India tour of West Indies, Only T20I: West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Jun 4, 2011

Right, all set for the start. Parthiv and Dhawan opening for India. I am Nitin Sundar, taking you through the first half of the game. Sid Talya will take over later. Ravi Rampaul has the new ball.

Aravind: "Both Munaf and Praveen Kumar had a better IPL than Ishant... FYI Praveen bowled 5 Maidens in the IPL its the max in one season." Fair enough. Can't for the life of me figure out why M Vijay is not in the team, though.

nntnag: "I can't believe Ishant is not in playing XI after such great IPL..shame" All in good time.. He will surely get his chance in the ODIs.

A nice touch to start the tour off. Viv Richards faces a ceremonial opening ball from Harbhajan, and essays a classic forward defensive to the leg side. And meanwhile, this inimitable tweet from the inimitable Chris Gayle: "Morning all....thanks for tweet up call :-) no off to game!!"

More delights from Gayle's twitter-feed.. This yesterday: "Hey I got WICB V. President sitting next to me on this is a good meeting...I'm fit for tomorrow lol! I'm the best,not lying lol" Three LoLs in one tweet ... Legend!

Sammy: "There's a bit of weather around .. Always helps to bat second in that situation." West Indies are fielding the same XI that beat Pakistan in the lone T20.

West Indies XI (in alphabetical order): Sammy (capt), Barnwell, Bishoo, Bravo, Fletcher, Hyatt, Nurse, Rampaul, Russell, Samuels and Simmons

Raina: "Our guys have been playing a lot of cricket. It always does a bit in West Indies," says Raina, a veteran of two tours of West Indies before this. Badrinath and Dhawan get T20 debuts. India have an uber-strong line-up, with lots of in-form batsmen thanks to the IPL. There are five off-spinning options in the XI, and just two that seam.

India XI: Parthiv, Dhawan, Raina (capt), Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Yusuf Pathan, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Praveen, Munaf

Raina is wearing a blue pair of shoes. Reminds me of the Power shoe brand, famous in India!

Toss: West Indies have won the toss and choose to bowl. More updates as and when we get them. The TV coverage is showing us dated stuff instead. There is a little bit of moisture in the air, and that explains the decision to field.

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Hello all! Welcome to our live coverage of the India tour of West Indies, starting with the one-off T20 today. The pre-tour build-up has been about Gayle, and about the decision to rest several senior India cricketers ... the ones who weren't already injured that is. Sriram Veera's series preview grapples with the many variables that have dominated in the lead-up.

The seniors are missing, and that's a body blow for the TV broadcasters who will find it tough to sell this series to an Indian public well overdosed on cricket. But therein lies an opportunity for the young brigade. As I type this, the TV presenters are trying to sell this game as a battle between Mishra and Bishoo ... Meanwhile, Sid Monga goes one step closer to the action in his match preview. There has been some rain around the lovely Queen's Park Oval, but all good so far today.


Rampaul to PA Patel, 1 run, India are away, Parthiv taps a length ball with a little extra bounce to the off side and they scoot across.

One widish slip in place.

Sriram Veera updates from the ground: "Very very light drizzle still on. Stands not full yet."


Rampaul to Dhawan, no run, length ball, look sot angle across Dhawan who defends off the inside half to the leg side.


Rampaul to Dhawan, no run, short and wide outside off, Dhawan cuts well but can't get it past Barnwell at gully.


Rampaul to Dhawan, no run, Whoa! Dhawan closes the face a little too early, the ball hits a strange spot on the good length area and a huge chunk of turf comes off. Dhawan is hit on the glove and looks a little unruffled.


Rampaul to Dhawan, 1 wide, slides this one down the leg side from over the wicket and it is called a wide.


Rampaul to Dhawan, 1 wide, Rampaul pushes another one down the leg side.


Rampaul to Dhawan, no run, over-pitched outside off, and Dhawan moves nicely into a cover drive but doesn't time it too well.


Rampaul to Dhawan, no run, dicey from Dhawan, feet rooted on leg stump, he flays at a wide ball outside off and misses.

End of over 1 (3 runs) India 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • S Dhawan 0 (5b)
    • PA Patel 1 (1b)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-3-0

Russell runs in for the second over.


