India in West Indies ODI Series - 3rd ODI

West Indies v India

India won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) (D/L method)

Here we go! Two slips in place

Our friend Jenry is back: "Having play will be the greatest thing that will happen to me today. It's absolutely rainy and dark outside. Hopefully for all the fans out there, we're taking St. Lucia's share of the rain, he he."

Chris Gayle and Runako Morton will open. Ishant Sharma will start proceedings for India. A proud moment for Nayar just a short while back, when he was handed his India cap. The crowd has gradually built up, but is still pretty sparse.

11.33am Ok folks. We are set for the start. It is a 41-over-a-side game, with one bowler allowed a maximum of nine overs. The players are out. The powerplay overs are just as I have mentioned below. We are ready to go!

11.25am Great news. Play will start at 11.35am, in ten minutes. No confirmation yet about how many overs have been docked, but there's some talk of a 41-over game doing the rounds. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of eight overs, with the powerplays reduced to batches of 8+4+4. We should get the confirmation soon.

11.20am: Some unofficial news. We could be heading for a 41-over game. No confirmation yet, so hold fire.

11.15am: The umpires are inspecting the field now. The ground, especially near the pitch and around the 30-yard circle appears a little moist. The rollers are out, the super-soppers are nowhere to be seen. Gary Kirsten is strolling around, and is having a word with Llong. He's checking his watch. We should have an update soon.

11.10am: We're yet to have a word from the umpires, but there is some sunshine at the ground. The super-soppers should have done their bit by now, and the conditions should be favourable for play. I'm not the umpire, they have the final word, so lets wait for it.

10.50am: The umpires have had a look. The rain has stopped, but it's still quite windy. Nigel Llong, one of the umpires, says there will be another inspection in about 15 minutes time. The outfield is a bit of a worry, with some damp areas around. They were pretty optimistic about the chances of play, and Llong mentioned that if we have a game running in some time from now, only a few overs - under 10 - could be docked. So some positive news there. It is important the weather holds.

Curtis from St Lucia: "I somewhat disagree with the comment made by my fellow Dominican comrad. The venue for the cricket grounds has been strategically selected because of its low rainfall statistics especially at this time of the year. The wind direction is such that cloud cover is blown to south and south east. Historically, this part of the island remains almost rain free even when other parts may experience heavy downpours. It is rather unfortunate that rain delayed play today, but it must be underscored that this is by no means a norm here in saint lucia, especially at the Beausejour Stadium. The weather will eventually clear up and will have a fine weekend of cricket, lovely cricket!"

Sheppy: "It is not only St. Lucia and Dominica that has the rain problem this time of year. I am in Trinidad now and the Queens Park Oval is also under water. It has been rainging cats and dogs since about 2am this morning.......March to June for games in the Caribbean, any later or earlier and you are asking for trouble!"

Jenry again: "Oh, I forgot to mention, there's a tropical wave affecting the islands so even places like Barbados to the Windward Islands will experience rain. It's pretty dark and overcast here in St. Vincent at the moment."

Jenry: "The dominican lad is correct, this is the rainy season and more so, the Hurricane season so chances of rain is always around. The venue for the Test in St. Vincent outfield is quite green at the moment and the drainage here is one of the very best around. Of course, water can't stay soppy on the surface of sand and not to mention the stadium here is perfectly situated - rain usually missed the stadium."

10.30am: The rain appears to have subsided, and the umpires will have an inspection at 11.15 am local time. So that's 45 minutes from now. It's a while away, so the outfield must have been badly affected. There were a couple of super-soppers doing the rounds earlier this morning, and they'll be out again trying to get the field ready before the umpires step out to take a look. We are sure to have a truncated game from here on.

This is one of several e-mails we've received questioning Dave Bernard's selection in the playing XI - Annan from USA: "After a quite extended run Morton seems to be coming good. Those of us who feel that the West Indies have an erratic and arguably biased selection policy hope that Rampaul would be given the same kind of extended run so he can cement his place. Also one wonders why is Dave Bernard being persisted with when he does nothing with the ball (and is not really needed as a bowler) while Narsingh Deonarine is a much more accomplished batsman with a far better batting record, who incidentally was the leading batsman at this year's regional competition."

10.25am Here's the weather forecast for Castries, the capital city of St Lucia just north of Gros Islet, where the game is being played. It's still raining.

10.10am: Nothing from the ground. Meanwhile, we have another comment from a Dominican about the scheduling of the seres: "i wonder if its a good idea to hold matches in St lucia at this time of the year during the wet season. these Islands are more likely to get rain.

