West Indies v India, tri-series, Port-of-Spain July 5, 2013

All-round India crush West Indies

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India 311 for 7 (Kohli 102, Dhawan 69, Rohit 46) beat West Indies 171 (Charles 45, Bhuvneshwar 3-29, Yadav 3-32) by 102 runs by D/L Method
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After a listless performance against Sri Lanka, where they were trounced in all departments, there was a feeling that India had lost their intensity and drive after the highs of the Champions Trophy. However, against a different opponent and at a new venue, none of those weaknesses were on show. Virat Kohli led by example with a blistering 102 off 83 balls to lift India to an imposing 311 before the seamers turned a new leaf and consigned the match to a no-contest even before the halfway stage. West Indies struggled either side of a lengthy rain delay and at no stage were they allowed to mount any kind of resistance.

The Indian seamers drew plenty of criticism against Sri Lanka, failing to pick up any. Following the rain delay, they attacked as a pack, getting the ball to bounce, nip and keeping the batsmen in check. They helped seal the game in comprehensive fashion, restricting West Indies to well under 219 to bag the bonus point and open up the tournament.

It wasn't a bad toss to lose for India after they were put in to bat on a pitch that had a layer of grass. Dwayne Bravo had plenty of expectations from his bowlers, but the wait for the first wicket lasted 23 overs, by which time the Indian openers had added a healthy 123. It provided the platform for Kohli, who built a skyscraper in quick time to push the score past 300 in a frenzied assault against pace and spin.

Shikhar Dhawan showed class when driving through the off side, punishing width and bisecting a packed off side-ring that included an extra cover. The powerful square drives, missing against Sri Lanka, reappeared today. Rohit Sharma was in good touch with his drives through cover and it was he who gave the innings momentum after a watchful first three overs.

Dhawan fell clipping the ball to deep midwicket but India then went off the radar, losing four wickets for 45 when it was time for consolidation. Both Kemar Roach and Tino Best picked up wickets to lift West Indies, but it was a matter of time before India snatched back the initiative.

Kohli, and the demoted M Vijay, helped India add a breezy 42 in the Powerplay. The seamers tried bouncing the batsmen again but Kohli negotiated the short stuff with ease and his confidence seemed to rub off on Vijay, who feasted on some poor bowling.

Vijay's dismissal, caught at backward point, and Ravindra Jadeja's run-out raised West Indies' hopes of possibly wrapping up the innings within 50 overs, but R Ashwin and Kohli upset those plans. The West Indies seamers were shoddy with their lengths, bowling far too short and allowing Kohli in particular enough time to find the gaps on the leg side. Bravo himself was no less guilty, leaking 17 in his sixth over. The yorkers were nonexistent and when the bowlers resorted to bowling short, they were pulled and slashed down to third man. Kohli brought up his 14th ODI century with a push wide of midwicket and in the process gave his bowlers a strong total to try and redeem themselves after the Sri Lanka hammering.

West Indies were denied a strong start when they lost their biggest hitter, Chris Gayle, cheaply. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, back after missing the previous game, showed how much India had missed him. Bowling over the wicket to Gayle, he got the ball to move away and a circumspect Gayle merely poked his bat out, edging to Dinesh Karthik. Bhuvneshwar then changed his angle to Darren Bravo, pitched it up and induced a drive. It was wide outside off but Bravo didn't move across enough to get behind the line and ended up edging to first slip. After completing the shot, his head was still facing cover.

Rain intervened after the 10th over, forcing the players off the field for an hour and a half. The target was then revised to 274 off 39 overs, adding further pressure on the batsmen. Marlon Samuels looked out of sorts against Ishant Sharma, and after surviving a confident appeal for caught behind off a delivery that lifted, edged the next ball to the keeper. Bhuvneshwar got one to kick up, forcing Kieron Pollard to slash to slip for a golden duck, before Ishant got Johnson Charles to top edge to square leg. Charles was the only batsman to show some aggression, scoring 45 off 39, but his dismissal had all but squeezed out West Indies' hopes. Umesh Yadav nipped out three quick wickets to hasten India's march to victory.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Good win from India.. Good batting from India under pressure..Atleast Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan delivered , with a cameo from Vijay. The seamers did well too..all three of them.. I wish Umesh would live up to his potential more...just bowling fast and leaking runs is no use..he needs to pick wickets and early breakthroughs like B.Kumar.

  • ChandraMohanSumra on July 6, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    India has made the equation for final all clear for all three teams:

    Scenario 1: If India wins the tie against SL, they are through along with the the winner of SL vs WI match.

    Scenario 2: If India loose, the final will be between SL and WI.

    PS: in scenario 1, if India's match is a draw then SL will proceed on the basis of better NRR. So for India only and only way to move forward is to win the match against SL

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 6, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    I liked today's match more because the players understood their roles- it doesn't matter that sometimes you can not deliver. But the planning and understanding of what should be done was good. Both Vijay and Rohit were not bad; though they have plenty of scope for improvement. Raina's role is aggressive, so you can't blame him. Usually it is Raina who will be aggressive that will let Dhoni settle down before taking on in the back end. Today it was Vijay who did Raina's job to let Kohli do Dhoni's job. Brilliant!

  • on July 5, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Mahindra Persaud--Bahamas

    This was an great, back against the wall, performance from India. West indies contributed to their predicament by playing some poor shots as well. Kieron Pollard is yet to prove that he is more than a 20/20 basher. He could have easily ignored the delivery that dismissed him. The series is now interestingly poised with Sri Lanka to play both India and WI. If SL Beats WI on Sunday then India will have to beat SL on Tuesday. In this scenario happen ( SL bt WI and India bt SL), all three teams will be on 9 points, barring bonus points. This will bring in net run rate. WI, for their part , will have to beat SL on Sunday or if they lose they will depend on SL beating India. India simply have to beat SL, irrespective of what happens on Sunday. India and Sl have a slight edge over WI (if WI lose on Sunday) because they both know what they have to do to make the finals. The series has now come alive. Each game now has significance, especially with NRR. Game on!

  • HIRENBHIMANI on July 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    It is quite surprising to see the same people who said Kholi is not captain material is now praising him as if he's better than Dhoni. This has been the case with Indian supporters right through out. They simple evaluate the players on day basis. Come on guys, Dhoni didn't become a top leader over-night so give sometime to Kholi too. Who knows if Kholi captains the 2019 WC and if India wins it, you might call him that he's the best captain that India has ever produced. Therefore don't give premature comments based on day's performance. All the v.best India from Sri Lanka!

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 8, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    It is quite surprising to see the same people who said Kholi is not captain material is now praising him as if he's better than Dhoni. This has been the case with Indian supporters right through out. They simple evaluate the players on day basis. Come on guys, Dhoni didn't become a top leader over-night so give sometime to Kholi too. Who knows if Kholi captains the 2019 WC and if India wins it, you might call him that he's the best captain that India has ever produced. Therefore don't give premature comments based on day's performance. All the v.best India from Sri Lanka!

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Posted by Sardar Zia on (July 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT) i just say dhoni is a legend,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, And I say to you Amen......

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good to see no one is calling Pujara to replace Kohli this time.lol... Good win. Keep it up guys. Pay back time against Srilanka.