Russell to PA Patel, 1 run, run out chance missed. Short ball outside off, Parthiv dabs it away to the off side and Sammy moves quickly from slip to field it and fire in the throw as Dhawan runs in. A direct hit would have made things interesting.


Russell to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan gets a single, length ball on off stump that hinted at straightening in, and Dhawan taps to the leg side for one.


Russell to PA Patel, 1 run, top-shot and superb fielding from Nurse at mid-off. It was over-pitched on the stumps and Parthiv punches it with pristine timing, past the bowler. Nurse moves quickly to his left, dives and stops a sure four.


Russell to Dhawan, 1 run, full and on the leg side, Dhawan drives without timing to the leg side for another single.


Russell to PA Patel, 1 run, in the air, but safe, again the ball rises extra from a length... this pitch is a little up and down. Parthiv fended it to the leg side without control and it landed safely after hanging in the air for a while.


Russell to Dhawan, 1 run, gets the outside edge, but Dhawan keeps it down and gets it past the slip diving away to the left.

End of over 2 (6 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • S Dhawan 3 (8b)
    • PA Patel 4 (4b)
    • AD Russell 1-0-6-0
    • R Rampaul 1-0-3-0

Sammy comes on now.


Sammy to Dhawan, 1 run, Barnwell fumbles at backward point, and that makes the single easy. Dhawan guided it straight to him and took off.


Sammy to PA Patel, no run, jaffa from Sammy, he produced a few of these against Pakistan. Lands on a length, innocuously and at friendly pace, and then goes into the right hander, away from the left hander. Parthiv plays a lazy whip, and misses.


Sammy to PA Patel, 1 run, he gets the single this time, stays back in the crease and drops it into the covers.


Sammy to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan lines up a big off-drive, and gets good connection, but can't get past mid-off.


Sammy to PA Patel, 1 run, India still boundary-less, Parthiv taps into the off side this time and gets a single.


Sammy to Dhawan, OUT, West Indies strike. Dhawan is gone, to a rather forgettable shot. Effort ball from Sammy, and at pace, there's no excuse for not seeing it early. It was banged in short, and bounced extra. Dhawan tried to stay beside the line and guide it over the slips, but never got into position. He ended up angling the bat at it, got the outside edge and the keeper takes it well, jumping up.

S Dhawan c †Fletcher b Sammy 5 (13m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

Bala: "I ve been thinking hard for the past 10 mins but cant decode the logic behind choosing Dhawan before M Vijay? "

Kohli in at three.

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 13/1 (RR: 4.33)

    • PA Patel 6 (7b)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-4-1
    • AD Russell 1-0-6-0

Rampaul to PA Patel, no run, another lazy shot from Parthiv, he doesn't move forward enough to the pitch of the ball and then drives on the up. Rampaul's angle takes it away from him and he misses by some distance.


Rampaul to PA Patel, FOUR, fuller, in Parthiv country, and he deals with it with an up-and-over carved drive over point. Very well timed, nearly a six that.


Rampaul to PA Patel, no run, Rampaul responds with a shorter ball, Parthiv hangs back and defends to the off side. No chance for a single.


Rampaul to PA Patel, 1 run, well-fielded by the stumps. Length ball on the stumps, and Parthiv absolutely whacks it right back. The stumps come in the way and stop a sure four.

Hahahah! Gayle is in the stands. Wearing a pair of shades that is the very epitome of bling. And a cap that says 'Captain'. LoLz~ Jerome Taylor also in the crowd.


Rampaul to Kohli, 1 run, Sammy prowls at point. Kohli is away, staying on the back foot and dabbing backward of point and Sammy keeps him down to a single


Rampaul to PA Patel, no run, yorker of sorts on off stump, Parthiv digs it out to the off side.

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 19/1 (RR: 4.75)

    • PA Patel 11 (12b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 1 (1b)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-9-0
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-4-1

Sammy continues.


Sammy to Kohli, no run, full-length ball on off stump, Kohli leans out with assurance and steers to point.


Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, this one angles into the pads, Kohli helps it along with the wrists and he gets the single.


