.6

Gayle to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Flicked to short fine leg, a shy at the stumps misses and the batsmen steal an overthrow

End of over 35 (5 runs) India 206/1
SR Tendulkar    28* (32b 3x4)      CH Gayle    5-2-26-1
SC Ganguly    94* (103b 11x4 3x6)     

35.1

Smith to Ganguly, 1 run, driven down to long-off, and the batsmen continue to milk the runs

35.2

Smith to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the legs, and comfortably flicked to deep square leg

35.3

Smith to Ganguly, no run, Full toss, but Ganguly hits it straight to short extra cover

35.4

Smith to Ganguly, 1 wide, Angling outside, but looked a harsh call as Ganguly missed a steer

35.4

Smith to Ganguly, 1 run, Another push down to long-off, another single

35.5

Smith to Tendulkar, no run, Full length on the stumps, Tendulkar only manages to flick straight to midwicket

35.6

Smith to Tendulkar, 1 run, Down the pitch and hoicked to leg, but well fielded at deep midwicket

End of over 36 (5 runs) India 211/1
SR Tendulkar    30* (35b 3x4)      DR Smith    2-0-11-0
SC Ganguly    96* (106b 11x4 3x6)     

36.1

Gayle to Tendulkar, 1 run, Speared in at the legs, turned away to deep square leg

36.2

Gayle to Ganguly, 1 wide, Wide outside leg, and a delayed, but correct call

36.2

Gayle to Ganguly, no run, Some turn for Gayle, and Gaanguly misses a steer

36.3

Gayle to Ganguly, 1 run, Turned to leg once again. Only three needed for his hundred now

36.4

Gayle to Tendulkar, no run

36.5

Gayle to Tendulkar, OUT, A good full-length delivery. Tendulkar first shaped to sweep, then changed his mind but was too late in bringing his bat down. The ball raps his front leg on the full in front of off. Good decision by Billy Bowden

SR Tendulkar lbw b Gayle 31 (54m 38b 3x4 0x6) SR: 81.57

Mahendra Singh Dhoni the new batsman

36.6

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, Off the mark immediately by pushing one off the back foot to long-on

End of over 37 (4 runs) India 215/2
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      CH Gayle    6-2-30-2
SC Ganguly    97* (108b 11x4 3x6)     

37.1

Smith to Dhoni, no run, Full length and swinging in a touch, Dhoni adjusts late and plays it to midwicket

37.2

Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, Another full ball on the legs, this time Dhoni manages to turn it to fine leg

37.3

Smith to Ganguly, 1 run, Played down the ground, looking for a second run but not on

37.4

Smith to Dhoni, 2 runs, Excellent running, nudged to square leg, and the batsmen ran hard for a couple

37.5

Smith to Dhoni, no run

37.6

Smith to Dhoni, no run, Speared in on the legs again, Dhoni could only play it straight to short midwicket. Good over by Smith

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 219/2
MS Dhoni    4* (6b)      DR Smith    3-0-15-0
SC Ganguly    98* (109b 11x4 3x6)     

38.1

Gayle to Ganguly, OUT, Outstanding fielding by Dwayne Smith, and Ganguly falls short of his hundred by just 2.

SC Ganguly run out 98 (177m 110b 11x4 3x6) SR: 89.09

Ganguly flicked it to square leg, and Smith, fielding just behind square, swooped down on the ball, picked it up with his right hand and in the same motion hurled the ball at the non-striker's end. The direct hit found Ganguly just short of the crease

38.2

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, Played straight to short midwicket

38.3

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, Pushed to long-on

38.4

Gayle to Dravid, 1 run, Short and outside off, cut hard to third man

38.5

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, Another full length ball, flicked down to long-on

38.6

Gayle to Dravid, no run

End of over 39 (3 runs) India 222/3
R Dravid    1* (2b)      CH Gayle    7-2-33-2
MS Dhoni    6* (9b)     

39.1

Smith to Dravid, 1 run, down the ground

39.2

Smith to Dhoni, no run

39.3

Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, driven straight, Smith can't cut it off

39.4

Smith to Dravid, 1 run, eased away on the leg side

39.5

Smith to Dhoni, no run, driven to cover, straight to the fielder

39.6

Smith to Dhoni, no run, similar full length delivery, driven to cover

End of over 40 (7 runs) India 226/3
MS Dhoni    7* (13b)      DR Smith    4-0-18-0
R Dravid    4* (4b)     

40.1

Gayle to Dravid, no run, dot, defended watchfully

40.2

Gayle to Dravid, 2 runs, swept away to square leg, fine stop on the boundary line and the batsmen have to settle for 2

40.3

Gayle to Dravid, no run, tries to turn to square leg but no run

40.4

Gayle to Dravid, 1 run, gives himself room, down the ground for a single

40.5

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, whipped to the leg side, easily done

40.6

Gayle to Dravid, no run, tries to turn it past fie leg but can't beat the fielder