  • Nampally on July 7, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Once again the Indian team looked every bit like the ICC trophy Campions!. How can the same team- minus Dhoni- lose to WI & SL after they had beaten WI & SL convincingly in England only 2 weeks earlier? It appears they did this souls searching & whipped WI- with bonus point to boot. Firstly a dazzling century by Kohli led the way. He showed the difference between an adequate player & a super star with his power packed innings. That was the greatest boost- Captain leading the way by example!. Next, the exclusion of B.Kumar from their loss to SL was recognized. Kumar led the way by his usual top class bowling which stood out amongst the Indian bowlers. A little bit of extra pace in the pitch helped Ishant in his victims. He is still bowling the short pitched balls. Yadev bowled much better although his balls down the leg side were totally uncalled for. He needs to control them. Jadeja was back to his usual self. He spun the ball nastily to keep the guys on the back foot. A fine win!

  • vsroc on July 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 7,2013) It was a comprehensive victory for India against the star studded West Indies in the fourth match of tri-nation series being played at Caribbean islands.This was mainly possible by the fine opening partnership of Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Further,fine century by the stand-in captain Virat Kohli along with later order batsman enabled India to pile up 300+runs.Later,higly energetic bowling by our opening bowlers along with Ravinder Jadeja,totally outplayed West Indies to bounce back in contention in the tri-nation series.Let us all bless together the new look young Team India to play well in further matches for coming out with flying colours.

  • on July 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Good win from India.. Good batting from India under pressure..Atleast Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan delivered , with a cameo from Vijay. The seamers did well too..all three of them.. I wish Umesh would live up to his potential more...just bowling fast and leaking runs is no use..he needs to pick wickets and early breakthroughs like B.Kumar.

  • ChandraMohanSumra on July 6, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    India has made the equation for final all clear for all three teams:

    Scenario 1: If India wins the tie against SL, they are through along with the the winner of SL vs WI match.

    Scenario 2: If India loose, the final will be between SL and WI.

    PS: in scenario 1, if India's match is a draw then SL will proceed on the basis of better NRR. So for India only and only way to move forward is to win the match against SL

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 6, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    I liked today's match more because the players understood their roles- it doesn't matter that sometimes you can not deliver. But the planning and understanding of what should be done was good. Both Vijay and Rohit were not bad; though they have plenty of scope for improvement. Raina's role is aggressive, so you can't blame him. Usually it is Raina who will be aggressive that will let Dhoni settle down before taking on in the back end. Today it was Vijay who did Raina's job to let Kohli do Dhoni's job. Brilliant!

  • on July 5, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Mahindra Persaud--Bahamas

    This was an great, back against the wall, performance from India. West indies contributed to their predicament by playing some poor shots as well. Kieron Pollard is yet to prove that he is more than a 20/20 basher. He could have easily ignored the delivery that dismissed him. The series is now interestingly poised with Sri Lanka to play both India and WI. If SL Beats WI on Sunday then India will have to beat SL on Tuesday. In this scenario happen ( SL bt WI and India bt SL), all three teams will be on 9 points, barring bonus points. This will bring in net run rate. WI, for their part , will have to beat SL on Sunday or if they lose they will depend on SL beating India. India simply have to beat SL, irrespective of what happens on Sunday. India and Sl have a slight edge over WI (if WI lose on Sunday) because they both know what they have to do to make the finals. The series has now come alive. Each game now has significance, especially with NRR. Game on!

  • HIRENBHIMANI on July 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    It is quite surprising to see the same people who said Kholi is not captain material is now praising him as if he's better than Dhoni. This has been the case with Indian supporters right through out. They simple evaluate the players on day basis. Come on guys, Dhoni didn't become a top leader over-night so give sometime to Kholi too. Who knows if Kholi captains the 2019 WC and if India wins it, you might call him that he's the best captain that India has ever produced. Therefore don't give premature comments based on day's performance. All the v.best India from Sri Lanka!

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 8, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    It is quite surprising to see the same people who said Kholi is not captain material is now praising him as if he's better than Dhoni. This has been the case with Indian supporters right through out. They simple evaluate the players on day basis. Come on guys, Dhoni didn't become a top leader over-night so give sometime to Kholi too. Who knows if Kholi captains the 2019 WC and if India wins it, you might call him that he's the best captain that India has ever produced. Therefore don't give premature comments based on day's performance. All the v.best India from Sri Lanka!

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Posted by Sardar Zia on (July 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT) i just say dhoni is a legend,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, And I say to you Amen......

  • Temuzin on July 7, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good to see no one is calling Pujara to replace Kohli this time.lol... Good win. Keep it up guys. Pay back time against Srilanka.

  • Nampally on July 7, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Once again the Indian team looked every bit like the ICC trophy Campions!. How can the same team- minus Dhoni- lose to WI & SL after they had beaten WI & SL convincingly in England only 2 weeks earlier? It appears they did this souls searching & whipped WI- with bonus point to boot. Firstly a dazzling century by Kohli led the way. He showed the difference between an adequate player & a super star with his power packed innings. That was the greatest boost- Captain leading the way by example!. Next, the exclusion of B.Kumar from their loss to SL was recognized. Kumar led the way by his usual top class bowling which stood out amongst the Indian bowlers. A little bit of extra pace in the pitch helped Ishant in his victims. He is still bowling the short pitched balls. Yadev bowled much better although his balls down the leg side were totally uncalled for. He needs to control them. Jadeja was back to his usual self. He spun the ball nastily to keep the guys on the back foot. A fine win!

  • vsroc on July 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 7,2013) It was a comprehensive victory for India against the star studded West Indies in the fourth match of tri-nation series being played at Caribbean islands.This was mainly possible by the fine opening partnership of Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Further,fine century by the stand-in captain Virat Kohli along with later order batsman enabled India to pile up 300+runs.Later,higly energetic bowling by our opening bowlers along with Ravinder Jadeja,totally outplayed West Indies to bounce back in contention in the tri-nation series.Let us all bless together the new look young Team India to play well in further matches for coming out with flying colours.

  • U.ppl.reallysuck on July 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    If we are that good what is the need for our Indian team players to be a part of India A tour?

    Does this not deviate from the objective & focus of the India A tournament. Killing the chances of many other deserving & in-record much more potential new comers?? What about the ones that are not backed by big names i the same field??

  • pealivi on July 6, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    WI batting performances have to be questioned. Is it the batting coach or is it the team selection? We must not forget that in their previous encounter with India they almost made a mockery of chasing down 229. I have serious concerns over Gayle and Pollard's approach to batting. No point in scoring big, glamorous totals once every six or seven innings. If a batsman cannot bat at least twenty overs regularly, what's the point! A good opening platform is necessary especially when chasing big totals. Is it time to think of Powell and others who bat more sensibly? Time to give the more solid batsmen a chance. Keep the sluggers for the 20/20 format!! Darren Bravo needs to apply himself more.........50 overs is a lot of time to score your runs. Don't try to be a slugger!! I wish WI more consistency.

  • KaaSethu on July 6, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Attn @Siva Ram : In this tournament, in the event of teams finishing on equal points, the list of criteria hierarchy for determining the right to play in the final match or series are in the "Points Table" page the link for which is there at the top of this page. Therein we can see the following filtering rules (I have numbered them 1,2,3 and 4) to choose between teams ending up with same number of points:

    1. The team with the most number of wins 2. If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins 3. If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points 4. If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.//

    So if SL loses to WI & SL-IND match gets washed out (or ends tied) then SL and IND equal on points & total number of wins (Criteria 1 above), but by the 2nd criteria SL will get to final even if NRR is lower than of IND!