Sammy to PA Patel, no run, Parthiv's timing is in top-gear, placement not there yet. Over-pitched by Sammy on off stump and Parthiv gets to the pitch and smokes it, but straight to short extra cover. The keeper immediately moves up to the stumps.


Sammy to PA Patel, 1 run, short of a length and cutting away, Parthiv stays in the crease and angles it backward of point


Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, wrists from Kohli, ensures he plays late enough to get it backward of point for one.


Sammy to PA Patel, FOUR, French Open time in Trinidad. Short ball from Sammy, at amiable pace, it sits up and asks to be smashed, and Parthiv obliges with a fore-handed whack past the bowler.

End of over 5 (7 runs) India 26/1 (RR: 5.20)

    • PA Patel 16 (15b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 3 (4b)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-11-1
    • R Rampaul 2-0-9-0

Russell to Kohli, (no ball) FOUR, shot of the morning from Kohli, and off a no-ball too. Over-pitched by Russell outside off and Kohli leans into a pleasing cover drive.


Russell to Kohli, FOUR, swatted away. If Russell's been watching the IPL, he'd know that this is a trademark Kohli shot. Length ball, angling in towards the pads and Kohli gets the front foot across before swat-flicking it with disdain behind square leg.


Russell to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Kohli taps from the crease into the off side for another single.


Russell to PA Patel, SIX, pick-up-and-drop! Looking at Parthiv's build, it is tough to imagine he can generate such power, but he is a man with a good knowledge of physics and leverage. Length ball on middle and angling away, the pint-sized dynamo gets half across and whips it all the way over midwicket. Punchy and powerful.


Russell to PA Patel, 2 runs, fuller this time and a big drop in pace too, and he tries to repeat the shot but ends up scooping it higher, rather than far. Lands safe though around midwicket.


Russell to PA Patel, 1 run, slower offcutter, short of a length and Parthiv guides backward of point for a single.


Russell to Kohli, 1 run, finishes with a full ball outside off, Kohli reaches across to steer towards point. That over has ignited India's innings, and indeed India's tour.

Ramani: 'Is it only me thinking that king Viv looks bit like Rajinikanth?" I agree there's a resemblance! Birds of the same feather ...

End of over 6 (20 runs) India 46/1 (RR: 7.66)

    • V Kohli 13 (8b 2x4)
    • PA Patel 25 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • AD Russell 2-0-26-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-11-1

Sammy to Kohli, no run, Sammy keeps it tight on off stump, Kohli stays put and plays it back.


Sammy to Kohli, no run, similar ball, not there for the drive and Kohli defends back to the bowler.


Sammy to Kohli, 1 run, fuller and a touch wider outside off, Kohli opens the blade and plays it into the covers for a single.

The drizzle continues to spit away.


Sammy to PA Patel, 1 run, Sammy wisely keeps it short of a length, Parthiv dabs from the crease to the point region.


Sammy to Kohli, OUT, Kohli goes, and it is a moment for the cameramen. Slower ball from Sammy, full and enticing the early drive. Kohli fell for it, getting forward and looking to play across a little early, and he got a big leading edge. It ballooned up between point and cover, and both went for it. Not much calling, as Samuels and Hyatt converged. Almost a collision, but Hyatt holds the ball while Samuels holds Hyatt. And then they argue over who should have taken it!

V Kohli c Hyatt b Sammy 14 (15m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 116.66


Sammy to PA Patel, OUT, Sammy on a hat-trick! India have a long line-up, and seem keen to give everyone a chance today. Parthiv falls to the lack of pace this time, the offcutter gripped and came through late as he tried to square drive, and he ended up scooping it to point who had to jump up and pouch it.

PA Patel c Samuels b Sammy 26 (36m 20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 130.00

Some imaginative fans wondering what I meant by the "birds of same feather" comment earlier. I meant they are both superstars. Thought that was obvious.

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 48/3 (RR: 6.85)

    • S Badrinath 0 (0b)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-13-3
    • AD Russell 2-0-26-0

Badrinath faces, on T20 debut. Nurse has the ball.


Nurse to Badrinath, 1 run, offbreak, big one as it comes in sharp and Badri dabs it backward of point for one.


Nurse to Raina, no run, whoa, this one turns even bigger and Raina is completely beaten as he reaches out to defend. Grip and turn, misses the off stump.


