West Indies v India, only Twenty20, Trinidad June 4, 2011

India win tour opener despite early wobble

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India 159 for 6 (Badri 43, Sammy 4-16) beat West Indies 143 for 5 (Bravo 41, Harbhajan 2-25) by 16 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

During a five-over spell of poor discipline, West Indies lost the tour opener, the only Twenty20 international in Port of Spain. Led by Darren Sammy's four-wicket haul, the hosts bossed India for 15 overs on a spinners' paradise, but then they dropped a catch, took a wicket off a no-ball, bowled a lot of length, and the 72 runs they conceded in the last five overs proved to be the deciding factor. With two specialists spinners handcuffing the chase, the West Indies batsmen never really threatened India's total, although they lost only two wickets in the first 15.3 overs.

West Indies had been much more clinical for the majority of the first half of the game. Two reprieved men, though, - Rohit Sharma, dropped on 8, and S Badrinath, caught off a no-ball on 25 and not given stumped on 36 - played crucial parts in those five overs that went for 72. India's first 72 had taken more than 12 overs on a Queen's Park Oval pitch that had been under covers for most of the week because of rain. It misbehaved profusely: a few deliveries took the top surface with them, and the spinners managed disconcerting turn even without giving the ball much air. To make it worse for India, it drizzled for about the first 12 overs of the innings, but not hard enough to send the players off. There were two massive boundary-less periods: 19 balls at the start and 32 in the middle.

The way the ball turned justified India's call to play two specialist spinners, in Harbhajan Singh and R Aswhin, but West Indies inflicted damage even before spin was introduced. Their captain Sammy exploited the conditions with slower offcutters, slicing a chunk out of India's batting during an unbroken four-over spell, even as Chris Gayle watched from the stands, dressed in flashy party wear and a cap that said "captain".

Sammy's first wicket, though, was with a bouncer that cramped the debutant Shikhar Dhawan, and kissed the side of the bat on its way through to Andre Fletcher. Virat Kohli got a massive leading edge to a slower delivery, Parthiv Patel lobbed another offcutter to point, and Suresh Raina heaved to mid-on. Following that, Nurse and Bishoo stifled India, but the turning points came in the 14th and 16th overs.

First Nurse passed a maiden international wicket by failing to hold onto a simple return catch from Rohit. Then Rampaul seemed to have got rid of Badrinath, but the replays showed his front foot had landed on the line. The resultant free hit went for four, which should actually have been six because Nurse caught the ball on the full and dived on the boundary rope, and that opened the floodgates.

Rohit hit Rampaul for a six down the ground, and Badrinath hit two fours off Bishoo's next over. In between those boundaries, Badrinath was stumped, but the umpire Peter Nero refused to even refer it to the third umpire. The 18th over, bowled by Christopher Barnwell, was a disaster for West Indies even though he managed Rohit's wicket. He began with five wides and was hit for two sixes, one each by Rohit and Yusuf Pathan, in a 20-run over. Bishoo did some damage control in the 19th, but Rampaul came back to bowl length in the 20th, and was smacked for a six and a four by Harbhajan Singh.

Expectedly India wasted little time in unleashing spin after Praveen Kumar opened the defence with a maiden over. Ashwin and Harbhajan proved to be too good at the start, and Ashwin - albeit fortuitously - removed Lendl Simmons early. The man to blame was Nero again, who ruled Simmons caught behind off the thigh, and also off the wicketkeeper's helmet.

What followed involved no luck. Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo managed to not lose their wickets but struggled to stay in touch with the asking-rate. As the ball turned and bounced, surely they would have wondered why their home pitches should test their weakness, and not the opposition's. That didn't explain lack of urgency in running between the wickets. No Indian fielder felt under pressure to charge at the ball as West Indies were not looking to convert ones into twos.