  • on July 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    i just say dhoni is a legend,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • everfaithful77 on July 6, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    West Indies performed well in spats when bowling and batting. I don't think BRAVO handled the bowling effort well especially in the crunch part of the Indian inn when they had lost four quick wickets. Instead of bowling out Sammy and Samuels who were the most economical bowlers he persisted with Roach, himself and other bowlers who were all very expensive. This made no sense and when Roach started bowling short and wide and being hit all over the field by Kohli he was kept on and no adjustment was made by the bowler. Roach's 10 overs cost over 60 runs. Bravo's personal bowling figures were also very expensive going for 17 in one of his overs. When batting only when Charles was in did Windies inn have any impetus. POOR EFFORT by Windies. Also in my opinion Windies cannot AFFORD to play 3 allrounders. Pollard's current poor form with the bat should be an opening for a genuine batsman like Smith or Powell to come into the team. Pollard should only play to REPLACE either Bravo or Sammy.

  • laddum on July 6, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    I wonder how come a proven talent of MANOJ TIWARI gets ignored because of bad jouranalism and favoratism....I don't seem to see any place for MURALI VIJAY and SURESH RAINA who can just manage 20 odd runs and who also has a very bad record against teams with pace attack. Folks needs to check there records who thinks raina is a good batsman. Usually he is being send by dhoni when the game needs 20 odd runs where he remains not and his average is maintained. Dhoni plays vital role in favoritism for SURESH RAINA. Check your stats people Manoj Tiwari deserves to be in team and could be the best midlle order batting line up with Virat Kohli..

  • on July 6, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    One defeat means nuttin but if windies to we need gayle to bat thru.

  • Naresh28 on July 6, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Dhoni mentioned that this team needs to experience different scenarios before the WC. This is good. Even Vijay surprised us with some glorious shots and is making the effort to get back to form. A good situation is to see how the team performs without Dhoni.I feel its Dhoni's dream to retain the WC. Dhoni needs to continue to lead. BCCI can be congratulated for arranging a different team for Zimbabwe and A-team for SA.

  • on July 6, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Good going india

  • on July 6, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Indians are really a champion that doesn't mean to win every game but to loose a game n to learn frm that n bounce back strongly thats wat they cslled champion Really proud of you

  • on July 6, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    india will come back hard and will win cup

  • Ra_Thore on July 6, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    When playing overseas, short deliveries have been a huge problem for the top order Indian batsmen and Rohit can fill this gap. This is something Sehwag and Tendulkar have struggled to accomplish on foreign pitches. Rohit tries to concentrate just well to stir short balls differently from other Indian batsmen. This is something Indian coaches should notice on him and pass the technique to other batsmen.

  • on July 6, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Indian players must me develope there personality as like as dhoni.It is not so easy act like dhoni but easy to learn his attitude

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 6, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Rohit's role as an opener starting from that 4th ODI against England early this year to this day has been fulfilled. Can he do more? Yes of course. In terms of performance this year he is behind Kohli, Dhawan, Dhoni and Raina in general, but opening the innings in this format comes with a certain role. He accepted the challenge and did very well (not to mention it is not his preferred position). Pujara is the only competition for him, to pair with Dhawan at the moment but has not played in this format yet. Pujara will likely get his chances soon in the next two series. Rohit however will be very good for the overseas trips for India IMHO, especially against pace and bounce. In the mean time I am very happy as a fan with Rohit's performance. Dhoni said after CT2013 that the team's success has a lot to do with the openers and it is important not to be critical of Rohit (considering some of the past history). I think a lot of fans like him and expect fantastic results from him. from him.

  • supadupamonk on July 6, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Ind team has replaced the likes of Sachin, sehwag, yuvi, gambhir, Zak & Bhajji very easily with lot of talented youngsters but luk at SL...poor guys what will they do after sangakara, Jayawadane and dilshan....SL is winning matches only because of sanga and mahela....without them SL is nothing...SL's future luks very bleak my friend.....it hurts but thats the truth.....Peace

  • on July 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @BDforever

    Why do you always feel IND will be crushed out, IND will be knocked out? Any particular theory or some reasons? We all would like to know more knowledge from you...........

  • phunny_game on July 6, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @kumarcoolbuddy: To say Charles has been their best batsmen in the series might be okay to say, but how in the world would you say he has the best technique? He is a power player, but his technique is nowhere near even decent.

  • PracticalGuy2013 on July 6, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Also, forgot to mention. Wonderful century by Kohli. Hope he gets many more runs & wins many more matches for India. I'm mostly OK with the aggression he is showing on the field at the moment. Still needs to temper down a bit though, especially while dealing with the umps. Otherwise definitely seems a lot tempered down from earlier. Captaincy responsibilities maybe?....

  • PracticalGuy2013 on July 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Well Done Team India!!........ That was a thumping victory. However it could have & should have been a clinical win. WI were 113 for 8 when Roach was dropped & then managed to reach 171 with some good hitting & complacency from the Indians - both with the ball & in the field. Just bcoz it's a tailender doesn't mean the team takes it easily & expects the tailenders to get out themselves.

    It happens once too often. Some day it could hurt the team in a must-win game or a knockout or a final. This & death bowling are areas of improvement that we need to work on. All the best for the game against SL.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    WI doesn't have proper batsmen. Most of the WI batsmen are hard-hitting batsman. If it clicks then they will be successful like Gayle. Except Charles no one else has any batting technique. Teams with good bowling and no batting like Pak, WI are not consistent while performing.

  • simonviller on July 6, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    It's obvious that WI are not there yet . In four or five years when some of the present crop retires ,then and only then will we see real change .

  • hemantcric on July 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    So India back with a bang. Future captain Virat Kohli's display with the willow is worth mentioning. The team , with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan & Rohit Sharma, promises too many wins. Murali Vijay's return to form too seems heartening

  • on July 6, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Indian players look tired. Should have sent the second eleven, so much talent available. Would have faired well. More important, preserve the well being of your A Team. Surprised BCCI fails to see this.

  • Jadejafan on July 6, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    West Indies may have the talent but very inconsistent team and that's what keeps letting them down. In an era where they dominated Cricket, they very 'consistent' and had pitches which were extremely lively but that's all has changed now.

  • Prakmca on July 6, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Though Dinesh Karthik given out wrongly...It happened for good. Else he could have consumed more balls scoring at the 50% strike rate and India could not have scored the 300+ and also the bonus point. Luckily Vijay played explosive short innings. Dinesh Karthik proved that he is like Rahanae, who scores fast in domestic matches and not in international matches. Their body languages are different altogether in two different formats. Wicket keeping also it's below average from Dinesh......

  • on July 6, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    We really did bowl badly in our latter overs and after the rains came it was a different pitch. The Indian seamers utilised the conditions. India played well. When the WI had an opportunity to impose a crushing defeat on India, they made a hash of it, and barely crossed the line. The Indians have now destroyed them. It is about seizing the moment and stamping your authority. This game is aprox 75% psychological.

  • on July 6, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Look for a Kapil like All rounder to replace Umesh /Isanth ...

  • Balb on July 6, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    I still say Ishant Sharma should cut his hair short and be a better bowler. I have never seen a bowler stray so much down the leg side giving away runs for no reason.

    Can his friends, and team management convince to do so?

  • vrkp on July 6, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @Siva Ram - As per scenario one, if WI lose to SL and SL gains a bonus point, it also means their NRR will go down lot and take them to below India''s current NRR. in that case India winning against SL will only increase the NRR of India. So, we dont need to worry abt NRR.