Nurse to Raina, no run, length ball, Raina gets to the pitch this time and defends into the off side.


Nurse to Raina, no run, again, Raina stays calm at the start, plays it into the covers.


Nurse to Raina, 1 run, Raina is away, pushes an offbreak turning away into the covers and gives it to Badri.


Nurse to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri is in some form, and it is showing already. Lovely little steer and it runs away to third man. Full ball tossed up and breaking in, Badri leans out languidly, opens the face at an impossible angle and gets it past the keeper . Third man did not have a chance.

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 54/3 (RR: 6.75)

    • S Badrinath 5 (2b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 1 (4b)
    • AR Nurse 1-0-6-0
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-13-3

Sammy to bowl out.


Sammy to Raina, 1 run, Raina stays in the crease and dabs through point for another single. No hat-trick then.


Sammy to Badrinath, no run, nice, tight length ball on off stump, Badri covers the line and plays it back to the bowler.


Sammy to Badrinath, 1 run, offcutter strays down, Badri glances down to fine leg for one more.


Sammy to Raina, OUT, Captain takes captain out! Sammy has four, and he's been a revelation with the ball this Caribbean summer. Length ball, it is just the nagging hold he has had on the batsmen that has brought this about. The ball landed on a length and seemed to grip again, came off slower than Raina thought and he went for the expansive loft over midwicket. Ended up miscuing it straight to mid-on, who takes it well running back.

SK Raina c Barnwell b Sammy 2 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

India in strife. Rohit Sharma is the new man in, and a lot of his fans want to see him do well in this shade of blue.


Sammy to Badrinath, no run, full from Sammy, Badri covers the line and defends.


Sammy to Badrinath, 1 run, end of an excellent spell, Sammy finishes with another innocuous back of length ball, nipping in ever so slightly. Badri works it to square leg for one.

MA JA: "Some one please tell these guys that this isn't IPL where if you lose, you still party.They are playing for the country and not the club."

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 57/4 (RR: 6.33)

    • S Badrinath 7 (6b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 0 (0b)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-16-4
    • AR Nurse 1-0-6-0

Nurse to Badrinath, 2 runs, Badri gets it away through the off side again, he's playing late and this is crucial on this track. Steered with loose wrists backward of point.


Nurse to Badrinath, 1 run, over-pitched on the stumps, and Badri works it around to midwicket with the turn.


Nurse to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit is away, nudging with the spin towards square leg.


Nurse to Badrinath, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Badri cuts comfortably backward of point.


Nurse to Sharma, no run, tossed well up, Rohit reaches out to the length and plays it to point.


Nurse to Sharma, 1 run, shorter this time, Rohit forces it into the covers for another single.

Sam: "Can We Have A Strategic Time Out Here Please!" Really?!

End of over 10 (6 runs) India 63/4 (RR: 6.30)

    • RG Sharma 2 (3b)
    • S Badrinath 11 (9b 1x4)
    • AR Nurse 2-0-12-0
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-16-4

Bishoo comes on. Was a delight to watch him against Pakistan.


Bishoo to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length to start off, Rohit whips it through midwicket for one.


Bishoo to Badrinath, no run, better length, closer to Badri but not full enough for the drive, and Badri defends.


Bishoo to Badrinath, no run, touch of turn away from Badri who eases into a defensive push towards point.


Bishoo to Badrinath, 1 run, shorter and straighter, Badri gets it through midwicket for a single.


Bishoo to Sharma, 1 run, tossed well up to Rohit who reaches the pitch and drives down the ground.


Bishoo to Badrinath, 2 runs, too short, and Badri capitalises with the pull, though he doesn't time it that well. Couple to midwicket.

Aravind: "Two Teams play cricket . Atleast this time Dhoni wont win." Ha!

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 68/4 (RR: 6.18)

    • S Badrinath 14 (13b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 4 (5b)
    • D Bishoo 1-0-5-0
    • AR Nurse 2-0-12-0

Nurse to Sharma, 1 run, stays back and plays it out towards point.,


Nurse to Badrinath, no run, nice drift from Nurse, gets this to curl away and rip past Badri's attempt to drive.