The asking-rate touched 17 for the last five overs, and the first big risks taken by the pair resulted in wickets to Harbhajan. Barnwell displayed his big-hitting capabilities in a 16-ball 34, but he was left with too much to do to prevent West Indies' first T20 defeat to India.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | June 5, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    I saw this game live in the oval - it was difficult to understand the tactics of bravo and samuels - if it were not for barnwell's lusty hitting at the end i think that we would have faced serious embarassment in the end result - sammy opening the batting may not be a bad idea in 20 20 as a pinch hitter...just some thoughts - stantokie deserves a game...

  • POSTED BY fredie on | June 5, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    Rohit is one of the most talented batsman in india right now.He has so much class above him.Remember the knock he played in Australia in Australia in CB series final as well in T20 world cup against oz on one of the bounciest and quickest wicket port of spain when none of the indian new crop batsman were able to adjust, he alone produced a gem.There is so much class about him like TENDULKAR,DRAVID,PONTING,KALLIS. Just that he hasnt yet realized his full potential.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | June 5, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    @ M. David Wesley…you got to be kidding. Rohit Shrma doesn't deserve to be a member of the touring side let alone opening the inning. He is an IPL wonder who has so far failed despite of getting repeated chances

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Rohit sharma can't do justice at no 6. He should open the innings with Dhawan and Parthiv should come at no 6. That ll give a right-left combination at the top which can be maintained with likes of Raina-Kohli and Badri-Parthiv and finally Yusuf to complete!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    barnwell reminds me of bravo they have the style in playing their games i think they should try both of them in the same team he did well for guyana and will do well in the wi too .

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | June 5, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    The WI selectors are really hopeless. They picked an excellent T20 squad but left the best T20 bowler for the past two seasons out of the final 11. What message are they sending to that young man? You can bowl better than Russell, Rampaul, Bishoo and Sammy for the past two seasons but you are not good enough for WI. I refuse to mention the player's name and the selectors may be dumb enough not to recognize their folly. Suffice it to say that the player would have added variety being the only left arm pacer in the squad. A missed opportunity because India would have struggled to make 120 runs if our best T20 bowler had been selected.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @hawkeye30: get your facts rights..indian team is depleted..west indies is playing full strength..for me,chris gayle is only good in T-20 and kieron pollard is not even a cricket player ...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Ridiculous article...Badri played well. Getting out in a No-ball is not a chance its bowlers mistake. He came in a tough conditions and played well as he did many a times for CSK...The only difference he is doing it in proud Blue colors. He is a fantastic asset and many including me thought he cannot play T20 but batsman of his class can play in any format and conditions....Accolade him for his come back and Man of the Match effort...Instead finding faults isn't nice. Parthiv also did well at the top. Why so much coverage to mindless Rohit? Rohit is no more future of India...He is done and dusted IPL material.

  • POSTED BY InvicibleIndians on | June 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Iif these kind of pitches are provided by WI against India, then they will be blanked out during ODI's and also in tests. Also, i feel Tiwary should be given a chance ahead of Rohit sharma in ODIs. Also, indians need to switch over quickly from T20 slambang to ODIs which is bit tougher. With Pollard and Bravo joining in ODIs and possibly Gayle and Roach later WI will become stronger and India must win the first 2 ODIs to put the pressure right on WI.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Herath, Dilshan also played IPL, but has scored two centuries in England plus in warm up matches too. Why are you not including his name while blaming IPL, because it would defeat your argument. If Sanga & Mahela are not playing well right now, it's only a matter of time. Good Luck, enjoy the cricket whatever it is.

  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | June 5, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    I saw this game live in the oval - it was difficult to understand the tactics of bravo and samuels - if it were not for barnwell's lusty hitting at the end i think that we would have faced serious embarassment in the end result - sammy opening the batting may not be a bad idea in 20 20 as a pinch hitter...just some thoughts - stantokie deserves a game...