  • calcu on July 6, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @mark 2011 As I said before, 1 bad day dosen't mean much.

  • on July 6, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Exactly a year and 16 ODIs after Kohli's last ODI ton. He's meant for great things. No normal kid can score 14 tons at the age of 24. He should definitely bat at No 4 in tests (surely he will after Sachin retires), i feel he can be more attacking at 4 than at 5 or 6. Bhuv is getting better with each game too. Need another convincing win and some luck to get through to the finals. Should be fun now.

  • Baundele on July 6, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    India's cricket matches are like Bollywood movies. Lot of fun, lot of entertainment. Thank you, BCCI.

  • sampatir on July 6, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I am a big fan of Rohit but omg i cant see his body language in matches. He is not at all enjoying playing and looks done and dusted. may be due to too many comments on him. One has to love and enjoy their game to succeed

  • Naresh28 on July 6, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @mark2011 - you always seem to think India wins by luck. Time to get realistic even our U19 team is winning all its matches in Oz right now.

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    India have Virat then India can win every time bonus point,,,,,,Virat Kohli is d future captain of Indian Team,,,,,wow 14th odi hundreds,,,,quickest to reach,,,,,..

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    India won this match is good but our players looked tired is bad... Virat Kohli got his hundred which is good but he looked tired which is bad. Raina has been playing well which is good but he has been playing non-stop cricket which is bad. Why are people getting emotional about this meaningless series is what I can't understand! Its ok if our guys lose because this is not an important series. All our senior players should have been resting after Champions Trophy and not been sent for another tour to work like a DONKEY!!! And still after this series, seniors like Raina & Kohli are being sent to Zimbabwe.. Ridiculous...

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Whenever India gets sparkling start the story is always repested. Indias new opening pair has done pretty fine job. One can say now they removes all doubts in the minds of their critics. Since CT Rohit & Shikhar in 8 matches scored 3 century partnerships, 2 fifty partnerships. And most importantly outside subcontinent against worlds topmost attack. Watching Shikhar from last Ausie tour he is much improoved player. And Rohit ! You give him more and more responciblity at high level he will give you more and more positive result. Since last IPL he is too a changed player. Sudden got MI captaincy and we are watching different Rohit since then. I am 100% sure, whenever he gets a test chance he will spark at skylevel. Test debue should not be farway from him. It is good for India Virat comes in form. Since CT he was just reaching his reputation. But today we again watch our Virat in his original touch. Now one more step against SriLanka on 9th. Come India, Come on Rohit !!! All th best.

  • on July 6, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Rohit Sharma can only play in ipl and against west Indies. He's a flop against all other countries

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    want india to win the series but a big fan of yuvi's class. hope he can make a comeback... he never let india down in odis unlike gambhir and sehwag and was dropped unfairly if he was fit

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Those who only criticize India they say India has gone to dogs but they do not know that India will beat Srilanka and win the trophy.

  • raj877 on July 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Alishaa.. your caluculation is wrong in VB serious INDIA looking for SL to loose & Asiacup SL to win,,,,but as of now making final is in our hand only,

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Seems like the intensity slipped out of India in the previous game against Lanka, but from this report as well. There were so many things missed out, the way Kohli managed to change the tempo of his innings, the significance of that 7th wicket partnership, the crucial injury to Sunil Narine that limited him to just 5 overs and throwing off Bravo's plans for the death overs, that interesting bit of resistance by Narine and Roach...... Get back on top soon cricinfo.

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    India's NRR is pathetic and even a win against lanka won't guarantee a place in finals. Had India took last 2 wkts yesterday, it would have done good for India' NRR. Now the scenario is this

    Scenario 1 SL bt WI by bonus points. Then SL would go to 10 and WI remain at 9. Here India need to beat SL. (NRR might come into play, if India doesn't win with bonus). Bcoz a victory would take India just to 9, on par with WI

    Scenario 2 WI beat SL. In this case, India has to simply win against SL. However, it would be great if WI could thrash Lanka by 80+ runs. That would then pull SL NRR below India. In case Ind SL game is washed out, India can get through

    There are other scenarios where 1 of the 2 remaining games or both games getting called off due to weather. Let me not go into that.

    The best thing India should hope is that WI beat SL tomorrow and India beat SL. NRR and bonus point won't have any significance.

    All 3 teams look like bunnies and unstoppable at the same time

  • on July 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @fan_2_fans..This time Sri Lanka will eliminate India by beating India.. again. :(

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @Alisha Oh..!!! Like Sachin, now Kohli is new punching bag despite making great scores. Indian Cricket fans rock...!!!

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on July 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Well, this was an all round performance from team India. However there are still loads of comments suggesting Rohit or Vijay should be replaced with so and so. In that match both have contributed enormously in our win, Rohit's job as an opener is to provide good solid base upon which the middle order can score, and he is doing this job excellently with Dhawan. If he converts those 50s into hundreds that will just bonus, but if he is not able to do that, its still fine, that should not be the reason why he should be shown the door, as some fans are suggesting. Sometimes i think there are a lot of fans who are concerned about meaningless stats like centuries more than the players themselves. Similarily, Vijay played a good knock and tried to do what common sense would suggest a late middle order batsmen to do in death overs.

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @Alishaa..Kohli made hundred in WC2011 which india won

  • Alishaa on July 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Now Indian will be out from tournament When ever kholi score hundred in tournament india dont made to the finals Example VB Series 2012 Asia Cup 2012

  • athulpk on July 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    wat a performance 4m india...especially kohli and the seamers.....the seamers bhuvi and ishant wer exceptional...nice cameo 4m vijay and ashwin also.....

  • fan_2_fans on July 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Classic century from Virat Kohli.We have seen this in the past in triangular series in Australia and in Asia cup and then Sri Lanka eliminating india by losing or beating other sides.Will this be the repeat of same story again????????

  • on July 6, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    It's good thing that India is going more number of chances to Rohit .. He is the batsman who can lead the team on pressure situation. And he is good when he opens the innings unlike vijay who struggles to connect the balls against seemers..

  • Manu_reddy on July 6, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @pavankumark: for chasing team to get bonus point, they should chase down d target in 40 overs irrespective of d total n in case of defending team they should not allow d opposition to score more than 80% of their total( i e if the target is 300 then bowling side shud restrict d opposition to 240 to get bonus point)... wickets remaining ll not b taken into account to award bonus point....i think now u understood y india got 5 points in this match....

  • gnanzcupid on July 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Poor application by the windies. Its their approach which is to be blamed than the rain or the pitch. The windies could have easily denied india the bonus point had they batted sensibly. This has thrown open the contest widely. Its really funny to see the lankan fans disappear suddenly when their neighbours win convincingly. Windies are hot favourites for the final berth along with india. But one should remember that windies always have had the reputation of throwing the advantage away it at crucial times. Get sanga and mahela out early and the windies win.Being a neutral fan,i would rate the youngsters of india most talented incontrast to the poor young players of lanka. Really worried about lankan future.

  • on July 6, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @GilliCricket, You are dead right. One cannot think of how many chances have been given to Rohit. Remember the SL series where he scored about 10 odd runs in the 5 innings? Even then he was being selected for all the series that followed because of the reputation that he has in IPL and First class cricket. As far as Vijay is concerned,r eally don't understand why are everyone against him.

  • pinn on July 6, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Have been watching Virat's captaincy from his U19 days. He is impressive and has a the leadership within himself. Hope, he'll be a nurtured for that position for a period and gracefully takeover.