Nurse to Badrinath, no run, shorter this time, and it turns in huge as Badri looks to dab backward of point. Can't get it away.


Nurse to Badrinath, 1 wide, this one turns down the leg side, and is called wide.


Nurse to Badrinath, 1 run, another big offbreak coming in, Badri guides against the spin into the covers.


Nurse to Sharma, no run, Rohit is beaten outside off, Nurse is showing some interesting variations here, this one holds its line.


Nurse to Sharma, no run, and a sharp offbreak to end the over, Rohit is cramped as he defends in a hurry.

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 71/4 (RR: 5.91)

    • RG Sharma 5 (8b)
    • S Badrinath 15 (16b 1x4)
    • AR Nurse 3-0-15-0
    • D Bishoo 1-0-5-0

Bishoo to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri cuts away, single to deep cover-point.


Bishoo to Sharma, no run, Devendra Warne. That ball turned a mile and some, as Rohit leaned out and tried to defend. Not even close to getting bat on it.


Bishoo to Sharma, 2 runs, Rohit goes inside out, languid work of the wrists to pick that up and time it so well with the spin.


Bishoo to Sharma, 1 run, half-stop from Bishoo, Rohit reaches across and whips to his left and Bishoo dives to parry it away. Can't stop the single.


Bishoo to Badrinath, no run, yorks him nearly, on leg stump, and Badri jams it away to the leg side.


Bishoo to Badrinath, no run, ah, good shot but finds the fielder. Badri unfurls the late cut, but plays it straight to short third man., India in need of some momentum.

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 75/4 (RR: 5.76)

    • S Badrinath 16 (19b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 8 (11b)
    • D Bishoo 2-0-9-0
    • AR Nurse 3-0-15-0

Nurse to Sharma, no run, Nurse drops him. That's not what the doctor ordered. Short ball, turning in and sitting up at Rohit who is surprised by the extra bounce and pats it tamely back. Nurse clangs a sitter.


Nurse to Sharma, 1 run, this time, Rohit stays in the crease and glances with the turn for one.


Nurse to Badrinath, FOUR, thin outside edge, Badri's got some runs in that region, but this time it's more out of fortune. The keeper can't get glove on it, and it easily beats third man.


Nurse to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri works a fuller ball with the ball, straight through the leg side.


Nurse to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit this time, reaches out and drives with the turn past the bowler.


Nurse to Badrinath, 1 run, shorter, Badri gets it away to deep point for another single.

Plenty of IPL-bashing in commentary feedback. This from Girish: "I guess the Indian team is missing their foreign players of their respective IPL teams..." Ha!

End of over 14 (8 runs) India 83/4 (RR: 5.92)

    • S Badrinath 22 (22b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 10 (14b)
    • AR Nurse 4-0-23-0
    • D Bishoo 2-0-9-0

Barnwell comes on for a trundle.


Barnwell to Badrinath, no run, angles one into Badri's pads and he works it with the angle straight to backward square leg.


Barnwell to Badrinath, 1 run, shorter, on off stump, Badri stays in the crease and steers very fine for another single.


Barnwell to Sharma, 1 run, tight lines from Barnwell, cuts into Rohit who works it to the square leg region from one more.


Barnwell to Badrinath, 1 run, fuller length, Badri sets about a pleasing whip through midwicket.


Barnwell to Sharma, no run, slow full toss, Rohit wasn't even close to picking it and ended up toe-ending a slog straight to midwicket.


Barnwell to Sharma, 1 run, slow legcutter this time, Rohit tries his best to get some muscle into the shot but still mistimes into the off side for a single.

Sarcasm from Vijay: "Rohit Sharma once settled will tear n wear out the opposition bolwers for sure.."

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 87/4 (RR: 5.80)

    • RG Sharma 12 (17b)
    • S Badrinath 24 (25b 2x4)
    • CD Barnwell 1-0-4-0
    • AR Nurse 4-0-23-0

Rampaul comes back on now.


Rampaul to Sharma, 1 leg bye, slow bouncer, Rohit is completely off-colour today as he fails to spot another one and misses the pull. He is hit on the ribs as the ball pops away towards gully.


Rampaul to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri backs away a touch to make his own room and steers straight to third man for another single.


