At Lord's, June 12 (ﬂoodlit). West Indies won by seven wickets. West Indies 2 pts. Toss: India.
This compelling game proved West Indies could down quality opponents even when Gayle was not ﬁring on all 12 cylinders. The all-action hero was Bravo, although the early damage was done by the pace of Edwards, clocked at 93.9mph. Both adopted a relentlessly short length that ﬂustered the Indian batsmen, Bravo picking up his ﬁrst wicket courtesy of an extraordinary sprinting - running would do it no justice - catch by Simmons at square leg. Dhoni laboured on a relatively grudging pitch, and it needed the genius of Yuvraj Singh to dig India out of a hole, though he was dropped by Fletcher on 32, the main blemish in an improved West Indies ﬁelding display. Lord's erupted when Gayle, after playing out a maiden from Harbhajan Singh, buckled beneath the pressure and top- edged a steepling catch to short ﬁne leg. That, however, brought in Bravo; singles became twos as he and Simmons ran hard, and ﬁelders found themselves fetching the ball from the extra cover boundary after Bravo hit inside-out over the inﬁeld. West Indies timed the chase perfectly, Bravo bringing victory with an elegant six.
Man of the Match: D. J. Bravo. Attendance: 27,625.