    On the team, I believe, some of the U19 players from last year WC squad should be given a chance. Like Yuvi & Kohli, they can be real gems given a chance.

  • SherjilIslam on July 6, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    So Rohit Sharma still doing the same thing what he does best, throwing away his wicket after getting starts. Is he a kid or what???? Have not seen a guy with such a stubborn attitude surviving for this much time in international circuit.

  • phunny_game on July 6, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @mark2011 : This is a young side and nobody is hoping that it will win every single game... But the fact that even such a young team is able to transform itself into a strong unit and perform, especially when teams like SL and AUS are struggling in that transition phase, makes us quite confident for the future.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 6, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    This is still a meaningless series to me. I would have preferred to test all our young players (particularly fast bowlers)even if it meant losing all the matches. I know shami failed against SL (also coupled with Kholis over confidence and inexperience against SL) but we need to find at least 2-3 good pacers before 2015 WC. @Rally_Windies i did not watch this game (or single game of the series due to timings) From what i read Narine injured his finger so give it a rest.Looks like kholi did not face too many balls against Narine and in your own words i would say narine was lucky to escape the onslaught from kholi in the death.

  • mark2011 on July 6, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @ calcu on (July 5, 2013, 16:30 GMT); mate, what hapnd to the champion side 3 days before...???

  • priceless1 on July 6, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    How many chances will be given to the players like Samuels, Pollard ? when they will realize that those two are not up to the International standed in ODI?

  • BHAGWAN-XI on July 6, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    In WI point of view i can't understand why WI board change the captain. When sammy doing some write things and WI won the t20 w c in his captaincy too and he has now very much experience to handle the all situation. And other hand DJ bravo who is very free mind player and he can give his 100 % when there is not any pressure, that we have seen in IPL. And its look like in this match when sammy bowled very well but he can't given him 10 overs and his last overs not very good for WI. And Sammy IPL session was very good too.

  • phunny_game on July 6, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Many comments here are suggesting that cricket boards need India in the finals for the money, so something doesn't feel right about this result.... Really??? Had that been the case, India would have played the finals of CB series 2012 and Asia cup, especially after crushing wins in their last matches, of which one in Hobart was extraordinary. They played well, and Winides batted poorly... U gotta acknowledge that.

  • calcu on July 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    As expected, India pulled off a comeback. Before the match, everyone was saying that WI will win easily, now all those people have disappeared!!!

  • phunny_game on July 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @brusselslion : root needs to prove himself first. If 10-12 matches are a yardstick, Kohli would be playing club cricket by now.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 6, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Kartik is wasting his opportunity like Badrinath when he last toured West Indias.

  • josphe on July 6, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    West indies really need to rethink having all these allrounders in their squad. It's fine for T20 but wont cut it in ODIs. I cant understand how they are so quick to drop someone like Sarwan who is their only current batsman other than shiv with and ODI average of over 40 but yet persist with all these allrounders whose averages don't know if they'll ever see 30. In order for them to be a force in ODI cricket they need to get some real batsmen into their top 6 and have at least 4 specialist bowlers. Then and only then they may be able to perform with some sort of consistency.

  • mark2011 on July 6, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    now where is those who told this is useless, unnecessary tournament when India badly lost to SL?? nice to see each team giving bonus point and getting it from another .....

  • supadupamonk on July 6, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    What is wrong with Rohit Sharma...he is getting the starts which Ind requires but he in the middle of the innings or after he makes 50 he loses his concentration and plays some odd shots...if he is able to convert those 50s into 100s India will be really hard to beat..and as for Raina he should really apply himself whenever he plays....

  • vissu_cricanalyst on July 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    One of us may persuade others, some not even participating, and the ideas propagate outwards that will leads to Success. M.S.Dhoni Persuade---West Indies

  • tickcric on July 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    I think Dhawan & Pujara could be better opening partners than Dhawan- Rohit. Rohit's conversion rate is poor, Pujara could be much better in this regard.

  • supadupamonk on July 6, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Good to see India returning to Normalcy....gud going guys..now its time to return the favour to SL team..SL team ur nightmare (Kholi) has return to form......well done guys now go get that cup....

  • vish_ji on July 6, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    umesh yadav has lot of work to do..his initial spell where he is supposed to take wickets leaking too many runs and releasing the pressure... totally inconsistent with line and length... when pitching swinging and batsman getting beaten the hell he bowled short that too west indies batsmans..

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Virat showed why he is regarded highly in India . The character of Team India has been on the rise after IPL controversy. I think should act as a catalyst for the tri series title

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Anyone noticed what a trashy bowler Ishant Sharma has become?

  • bs.sabyasachi on July 6, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Rayudu would be better than Vijay at no.6 in the absence of MSD. Welldone Virat and co.

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Mind blowing performance by Indian against WI, keep it up against SL also...!!!

  • VJGS on July 6, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @ChandraMohanSumra you missed Scenario 3: if India win marginally against SL and SL beat WI, it'll be SL vs WI for the finals

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Leading from the front, well done Virat Kohli.

  • pavankumark on July 6, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Can Any One tell me , why INDIA still have 5 points ? this match has given them 5 but what about the earlier match ? In the 2nd Match IND vs WI, where India Lost by 1 wicket, WI got 4 Points, but where is the 1 point gone ? in point table It shows WI 4 and IND 0 ? ? how come ?

  • on July 6, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    am flummoxed by our selection or lack of it..ambati rayudu flown in to replace MSD..what a joke..he is 27 years ripe and is he the investment for future ?..what happended to Rahane or Pujara or why even Mandeep Singh if future was in mind..Shami comes in for Pathan and gets a game ahead of Vinay Kumar..Vinay is expensive but an intelligent wicket taking bowler and a better bat too.. is he to be consigned as a net bowler..Then we have Rohit , a powerhouse of talent and class..temperament ? No way..he is going to be the little 30s and 40s player..Raina would always be your best bat in India and overseas ? no guesses...A lot of flak for Kohli for his temperament and anger..Please let me show one young batsman in the world who comes anywhere near him..this bloke needs lot of temperament and has tons of it if you look at the stats..domestic or abroad..lets agree the SRTs,RDs,VVSs and the MSDs are irreplaceable phenomenon but then why pre-judge Kohli. End of the day we need patience as fans.

  • AvidCricFan on July 6, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    What is happening with Rohit Sharma? He now gets starts but squanders them. He practically has not give match winning performance. DK and Raina have not contributed. DK as a wicket Keeper is a liability too. He missed a regulation catch today.

  • AvidCricFan on July 6, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    People are wrongly comparing Kohli with Dhoni. Both have very different personality. Their demeanor on the ground will be different. The main attributes for him to be successful Indian captain will be commanding respect from fellow teammates and his cricketing brain on the field. He will not be captain cool and he doesn't have to be. He will be more like Ganguly, in your face type captain. That is fine too.

  • on July 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    India will definately win aganist sl and will play final

  • areyooosamba on July 6, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    the series is getting interesting!!

  • on July 6, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    The biggest tragedy of today was the TOTAL ineptitude of the Queens Park Oval's groundsmen.As an avid follower of the game, I have never seen such incompetence by any team of workers.They appeared totally clueless and fragmented in their effort to remove the covers after the short shower.It was embarrassing to all trinidadians and I hope someone in authority acts appropriately on this and prevent any similar fiasco in the future.

  • gnanzcupid on July 6, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Dhoni,kohli and dhawan are becoming three big pillars for indian cricket.

