India tour of West Indies, 2006 / Commentary

India in West Indies ODI Series - 4th ODI

West Indies v India

West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)

Hello and a warm welcome to the fourth one-day international between West Indies and India. This is Sriram Veera, and along with my friend Sajan Nair, will bring you the live coverage today. West Indies have won the toss and will have a bowl first. There are some cracks in the pitch which might widen as the game progresses. So it's an interesting decision to bowl first, maybe they want to put India, a team which has favoured to chase in the recent times, under pressure. India are faced with a must-win situation as they enter the Lara country for the crucial fourth match of the series. The good news for them is that Yuvraj Singh is fit and will replace Venugopal Rao. West Indies have won two matches in a row and will be thirsting to wrap the series today. They have made three changes - Wavell Hinds, Dwayne Smith and Corey Collymore are in for Runako Morton, Chanderpaul and Jerome Taylor.

0.1

Edwards to Sehwag, 1 run, starts off with a low swinging full-toss. It starts around the leg and middle, waist high and swings in, Sehwag waits and pushes it past the bowler, to the left of mid-on

Two slips in place for Sehwag

0.1

Edwards to Sehwag, 1 run, again outside the off stump, good-length delivery seaming away, left alone

0.2

Edwards to Dravid, no run, full-length delivery, around the off stump, driven to covers

0.3

Edwards to Dravid, 1 run, nice delivery - it pitched around the middle and off stump line, full in length, and moved towardss the off stump, Dravid comes forward and places it in the extra cover region and they scramble through for a single

0.4

Edwards to Sehwag, 1 run, short of length, rising towards the hips, tucked away behind square leg.

a short square-leg is in place for Sehwag, for that swivel-shot he plays against short pitched stuff

0.5

Edwards to Dravid, no run, full and on the off stump line, Dravid comes forward to push it back down the track

0.6

Edwards to Dravid, no run, another good delivery, just about that off stump line, Dravid ends up playing ahead of his body and steers it point

End of over 1 (3 runs) India 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
R Dravid    1* (4b)      FH Edwards    1-0-3-0
V Sehwag    2* (2b)     

one slip and a gully in place.

1.1

Bradshaw to Sehwag, no run, pushed across Sehwag who drives on the up and it falls short of covers

1.2

Bradshaw to Sehwag, no run, ooh! full and wide outside the off stump and Sehwag attempts a square drive of his front foot, misses

1.3

Bradshaw to Sehwag, FOUR, Ah! full and wide again, and this time Sehwag throws the kitchen sink at it and ball flies off the outside edge over the slips!

1.4

Bradshaw to Sehwag, no run, hmm... pushed across again and Sehwag, despite moving his left foot across, fails to reach to the pitch of the ball and still has a go at it, doesn't connect and baugh collects it

1.5

Bradshaw to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag doesn't flirt this time! outside off again but Sehwag covers his off stump and allows it go to Baugh, the keeper.

1.6

Bradshaw to Sehwag, no run, on a length, around the off stump, steered to gully

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
V Sehwag    6* (8b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-4-0
R Dravid    1* (4b)      FH Edwards    1-0-3-0

2.1

Edwards to Dravid, no run, oh ho! huge appeal for lbw. Full and it pitched around the middle stump line and Dravid gets his left across and has to end up playing around it a bit and the ball sneaks past his bat and his his pads but maybe, its going down the leg. Hawk eye might have shown it scrapping the leg stump... hmm...

2.2

Edwards to Dravid, no run, beaten outside off! lovely delivery, shaping away after hitting the good length around the off stump and Dravid is beaten on the forward prod

2.3

Edwards to Dravid, no run

2.4

Edwards to Dravid, no run, good length delivery, on the middle stump line, Dravid leans forward and pushes it back down the pitch

2.5

Edwards to Dravid, no run, Dravid is again beaten by the late movement! It pitched on a length, around the off stump and shapes away late and Dravid wants to play it on the up - maybe not a pitch for those kind of strokes, and gets a leading edge but the ball falls short of covers

2.6

Edwards to Dravid, no run, beaten again! short of length delivery, in the channel outside the off stump and Dravid has a slash, misses and is beaten. Great start from Fidel

End of over 3 (maiden) India 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
R Dravid    1* (10b)      FH Edwards    2-1-3-0
V Sehwag    6* (8b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-4-0

3.1

Bradshaw to Sehwag, FOUR, half-volley on the off stump and that high back lift of Sehwag comes down at a rapid pace and the ball screams past the left of mid-on.

3.2

Bradshaw to Sehwag, 1 run, short of length this time, on the off stump line, square driven to deep point

3.3

Bradshaw to Dravid, 1 run, just outside the off stump, short of a length, steered past gully

3.4

Bradshaw to Sehwag, OUT, gone! super catch! short of length and outside the off stump, Sehwag has a go at it again, threw his hands at it and the ball was ascending over Gayle, at covers, but Gayle times his jump perfectly to pouch the ball. The danger man Sehwag is gone!

V Sehwag c Gayle b Bradshaw 11 (11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

one slip in place for Raina

3.5

Bradshaw to Raina, no run, a good length delivery on the off stump, coming in with the angle, Raina presses forward, bat and pad together and plays it quietly onto the off side

3.6

Bradshaw to Raina, 1 run, short of length outside the off stump, Raina gets back and across and steers it past gully

End of over 4 (7 runs) India 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
SK Raina    1* (2b)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-11-1
R Dravid    2* (11b)      FH Edwards    2-1-3-0

a slip and a short midwicket for Raina

4.1

Edwards to Raina, no run, hmm ... should have been a wide down the leg side. Admittedly it didn't drift too wide down the leg but it was down the leg and usually umpires tend to give those

4.2

Edwards to Raina, 1 wide, wide this time, full and well outside the off stump, Raina shapes to play and at the last minute lets it go. I dont think he would have reached it even if he had tried

4.2

Edwards to Raina, no run, short of length, on the off stump line, Raina hops back and punches it to covers.

4.3

Edwards to Raina, no run, similar length but this time on the leg and middle stump line, Raina tucks it off his hips, straight to square leg

4.4

Edwards to Raina, no run, Ah! a well-directed bouncer that had Raina hopping and skipping! Short and screaming throat high at 90 mph just on the off stump line. and Raina does well to avoid it. He jumps and sways to get outside the line. Good cricket all round

4.5

Edwards to Raina, no run, short of length, on the middle stump line, pushed to the on side

4.6

Edwards to Raina, no run, full and outside the off stump and Raina goes down on his knees and drives it covers. good looking shot but ...