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 230/3
R Dravid    7* (9b)      CH Gayle    8-2-37-2
MS Dhoni    8* (14b)     

41.1

Smith to Dhoni, FOUR, Crack! Smith sends it down wide of the off stump and allows Dhoni enough time to free his arms and give it a mighty crack. Square leg has no chance to stop that. Meaty blow from Dhoni

41.2

Smith to Dhoni, 2 runs, driven powerfully to extra cover for two. Hurries between the wickets

41.3

Smith to Dhoni, no run, wide outside off stump, Dhoni backs away, gives himself room but can't reach it. Dhoni slips in the process and lies on the pitch

41.4

Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, down the ground for a single

41.5

Smith to Dravid, no run, defends a straight one

41.6

Smith to Dravid, 1 run, ekes out an easy single

End of over 42 (8 runs) India 238/3
R Dravid    8* (11b)      DR Smith    5-0-26-0
MS Dhoni    15* (18b 1x4)     

42.1

Gayle to Dravid, 1 wide, wide down leg side

42.1

Gayle to Dravid, no run

42.2

Gayle to Dravid, 1 run, worked away to fine leg

42.3

Gayle to Dhoni, SIX, flight this time and Dhoni is quick to pounce on it, down the track and that's a huge hit. Clatters into the press box straight back over the bowler's head

42.4

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, turned to the leg

42.5

Gayle to Dravid, no run, tries to turn but can't get it past the infield

42.6

Gayle to Dravid, FOUR, full and Dravid goes for the reverse-sweep. Delicately done that time and the ball speeds away to the boundary

End of over 43 (13 runs) India 251/3
R Dravid    13* (15b 1x4)      CH Gayle    9-2-50-2
MS Dhoni    22* (20b 1x4 1x6)     

43.1

Smith to Dhoni, no run, powerful straight drive from Dhoni but brilliantly stopped by Smith on his follow through

43.2

Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out and drills it to long-on

43.3

Smith to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid steps out this time and sends it to long-on for a single

43.4

Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, Creamed off-drive, easy single there

43.5

Smith to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid lofts over midwicket. Sweetly done. One bounce four there

43.6

Smith to Dravid, 1 run, Steps out again and off-drives for a single

Bradshaw into the attack now. he replaces Gayle

End of over 44 (8 runs) India 259/3
R Dravid    19* (18b 2x4)      DR Smith    6-0-34-0
MS Dhoni    24* (23b 1x4 1x6)     

44.1

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, tries to steer to third man but can't beat the field

44.2

Bradshaw to Dravid, 1 run, straight and yorker length from Bradshaw, Dravid digs it out and bunts it to the long-on fielder for a single

44.3

Bradshaw to Dhoni, 1 run, straight again, good line from Bradshaw, Dhoni frees his arms but can't find the room to maneuvre. Steered away to third man for a single

44.4

Bradshaw to Dravid, FOUR, low full toss from Bradshaw. That's a tough one to hit but Dravid gets under it marvellously and swings over midwicket for a four. That was a superb shot

44.5

Bradshaw to Dravid, 1 run, full this time, Dravid goes for a similar shot but can't get the placement. Settles for a single

44.6

Bradshaw to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length and straight, Dhoni carefully angles his bat and scampers a single to third man

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 267/3
MS Dhoni    26* (25b 1x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    6-0-44-0
R Dravid    25* (22b 3x4)     

45.1

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, Superb yorker, Dhoni can only dig it out down to long-on for a single

45.2

Bravo to Dravid, no run, Another brilliant yorker, following Dravid outside leg. Dug out straight back to the bowler

45.3

Bravo to Dravid, 1 run, Length ball this time, Dravid mistimes his hoick to long-on, but gets a run to bring up the 50-run partnership, off only 43 balls

45.4

Bravo to Dhoni, no run, Another yorker angling outside leg, Dhoni finds short midwicket.

45.5

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, Full-length again, drilled down to long-on. superb over so far

45.6

Bravo to Dravid, 2 runs, Perfect yorker again, but Dravid digs it out and the ball goes behind square off the inside edge. Two fortuitous runs to Dravid, but only five from the over

Jerome Taylor back into the attack, Dhoni on strike

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 272/3
R Dravid    28* (25b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-0
MS Dhoni    28* (28b 1x4 1x6)     

46.1

Taylor to Dhoni, 2 runs, Full length on middle, but Dhoni plays that characteristic bottom-handed flick straight down the ground

46.2

Taylor to Dhoni, 1 run, Outside off, Dhoni went for a wild hoick, the ball flew to third man off the outside edge

46.3

Taylor to Dravid, 1 run, Outside off, Dhoni went for a wild hoick, the ball flew to third man off the outside edge

46.4

Taylor to Dhoni, SIX, What a strike! Taylor bowled from round the stumps this time, and Dhoni simply swung it for a clean hit over wide long-on

