Player of the Match
Player of the Match

West Indies were making a match of it at 175 for 2 but Amit Mishra and Munaf Patel combined to restrict West Indies to what turned out to be a below-par 240. Dhawan fell early, but Kohli and Parthiv batted well; Kohli was determined, Parthiv was the busier batsman and both forged a 120-run stand. Raina looked at ease in the middle and help finish off the game. West Indies haven't announced their squad for the next three games. Will Chris Gayle return? We'll wait and see. I'll get you the details from the presentation in just a bit.

Sammy: "We put ourselves in a good position but we didn't capitalise in the end. We were about 30 runs short. We rotated the strike better today, but we didn't get one of the top batsmen to bat through. We were on the back foot in the latter part of the overs, losing wickets at regular intervals. The intent from the batsmen was good initially. Samuels has been out for a while, but we saw how well he was batting. Sarwan is also stablising the middle order for us. We can't fault the effort of the bowlers, they've been doing their job. Hopefully, In Antigua, we'll have a better surface for us to play our style of cricket."

Raina: "Bowlers executed the plans very well. Amit Mishra bowled very well in the Powerplay. Munaf gave us breakthroughs as well, and Virat and Parthiv did well in the chase. Virat showed great responsibility."

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match: "I was disappointed getting out in the last game, but did well today. Parthiv played amazingly and we had a good partnership up front. I spoke to seniors who suggested I use the pace of the ball, more than force the shots trying to hit the ball too hard. The last 18 months have gone well for me, I've started to enjoy the batting a lot more. It's a good feeling to get to 2000 runs and I'd like to take responsibility of the team if needed at any point of time."

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Rampaul to Raina, 2 runs, that's it, all over, fullish outside off, steers it wide of point for a couple in the deep to make it 2-0
Rampaul to Sharma, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut down towards third man for a single
Rampaul to Sharma, FOUR runs, picks it beautifully, the field is up on the leg side and he takes that from middle and launches it over midwicket, bounces a couple of times before rolling over the ropes
Rampaul to Sharma, no run, short of a good length outside off, can't quite pierce the off-side field, plays it towards cover

33 | 1 Run | INDIA: 176/3 (7 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.33, RRR: 1.75)

  • RG Sharma2 (11b)
  • SK Raina24 (18b)
  • D Bishoo7-0-37-1
  • R Rampaul6-0-25-1
Bishoo to Sharma, 1 run, gets on the back foot and cracks it past extra cover for a single to keep strike
Bishoo to Sharma, no run, punched off the back foot wide of point, no single on offer
Bishoo to Sharma, no run, tries to sweep it square this time, struck on the thighs
Bishoo to Sharma, no run, lovely delivery, beaten completey, pitched on leg and turned away sharply, beating Rohit with the spin as he tried to open the face at the last moment, just missed off

India 2nd innings Partnerships

1st8PA PatelS Dhawan
2nd120PA PatelV Kohli
3rd45SK RainaV Kohli
4th10SK RainaRG Sharma