End of over 5 (1 run) India 15/1 (RR: 3.00)
SK Raina    1* (8b)      FH Edwards    3-1-4-0
R Dravid    2* (11b)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-11-1

5.1

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, ooh! almost dragged onto the stumps! Full and pushed across Dravid who ends up playing outside the line- maybe as he was trying to thrash it too hard and ball rolls onto the boots

5.2

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run

5.3

Bradshaw to Dravid, 1 run, good-length delivery, on the leg and middle stump line, Dravid pushes forward and plays it off his hips behind the square leg for a single

5.4

Bradshaw to Raina, 1 run, on the legs, short of length, and Raina glances it off his hips, down to Colleymore at fine leg

5.5

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Dravid comes forward and defends off the full face of the bat, back to the bowler

5.6

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, bit of bravado from Dravid! He comes down the track and Bradshaw drags back the length and Dravid is unable to force the ball

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 17/1 (RR: 2.83)
R Dravid    3* (16b)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-13-1
SK Raina    2* (9b)      FH Edwards    3-1-4-0

6.1

Edwards to Raina, no run, full and slanting across the left-hand batsman, driven elegantly to covers.

6.2

Edwards to Raina, no run, short of length, on the off and middle stump line, Raina who had pushed forward as his initial movement, waits and defends it watchfully back down the track

6.2

Edwards to Raina, no run, good ball, it pitched just outside the off stump and held its line and Raina punches it to mid-off

6.3

Edwards to Raina, no run, slightly shorter and rising about waist high, around the off stump line, Raina hops back and punches the ball down to the ground and it rolls over close on the off side

6.4

Edwards to Raina, no run, short of length and just outside the off stump, Raina doesn't get across, instead just hangs his bat away from his body and pushes it to cover

6.5

Edwards to Raina, no run, similar length but this one curves in after pitching on the middle stump, cramping Raina a bit who manages to push it out to short cover.

A short cover and a short midwicket in place for Raina.

6.6

Edwards to Raina, 1 run, full and sucking Raina into a forward drive, a inside edge to fine leg results

End of over 7 (1 run) India 18/1 (RR: 2.57)
SK Raina    3* (15b)      FH Edwards    4-1-5-0
R Dravid    3* (16b)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-13-1

7.1

Bradshaw to Raina, no run, short of length, on the leg and middle stump line, tucked to square-leg

7.2

Bradshaw to Raina, no run

7.3

Bradshaw to Raina, no run, this time Raina gets completely behind the line to a short of length delivery on the stumps and pushes it back down the track

7.4

Bradshaw to Raina, no run, similar delivery and again Raina gets behind the line to punch it back down the track

7.5

Bradshaw to Raina, 1 wide, drifting down the leg and a wide called.

7.5

Bradshaw to Raina, 2 runs, good-length delivery, just outside the off stump and Raina, this time plays away from his body, pushes at it and gets an outside edge,down to right of third man

7.6

Bradshaw to Raina, 2 runs, short of length, on the legs, Raina gets inside the line and turns it down to fine leg.

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 23/1 (RR: 2.87)
SK Raina    7* (21b)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-18-1
R Dravid    3* (16b)      FH Edwards    4-1-5-0

First change - Colleymore will have a bowl now.

8.1

Collymore to Dravid, no run, full and well outside the off stump, Dravid gets his left foot across and then reaches out for the ball, well in front of his body, and steers it to gully

8.2

Collymore to Dravid, no run, full length delivery, outside the off stump and shaping futher away, Dravid lets it go and has a look at the umpire, hoping for a wide but it wasn't so wide to be called

8.3

Collymore to Dravid, FOUR, streaky four! short of length, outside the off stump and shaping away ever so slightly and Dravid pushes at it, away from his body, gets and edge and the ball flies through the non-existent second slip for a boundary

8.4

Collymore to Dravid, 1 wide, outside the off stump again but Dravid is not tempted this time, covers his off stump and lets it go

8.4

Collymore to Dravid, no run, full and on the off stump line again, Dravid stretches well forward and pushes it out to the off side. There is a bit of seam movement for Collymore here

8.4

Collymore to Dravid, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and moving towards the slip, left alone

8.5

Collymore to Dravid, no run, similar delivery and once again left alone. Colleymore is getting the ball to move off the seam here.

8.6

Collymore to Dravid, no run

End of over 9 (5 runs) India 28/1 (RR: 3.11)
R Dravid    7* (22b 1x4)      CD Collymore    1-0-5-0
SK Raina    7* (21b)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-18-1

9.1

Bradshaw to Raina, OUT, gone! short of length and a foot outside the offstump, Raina gets back and across and goes for a square-cut, rather a square-slash, gets the edge which flies fast above head-high and to the right of Sarwan, at first slip, who pouches it safely. A very good catch and now India in trouble here.

SK Raina c Sarwan b Bradshaw 7 (22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.81

9.2

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short and climbing above waist high and Yuvraj pushes back and taps the ball down and it rolls over to the on side

9.3

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tip and run! Yuvraj stands tall and punches it close to the off side and they take a quick single

9.4

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, short of a length and bouncing just outside the off stump, steered to gully.

9.5

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, short of length again, Bradshaw is getting bit of bounce here, and outside the off stump, left alone by Dravid

9.6

Bradshaw to Dravid, 1 run, on the legs, Dravid hops back and tucks it behind square

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 30/2 (RR: 3.00)
R Dravid    8* (25b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-20-2
Yuvraj Singh    1* (2b)      CD Collymore    1-0-5-0

Thanks Sriram, West Indies have started off well here after Lara elected to bowl first, Edwards tied down the openers with sheer pace and Bradshaw as usual, started the party with the priced wicket of Sehwag and then he followed it up with the wicket of Raina, So far India have only managed to score 29 runs in 10 overs and as they say - the pressure is on!

I am Sajan Nair and I will take you through the next hour of play - The stadium is packed to the brim and the atmosphere is electric, already there is a sense of euphoria attached to this game, fasten you seat belts, the ride has just begun!

With India in a sport of bother here, Lara opts for PowerPlay two.

10.1

Collymore to Dravid, 1 wide, short and wide outside outside the off stump, wasted delivery

10.1

Collymore to Dravid, 1 wide, another one! wider than the previous delivery and it's exercise time for Billy!