  • POSTED BY fredie on | June 5, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    Rohit is one of the most talented batsman in india right now.He has so much class above him.Remember the knock he played in Australia in Australia in CB series final as well in T20 world cup against oz on one of the bounciest and quickest wicket port of spain when none of the indian new crop batsman were able to adjust, he alone produced a gem.There is so much class about him like TENDULKAR,DRAVID,PONTING,KALLIS. Just that he hasnt yet realized his full potential.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | June 5, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    @ M. David Wesley…you got to be kidding. Rohit Shrma doesn't deserve to be a member of the touring side let alone opening the inning. He is an IPL wonder who has so far failed despite of getting repeated chances

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Rohit sharma can't do justice at no 6. He should open the innings with Dhawan and Parthiv should come at no 6. That ll give a right-left combination at the top which can be maintained with likes of Raina-Kohli and Badri-Parthiv and finally Yusuf to complete!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    barnwell reminds me of bravo they have the style in playing their games i think they should try both of them in the same team he did well for guyana and will do well in the wi too .

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | June 5, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    The WI selectors are really hopeless. They picked an excellent T20 squad but left the best T20 bowler for the past two seasons out of the final 11. What message are they sending to that young man? You can bowl better than Russell, Rampaul, Bishoo and Sammy for the past two seasons but you are not good enough for WI. I refuse to mention the player's name and the selectors may be dumb enough not to recognize their folly. Suffice it to say that the player would have added variety being the only left arm pacer in the squad. A missed opportunity because India would have struggled to make 120 runs if our best T20 bowler had been selected.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @hawkeye30: get your facts rights..indian team is depleted..west indies is playing full strength..for me,chris gayle is only good in T-20 and kieron pollard is not even a cricket player ...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Ridiculous article...Badri played well. Getting out in a No-ball is not a chance its bowlers mistake. He came in a tough conditions and played well as he did many a times for CSK...The only difference he is doing it in proud Blue colors. He is a fantastic asset and many including me thought he cannot play T20 but batsman of his class can play in any format and conditions....Accolade him for his come back and Man of the Match effort...Instead finding faults isn't nice. Parthiv also did well at the top. Why so much coverage to mindless Rohit? Rohit is no more future of India...He is done and dusted IPL material.

  • POSTED BY InvicibleIndians on | June 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Iif these kind of pitches are provided by WI against India, then they will be blanked out during ODI's and also in tests. Also, i feel Tiwary should be given a chance ahead of Rohit sharma in ODIs. Also, indians need to switch over quickly from T20 slambang to ODIs which is bit tougher. With Pollard and Bravo joining in ODIs and possibly Gayle and Roach later WI will become stronger and India must win the first 2 ODIs to put the pressure right on WI.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Herath, Dilshan also played IPL, but has scored two centuries in England plus in warm up matches too. Why are you not including his name while blaming IPL, because it would defeat your argument. If Sanga & Mahela are not playing well right now, it's only a matter of time. Good Luck, enjoy the cricket whatever it is.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 5, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    hawkeye30, look at the rainbow, how beautiful. What are you trying to see in dark clouds? It's in the eye of the beholder.

  • POSTED BY World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on | June 5, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Good match but bad Pitch. Now for the people who are saying india's bowling is weak , we'll show you in the england tour what we have got. Remember india has won the last two test series against england - one in india and in england too. We'll beat them again. Their celebrations will last till they are playing sri lanka.