Rampaul to Sharma, 1 run, slower ball at 69.7 mph, Rohit awaits in earnest and eventually guides it through point for one.


Rampaul to Badrinath, 1 no ball, Samuels has taken a screamer and Badri's innings is over. Or is it? It might be a no-ball! What a tragedy! Stunner at cover, it initially got the crowd and the lovely ladies in the stands on their feet. It was over-pitched on off stump, and Badri slotted the cover-drive powerfully if somewhat uppishly, but Samuels moved rapidly to latch on as he stretched to his right. All goes waste. Rampaul has over-stepped, the third umpire says belatedly.

Free-hit time.


Rampaul to Badrinath, FOUR, another near-catch, another stupendous effort in the deep, this time from Nurse. Here's what happened: Badri stayed in the crease and got under a length ball on off stump, and tried to hoist it over extra-cover. He couldn't get as much elevation as he wanted, and it seemed set to land a couple of feet inside the ropes. Nurse at wide long-off, hurried across, dived full-length and got the ball in his grasp as he sprawled forward. He kept sliding along, and the momentum was taking him towards the ropes. He tried to flick it away before touching the rope, but replays say he might have touched. It's been ruled a four, which is a little weird. That was either six, or two. Might have touched the ground before touching the rope.


Rampaul to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri plays the glide down to third man once again, some luck going his way here. Another single


Rampaul to Sharma, SIX, majestic from Rohit, skips down the pitch to West Indies' fastest bowler, converts a decent ball into a length offering, and slams it down the ground for a big six.

End of over 16 (15 runs) India 102/4 (RR: 6.37)

    • RG Sharma 19 (20b 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 30 (29b 3x4)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-23-0
    • CD Barnwell 1-0-4-0

Bishoo to Badrinath, FOUR, India are opening up now. Badri's turn, he backs away to the leg side, gets beside an over-pitched ball and thumps the extra cover drive, with the elbow high, and the flourish in the follow through in place.


Bishoo to Badrinath, no run, short of a length, on off stump and Badri plays it back.


Bishoo to Badrinath, 2 runs, whips a fuller ball through midwicket, Barnwell fumbles and gives them two.


Bishoo to Badrinath, no run, Huge appeal for a stumping, and it has not been referred. Badri might have got away again. Big legbreak from Bishoo, turns big and Badri misses the drive. The keeper has the bails off in a flash, and Badri might have been on the crease, not inside.


Bishoo to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri skates out to a full toss and slams it straight down the ground for another four runs. Once he got to the pitch, it was easy pickings.


Bishoo to Badrinath, 2 runs, inside out this time, Badri's feet are working overtime, he gets to the pitch and launches Bishoo through extra cover.

Pras: "Ball touched the ground before he dragged it to the rope. Hence, four." Did it? Ok then.

End of over 17 (12 runs) India 114/4 (RR: 6.70)

    • S Badrinath 42 (35b 5x4)
    • RG Sharma 19 (20b 1x6)
    • D Bishoo 3-0-21-0
    • R Rampaul 3-0-23-0

Barnwell to Sharma, 5 wides, roobish ball as Messrs. Boycott would say. Full and a metre down the leg side. Five wides.


Barnwell to Sharma, 1 run, on a length around off stump, Rohit check-drives into the covers for one.

For all that talk about the IPL and the instant heroes ... Badri and Rohit were the highest run-getters in the Ranji season. Not their fault that no one noticed.


Barnwell to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri stays on the crease and angles a length ball to short third man for one.


Barnwell to Sharma, SIX, clubbed. Clouted. Clobbered. Take your pick. Length ball angling into Rohit, who gets under it and whacks the leather off it, before the ball lands in the greens behind long-on.


Barnwell to Sharma, OUT, six and out. Barnwell bowls a very similar ball, tempting Rohit to have another go. Rohit obliges, looks to go straighter this time, but just misses a straight ball and the furniture is rearranged.

RG Sharma b Barnwell 26 (33m 23b 0x4 2x6) SR: 113.04

Raj: "WI side seems to offer Badri more chances than the Indian selectors did... Poor guy he deserves these chances!"

