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June 11, 2013
This was the first India v West Indies ODI in England since the 1983 World Cup final.
30 years back, when the two sides met in England, Sir Viv Richards played. Today, the two sides meet in England, and Sir jadeja plays. Okbye— TheCricketBloodedGuy (@DJoel_gooner) June 11, 2013
There was a bit of rain in the air on match morning.
But the weather cleared up on time. Darren Sammy came in for Denesh Ramdin, who had copped a two-match suspension.
If West Indies make the semi finals Ramdin has a note prepared - YEA CHRIS BROAD TALK NAH— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) June 11, 2013
The game didn't begin the way most people expected it to.
Some people, however, knew exactly what to expect.
In a while....Chris Gayle c Ashwin b Bhuvneshwar— Karthik Lakshmanan (@lk_karthik) June 11, 2013
Sure enough, after a couple of scorching boundaries, Chris Gayle nicked Bhuvneshwar Kumar to give R Ashwin a sharp catch at slip.
After Gayle's wicket, India need to pick themselves up and find a new purpose to play #ct13— Bored Cricket (@BoredCricket) June 11, 2013
BREAKING: WICB announce change in playing kit to RCB red in hope of Gayle scoring some runs #CT13— Cricket Gandu (@CricketGandu) June 11, 2013
India didn't seem to have a plan for Gayle's opening partner, Johnson Charles. He got a generous dose of loose deliveries from India's quicks.
Dunno about the Windies but the Indians are aiming at 300 #ct13— Bored Cricket (@BoredCricket) June 11, 2013
Johnson mixed bottom-handed blows to the boundary with plays and misses. With him at the crease, it was a tale of two batsmen.
Johnson Charles Dickens . #CT13— Andy (@andydufresne22) June 11, 2013
Johnson Charles technique is in the MCC Manual, somewhere between "How Not To Bat" and "Chris Martin."— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 11, 2013
MS Dhoni began ringing the changes. Virat Kohli came on for a bowl, without handing over all his accoutrements to the umpire.
Are Virat Kohli's sunnies surgically attached?— Sports Freak (@Sportsfreakconz) June 11, 2013
That didn't work, and Johnson passed fifty rapidly. MS Dhoni eventually turned to spin.
Watch out for Johnson Charles against Ashwin's doosra. It is like kryptonite to a flat-flooted hard-hitter. #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 11, 2013
The game changed course completely once Ravindra Jadeja came on. His first over was a maiden, and he struck in his next two overs with straight non-turners that hit the pads. One of the dismissals came through a referral too.
Jadeja's success as a bowler in recent times shows that the straight ball on middle stump has become a real wicket taking ball— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 11, 2013
India showing the world how to use the DRS…. I love irony!— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) June 11, 2013
Dwayne Bravo at the crease. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowling in tandem. MS Dhoni chirping away behind the stumps. Can IPL enthusiasts be far away?
Kieron Pollard couldn't get a run off his first ten balls.
But he hit his next two balls for six to prove there were no demons in the track. But there might have been some outside the ground.
On Loch Ness lake. Grand kids looking for monster - need him to take flight from chennai pic.twitter.com/EMHvPGELt5— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) June 11, 2013
Ishant Sharma, who had been impressive all day, managed to get rid of Pollard.
Ishant Sharma with an economy rate of 2.34? Pinch me somebody,I must be dreaming #indvswi— Gautham Ashok (@gothamcity28) June 11, 2013
Jadeja came back to mop up most of the tail to pick up a five-for.
I really have no clue how we managed to beat West Indies in 1983, without Jadeja.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 11, 2013
West Indies were 182 for 9 with 4.3 overs left, but Darren Sammy was still around, with the last man Kemar Roach.
Some twenty minutes later, Sammy had smashed five fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 56 off 35 balls.
51 off 27 balls - the 10th wkt stand between Sammy and Roach 2nd-fastest 50+ stand for the 10th wicket in ODIs bit.ly/12D1ncD— S Rajesh (@rajeshstats) June 11, 2013
Ishant Sharma is reminded of his Sun Risers Nets sessions. #Sammy— Karthik Lakshmanan (@lk_karthik) June 11, 2013
Darren Sammy shows what he can do when visualizing the ball to be Dwayne Bravo's head.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 11, 2013
Target 234. You thought West Indies would have their tail up after the strong finish? Think again.
WI, I guess, making sure all those rumours about Rohit & Shikhar are true..That they like width outside the off stump— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 11, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma waded into the Windies attack with relish. They ran up their second successive 100-run stand at the top of the order, with enough class to suggest they deserved a #Pondulkar style partnership moniker.
Rohit nicked Sunil Narine behind, and was given out on review.
Virat Kohli began well, responding to chatter from the West Indies with an emphatic pull shot for four. But he too fell to Narine. Dinesh Karthik was given out caught behind first ball, but the decision was overturned on review.
In a dramatic announcement, ICC has decided to ban the entire West Indies team for that caught behind appeal against Dinesh Kartik. #CT13— Mohan Krishnamoorthy (@mohank) June 11, 2013
At this rate, Siva will be rewriting his DRS script for the next ICC meeting... #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 11, 2013
Nothing seemed to bother Dhawan, who scored boundaries at will, with some help from the hapless bowling.
Roach trying to even out that wagon wheel. Too many runs through backward point earlier. Now offering up boundaries through backward square.— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) June 11, 2013
Shastri. Kumble. Dhawan. Jadeja.So apparently growing a moustache in India gives you miraculous cricketing powers...— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 11, 2013
Dhawan and Karthik put India on course for a comfortable win, when a drizzle halted play. Dhawan was in the 90s, and India needed 30 off 15 overs.
Drizzling again here. India are a Dwayne Leverock stomach ahead on DL though. IndvWI #CT13— fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) June 11, 2013
No overs were lost, nevertheless the equation got tricky towards the end.
Dhawan cracked a six over point to get to his 100, and then kept out five balls to give Karthik his turn. Karthik finished things off with a boundary.
Who's your favourite cricketer and why is it Shikhar Dhawan?— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 11, 2013
India were dominant from start to finish, but their fans aren't getting carried away.
Whatever, let's see this Indian team do it outside the subco...oh wait. #ct13— Rohit Naimpally (@Noompa) June 11, 2013
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