  • POSTED BY hawkeye30 on | June 5, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Was a close shave!! Looks like a evenly contested series this. India has been highly over rated.. This series might tell a story which has been untold.. If any one tries to defend saying india is without their key players.. So is WI thanks to the great IPL which I consider a good concept,, yet unfortunately it makes a whole load of Great players to choose the IPL over their country including Indian players.. Wonder if international cricket is ever going to be the same!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    ashwin is the present india and future indian spinner, no spinner has guts like him nor has wicket taking capability guys, look for it

  • POSTED BY prakash_mishra on | June 5, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Team India has array of Batsmen at this moment.Even when Big names of world cup like Sehwag,Tendulkar,Gambhir,Yuvraj and Dhoni are missing, Team still has many talented batsmen who can play pretty well in conditions in West-Indies. But I fear that as the series progresses the west indies bowling attack can expose the shortcomings..Kohli is talented but seems to be taking bit more pressure than he should be.Raina is a smart player and much more relaxed and seems to have groomed well under Dhoni's company and is best candidate for the captaincy.Badrinath is new to scene and should be provided with ample chances before deciding anything with him.parthiv Patel is a good stroke maker and can make his own mark in the team despite dhoni's presence.Rohit sharma has to apply himself and needs to be more focused.I still feel Dhawan got chance earlier ahead of Murali Vijay,he is part of test squad but will be greatly missed in ODI's in absence of giants...bowling is major concern at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 5, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Vilander, however good you think you are,someone cannot land in UK in cold conditions just a few days before a gruelling test match from the midst of a T20 competition proclaiming to perform.You need weeks of preparation especially because both Sanga & Mahela should have as senior players practised together with young inexperienced team which was prevented by their contract to IPL.If there was no IPL,we would been watching & enjoying Dhoni,Yuraj,Gayle etc in WI now. Ranil Herath

  • POSTED BY Shreena on | June 5, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    What's wrong with Parthiv Patel, He is second highest run scorer with Rohit sharma. There is no words for him in bulletin and there's a plenty for rohit, who was dropped once!!! Surprised!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sowndar.mage on | June 5, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    India proves on the battle with some IPL experience very good will like to continue congrats to raina and boys,Badri proves his ablity also he should do in ODIs in future selectors job is very tuff to select the playing 11, offcourse easy also we like this chemistry

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    The pitch was really pathetic... imagine if this would have been a pitch for 50 over cricket...

  • POSTED BY devil_in_details on | June 5, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    This article is biased against india (as is so often the case when this author tries to be 'balanced'). It was not Windies that 'allowed' India to rack up runs. It was the superb batsmanship of the Indians, Badri and Rohit and Yusuf and Bhajji, and their traditional approach of 'keep wickets in hand, make runs in the end overs' that exposed the poor opposition bowling. Windies bowling is ordinary. It was the sticky early morning conditions that made it effective. But Indian batsmen are just too good- not just in this match but wud be in the coming one day series as well, as no doubt we will see.

  • POSTED BY Stos on | June 5, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    To be honest, I can't say that there was much wrong with how Bravo and Samuels played. T20 games are warmup matches at best, so they probably gained more from playing in a manner akin to a proper match rather than just hitting out. In any case, the agenda for the West Indies over the ODIs will probably be to get more used to surviving offspin, so as to not get bogged down by it in the tests. That's probably a lot more important than winning the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Rage468 on | June 5, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    shame on WI. they just couldnt make 160 and that also against the weakest bowling attack amongst all test teams. I wonder where WI is going.........

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    do not want to see peter Nero again!slow and turning itch offered to india!need a clear striker upfront for west indies in t20!try simmons to keep and bring back barath at opening!seems like in this condition 2nd spinner must!where is ben!too much game for roach!bring taylor or edwards!sammy is trying 200%,thank u!!!

  • POSTED BY WestIndies1987 on | June 5, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Very dissapointed in the result. WI had to chances in this match to stamp some authority in the game and failed. The decision against Simmons was PATHETIC but even that should not have prevented us from winning. Once again the WICB proved what an AMATEUR organization they are by having the RIDICULOUS rule of only players that have played in the regional domestic tournament are eligible. The IPL and Big Bash are of a higher standard than our competition so we should be glad that our players can perform there and not tossed them aside. Until we get a REAL WICB WI will continue to SUFFER.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Great Play Indians.... :) Well done Badri.... :)

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | June 5, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    TN supporters need not yet tout it as a case of Badri's proving his mettle. Of course he will do it soon. I am not as sure about Ashwin-who may (legitimately) be kept out of the team for a long time by Harbajan.