46.5

Taylor to Dhoni, 1 run, Full length again, the bottom hand comes into play as well as Dhoni strikes it to long-on

46.6

Taylor to Dravid, SIX, Dravid gets into the act as well! Full and outside off, and Dravid goes down on one knee, almost overbalances but still manages to time it magnificently for a six over backward point

End of over 47 (17 runs) India 289/3
R Dravid    35* (27b 3x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    9-0-58-0
MS Dhoni    38* (32b 1x4 2x6)     

47.1

Bravo to Dhoni, FOUR, The bowler extremely unlucky there. Perfect yorker, but Dhoni gets an inside edge to the fine-leg boundary

47.2

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, Went for a hoick to leg but missed, the ball went off to short point off the thigh

47.3

Bravo to Dravid, SIX, Magnificent! Slower ball, and Dravid waited so patiently, made room by moving outside leg, and then carved it over extra-cover

47.4

Bravo to Dravid, 1 run, Outside off again, creamed down to the sweeper at extra cover

47.5

Bravo to Dhoni, SIX, Length ball gets punished by Dhoni - a hard flat hit over long-on. This is turning out to be carnage time

47.6

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, Smashed to long-on, but only a single this time

The last two overs have fetched 36

End of over 48 (19 runs) India 308/3
MS Dhoni    49* (36b 2x4 3x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-29-0
R Dravid    42* (29b 3x4 2x6)     

48.1

Taylor to Dhoni, SIX, What a shot! A low full toss, and Dhoni gets down on one knee and picked it up over midwicket. that's 50 for dhoni. smashing effort

48.2

Taylor to Dhoni, FOUR, Full length outside off, Dhoni again manages to pick it up and finds the power and the placement to get it through the off-side cordon. West Indies are coming unstuck here

48.3

Taylor to Dhoni, 1 run, Smashed to deep midwicket. Hundred run partnership off just 62 balls!

48.4

Taylor to Dravid, no run, A dot ball at last. full length on the legs, and Dravid can't get it away

48.5

Taylor to Dravid, 1 run, Carved down to long-on, but well fielded at the boundary

48.6

Taylor to Dhoni, 1 run, Speared it on the legs, and Dhoni gets some bat on it as the ball dribbles away to off for a single. 13 off the over, and 49 in the last three

Last over of the innings coming up

End of over 49 (13 runs) India 321/3
MS Dhoni    61* (40b 3x4 4x6)      JE Taylor    10-0-71-0
R Dravid    43* (31b 3x4 2x6)     

49.1

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, Yorker length again, but Dhoni digs it out to long-off

49.2

Bravo to Dravid, 4 byes, More misery for WI! Dravid went for a hoick, missed, and so did Ramdin, standing up close

49.3

Bravo to Dravid, SIX, Sublime stuff! Bravo just failed to get the yorker length right this time, and Dravid picked it up so effortlessly, smashing it over long-on

49.4

Bravo to Dravid, 1 run, 74th fifty for Dravid, as he picks up another run

49.5

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 bye, Down the leg and Dhoni misses, but this time Ramdin, standing back, is able to partially stop it

49.6

Bravo to Dravid, FOUR, Full toss outside off, Dravid gets an outside edge and the ball races away to the third-man fence. A fitting way for India to end their run-fest - it's their highest ODI score against West Indies

That was a stunning batting display by a line-up that was so out of form before this game. Gambhir and Ganguly set it up magnificently with that opening-wicket stand of 144. Ganguly, coming back into the one-day line-up after 16 months, returned in style with a smashing knock, and was desperately unlucky to miss his hundred.

However, even that first-wicket stand was overshadowed by the blistering 119-run stand between Dhoni and Dravid, in just 11.5 overs. Dhoni blasted 62 off just 42 balls, while Dravid was equally commanding, getting to 54 off 35. For West Indies, there wasn't much cheer. What must perk them up, though, is the fact that the pitch is a belter, and should continue to be so in the afternoon as well. The outfield is super quick as well, and if Chris Gayle and co. get going, there might yet be some more blistering batting. Join us for all the action in about 15 minutes.

End of over 50 (17 runs) India 338/3
R Dravid    54* (35b 4x4 3x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-41-0
MS Dhoni    62* (42b 3x4 4x6)     
Series Results
India v West Indies at Vadodara - Jan 31, 2007
India won by 160 runs
India v West Indies at Chennai - Jan 27, 2007
West Indies won by 3 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)
India v West Indies at Cuttack - Jan 24, 2007
India won by 20 runs
India v West Indies at Nagpur - Jan 21, 2007
India won by 14 runs
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Jan 21, 2007

The Indians looked relieved after the victory, India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Nagpur, January 21, 2007

The Indians looked relieved after the victory

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Jan 21, 2007

Brian Lara scored 31 off 23 balls and added 66 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul , India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Nagpur, January 21, 2007

Brian Lara scored 31 off 23 balls and added 66 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul

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