10.1

Collymore to Dravid, 1 run, Collymore drifts onto to middle and leg, another wayward delivery, but atleast this one is legal, Dravid on the back-foot driving and he neatly clips it away past the fielder at mid-on

10.2

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery, hint of swing, left alone outside the off stump

10.3

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, much better line and length, close to the off stump line and shaping in a touch, Yuvraj goes for the drive and ends up with an inside edge onto his pad

10.4

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another decent delivery outside the off stump, angled across the left-hander, Yuvraj watches it all the way into the keeper's gloves

10.5

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, Yuvraj gets well inside the line and nudges it down to fine leg for an easy single

10.6

Collymore to Dravid, 2 runs, Collymore struggling here with the left-right combination on, again drifts onto middle and leg and Dravid happily flicks it away well in front of square on the leg side

End of over 11 (6 runs) India 36/2 (RR: 3.27)
R Dravid    11* (27b 1x4)      CD Collymore    2-0-11-0
Yuvraj Singh    2* (6b)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-20-2

11.1

Bravo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery, pitched on middle and off stump and angling across, Yuvraj stands tall on the back-foot and drives it away straight to the fielder at cover, cautiously played

11.2

Bravo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller length delivery on the stumps and Yuvraj drives it straight back to the bowler on the bounce, Bravo takes it cleanly and throws the ball up in the air, in a effort to fool the crowd and he succeeds big time!

11.3

Bravo to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, shot! short and angling across, too short and too wide, Yuvraj leans back to get the momentum and the cuts shot makes perfect contact, ball rockets away to the backward point fence

11.4

Bravo to Yuvraj Singh, no run

11.5

Bravo to Yuvraj Singh, no run, defended outside the off stump, watchfully played

11.6

Bravo to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, good length delivery, angling across, Yuvraj gets well forward and forces it away wide of the fielder at point

Bradshaw back on now.

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 41/2 (RR: 3.41)
Yuvraj Singh    7* (12b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-5-0
R Dravid    11* (27b 1x4)      CD Collymore    2-0-11-0

12.1

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, and as expected he is right on the money straightaway, Yuvraj gets forward and defends it straight back down the track to the mid-off region, just enough room and they scamper through for a single

12.2

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, angling across the right-hander, Dravid on the front-foot defending

12.3

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Dravid shuffles across in an effort to work it away through midwicket but fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away behind the stumps

12.4

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, on the middle and off stump line, again impeccable line and length from Bradshaw, Dravid is made to defend and the ball rolls away towards cover

12.5

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, on the middle and leg stump line and Dravid neatly clips it away towards midwicket, brilliant diving stop from Bravo there cuts off a certain boundary, bit of a mix-up in the middle but the throw came in late and Dravid safely makes it back

12.6

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, driven straight ot the man at mid-off - another good over from Bradshaw comes to an end

change of ends for Collymore

End of over 13 (1 run) India 42/2 (RR: 3.23)
R Dravid    11* (32b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    6-0-21-2
Yuvraj Singh    8* (13b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-5-0

13.1

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and angling across, Yuvraj goes fishing but lucky for India he catches nothing

13.2

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the pads, tucked away towards square leg - no room for a single there

13.3

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, line and length delivery, no room offered and Yuvraj strokes it away towards point

13.4

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another dot ball! on the middle and off stump line, no movement whatsoever, just the perfect line and length - Yuvraj watchfully punches it away towards cover

13.5

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, ball stopped a bit after hitting the deck, Yuvraj reads it well and leaves it through to the keeper

13.6

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, swing and a miss outside the off stump, short and angling across, Yuvraj beaten by the extra bounce there

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End of over 14 (maiden) India 42/2 (RR: 3.00)
Yuvraj Singh    8* (19b 1x4)      CD Collymore    3-1-11-0
R Dravid    11* (32b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    6-0-21-2

Bradshaw to continue after the drinks break.

14.1

Bradshaw to Dravid, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended on the back-foot

14.2

Bradshaw to Dravid, 1 run, another short delivery, angling across and that creates the width, Dravid leans back and cuts late, ball races away straight to the fielder at third man

14.3

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle and off stump line, hint of swing, Yuvraj gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat

14.4

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, angled across, Yuvraj shuffles across a bit and tucks it away towards midwicket for a single

14.5

Bradshaw to Dravid, 1 run, angling across, harmless delivery, Dravid stays back and steers it down to third man for a single - nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact to get it past the fielder at gully, excellent placement

14.6

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driven straight back to the bowler

Lara opts for PowerPlay three

End of over 15 (3 runs) India 45/2 (RR: 3.00)
Yuvraj Singh    9* (22b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    7-0-24-2
R Dravid    13* (35b 1x4)      CD Collymore    3-1-11-0

15.1

Collymore to Dravid, no run, good length delivery, defended towards covers

15.2

Collymore to Dravid, 2 runs, drifting down the leg side, Dravid gets well inside the line and clips it away towards fine leg, runs hard and comfortably makes it back for the second

15.3

Collymore to Dravid, OUT, Collymore strikes! short of a good length delivery, pitched bit wide outside the off stump and slanting away ever-so-slightly, Dravid plays away from his body in an effort to run it down to third man, ball shapes away just enough to kiss the outside edge, Sarwan at second slip dives across to his right and takes a good low catch, India three down!

R Dravid c Sarwan b Collymore 15 (38b 1x4 0x6) SR: 39.47

That ball was dying on Sarwan, he dived low to his right and got both his hands under the ball, excellent effort.