Yusuf Pathan makes his swaggering way out to the middle, chewing gum in place.


Barnwell to Pathan, 1 wide, Barnwell slips another one down the leg side.

Meanwhile, Li Na wins the French Open. Power to China!


Barnwell to Pathan, no run, fuller length, Yusuf pushes into the covers.


Barnwell to Pathan, SIX, some types of batsmen like to go after certain types of bowlers. For Yusuf, that certain type in this West Indies attack is Barnwell. Back of length ball - check. Zero pace - check. On middle and leg - check. Ball in the midwicket stands - check.

End of over 18 (20 runs) India 134/5 (RR: 7.44)

    • YK Pathan 6 (2b 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 43 (36b 5x4)
    • CD Barnwell 2-0-24-1
    • D Bishoo 3-0-21-0

Bishoo to Badrinath, OUT, the un-outable has been outed. Classic piece of legspin deception from Bishoo. Who said there can't be beauty in T20s? 19th over of the innings.. the leggie comes on and tosses it up with drift, temptingly on leg stump. Badri senses a kill, and skips out to the pitch, but falls just short as the ball drops on him, lands, grips and tweaks away past the bat. The keeper does the rest. Late clarification: Badri got an edge as he toppled out of the crease, and was hence caught. Not stumped.

S Badrinath c †Fletcher b Bishoo 43 (47m 37b 5x4 0x6) SR: 116.21


Bishoo to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full again, on leg stump, Harbhajan plays it back to the bowler.


Bishoo to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, handly hoick from Harbhajan, gets under a tossed up ball and whacks it to midwicket for one


Bishoo to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, shorter outside off, Harbhajan forehands it down to mid-off for one more. Yusuf likes to play spin.


Bishoo to Pathan, SIX, there's a nice blue sky in Trinidad, and there's a ball soaring through it. And now it lands in the member's pavilion, and it's beautifully taken by a man in the crowd. Not full enough from Bishoo, it breaks away from Yusuf who frees his arms and sends it into orbit. Swirler.


Bishoo to Pathan, 1 run, nearly yorks him in response, and Yusuf plays it into the midwicket area for one.

Raj: "Was Bishoo named after Bishen Singh Bedi?" Interesting question. Might have been, but the guy naming him ended up sneezing midway through the naming ceremony, presumably.

End of over 19 (10 runs) India 144/6 (RR: 7.57)

    • YK Pathan 13 (4b 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3 (3b)
    • D Bishoo 4-0-31-1
    • CD Barnwell 2-0-24-1

Rampaul to finish off.


Rampaul to Pathan, 1 wide, too wide outside off, Yusuf lets it go.


Rampaul to Pathan, 1 run, full toss, swerving into the pads, and whipped without timing to midwicket for one.

Clarification: Badri got an edge as he toppled out of the crease, and was hence caught. Not stumped.


Rampaul to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, oh boy, Harbhajan has sent that into downtown Trinidad. Length from Rampaul, gets the yorkers in mate! Harbhajan isn't complaining, as he swings merrily over midwicket.


Rampaul to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full toss outside off, Harbhajan is confused by the height and mistimes into the covers for one


Rampaul to Pathan, 1 run, that's the length. Perfect yorker at 84 mph, and Yusuf digs it out to midwicket for one.


Rampaul to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, superb hands from Harbhajan. Rampaul misses the yorker by a foot. It ends up a fulltoss on the middle and leg, Harbhajan whips it with unbecoming felicity and redirects it to the midwicket fence.


Rampaul to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Harbhajan looks to chop away outside off, and under-edges to the keeper and ambles across. Fletcher collects and throws the stumps down at the striker's end, but Yusuf makes it. Might have wanted to throw at the other end. India finish with a strong score for this pitch.

Right then, I shall get some dinner, and Sid Talya will handle commentary for the chase. Cheers, and keep the feedback coming.

Chetan: "I have been searching for it throughout this world cup and ipl.. how do i post comments in commentary?" Ping! You just did .. I am astounded by the number of such comments we keep getting.

End of over 20 (15 runs) India 159/6

    • Harbhajan Singh 15 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 15 (6b 2x6)
    • R Rampaul 4-0-38-0
    • D Bishoo 4-0-31-1





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