  • reddy987 on July 6, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Kohli is the best batsmen,I think he needs to get regular captain for any one of format so that he will gain confidence for future.

  • on July 6, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    'Where India travels , money flows', says Tony Cozia. Would the money flow if India is not in the final?

  • Titwala on July 6, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    This means on 9th July IND vs SL match will be semifinal (irrespective of whatever is the result of WI vs SL on 7th Jul)

  • on July 6, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Rohit will be much better in test cricket at 5 or 6. He is not a great ODI batsman, he has been misplaced. He bats better when he bats at his own pace. Both he & Vijay should be out of the ODI side when Dhoni is back, so that Pujara, INDIA'S BEST IN ALL FORMS OF THE GAME AND A FAST-SCORER, can take his rightful place as an opener with Dhawan in ODIs. The best top six for test cricket would be Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Karthik, and Rohit. SRT should be "retired" or sacked if he refuses to retire. Dhoni at 7 and Jadeja at 8 would be the batting order against SA in SA in tests + 3 pacers. Don't need Ashwin in tests against SA, he only performs in India.

  • pavankumark on July 6, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Can Any One tell me , why INDIA still have 5 points ? this match has given them 5 but what about the earlier match ? In the 2nd Match IND vs WI, where India Lost by 1 wicket, WI got 4 Points, but where is the 1 point gone ? in point table It shows WI 4 and IND 0 ? ? how come ?

  • nicknick24 on July 6, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    i think we sud give credit to both kohli and the pace bowlers for this win

  • on July 6, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    very nice to see india is back with a bonus point.... these are not alien situations for india, especially for kohli.... he shows why he is one of thaina outside SCe best in ODI...... this knock by him will be one of his best..... and bringing bhuvi changed our bowling standards??? great to see that one bowler can change the attitude of the entire bowling department...... this was needed.... but i am still concerned about raina outside SC, and ISHANT anywhere in the world.... ishant simply needs to be replaced by a good learner......

    now let the excuse of the rain flow my dear indian haters.....lets do this....

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    thats utter rubbish....if sammy or narine had bowled in the depth...india wud have reached atleast 330, as indian cn handle narine well and in slog overs sammy wud jus b a spectator

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar has the IT factpr that India was searching for the last 3 years..Way to go young man

  • ImpartialExpert on July 6, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    The Indian side is not yet settled. There are a couple of middle order stops up for grabs and a couple of pace bowling spots as well. Bowlers who can bowl well at the death will get the nod ahead of the others.

  • Rohit... on July 6, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    @Rally_Windies: Kohli not good against narine??? Do you really follow cricket ? Kohli was taking his time in the start of his innings. If you count it as Narine's credit, then you are being biased... Common Man, Don't try to under-rate Kohli after this special innings.

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Do not worry.India will be in the finals, whether we win that or not doesnot matter. Revenue from TV broadcasting will be reduced substantially,if India is not in the finals.We have already seen some topsyturvy results in the matches so far played, in this triseries.I am expecting some more and it will see India in finals

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Finally India proves its metal after two defeats,one of it was a humiliating one.Its time to pay back the Lankans now & bring the glory back if not the crown.

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    bad captaincy by bravo as usual. I am happy india won but still missing the killer instinct in all aspects

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    It's good that Ind finally getting used to slow bouncy pitches..I see a lot of comments in many article about Pujara being missing here. But the very fact is he is pretty good and could do the job of WALL or even better that. And the reason he is missing is only for good, because of his poor physical fitness. He's been given time to get fit and once the selectors are happy with it, Pujara will be THE 3# batsmen for Ind.

  • Kishorsgowda on July 6, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Kohli rocks...critics of his shocks....media and critics please please dont do any analysis oly for a single match..kohli is already a great cricketer...one day he wil become great captain too...

  • insightfulcricketer on July 6, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Kohli yet again showed the steel he is made of.In such a short span of his career he has shown a sense of occasion which even the great Sachin never showed he possessed on a regular basis. Kohli already has been part of two World Championship winning teams and in both he made crucial invalulable contributions in the finals. Plus today in a must win game the maturity he showed in keeping his end going and farming the strike with Ashwin showed an incredible game sense.If only selectors would bloodUnmukt this foursome of Dhawan,Gambhir,Unmukt and Kohli could be the lifeline of team batting for next 5-6 years.

  • on July 6, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    @Vicky Deman, thanks god Vinay is not playing

  • Balumekka on July 6, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Great match and wonderful batting by Kohli. Indi really played like world champions. Now this tournament is wide open. a Sri Lankan fan.

  • nafzak on July 6, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    For WI.... Sarwan is obvoiusly persona non grata and is under such pressure to perform, that he knows one or 2 failures and he's out. Yet, others fail time & time again & they still get chance to play. Gibson has proven that he knows nothing about strategy. At 4 wickets down, the match was lost for WI and they should have played for a high score and not to win, i.e., try to score 4/5 runs per over and then hit out with 10 overs remaining. That would have provided a better run rate cushion over India in the event that they are all tied on points.

  • on July 6, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    I am just curious, because of IPL is there any differences between players?

  • josphe on July 6, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Good win by India..Once again Rohit got a start and threw it away. I am one of his biggest fans and whilst i'm pleased to see him constantly getting starts i'd just like to see him push on and get a big one.

  • couchpundit on July 6, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian -- if you dont know the indian dynamics.... let me educate you....as long as you are north indian no one will question your poor performance when there is a south indian in the team. even better is no mumbaikar will be questioned when there is a south indian in the team. Worst it will be when a south indian doesnt perform consistently.

  • on July 6, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Dinesh karthik was not out he was given out, Nigel long took a lllllllong time to give him out But the replays clearly showed that dk wasn't out

  • on July 6, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Something was not right with this match today. It felt like someone or something was pulling strings for India to stay in the tournament. I admit India batted extremely well and Kholi played a spectacular innings. However, West Indies in their run chase were 56 for 2 but Johnson Charles and Samuels were set and going at five (5) runs over.

    Then the rain came and fell lightly for ten (10) minutes and stops at 2:45pm. The ground staff then TOOK AN ETERNITY to remove the covers and prepare the pitch (Game resumes at 4:00pm) only then to set West Indies the near impossible task of chasing 275 runs in 39 overs.........MADNESS!!!!!!!!

    Something was not right today and I wish the rain did not fall to ruin what would have been a fantastic run chase instead of a SHAM which took place after.

  • mar2000 on July 5, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    A well earned win by India and a well put together TON by KHOLI . One of the better hundreds at the Queens Park Oval in a very long time .

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 5, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Well done young champs !! NORMAL service has resumed. A power packed performance all round. Kohli - what a player !

  • rvar on July 5, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Give them a break, they were on jet lag.

  • brusselslion on July 5, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    @Jadejafan on (July 5, 2013, 19:45): Joe Root. Not as many games but 2 years younger. Similar average and SR to Kohli.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 5, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Tino Best has the best batting technique in the W.I side I'm not even exaggerating and Kemar Roach also has a better technique than the top 6 the batting is embarrassingly bad. Ramdin, Pollard and both Bravo's should not be in W.I ODI side.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 5, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    If Gayle does not have mind or skill to deal with swinging moving ball especially now there is 2 new balls, why is he still opening ? maybe he should be used at end of an innings seein as he gets out early repeatedly and only does something once every 20 innings . . .

  • A.S.Judge on July 5, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    @Rally_Windies. Did you even watch the match? Narine was off the pitch with an injured bowling finger!!