15.4

Collymore to Kaif, no run, good length delivery, forced away towards cover

15.5

Collymore to Kaif, no run, another good delivery from Collymore, Kaif on the front-foot defending

15.6

Collymore to Kaif, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, horrible delivery to end the over, Kaif sizes it up quickly and cuts it away through cover point, got right on top of the bounce and rolled his wrist over to keep it down

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 51/3 (RR: 3.18)
M Kaif    4* (3b 1x4)      CD Collymore    4-1-17-1
Yuvraj Singh    9* (22b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    7-0-24-2

16.1

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, left alone outside the off stump

16.2

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driven down to mid-on

16.3

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, another extra! wayward delivery outside the off stump and umpire Doctrove is not happy with the width

16.3

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, follows it up with another wayward delivery down the leg side

16.3

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back on track, good length delivery outside the off stump and Yuvraj drives it straight to the fielder at point

16.4

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, defended on the back-foot

16.5

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, short and wide outside the off stump, Yuvraj slashes hard at it and gets it away towards third man, dangerous second run called for and for the most part Yuvraj was struggling but in the end the fielder in the deep was bit slow and Yuvraj makes it back comfortably

16.6

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driven hard but straight to the fielder at cover

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 55/3 (RR: 3.23)
Yuvraj Singh    11* (28b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    8-0-28-2
M Kaif    4* (3b 1x4)      CD Collymore    4-1-17-1

17.1

Collymore to Kaif, no run, good length delivery, defended watchfully

17.2

Collymore to Kaif, 1 run, steered down to third man for an easy single, neatly played

17.3

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Yuvraj takes his left-foot off the ground to get the momentum and drills it through midwicket, cracking shot

17.4

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, forced away towards cover point and they steal a single, well run

17.4

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, forced away towards cover point and they steal a single, well run

17.5

Collymore to Kaif, 1 run, clipped away off the pads to the midwicket region for an easy single

17.6

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery, cutting in a touch, Yuvraj plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down, that looked close but Yuvraj got a big stride and he was hit on the front-pad

End of over 18 (7 runs) India 62/3 (RR: 3.44)
Yuvraj Singh    16* (31b 2x4)      CD Collymore    5-1-24-1
M Kaif    6* (6b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    8-0-28-2

18.1

Bradshaw to Kaif, 1 wide, and the extras continues to mount, this one was again way down the leg side

18.1

Bradshaw to Kaif, 2 runs, driven away nicely through the gap between the cover fielders

18.2

Bradshaw to Kaif, no run, good length delivery, angling across, ball stopped a bit and Kaif is early into the drive, ball goes in the air but well wide of the fielder at short cover, well bowled Bradshaw

18.3

Bradshaw to Kaif, 1 run, eased away on the leg side

18.4

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driven away towards cover

18.5

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side, ball clips the pad and rolls down to short fine leg

18.6

Bradshaw to Kaif, 2 runs, flicked away off the pads to long-leg for a brace, easy runs

End of over 19 (7 runs) India 69/3 (RR: 3.63)
M Kaif    11* (10b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    9-0-34-2
Yuvraj Singh    16* (33b 2x4)      CD Collymore    5-1-24-1

19.1

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a good length delivery, defended towards cover

19.2

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, no room offered, Yuvraj gets a good stride in and defends it away towards short cover, Collymore moves across quickly and cuts off the single

19.3

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slightly short and slanting away from the left-hander, Yuvraj plays inside the line and the ball goes through to the keeper

19.4

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, forced away towards mid-on

19.5

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line, punched off the back-foot and the ball finds the fielder at mid-off

19.6

Collymore to Yuvraj Singh, no run, maiden! tight delivery to end the over, Yuvraj leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 20 (maiden) India 69/3 (RR: 3.45)
Yuvraj Singh    16* (39b 2x4)      CD Collymore    6-2-24-1
M Kaif    11* (10b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    9-0-34-2

Thanks Sajan, the squeeze is on at Trinidad. I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for the next hour.

20.1

Bradshaw to Kaif, no run, on the legs, turned to square-leg.

20.2

Bradshaw to Kaif, 1 no ball, short of length, around the off stump line, Kaif comes forward and pushes it out to covers

20.2

Bradshaw to Kaif, no run, superb bit of fielding by Bravo! Kaif flicks a length delivery to his right at square-leg but bravo moves quickly to make a sliding stop.

20.3

Bradshaw to Kaif, 1 leg bye, short of length, on the legs, Kaif tries to whip it to the on side,doesn't connect and they go through for a leg bye

20.4

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Nicely played! on a length, outside the off stump and with the keeper standing upto the stumps, there was a chance for Yuvraj to late cut it to thirdman and he utilises the opportunity to do exactly that

20.4

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, on the legs, whipped away to fine-leg

20.5

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, length ball, outside the off stump, steered to point. That's the end of Bradshaw's quota of 10 overs.

20.5

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, length ball, outside the off stump, steered to point. That's the end of Bradshaw's quota of 10 overs.

20.6

Bradshaw to Yuvraj Singh, no run

End of over 21 (8 runs) India 77/3 (RR: 3.66)
Yuvraj Singh    22* (42b 3x4)      IDR Bradshaw    10-0-41-2
M Kaif    11* (14b 1x4)      CD Collymore    6-2-24-1

21.1

Gayle to Kaif, 1 run, floated on the middle stump line, Kaif comes down the track and drives it long-on

a leg slip is in place

21.2

Gayle to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed just outsdie the off stump, Yuvraj comes forward and steers it to the left of backward point and they scramble through for a run

21.3

Gayle to Kaif, no run, on the off stump line, cut to point

21.4

Gayle to Kaif, FOUR, short, slow through the air and outside the off stump and Kaif latches onto the chance and cuts it past backward point

21.5

Gayle to Kaif, no run, again slow through the air, Gayle is really taking the pace of the ball here, and Kaif this time pushes it onto the off side

21.6

Gayle to Kaif, 1 run, fuller this time and driven to covers

End of over 22 (7 runs) India 84/3 (RR: 3.81)
M Kaif    17* (19b 2x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-7-0
Yuvraj Singh    23* (43b 3x4)      IDR Bradshaw    10-0-41-2

Kaif is moving along nicely here. seems to be in touch. A short midwicket in place.

