Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The way Rohit and Kohli batted would suggest that this was a cakewalk but it wasn't so. Things could have been tougher for India had West Indies applied the pressure, perhaps attacked a bit more. The field was pushed back for the part-timers and it seemed like they were waiting for India to throw it away and panic. The Kohli-Rohit stand bodes well for India. It's ironic that these two are competing for the No.6 slot in Tests.

Had it not been for Rampaul's freaky 86 at No.10, this match would have been hopelessly one-sided. The crowd had a full game and certainly got their money's worth. One worry for India - the inability to bowl yorkers and finish things off with the ball when the opposition is beaten and down. Wasim and Waqar were experts at this.

Here's the presentation:

Sammy: That last-wicket stand gave us a lot of inspiration. It shows the fight in this team. We just can't get over the line though. Sooner rather than later we can get that final push. We'll keep our head up and come strongly at the Indians again. Roach's had a tough six months with catches being dropped off him."

Sehwag: Our bowlers did fantastically with the new ball. It was an off day for Ashwin but Jadeja bowled well. Great innings by Rampaul. The day belongs to him. I tried all combinations to get him out. Rohit and Virat batted very maturely."

Kohli is the Man of the Match: Two centuries in two games at this venue but the pitches were different. This one needed more hard work. People love cricket here and they come out in thousands. Always great to bat with Rohit, we can learn to build partnerships. Always a pleasure to watch him bat. Not much of dew surprisingly. It was seaming around early on. I know the feeling when you go through a bad patch I hope to extend this good form."

That's it from us here. Thanks very much for joining us. The cricket never stops. We'll see you again very soon. Cheers.

48.1
4
Russell to Jadeja, FOUR, and Jadeja does the honours and Rohit has the satisfaction of seeing India through! Short and pulled away past midwicket, India get a 2-0 lead

The century will elude Rohit

48.1
2w
Russell to Sharma, 2 wides, too wide, too wide for him to chase that! Fumble by the keeper and that allows another run

END OF OVER:
48 | 11 Runs | INDIA: 264/5 (6 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 3.00)

  • RG Sharma90 (98b)
  • RA Jadeja5 (7b)
  • KAJ Roach10-0-40-2
  • R Rampaul10-1-62-2
47.6
1
Roach to Sharma, 1 run, punches it past the bowler and down the ground
47.5
6
Roach to Sharma, SIX, elegant! Slower ball on the off stump and he gets under the bounce and lofts through the line over long-off, clean strike, he's on 89
47.4
1
Roach to Jadeja, 1 run, tucks it down to square leg for a quick single
47.3
2
Roach to Jadeja, 2 runs, makes room and swats a length delivery over extra cover for a couple
47.2
1
Roach to Sharma, 1 run, aims for the yorker but its full again and he places it straight to deep square leg
47.1
0
Roach to Sharma, no run, low full toss on the off stump and he pushes it down to mid-off

END OF OVER:
47 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 253/5 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.38, RRR: 5.66)

  • RG Sharma82 (94b)
  • RA Jadeja2 (5b)
  • R Rampaul10-1-62-2
  • KAJ Roach9-0-29-2
46.6
1
Rampaul to Sharma, 1 run, full on the pads and worked away easily to long-on, he will retain the strike
46.5
1
Rampaul to Jadeja, 1 run, too short really and Jadeja has time to fetch it and pull along the ground to deep midwicket
46.4
1
Rampaul to Sharma, 1 run, full on the pads and eased away, I think WI should get the fielders in just to make him think
46.3
1
Rampaul to Jadeja, 1 run, pulls but mistimes it, finds the gap at midwicket to pick up the single
46.2
0
Rampaul to Jadeja, no run, the field is up or Jadeja, he punches it straight to mid-off and decides not to run
46.1
1
Rampaul to Sharma, 1 run, squeezes out a yorker to the off side and sets off for a quick single

END OF OVER:
46 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | INDIA: 248/5 (22 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.39, RRR: 5.50)

  • RA Jadeja0 (2b)
  • RG Sharma79 (91b)
  • KAJ Roach9-0-29-2
  • R Rampaul9-1-57-2

Suhail: "Now now now! Is there a twist in the 'tail'?"

45.6
0
Roach to Jadeja, no run, squeezes out a yorker outside off, hesitation and Jadeja has to scamper back to the crease
45.5
0
Roach to Jadeja, no run, leaves alone a slower ball which keeps a bit low

India are still well on track but another wicket here and panic could set in

45.4
W
Roach to Raina, OUT, that's another one back in the pavilion! Raina gets a short ball straight up, he gets across to pull but it's a very half-hearted shot, feather edge and Ramdin and Roach know they've got their man

SK Raina c †Ramdin b Roach 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

45.3
1
Roach to Sharma, 1 run, aims for his toes again and he squeezes it out to long-on for an easy single
45.2
0
Roach to Sharma, no run, bowls a shorter length and he pulls it to midwicket
45.1
0
Roach to Sharma, no run, starts off with a yorker and he squeezes it out to mid-on

END OF OVER:
45 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 247/4 (23 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.48, RRR: 4.60)

  • RG Sharma78 (88b)
  • R Rampaul9-1-57-2
  • AD Russell8-0-54-0
44.6
W
Rampaul to Kohli, OUT, too bad he couldn't stay till the end! Kohli makes a bit of room to smash that down the ground but gets a feather edge to Ramdin, too late for Windies though, Kohli walks back cross with himself but he needn't be, it was another responsible innings from him, very pleasing to watch

V Kohli c †Ramdin b Rampaul 117 (154m 123b 14x4 0x6) SR: 95.12

44.5
1
Rampaul to Sharma, 1 run,
44.4
4
Rampaul to Sharma, FOUR, there's a big gap square of the wicket on the off side and he places it just there, scoops it over the infield, third man had no chance

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3V SehwagPA Patel
2nd26G GambhirV Sehwag
3rd55V SehwagV Kohli
4th163RG SharmaV Kohli
5th1SK RainaRG Sharma
6th22RG SharmaRA Jadeja