    Only accurate point is that Sammy should have been bowled out. But regardless of who was bowling, i think the WI just lost the plot, the number of Extras was horrific and i think Kholi was in the Zone so he would have dispatched anyone at that point of time.

    @Ravindranadham Darbha. Kholi is a fantastic captain and definitely one to take over after Dhoni. Yes he may be immature but that will come with time and experience. I think everyone keeps forgetting he captained India U19s to the World Cup. And people need to stop comparing his temperament to Mr. Cool Guy Dhoni...there are not many people that can do what MSD does so well, the guy is a one of a kind. Yes Kholi can go over the top sometimes but with time he will get better. Remember Ganguly?? Another great Indian Captain, not very relaxed and cool like MSD but more agressive and in your Face like Kholi! He did pretty well!!

  • NareshPodi on July 5, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Congrats to Kohli and his team..!!! As I said my comments at previous match, he is really a quick learner and he has the fighting spirit. He will definitely becomes the best captain ever. This the expected performance from the seam bowlers. happy to see the way the bowlers bowled and a good start in batting and brilliant 100 from genius Kohli. RGS should learn from Kohli to build the innings and how to put price on his wicket. and also need to learn converting 50s into 100s.then we will a strongest team in the world for at leat 10-15 years.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 5, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Bravo is not a leader with bat ball or mind. I'm astounded he was made captain he should not even be in the 11 and how many chances are Ramdin and Pollard going to get ? Darren Bravo also needs to go get some experience how is this kid taking the vital no3 position ? he has not fight, consistency or mental he's far too weak for International cricket right now !

  • maheshwar_reddy on July 5, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    I feel pity for the talented unlucky Dinesh Karthik(DK).Umpire's decision is too harsh on him.Hope he proves himself in the next match..!!

  • Abitha on July 5, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Vijay is a good player. See he was not given a chance even in the Dead Rubber against Pak. He was rested or Rusted . Even Rohit did not play well in the Warm ups. He was given a chance and grabbed it with both his hands. Vijay was the second highest scorer against SL. Thanks that he is in the "A" team. Hope he comes good and cements his place in ODI too Kashinath

  • on July 5, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Do they really need 2 games to show their strength?

  • Balb on July 5, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    I have said it before, West indies need to rethink their selection based on continuous and present performances for ODI'S. Historically there are a few players who are only suited for certain formats. Also the team batting order need to be seriously revised.

    Ramdin if selected should bat at # 11.

    I cannot conclude by not including my comment on the omission of Chanderpaul and Sarwan in championship international competitions. How can Sarwan opened against Zimbabwe, made a century then be dropped. Can anyone explain this. He failed twice just as Samuels, Pollard and DM Bravo but dropped for the Tri series. Is something wrong here?

    Come on WI, give these great West Indies players the opportunity they deserve.

    Here is my suggestion for the West Indies 50 over matches. Gayle, Charles, Sarwan, Simmons, Samuels, Chanderpaul, DJ Bravo, Sammy, Narine, Roach, and Rampaul/ Holder. Sammy should be the captain. Ramidin and DM Bravo is for tests. Pollard is for 20/twenty.

    Gibson, you know it.

  • I_Love_My_India on July 5, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Good win. I initially doubted why both Murali Vijay and Ishant Sharma there in the team? But I see I was wrong. Murali surprised me today by being so positive and start making strokes straight away. I think that relaxed Virat a bit after the Karthik dismissal. I guess MV should be always selected in the team and should be told that he will not be selected for the next series....

  • on July 5, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Well played , lets celebrate nd not criticise

  • on July 5, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Finally the Bowlers showed up!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 5, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @maddy20: Bro, for some teams it takes an entire tournament or series to wake up hahahah.

  • on July 5, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Neither Pollard nor D. Bravo should be a captain for WI ODI or Test team. If Sammy cant manage the ODI team then please give it to Marlon Samuels or even J. Charles. Furthermore, K Powell and K Edwards should be given a chance if Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo and pollard fail to deliver. V Kholi is my favourite Indian player, despite all the pressure he is still there playing his heart out....I hope that West Indies players do the same.

  • on July 5, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Do u guys know whats the bonus point system? (it is D/L method)

  • coldcoffee123 on July 5, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    India- WI match at T&T shows the poor quality of today's batsmen. A little bounce in the pitch and the team's fall apart.

  • on July 5, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    West Indies batsmen should be ashamed of themselves. With India so far ahead, the least they could do is put their heads down and bat properly.

  • on July 5, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    I remember people were asking for Pollard to be in the test team. Yea right!

  • coldcoffee123 on July 5, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has not set a foot wrong since his India debut. This guy has taken wickets on all sorts of wickets, swings the ball both ways with ease. He will be the key to India's performance in South Africa. I pity Sreesanth. He was almost certain for SA tour, with even Dravid mentioning that IPL matches are a sort of come-back-to-form matches for Sree. I am amazed how Sree could be so stupid as to blow his career good bye.

  • maddy20 on July 5, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Finally our side woke up from its slumber. Do they always need 2 games to get into their stride?

  • Rally_Windies on July 5, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Hmmm,,,

    Bad captaincy form Bravo ...

    Narine was going at 7 an over, but so did Roach.. The SET batsmen who hit Narine were OUT ... and Lower order batsmen hitting at the death... and Kholi is not good against Narine ....

    Narine should have gotten at least 8 overs...

    Pollard's 2 overs that cost 21 runs should have gone to Narine ...

    Sammy should have been bowled out at the TOP of the innings ....

    Had Bravo done these things India would have made 280-290 ... not 311 ....

  • Jadejafan on July 5, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Kohli is clearly by a distance the best young batsman in the world. 14 100s already and 4 in tests by him. Which next young batsman comes even close?

  • on July 5, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Anyone notice Raina struggles outside Asia ... Other than an odd inning he has not performed outside Asia

  • kc69 on July 5, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Kohli is the best batsmen India(probably world cricket) has in terms of technique or style, but the only thing negative in this youngster is his aggression and temper. Nobody would or should doubt him as a batsman but yes I still believe he lacks the maturity of MSD to be the captain of a team. Who knows he may lead team India after 2015 world cup but still there is a long way to go and its good he is facing the pressure of being an captain earlier. Ambati Rayudu deserves a chance in this series ahead of M Vijay because DK cannot be replaced as Rayudu only does Wicket keeping in T20 format(IPL only).

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @GilliCricket

    Both Rohit & Vijay have played. Both have good qualities that everyone of us know except yourself. Both will get appropriate chances. Vijay will excel in tests And Rohit in shorter versions. We are the fans of Both Vijay & Rohit.... Anyway it is up to us only.....You got my point......You are smart enough I guess.................

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher s obsession with fast bowlers and dislike towards medium pacers can be the only reason for Ishant Sharma to be selected over Vinay Kumar. I hope Dhoni isn't biased too. There's no point in losing so many matches in trying to prove a point.

  • moBlue on July 5, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    what is up with you IND fans who criticize kohli for his immaturity, attitude (his penchant for cursing and swearing), etc.? not everyone can be like sachin tendulkar or rahul dravid on the field!!! remember, these are players of a new generation!

    you naysayers blithely ignore the fact that kohli has had to overcome personal tragedy - and deal with national fame - at a young age! that alone makes him mature, in my perspective! more importantly, there is no "quit" in this kid! he is a fighter, probably the best young one we have in the IND team right now!!! you like that, don't you? well, you cannot separate out his fighting spirit from his "attitude"... you gotta take one with the other. besides, he has shown plenty of maturity on the field over the last few years, patiently building his innings when IND are in deep trouble and waiting for the right time to press the accelerator! ...and he is still awfully young!!! besides... i liked the way he fought back repeated failures in oz!!