  • POSTED BY tappee74 on | June 5, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    In the advent of time, man becomes stronger in his convictions , assimilating what is best by instituting knowledge, wisdom and what ever there is in acheiving the ultimate.It is also true that he can be selfish,a disregard to truth, a mockery to himself, and a ruin to a nation or region.This seem to be so evident in the executive body of the WI cricket board.To err is human,and everyone errs,but to forgive is devine, yet not everyone forgives,but being at the helm,it would have been thought that intelligent people know better and would act accordingly.Unfortunately it seems the other way.We as west indians are a people ,a unit, borne on a few concrete cultures,and apart from religions, cricket plays an integral part in our daily lives,we are not different from the people in the sub continent or any cricket loving nation .Do not ROB us of what belongs not to you,PLEASE PLAY CHRISTOPHER GYALE.Do not let him be a spectator.

  • POSTED BY kap1 on | June 5, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    The batting order is all wrong. You need cleanest hitters upfront - a la Chris Gayle. If they come off we are through...and if they miss, we continue as is. This is 20/20 after all. Yususf is the cleanest hitter in the country and should be minimum one down, and needs to get a few balls to settle....way below he is often wasted. Not giving him enough batting in second string attack smells of conspiracy - captain and others afraid of Yusuf clicking and their places being threathened?. Clean hitters such a Robin Uthapa/Harbhajan should also be in the team and given enough oppurtunity to swing their arms. Impotrant criterai here is the strike rate - not number of runs. On that count most of the players who played yesterday failed. If not for Yusus and Harbhajan swinging away - game would have been lost.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    The most noticeable aspect in this game was India's fielding. It was so much more electric with the NexGen in action.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | June 5, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    It is only West Indies who have produced flurry of all-rounders in the recent times. List includes Dwayne Bravo, Sammy, Pollard, russel, Barnwell. All of these have impressed on occasions. WI have to set their combination right. Good players come and surprisingly disappear apart of few players. They have to do something to win without gayle.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Critics who were calling this team as entire CSK, wake up... BADRINATH and ASHWIN, needs to be in our NATIONAL SETUP...

    This is what SUBB BADRI can do, build an innings from middle of a collapse...

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | June 5, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Why is there a talk of Vijay replacing Dhawan for the 1st ODI when Vijay is not present in the squad of 15 for the ODI series vs WI ? Vijay has only been selected to open in the test series as a replacement to Sehwag. Its only fair to give Dhawan a couple of more chances before a decision can be made to replace him with Tiwary or any other player. Dhawan has a LIST A average of 43.82 (which is only next to Kohli and above Raina, Rohit & Badrinath) and his 95 from 57 balls in the IPL 4 match against Punjab on a "green-tinged" pitch in Dharamsala against the likes of Praveen Kumar, Ryan Harris, Ryan McLaren & Piyush Chawla, is still fresh in our minds. Apart from that he is the only specialist opener available in the present squad. I would go with the same XI for the next match unless a green pitch is made & if that is the case I would replace Ashwin with Ishant.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Yes, two second-string sides battling each other on a "sticky wicket". Luckily it was a T20 Match, so the proceedings were of mercifully brief duration. There's just too much cricket being played by the "majors" these days-- the best players are being exploited and over-used, all in the name of money. Soon it will no longer be "cricket"--- what we'll be left with is mere "tamasha".

