Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That is all from this game. The series is alive for the final match in Kanpur. It is a day game on Wednesday. Abhishek Purohit signing off till then. Good night.

Darren Sammy is the Man of the Match. Sammy: "I must thank my team-mates for giving me another opportunity. It must have been difficult to do that, seeing how the series has gone for me. Simmons and I communicated well. We backed ourselves to get 90-odd in the last ten overs. Once I am hitting the ball nicely, it was always good for me. Good to contribute in a crucial game."

Dwayne Bravo: "Great team effort. Holder and Rampaul gave us a good start, can't forget young Permaul. Once we got the Indians under 300, we backed ourselves to chase. We planned very well. It was a must-win game for us. We communicated well on the field. The bowlers executed. We fielded well. Bowling to MS, the best player in the world, is always difficult. Well done to young Powell, Simmons and Darren Sammy. Myself getting out at a crucial time. Our aim was for one of the top five batters to bat through the innings. We had four half-centuries today, so that was good."

MS Dhoni: "There was a lot of dew, was difficult for bowlers to even grip the ball, let along putting it in right areas. Toss was crucial. To take it to the last over was a superb bowling effort. The spinners did really well. When we went into bowl, there was plenty of dew, and it kept getting worse. It was very difficult to score runs and rotate strike. We saw that when they batted as well. If there was no dew, 289 was 400-odd on this pitch with so much turn and bounce."

Not often can you accuse him of not throwing his wicket away, but for once, Darren Sammy has done exactly the same. He came in at 185 for 5. There was extra responsibility as West Indies were playing an extra bowler. They needed 22 more when Simmons fell but Sammy wasn't going to give it away tonight. This is as sensible a finishing innings as you'll ever see, and he's still managed a strike-rate of 140. He's led West Indies to their fourth-highest successful chase

Catches galore going down this game. West Indies put down a couple, but India outdid them by dropping at least five chances, including Darren Bravo thrice in four balls. Yuvraj put down Simmons on 43. West Indies were 215 for 5 then.

Lendl Simmons [on what he and Sammy were thinking]: "Just knock it around, keep rotating the strike, build a partnership, bat till the end. Sammy batted well. We stuck to our gameplan and executed it well." Simmons adds it was difficult to bowl. The ball was changed twice when West Indies batted, there was so much dew around.

Kamal: "I'm looking for the guy who sent that feedback saying Sammy's been in the team only to take good catches. #MotherOfJinxes"

Sharma to Sammy, 1 run, that shall do it for West Indies, Darren Sammy gets under this pitched up delivery and lifts it over the infield, there is deep midwicket, but a single is all West Indies need, and Sammy strolls to the other end with a smile on his face
Sharma to Permaul, 1 leg bye, Mohit goes up in appeal for lbw, this cut in and hit him too high, Sammy and Permaul kept their cool to sneak in the leg bye as the ball rolls square on the off side

All men saving the single in the circle

Sharma to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy was winding up, but he saw this bowled slow, and reined himself in to tap it into the off side for a single

Second bat change for Sammy. Mohit Sharma will bowl the last over

49 | 3 Runs 2 Wkts | WI: 286/8 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.83, RRR: 3.00)

  • DJG Sammy61 (43b)
  • V Permaul0 (0b)
  • Mohammed Shami7-0-55-2
  • B Kumar9-1-56-2
Mohammed Shami to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy goes for glory off the short ball and swipes hard, it flies in the air, Yuvraj at midwicket puts in a theatrical dive, but it eludes him, there is a man in the deep though, and Sammy keeps strike for the last over
Mohammed Shami to Narine, OUT, oh dear, another one throws it away, Narine tries an almighty pull, he is hurried for pace on the short ball, and the top edge ends in square leg's hands, they cross over, and Sammy will be on strike next ball
Mohammed Shami to Narine, no run, mistimes a drive and the ball rolls to extra cover
Mohammed Shami to Narine, no run, on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler
Mohammed Shami to Holder, OUT, Holder gives it away with a skip down the track and a swing of the bat, thick edge settles into Dhoni's gloves, quite needless
Mohammed Shami to Holder, 2 runs, flicked elegantly in the air off the pad and Holder comes back for a couple

48 | 16 Runs | WI: 283/6 (6 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.89, RRR: 3.00)

  • DJG Sammy60 (42b)
  • JO Holder5 (3b)
  • B Kumar9-1-56-2
  • RA Jadeja10-1-44-1
Kumar to Sammy, SIX runs, that should do it, Sammy receives another high full toss and smashes it in the same region, this time it clears deep midwicket past the desperate, futile attempt from the fielder
Kumar to Sammy, FOUR runs, Sammy is sealing this for West Indies, a full toss around off stump, he swings it right between deep midwicket and long on
Kumar to Holder, 1 run, pushed down to long off for a single
Kumar to Holder, FOUR runs, this drive hits the gap between short third man and backward point, and Holder releases a lot of pressure with this boundary
Kumar to Holder, no run, that is another chance, albeit a tough one, there is a sound as the ball passes Holder's bat on the attempted drive, but Dhoni is standing up, and this one does no stick

Keeper standing up

Kumar to Sammy, 1 run, a low full toss driven wide of long off, but they'll get only a single, and that brings up a sensible, vital half-century for the West Indies Test captain

Bhuvneshwar to bowl

47 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | WI: 267/6 (22 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.68, RRR: 7.33)

  • DJG Sammy49 (39b)
  • RA Jadeja10-1-44-1
  • Mohammed Shami6-0-52-0
Jadeja to Simmons, OUT, that's a goner, with the last ball of his spell, Jadeja keeps India alive, this comes in with the angle, Simmons is caught on the crease, misses the whip and is hit low on the pad in front of middle and leg
Jadeja to Sammy, 1 run, drills a full delivery out to wide long off
Jadeja to Simmons, 1 run, Simmons goes a long way outside leg but ends up choppingthe cut, short third man fields to his right
Jadeja to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy defends, a thick inside edge rolls to vacant midwicket, and another single is on
Jadeja to Simmons, 1 leg bye, Simmons tries the slog sweep, does not connect, is hit on the body, and takes the leg bye
Jadeja to Simmons, no run, backs away and cuts hard, finds backward point

46 | 13 Runs | WI: 263/5 (26 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.71, RRR: 6.50)

  • DJG Sammy47 (37b)
  • LMP Simmons61 (70b)
  • Mohammed Shami6-0-52-0
  • RA Jadeja9-1-41-0
Mohammed Shami to Sammy, SIX runs, massive, Darren Sammy gets a full toss and mows it high over long-on, it looked at first he might have a chance, but it cleared him by a fair distance
Mohammed Shami to Simmons, 1 run, Shami gets one around the blockhole, Simmons is shuffling about in the crease and pushes it down the ground
Mohammed Shami to Simmons, FOUR runs, Simmons gets the boundary, he backs away and cuts, Dhawan at sweeper cover spots the ball too late, he went the wrong way initially, and it is too late by the time he recovers
Mohammed Shami to Sammy, 1 run, new bat in hand, Sammy swings, and the full all flies in the gap at midwicket, but long on cuts it off, keeps them to just one

Change of bats now, for Sammy

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

1st14KOA PowellJ Charles
2nd9MN SamuelsKOA Powell
3rd100KOA PowellDM Bravo
4th24LMP SimmonsKOA Powell
5th38LMP SimmonsDJ Bravo
6th82DJG SammyLMP Simmons
7th18DJG SammyJO Holder
8th0DJG SammySP Narine
9th4DJG SammyV Permaul