22.1

Samuels to Kaif, no run, Kaif is beaten on the forward prod and the ball rebounds off the pads on to the off side

22.2

Samuels to Kaif, no run, tossed up fuller, and Kaif should have gone onto his front foot ,doesn't but manages to drive it to midwicket

22.3

Samuels to Kaif, no run

22.4

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, full and outside the off stump, driven to long-off

22.5

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten outside the off stump, short and turning away from the off stump line, Yuvraj attempts to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce

22.6

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, comes forward and punches it to left of long-on where Fidel makes the stop and hurls in a throw quickly and the Indians decide to settle for a single

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 86/3 (RR: 3.73)
Yuvraj Singh    24* (45b 3x4)      MN Samuels    1-0-2-0
M Kaif    18* (23b 2x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-7-0

23.1

Gayle to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, glorious straight drive, supremely timed. Comes to the pitch of the ball and drives powerfully past the bowler and beats the diving long-on fielder

23.2

Gayle to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full-length delivery, driven out to long-on

23.3

Gayle to Kaif, no run, comes down the track but Samuels drags back the length and Kaif has to be contended with pushing it back down the track

23.4

Gayle to Kaif, 1 run, this time he punches it long-on for a single

23.5

Gayle to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slightly short and Yuvraj opens up by moving his right foot outside the leg stump and pulls it to the on side

23.6

Gayle to Kaif, no run

End of over 24 (7 runs) India 93/3 (RR: 3.87)
M Kaif    19* (26b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-14-0
Yuvraj Singh    30* (48b 4x4)      MN Samuels    1-0-2-0

24.1

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the leg and middle line, worked to the on side

24.2

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, fuller and just outside the off stump, driven inside-out past covers

24.3

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flatter and pushed through a bit, Yuvraj stands tall to punch it down to long-off

24.4

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, That's the fifty partnership! driven to long-on

24.5

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle and off stump line, turning away, steered to short thirdman

24.6

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of length, on the leg and middle stump line, Yuvraj punches it down to long-on.

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 98/3 (RR: 3.92)
Yuvraj Singh    34* (53b 4x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-7-0
M Kaif    20* (27b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-14-0

Gayle is out of the attack now after conceding 14 runs in his 2 overs. Lara goes back to his pacemen. Fidel will have a go now. A slip is in place

25.1

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on a length, on the middle and leg stump line and holding its line, Yuvraj stands tall and punches it to mid-on

25.2

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, short of length, slanting across, Yuvraj stands tall again and plays a inside-out shot past the cover. 100 is up for India

25.3

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, oh ho! hit on the thighpads! Short of length, around the leg and middle stump line and it rears towards the hips and Yuvraj goes for his pull shot, but is beaten by the pace and the ball runs to the off side, past the slip

25.4

Edwards to Kaif, no run

25.5

Edwards to Kaif, no run, just short of a length, and outside the off stump, Kaif comes forward and drives on the up but straight to cover, no chance of a run

25.6

Edwards to Kaif, 1 run, on a length, in that channel outside the off stump and it came in slightly with the angle and Kaif has a jab at it, ends up inside-edging onto his pads and the ball rolls close to off side and they hurry through for a single

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 102/3 (RR: 3.92)
M Kaif    21* (30b 2x4)      FH Edwards    5-1-8-0
Yuvraj Singh    36* (56b 4x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-7-0

The consolidation job is being done very efficiently by Kaif and Yuvraj. The Trini Posse women are doing their jig beside the ropes!

26.1

Samuels to Kaif, no run, on the leg and middle, tucked away to square-leg

26.2

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, tossed outside the off stump, bit of bounce as it curves in, pushed to the off side and they take a single

26.3

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten outside the off stump as he shapes to cut a ball turning away from him

26.4

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Take that! short, wide and bounces right about the perfect height for Yuvraj to have a go. He moves to the leg side and swats it through extra cover

26.5

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs

26.6

Samuels to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, driven out to long-off and Yuvraj will keep the strike

End of over 27 (8 runs) India 110/3 (RR: 4.07)
Yuvraj Singh    43* (60b 5x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-15-0
M Kaif    22* (32b 2x4)      FH Edwards    5-1-8-0

27.1

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, no run, oh! beaten outside the off stump! It was full in length, and just outside the off stump and it kept low which surprised Yuvraj. He had shaped to drive it on the up and ends up with a waft outside the line

27.2

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on a length, outside the off stump, punched to covers

27.3

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and probably a tad slower, Yuvraj waits on his front foot and drives it to covers

27.4

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full again, 87.1 mph delivery, on the leg and middle stump line, Yuvraj comes forward to push it out to mid-on

27.5

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full-length delivery on the middle and off stump line, pushed, ahead of his body, back down the track

27.6

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full again, on the middle and leg stump line, Yuvraj leans forward, and punches it down the ground, to the right of mid-off and they hurry through for a single

End of over 28 (1 run) India 111/3 (RR: 3.96)
Yuvraj Singh    44* (66b 5x4)      FH Edwards    6-1-9-0
M Kaif    22* (32b 2x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-15-0

A very good over there from Fidel. Now Dwayne Smith has been given a bowl

28.1

Smith to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full, yorker-length delivery on the leg and middle stump, dug out by Yuvraj and Smith makes the stop on his follow through

28.2

Smith to Yuvraj Singh, no run, overpitched outside the off stump and yuvraj smashes it straight to Lara at covers. A foot either to left or to the right of Lara would have fetched Yuvraj a boundary but ...

28.3

Smith to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full again and Yuvraj comes forward and drives it to the left of mid-on

28.4

Smith to Kaif, no run, short of length this time, outside the off stump and Kaif moves across and steers it to gully

28.5

Smith to Kaif, no run, full and square-driven by Kaif, but well stopped by Gayle who moved quickly to his right at point

28.6

Smith to Kaif, no run, a length delivery on the off stump line, driven to covers

End of over 29 (1 run) India 112/3 (RR: 3.86)
M Kaif    22* (35b 2x4)      DR Smith    1-0-1-0
Yuvraj Singh    45* (69b 5x4)      FH Edwards    6-1-9-0

29.1

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full and on the off and middle stump line, Yuvraj stays beside the line of the ball and taps it gently to the off side and they hurry through for a quick single

29.2

Edwards to Kaif, FOUR, super pull from Kaif! Short and on the middle stump, didn't bounce all that much - more evidence of the variable bounce on offer here but Kaif adjusts, swivels and plays a pull shot to perfection

29.3

Edwards to Kaif, 1 run, ooh! almost a run-out! Kaif pushes a short of length delivery to the on side and Lara moves in quickly from midwicket and hurls in a throw and it just bounces inches over the stump.

29.4

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run

29.5

Edwards to Kaif, no run, on a length, and around the off and middle stump line, Kaif pushes forward, bat and pad together and punches it on the up to mid-off

29.6

Edwards to Kaif, no run, slightly slower and a yorker length delivery, Kaif works it to Lara but this time they decide against taking a run.

End of over 30 (7 runs) India 119/3 (RR: 3.96)
M Kaif    27* (39b 3x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-16-0
Yuvraj Singh    47* (71b 5x4)      DR Smith    1-0-1-0

Thanks Sriram, so far the bowlers have kept up the pressure with some tight bowling, runs have been hard to come by but Yuvraj and Kaif have added 70 runs for the fourth wicket and they are fighting it out in the middle.