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    kohli is the best batesman after sachin for india in ODI.

  • sixnout on July 5, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I guess I am being negative here. But the middle order barring Kohli seems to be non existant in the past 8 matches. Its like if the openers click and see out 15 overs we score well, get a wicket in the first 5 overs and we start struggling. Time to go for a horses for courses and get in Pujara in overseas?

  • GilliCricket on July 5, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    To all fans.. i dont know why every one against Murali Vijay. Actually we could have still give chance to Murali Vijay instead of giving more chance to Rohit. He always gives away the wicket. Today also he is not at good. May be Rohit fans are having fear if Murali Vijay will replace him i think. bcos as far as today is concern Murali Vijay played a good knock and reduced the Pressure for Kohli... Anyway it is upto you guys...

  • on July 5, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    wil india reach Final if they win todays match????

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Should have played ambati rayudu in place of murali vijay..........

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    There are times when you mix an antique ... This is time ee missed Dhoni... But great and scintillating innings by kohl KOHLI... Hats off did you deserve that place in wisden...

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Dhoni still have 4-5 years atleast left in him. that gives enough time to groom Virat for captaincy. Though yes, at this point he is rusty, when it comes to captaincy....

  • Indian_Rule on July 5, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    ohhhh kohli.....u r a rockstar...

  • sents2013 on July 5, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Should have played Amit Mishra in place of Umesh Yadav/Ishant Shrama. West Indies pitches assist spin.

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    when you disrespect your best player and doubt his ability at a young age, you will always live in the past give virat a break thats who he is and will always be like that and thats why he wins and lose but they dont live without each other better take the good with the bad or lose a great player your choice

  • Nampally on July 5, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    A brilliant century by Kohli & a great knocks by Dhawan as well as by Rohit Sharma led India to a bog total of 311. Kohli changed the complexion of the game with his scintillating display of power & timing. But for his brave knock India was heading for a another average total of 250. It was a great captain's knock, after his last 2 failures in batting as a Captain. I hope the Indian bowlers rise to the occasion of limiting WI batting to <250. Ishant & Yadev need to rise to the occasion with some great bowling which is wkt. taking at economical rate. Jadeja & Ashwin also need to show that they are for real as spinners & Kumar should keep his great from from ICC trophy. Lets go India with some brilliant fielding & bowling yo stay alive in the Tri series trophy.

  • bbnn on July 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    See how good Murali Vijay if he is in a postive frame of mind i never saw him with positive mindset in ODI and his body language itself is giving the bowler too much confidence but today he was good eventhough he did not last long but made use of the powerplay and took away the pressure from Virat Kohly helped him for the final onslought

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    SO Sammy is bowling with econ of 3 an over and Bravo doesn't even bowl him out ? what is this useless rubbish we have to witness form Bravo and Pollard ? this is not IPL and they're both a liability. I have no idea why Sammy was replaced as captain by Bravo I don't think Bravo should even be in the 11, Sammy is better leader better bowler If W.I want to be serious side Charles is going to have to be keeper because W.I are always bowler short Pollard or Bravo has to go W.I cannot accommodate both of them alongside Sammy W.I need a 3rd specialist bowler desperately.

  • bbnn on July 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    See how good Murali Vijay if he is in a postive frame of mind i never saw him with positive mindset in ODI and his body language itself is giving the bowler too much confidence but today he was good eventhough he did not last long but made use of the powerplay and took away the pressure from Virat Kohly helped him for the final onslought

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    one thing all the Indian fans should remember. ..Everyone is not Dhoni...and Kohli did not steal captaincy from Dhoni...we need to back our team no matter what...and Kohli is best player in the team now...Come on India you can do it...we fans are with you no matter what...ALL THE BEST...

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    BCCI selectors start thinking seriously to start identifying next in the ladder to MS DHONI because lack of maturity in VIRAT cost us the match against SL

  • calcu on July 5, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @Sussexx Aah India will win again today.This is the champion side :)

  • I_Love_My_India on July 5, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I am not sure why Murali Vijay is in this team and what Ishant is doing there? I wish if Rayudu and Vinay could come in there place.

  • Sussexx on July 5, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Aah india will loose once again today without a shadow of doubt. .... even if it was the world cup winning team they would still loose today:)

  • sathishan.k on July 5, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    this is very imp to ind to find next dhoni bec in the absence of dhoni captency india is look losing there way bec no senior player to guide indian oung player so plz take senior player for few more year it will help young team

  • AvidCricFan on July 5, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    The only batsman with some track record to handle pressure is Kohli. Others like Rohit Sharma, DK, MV will crumble against pressure. They are overrated for format. DK and MV still to deliver a substantial performance since his return. Rohit is getting good starts but not able to capitalize on it.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    A very good chance for young Indian team to prove their strength and stability with the wins from here on to get to the finals, it's not easy to get opportunity's like this in Indian squad, when you get it you better prove it!!!!.

  • on July 5, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    A very good chance for young Indian team to prove their strength and stability with the wins from here on to get to the finals, it's not easy to get opportunity's like this in Indian squad, when you get it you better prove it!!!!.

  • AvidCricFan on July 5, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    The only batsman with some track record to handle pressure is Kohli. Others like Rohit Sharma, DK, MV will crumble against pressure. They are overrated for format. DK and MV still to deliver a substantial performance since his return. Rohit is getting good starts but not able to capitalize on it.

  • sathishan.k on July 5, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    this is very imp to ind to find next dhoni bec in the absence of dhoni captency india is look losing there way bec no senior player to guide indian oung player so plz take senior player for few more year it will help young team

  • Sussexx on July 5, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Aah india will loose once again today without a shadow of doubt. .... even if it was the world cup winning team they would still loose today:)

  • I_Love_My_India on July 5, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I am not sure why Murali Vijay is in this team and what Ishant is doing there? I wish if Rayudu and Vinay could come in there place.

  • calcu on July 5, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @Sussexx Aah India will win again today.This is the champion side :)

  • on July 5, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    BCCI selectors start thinking seriously to start identifying next in the ladder to MS DHONI because lack of maturity in VIRAT cost us the match against SL

  • on July 5, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    one thing all the Indian fans should remember. ..Everyone is not Dhoni...and Kohli did not steal captaincy from Dhoni...we need to back our team no matter what...and Kohli is best player in the team now...Come on India you can do it...we fans are with you no matter what...ALL THE BEST...

  • bbnn on July 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    See how good Murali Vijay if he is in a postive frame of mind i never saw him with positive mindset in ODI and his body language itself is giving the bowler too much confidence but today he was good eventhough he did not last long but made use of the powerplay and took away the pressure from Virat Kohly helped him for the final onslought

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    SO Sammy is bowling with econ of 3 an over and Bravo doesn't even bowl him out ? what is this useless rubbish we have to witness form Bravo and Pollard ? this is not IPL and they're both a liability. I have no idea why Sammy was replaced as captain by Bravo I don't think Bravo should even be in the 11, Sammy is better leader better bowler If W.I want to be serious side Charles is going to have to be keeper because W.I are always bowler short Pollard or Bravo has to go W.I cannot accommodate both of them alongside Sammy W.I need a 3rd specialist bowler desperately.