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 5, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Exuma, Indian bowling attack is not weak, though it might look weak for an outsider. People have been saying this dialogue for so many years only to see India getting to No.1 in test rankings and clinching the world cup. Even if harbhajan does not play, we cannot dismiss this bowling attack as weak, we would see in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Sautrik on | June 4, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    why don't they play tiwary instead of dhawan? he has been clinical in many situations for KKR and he currently deserves a spot, at least in this Inidan XI. And Wriddhiman did show a lot of promise in the few opportunites he was offered, so I would pick him instead of Parthiv, who had been mercurial during the IPL. Personally I feel the ideal XI with the current squad would be Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Virat Kohli, Badrinath, Suresh Raina, wriddhiman saha, yusuf pathan, harbajan singh, ashwin, munaf and praveen kumar

  • POSTED BY vertical on | June 4, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @Jarron White WI did not have their full squad either.Gayle,Pollard and Bravo big names missing.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | June 4, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Herath-UK how is Sanga and mahela bad performance in Eng due to IPL ? could you throw some light please.

  • POSTED BY exuma on | June 4, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Whats up WI! this match was there for the taking, samuels and bravo need to rotate the strike and keep up with the run rate. barnwell need to bat higher and dont leave bishoo for the death bowling, thats where barnwell and sammy need to bowl. play hard and maybe wi will have a chance in the odi, with sarwan,pollard, dj bravo,roach added-wi will have a stronger team, apart from harbajan this indian bowling is weak. good seeing mr supercool/gayle in the stands having a good time. maybe we see you for the 3rd odi. EXUMA

  • POSTED BY 44johter on | June 4, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    A good game, some sloppy work by the WI as usual they need to tighten up. They have the ability need to believe in themselves more. It was good to see some fight at the end. Samuels has to do much better come on Samuels!!!!Go Windies for the one day series

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Even a India B squad can beat West Indies, come on West Indies!

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    For the first time..finally darren bravo decides to use two very important weapons against what is every opposing captains trump against WI : Spin. He used a sweep for four runs against bhajjie and advanced down the track to pathan 3 times..hopefully he mustv watched videos of his famous relative lara. WI will not win with their present bowling attack of rampaul, bishoo and then sammy/bravo/barnwall/nurse. need to include edwards iwith rampaul. 3 strike bowlers will do the trick. They have gaping issues with opening partner to simmons until gayle/barath come back, then after number 4, no teeth to show except for barnwell who played a courageous knock today, interesting to c if he cud repeat it

  • POSTED BY SangramSinghRana on | June 4, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    For ODI, I will suggest three changes in the Indian side - (1) Replace Munaf Patel with Ishant Sharma, to bring in some genuine pace. The WI skipper has ordered bouncy pitches, hence Ishant's raw pace will be more helpful than Munaf's predictable medium pace. (2) Replace Ashwin with Amit Mishra. Ashwin was expensive today. Mishra is very economical and turns the ball more. (3) Replace Dhawan with Tiwari. Tiwari should play at number 6 and Rohit should open the batting with Parthiv Patel.

  • POSTED BY NidheyaSuresh on | June 4, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Amazing match. Lost hopes seeing the early wickets of our Indian team, but as the WI started batting got back the confidence. :-) The bowling was superb. The first over being a maiden was a huge advantage.

    Overall very well played World Champions aka Team India :-)

    Looking forward to the ODI's & Tests :)

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 4, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    There you go Pakistan, that's how you win a international 20-20 even with a second string side :). A full strength WI side with Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Taylor and Edwards would have been harder to beat, but it is what it is.

  • POSTED BY ZeroBC on | June 4, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Where was Gayle? After demolishing the IPL surely he should be playing?

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 4, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Well two second string teams as an international;courtesy of IPL! Courtesy is IPL is seen also with Sanga & Mahela being blown away in Cardiff Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY sekar_urfriend on | June 4, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Badri is a excellent player, he should get chance regularly in all formats of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Good show by the Indian Team after their hectic schedule with World Cup 2011 and IPL. This has clearly shown the bench strength and the capabilities of younger team members during the absence of their senior players. Keep it up and all the best for the one dayers and Test Matches

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | June 4, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Happy to see India win... but it was pathetic how WI played. Couldn't they have finished at 150/8 instead of finishing 143/5? It was pretty poor how the batsmen were focused on batting on rather than scoring quickly.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Just came back from this match. Absolutely atrocious umpiring gave India the win. No matter rally west indies rally!