Drinks called for.

At this rate India will surely fall short of the 200 run mark, 6 an over from here on will take them to 239, it's not the perfect batting track but with wickets in hand, scoring 6 an over should not be a problem.

30.1

Smith to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run

30.2

Smith to Yuvraj Singh, 1 no ball

30.2

Smith to Yuvraj Singh, no run

30.3

Smith to Yuvraj Singh, 3 runs

30.4

Smith to Kaif, no run

30.5

Smith to Kaif, no run

30.6

Smith to Kaif, no run

End of over 31 (5 runs) India 124/3 (RR: 4.00)
M Kaif    27* (42b 3x4)      DR Smith    2-0-6-0
Yuvraj Singh    51* (75b 5x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-16-0

31.1

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, no run

31.2

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, steered down to third man for an easy single

31.3

Edwards to Kaif, 1 leg bye, good length delivery, defended outside the off stump

31.4

Edwards to Kaif, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the square leg region

31.5

Edwards to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, short of a good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and slanting away from the left-hander, line and length was just perfect, Yuvraj has a poke at it, like a stranger in a strange land searching for the mythical unicorn, ball moves away just enough to clip the outside edge, Baugh quickly moves across to his left and takes a good low catch - that's a big wicket!

Yuvraj Singh c †Baugh b Edwards 52 (78b 5x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

It's party time in the stands, India struggling here.

31.6

Edwards to Dhoni, 1 run, played away well wide of the fielder at cover

End of over 32 (4 runs) India 128/4 (RR: 4.00)
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      FH Edwards    8-1-19-1
M Kaif    28* (44b 3x4)      DR Smith    2-0-6-0

32.1

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, quicker delivery to start with, played away towards cover

32.2

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, another good delivery, worked away cautiously, no room for a single there

32.3

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, eased away towards silly mid-off

32.4

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, on the stumps, worked away towards midwicket

32.5

Samuels to Dhoni, no run

32.6

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, fuller and quicker, driven straight back to the bowler - brialliant maiden from Smith

End of over 33 (maiden) India 128/4 (RR: 3.87)
MS Dhoni    1* (7b)      MN Samuels    4-1-15-0
M Kaif    28* (44b 3x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-19-1

33.1

Bravo to Kaif, no run, on the middle and off stump line, worked away towards midwicket

33.2

Bravo to Kaif, 1 wide, drifting down the leg side and that's rightly called a wide

33.2

Bravo to Kaif, 2 runs, good length delivery, cutting in from outside the off stump, Kaif waits for the ball and at the last moment flicks it away through midwicket for a brace

33.3

Bravo to Kaif, 1 run, good length delivery, bit wide outside the off stump and Kaif punches it away through covers

33.4

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller length delivery, close to the off stump line and Dhoni punches it away towards cover point

33.5

Bravo to Kaif, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Kaif drives on the up and the ball goes wide of the fielder at cover, was in the air for a long time but well wide of the fielder

33.6

Bravo to Dhoni, no run, hint of swing, probably reversing away, defended watchfully

End of over 34 (6 runs) India 134/4 (RR: 3.94)
MS Dhoni    2* (9b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-0
M Kaif    32* (48b 3x4)      MN Samuels    4-1-15-0

34.1

Samuels to Kaif, no run, forced away towards cover

34.2

Samuels to Kaif, no run, turned away towards midwicket

34.3

Samuels to Kaif, no run

34.4

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the deep midwicket

34.5

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, quicker delivery, defended watchfully, ball rolls away towards cover

34.6

Samuels to Dhoni, 1 run, driven in the air and straight back past the diving bowler, almost a catch

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 136/4 (RR: 3.88)
MS Dhoni    3* (11b)      MN Samuels    5-1-17-0
M Kaif    33* (52b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-0

35.1

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, close to the off stump line and Dhoni has a go at it, ball clips the outside edge and races away towards third man

35.2

Bravo to Kaif, FOUR, drifting down the leg side and all Kaif had to do was get bat on it, that he does beautifully and the ball rockets away to the fine leg fence

35.3

Bravo to Kaif, 1 run, on the stumps, turned away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

35.4

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dhoni steps forward and drives it away through the gap between the cover fielders

35.5

Bravo to Kaif, no run, played away on the leg side

35.6

Bravo to Kaif, 1 run, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and cutting in with the angle, Kaif leans forward and drives it down to long-on for a single

End of over 36 (8 runs) India 144/4 (RR: 4.00)
M Kaif    39* (56b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-0
MS Dhoni    5* (13b)      MN Samuels    5-1-17-0

36.1

Samuels to Kaif, no run, turning in from outside the off stump, turned away off the back-foot to the midwicket region

36.2

Samuels to Kaif, no run, forced away straight to the fielder at gully

36.3

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, tossed up and turning in, driven away through cover point

36.4

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, excellent delivery, speared in on the off stump, fuller in length and Dhoni had to hurry, jams his bat down in time and digs it out straight back to the bowler

36.5

Samuels to Dhoni, no run

36.6

Samuels to Dhoni, 1 run, again driven away through cover point

Gayle into the attack now, this is going to be interesting - his first two over went for 14 runs

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 146/4 (RR: 3.94)
MS Dhoni    6* (16b)      MN Samuels    6-1-19-0
M Kaif    40* (59b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-0

37.1

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, turned away towards square leg

37.2

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven away opening the face of the bat and the ball rolls away towards cover point

37.3

Gayle to Kaif, no run, defended outside the off stump

37.4

Gayle to Kaif, 1 run, turning in from outside the off stump, Kaif goes back and square drives it through cover point for yet another single

37.5

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, driven away on the leg side

37.6

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run

End of over 38 (3 runs) India 149/4 (RR: 3.92)
MS Dhoni    8* (20b)      CH Gayle    3-0-17-0
M Kaif    41* (61b 4x4)      MN Samuels    6-1-19-0

38.1

Samuels to Dhoni, FOUR, good length delivery, Dhoni steps forwards and drives hard, thick outside edge and the ball races away to third man fence

38.2

Samuels to Dhoni, 1 run, turned away off the pads, gets it wide of the fielder at midwicket

38.3

Samuels to Kaif, no run, better line and length, defended on the front-foot

38.4

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, driven down to long-on

38.5

Samuels to Dhoni, no run

38.6

Samuels to Dhoni, 2 runs, worked away off the pads to the fine leg region, 8 runs coming off this over

End of over 39 (8 runs) India 157/4 (RR: 4.02)
MS Dhoni    15* (24b 1x4)      MN Samuels    7-1-27-0
M Kaif    42* (63b 4x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-17-0

39.1

Gayle to Kaif, no run, turning in from outside the off stump, defended on the back-foot

39.2

Gayle to Kaif, 2 runs, slightly short and turning in, Kaif quickly goes back and cuts it away behind point

39.3

Gayle to Kaif, no run, eased away towards short midwicket

39.4

Gayle to Kaif, 1 run, again worked away on the leg side, this time they scamper through for a single

39.5

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, fuller length delivery, driven back to the bowler - not a well timed shot, ball came off the inner half of the bat

39.6

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, defended outside the off stump, Gayle runs through another over!

