Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    30.3 Zak gets a wicket in his first over of this spell. It was yet another slower one, the knuckled-it over as Zak does these days. It was full in length, landed just outside off and moved in to hit the off. Smith was looking to drive but missed. 154/3
    6.2 India have referred an lbw appeal turned down by umpire Davis. Seemed close in real time. It is the carrom ball, does it land on leg? Yes it does. Lands on a length and goes the other way. It is headed to middle and leg. All over for the debutant. Well bowled Ashwin, this is the first time umpire Davis has been over-ruled on referral. I daresay, Ashwin's carom ball - inspired by Ajantha Mendis - is actually better than the Mendis version. 34/1
    16.6 suicide from Bravo. Oh boy, what have you done. Lara wouldn't approve of that at all. Short ball from Raina, Bravo could have played it anywhere he wanted to, he probably was spoilt for choice. He ended up pulling it from off stump in the air. To long on. Harbhajan takes the catch. Raina's golden arm has turned many an IPL and Champions League game. Can he do it at the World Cup? 91/2
    41.1 Sarwan came in to an even game, has seen the pressure mount around him, and has now exited in a whimper. Back of a length from Zaheer, angling the slower ball across at 119 kph, Sarwan tries to stay back on the crease and manufacture a carved boundary over the off side. Ashwin, was however, placed on the cover boundary and easily ran across to pouch the uppish slap. 182/9
    31.5 holes out to long-on. Bhaji takes Pollard out. Crowd clear their throats. It was a flighted delivery and Pollard went down for the big hit. But he didn't go for that big swing he does, rather just chipped it over, that pick-up shot as they say, and finds long-on 157/4
    34.2 Dhoni returns the favour. He was stumped and now he has stumped Thomas. It was a lovely delivery btw. It drifted in from round the stumps, dipped on the batsman and turned away. Thomas was lured forward - he wasn't looking for a big hit but was fatally attracted by that flight and he stretched the back foot outside the crease. Mistake. Dip, grip and turn. Dhoni does the rest. 160/5
    35.3 Munaf is showing us just how bad, bad fielding can get. He somehow still manages to get a run out. That's how bad the running was. Sammy is gone. Short of a length ball on Sarwan's stumps and he works it straight to midwicket. The fielder, Raina, collects and lobs an accurate throw at Munaf as Sammy hurries halfway down before turning back. Munaf collects, but doesn't break the stumps the way you would normally expect. Instead he moves his hand away from the stumps for backlift, for want of a better word, and then brings it crashing into the stumps. Sammy's dive got him close thanks to Munaf's amateur methods, but he was still short. 162/6
    36.6 they are losing the plot here are West Indies, and the crowd is getting behind India. As tame as they come. Yuvraj gets one to grip, turn and bounce as Russell goes for a cut and edges it uppishly to Yusuf at point. West Indies are muffing this despite India's consistent ineptitude through the day. 165/7
    39.6 A sight for the ages. Munaf has taken a tumbling catch. He did not have to tumble, but that's alright I guess. Slower ball from Zaheer, comes much after Benn got into his on-side chip. He ended up looping it gently to the left of mid-on. Munaf moves across, goes down on his knees as he completes the catch. West Indies have put the 'plod' in 'implode' here. 179/8
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    42.6 India have finally beaten one of the top teams in the World Cup. West Indies go into the quarters without a single win. Straight armer from Ashwin, slips past the ugliest of leg-side heaves and crashes into the furniture. Great World Cup debut for Ashwin, one of the things that went right for India today. In the end, they have managed to pull off a rather convincing win. 188/10
    14 (lb 8, w 6)
    188 all out (43 Overs, RR: 4.37)
    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (KA Edwards, 6.2 ov), 2-91 (DM Bravo, 16.6 ov), 3-154 (DS Smith, 30.3 ov), 4-157 (KA Pollard, 31.5 ov), 5-160 (DC Thomas, 34.2 ov), 6-162 (DJG Sammy, 35.3 ov), 7-165 (AD Russell, 36.6 ov), 8-179 (SJ Benn, 39.6 ov), 9-182 (RR Sarwan, 41.1 ov), 10-188 (R Rampaul, 42.6 ov)
    R Ashwin10.004124.10322110
    Z Khan6.002634.33223020
    Harbhajan Singh9.013513.88363110
    YK Pathan7.002804.00212000
    SK Raina2.001216.0041000
    Yuvraj Singh4.001824.50151100
    MM Patel5.002004.00161010

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