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    all well, but badri very lucky, shd have got out twice, by chance or india could ve stuttered. Rohit is a useless player and inspite getting dropped could not make use of his chance, better toplay manoj tiwari instead. also please dont praise too much. we see in odi's what happens.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    not too sure about shikhar dhawans ability to succeed at the international level but parthiv does seem to have come good. badrinath does seem like a decent player and should be included in all the games from here on

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 4, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I would like to know on what basis Shikhar Dhawan is in the team now. His Ranji average is around 40 only and he played so badly in IPL as well to increase any of his one-day credentials. Rahane, Pujara, Vijay or Mukund could have been chance instead.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Good Job INdian Team, Why was Yousuf pathan not mentioned He bowled 3 overs conceding only 9 runs, and last over he got hit , yet he had decent 5.5 average. Mind it in T20, Wickets don't count but a dot ball counts , He coming at 7 was mis-managed he should have promoted up so that he could harvest the spinners :) Good to see he him back in batting rhythm

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    whatever.... wish this winning streak continues for India :)

  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | June 4, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Bravo and Samuels did't want to loose their wickets for fear of being dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Well played both teams I would say. And New look Indian team, is as expected, excellent in the field. Cant wait till the real cricket from monday! Hopefully the WI board can prepare a better pitch.

  • POSTED BY CricSamraat on | June 4, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    India managed to conquer in spite of a degraded pitch. The same pitch came to bite West Indians later. Why did the groundsman create this kind of pitch? I really do not get it.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    good victory by india...........s badrinath have lot of potential as a t20 batsman, he should given chance regularly in a test matches and one day intenationals as well. while shidhar dhawan did not put show their permormance. and new parthiv patel is much more batting power and abilities than the kid virsion of parthiv patel earlier one in indian side.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    good victory by india...........s badrinath have lot of potential as a t20 batsman, he should given chance regularly in a test matches and one day intenationals as well. while shidhar dhawan did not put show their permormance. and new parthiv patel is much more batting power and abilities than the kid virsion of parthiv patel earlier one in indian side.

  • POSTED BY CricSamraat on | June 4, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    India managed to conquer in spite of a degraded pitch. The same pitch came to bite West Indians later. Why did the groundsman create this kind of pitch? I really do not get it.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Well played both teams I would say. And New look Indian team, is as expected, excellent in the field. Cant wait till the real cricket from monday! Hopefully the WI board can prepare a better pitch.

  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | June 4, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Bravo and Samuels did't want to loose their wickets for fear of being dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    whatever.... wish this winning streak continues for India :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Good Job INdian Team, Why was Yousuf pathan not mentioned He bowled 3 overs conceding only 9 runs, and last over he got hit , yet he had decent 5.5 average. Mind it in T20, Wickets don't count but a dot ball counts , He coming at 7 was mis-managed he should have promoted up so that he could harvest the spinners :) Good to see he him back in batting rhythm

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 4, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I would like to know on what basis Shikhar Dhawan is in the team now. His Ranji average is around 40 only and he played so badly in IPL as well to increase any of his one-day credentials. Rahane, Pujara, Vijay or Mukund could have been chance instead.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    not too sure about shikhar dhawans ability to succeed at the international level but parthiv does seem to have come good. badrinath does seem like a decent player and should be included in all the games from here on

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    all well, but badri very lucky, shd have got out twice, by chance or india could ve stuttered. Rohit is a useless player and inspite getting dropped could not make use of his chance, better toplay manoj tiwari instead. also please dont praise too much. we see in odi's what happens.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Just came back from this match. Absolutely atrocious umpiring gave India the win. No matter rally west indies rally!