End of over 40 (3 runs) India 160/4 (RR: 4.00)
MS Dhoni    15* (26b 1x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-20-0
M Kaif    45* (67b 4x4)      MN Samuels    7-1-27-0

Thanks Sajan, this is Sriram Veera, your commentator for the next hour. After the initial setbacks India tried to rally through Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh but Fidel Edwards prised out Yuvraj to put West Indies ahead again. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to showcase some of his unorthodox hitting prowess if India are to get a fighting target. But then to judge what would be a fighting target on this pitch, that is offering invariable bounce, is not an easy task. But surely, it has to be something in the range of 220? Time will tell.

40.1

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, on the off stump line, pushed to left of covers

40.2

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, on the off stump line, again turning in slightly, pushed back down the track

40.3

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, slower through the air, outside the off stump, punched to covers

40.4

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, again slow through the air, Dhoni has to make all the pace by himself, and he ned up pushing it to the off side. Good intelligent bowling

40.5

Samuels to Dhoni, no run

40.6

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, on the leg and middle, turned to the on side.

End of over 41 (1 run) India 161/4 (RR: 3.92)
MS Dhoni    15* (31b 1x4)      MN Samuels    8-1-28-0
M Kaif    46* (68b 4x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-20-0

41.1

Gayle to Kaif, no run, full and driven back powerfully to Gayle

41.2

Gayle to Kaif, 1 run, full, almost yorker length, on the leg and middle, worked to deep midwicket

41.3

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, yorker length delivery again! on the middle, dug out to covers

41.4

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, full again, worked past midwicket

41.5

Gayle to Kaif, no run, much slower this time, Kaif waits and waits and turns it to squareleg

41.6

Gayle to Kaif, 1 run, another real slow delivery, that hang in the air for what seemed an eternity, pushed to midwicket.

End of over 42 (3 runs) India 164/4 (RR: 3.90)
M Kaif    48* (72b 4x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-23-0
MS Dhoni    16* (33b 1x4)      MN Samuels    8-1-28-0

42.1

Samuels to Kaif, 2 runs, floated outside the off stumpm, Kaif comes forward and steers it past point and that's the fifty up for Kaif!

42.2

Samuels to Kaif, no run, ooh almost a return catch! short of length and it came up very slow and Kaif is bit early into his stroke but it falls short of Samuels

42.3

Samuels to Kaif, no run

42.4

Samuels to Kaif, no run, Oh! a sitter dropped! tossed up, just short of a driveable length and once again Kaif is bit early into his drive and spoons up a simple catch to the right of Samuels who makes a mess of it! Amazing stuff!

42.5

Samuels to Kaif, 1 run, pushed to right of midwicket

42.6

Samuels to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to midwicket and another miserly over comes to an end. India are made to crawl here

End of over 43 (4 runs) India 168/4 (RR: 3.90)
MS Dhoni    17* (34b 1x4)      MN Samuels    9-1-32-0
M Kaif    51* (77b 4x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-23-0

43.1

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, slow and on a yorker-length, driven back to the bowler

43.2

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, struggling to put away the ball on this track, another one pushed back down the pitch

43.3

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, yes sir! deja-vu, pushed back to Gayle!

43.4

Gayle to Dhoni, no run, on the leg and middle, punched to Lara at midwicket

43.5

Gayle to Dhoni, FOUR, Ah! finally a four! Short ball and on the leg and middle, Dhoni makes room by moving to his left and pulls it to deep midwicket fence.

43.6

Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run

End of over 44 (5 runs) India 173/4 (RR: 3.93)
MS Dhoni    22* (40b 2x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-28-0
M Kaif    51* (77b 4x4)      MN Samuels    9-1-32-0

44.1

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, pushed through, punched to covers

44.2

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, yorker length, on the middle and leg, dug out, back to the bowler

44.3

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, on the middle, full in length, pushed back to the bowler

44.4

Samuels to Dhoni, no run, wow! that one was real quick. fired in outside the off stump and Dhoni is late on his cut and is beaten

44.5

Samuels to Dhoni, 1 run, on the leg and middle, punched to the right of midwicket

44.6

Samuels to Kaif, FOUR, four to end what has been a great miserly spell from Samuels. Kaif sweeps a full-length delivery to long leg fence

End of over 45 (5 runs) India 178/4 (RR: 3.95)
M Kaif    55* (78b 5x4)      MN Samuels    10-1-37-0
MS Dhoni    23* (45b 2x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-28-0

The last five overs to go! Should be fun! Collymore will have a bowl now. Six overs previously to this and he gave away 24 runs and picked up a wicket. Long-on and long-off are out.

45.1

Collymore to Dhoni, 1 run, 77.9mph delivery, yorker length, punched back past (over) the bowler, on a bounce and they take a single

45.2

Collymore to Kaif, 1 run, slow delivery, on the middle stump, right up there at the blockhole length, punched to mid-on

45.3

Collymore to Dhoni, 1 run, another blockhole delivery, on the middle and leg and that bottom-handed twirl of the bat comes into the picture, and ball runs out to midwicket

45.4

Collymore to Kaif, 1 run, another lovely yorker! squeezed out to square-leg

45.5

Collymore to Dhoni, 1 run, fascinating stuff, A yorker again and Dhoni, ever eager to come forward to have a go, only manages to squeeze it past cover

45.6

Collymore to Kaif, 1 run, hmm.. Kaif has had enough of digging out yorkers, moves to his left and has a heave, gets a inside edge and it runs behind square-leg

End of over 46 (6 runs) India 184/4 (RR: 4.00)
M Kaif    58* (81b 5x4)      CD Collymore    7-2-30-1
MS Dhoni    26* (48b 2x4)      MN Samuels    10-1-37-0

46.1

Bravo to Kaif, 2 runs, Aha! lovely slower ball! just outside the off stump and Kaif waits to steer it to deep cover and they come back for two and make in time to beat the fine throw from Samuels.

46.2

Bravo to Kaif, 2 runs, Ah! a clever chip shot! Kaif moves outside the off stump and plays a pick-up paddle shot over square-leg

46.3

Bravo to Kaif, OUT, Gone! got him! Another Bravo special! A slow full-length delivery! Kaif is completely beaten and the ball squeezes past his waft to disturb the furniture. Yuvraj Singh can understand Kaif's pain... A similar delivery had got him in that exciting second match.

M Kaif b Bravo 62 (84b 5x4 0x6) SR: 73.80

46.4

Bravo to Pathan, no run, full and pushed across the left-handed batsman, pushed out to covers

46.5

Bravo to Pathan, 1 run, slanted across, full in length, steered to thirdman

46.6

Bravo to Dhoni, FOUR, slower delivery again! 68.6 mph and outside the off stump, on a driveable length and Dhoni, who picks up the change in pace, waits and thrashes it over Bravo's head for a four! Take that!

End of over 47 (9 runs) India 193/5 (RR: 4.10)
MS Dhoni    30* (49b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    4-0-28-1
IK Pathan    1* (2b)      CD Collymore    7-2-30-1

47.1

Collymore to Pathan, 1 run, on the off and middle stump line, steered to third man. Dhoni on strike now

47.2

Collymore to Dhoni, 1 run, 77.6 mph yorker! dug out to midwicket and they hurry through for a single. Good cricket allround

47.3

Collymore to Pathan, 1 run, low full-toss, driven powerfully back down the track,

47.4

Collymore to Dhoni, 1 run, Ah! Dhoni attempts to paddle a full delivery past the fine-leg, hits it left of short fineleg fielder and they take a run

47.5

Collymore to Pathan, 1 run, driven powerfully to long-on.

47.6

Collymore to Dhoni, FOUR, wah! thrashed down the ground! driveable length delivery, outside the off stump, and Dhoni throws his hand at it and the ball screams to right of long-off fielder who had no chance.

End of over 48 (9 runs) India 202/5 (RR: 4.20)
MS Dhoni    36* (52b 4x4)      CD Collymore    8-2-39-1
IK Pathan    4* (5b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-28-1

48.1

Bravo to Pathan, FOUR, bang! slower ball that went awry, ending up as a full toss, on the leg and Pathan swung it across to the deep midwicket fence

What will Bravo do now?

48.2

Bravo to Pathan, OUT, He gets his man! another slower one, just outside the off stump and Pathan shuffles across and tries to paddle it past the short fine leg fielder, who had been moved in just prior to this ball, but sends the ball straight to the waiting palms of Colleymore there!

IK Pathan c Collymore b Bravo 8 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

48.3

Bravo to Agarkar, no run, hmm.... another slower ball from Bravo, full and it dips at the last minute and AGarkar pushes it to covers

48.4

Bravo to Agarkar, no run, This is fun! Another slower one from Bravo who has simply decided that's the way to go here and Agarkar is beaten outside the off stump!

48.5

Bravo to Agarkar, no run, omg! almost a run-out. Agarkar pushes it close to the off side and wants a run, Dhoni doesn't and Bravo runs in quickly, swoops on the ball and underarms a throw but misses the stumps.

48.6

Bravo to Agarkar, OUT, Oh dear! Bravo gets another wicket courtesy his famous slower ball! Released between his thumb and the forefinger and it loops in the air towards the off and middle stump and even as Agarkar's high back lift descends, the ball dips, grips the surface, turns in past the blade to take out the leg stump!

AB Agarkar b Bravo 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 49 (4 runs) India 206/7 (RR: 4.20)
     DJ Bravo    5-0-32-3
MS Dhoni    36* (52b 4x4)      CD Collymore    8-2-39-1

So the last over coming up now! India on 206 and will look to Dhoni to pull off some lusty blows that will push them to a fighting target. Lara will obviously want to restrict India.

49.1

Collymore to Dhoni, FOUR, Clever little paddle sweep for four! full and drifting just outside the legstump, Dhonis shuffles across and tickles it past short fine-leg

The fine-leg is back near the ropes now.

49.2

Collymore to Dhoni, FOUR, And Dhoni this time picks the off side boundary! Fascinating stuff! he shuffles outside the leg stump and slices it over point! That powerful bottom hand again!

49.3

Collymore to Dhoni, no run, oh ho! Dhoni wants to sweep the mediumpacer now! Doesn't connect and is rapped on the pads

49.4

Collymore to Dhoni, no run, yorker length delivery on the middle and leg, Dhoni digs it out to midwicket and there was a chance for run but Dhoni decides against it. Wants the strike! Here we go!

49.5

Collymore to Dhoni, 2 runs, finally West Indies wilt under the pressure. Pulled to deepmidwicket and Dhoni turns blindly for the second run, Powar is rooted to his crease but Colleymore fails to stop the throw and Powar runs for the second run! Please scream like Bill Lawry here -- yes yes that famous It's all happening here!

49.6

Collymore to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, Dhoni moves a bit towards his leg stump, Colleymore followed him and Dhoni ends up trying to heave it across the line, doesn't connect and they run through for a leg bye!

So West Indies need 218 runs to win the series. On a pitch, offering invariable bounce and where the spinners have managed to apply the chokehold, it's not as easy a target as it looks. But this is Lara country and he would be hoping that his batsmen can turn in a matchwinning performance. This is Sriram Veera, and along with Sajan Nair, signing off for the moment. Join us for what should be a interesting run chase.

End of over 50 (11 runs) India 217/7
MS Dhoni    46* (58b 6x4)      CD Collymore    9-2-49-1
RR Powar    0* (0b)      DJ Bravo    5-0-32-3
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May 26, 2006

Support for the West Indies, West Indies v India, 4th ODI, Trinidad, May 26, 2006

Support for the West Indies

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May 26, 2006

Performing for the crowd, West Indies v India, 4th ODI, Trinidad, May 26, 2006

Performing for the crowd

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