Also, that means that in a country like Dominica, which will be hosting bangladesh in a few weeks, the way how the weather is, these matches are also under risk, considering the amount of rainfall dominica usually gets this time of year."

Shankar on Nayar's inclusion: "Sid's comments are not justified. Abhishek Nayar is picked in the team solely on IPL performance. The career statistics show he is no where close to Badrinath or even Vijay. I dont really understand how many matches would Rohit sharma get an opportunity. We have heard enough of his technicalities with the bat. But we have not seen ..i dont even remember when i saw him in form..."

Back to the cricket - Patrick from Dominica on another reason why there was hardly anyone at the ground: "I am not at all surprised if st. lucians do not turn up to watch the match. it is unbelievable that Sammy cannot get a permanent place on that west indies limited overs team. how can they leave him out? he is one of their best bowlers ( by average). the selectors must be completely gakgak."

10am On the news front for the day, for those of you interested in Indian current affairs - Mamata Bannerjee presented the railway budget earlier today.

9.45am Some interesting pieces to read on Cricinfo until we have some play. Gavaskar's urged Indian players to concentrate more on international cricket and playing for their country, than the IPL.

Our man Sidharth Monga is in Sri Lanka covering the Pakistan series, and the first Test gets underway tomorrow. Read his preview to the series here. Sriram Veera's did this week's Cricinfo XI feature on players who retired from a format of the game on a high. Sriram's also writing today's bulletin, by the way.

Jenry from St Vincent has this for us: "Par score history isn't really a good clue of what to get. This pitch here is relaid and this is the 2nd game to happen here since that. This one offers more bounce than the old one."

9.35am Lets just hope it's a passing shower. The wind should blow it away, hopefully. The umpires are having a look. The rain appears to have toned down, but the covers are still on. The super-soppers are doing their rounds in the outfield. For the moment, it's a delay. We'll get you the updates as soon as we have them. As I type, I hear that the rain has stopped. Lets hope it stays that way.

Appalling news: It's started raining in St Lucia, and it's extremely windy. We are in for a delayed start. It's gotten a little overcast, it's an empty ground at the moment, probably the locals were aware of what was in store. The game was supposed to start at 9.30 am local time, but the players haven't stepped out.

Shripad: "India need to restrict WI for around 250 to have any chance of winning the match." The average first-innings score here is 243. The side batting first has won seven games and lost nine.

Denver: "Isnt India playing in a tri-series in Sri Lanka along with New Zealand just before Champions Trophy? I know the dates havent been fixed yet..."

Thanks for the clarification Denver, India will indeed be playing before the Champions Trophy. It's a tri-series also involving New Zealand. But it might be played in September, so that's still a two-month break.

Pitch: There is a bit of moisture on the track, which will tempt the bowlers. The experts believe there will be a bit of movement and bounce, perhaps Dhoni felt the same, hence his decision to field.

Sid Mehra approves of Jadeja's exclusion. In fact, it was expected he'd be left out after the manner in which he was dismissed in the first two ODIs. Poor shots, playing away for his body, getting out in almost an identical manner. Oh, here's Sid: "FINALLY! Dhoni has seen the light and left Ravindra Jadeja out. The IPL should never be used as a yardstick to measure performance and ability. Hopefully now the team management are going to understand what winning combinations really mean!"

India have never played at this venue before. West Indies have won five and lost four.

Toss: The news from St Lucia is that India have won the toss and opted to bowl. Two changes for India. Ishant Sharma comes in for Praveen Kumar, and Ravindra Jadeja is left out for Abhishek Nayar. West Indies are unchanged, predictably so. Check out the XI's above.

9.00am local time It looks bright and sunny for the moment in St Lucia but there are thunderstorms forecast for later in the day. Lets live in the present, shall we?

8.45am local time Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of a must-win game for either team if they wish to win this four-match series. It's been a contrasting year for both teams in the ODI circuit: India have done exceedingly well, beating New Zealand and Sri Lanka while West Indies have disappointed, losing to twice to England, and once to New Zealand.

India have to make amends for their early exit from the World Twenty20, and their opponents are under pressure to perform in front of their home crowd after raising expectations somewhat, by reaching the semis in England.

There's a few minutes to go for the toss, so read the preview in the meantime.

0.1

I Sharma to Gayle, 2 runs, starts short of a length outside off, Gayle rocks back and chops it behind point, wide of third man, for a couple

0.2

I Sharma to Gayle, no run, much better, decent pace too, 82.6 mph, fullish on middle and off, Gayle gets back and defends it cautiously into the off side

0.3

I Sharma to Gayle, FOUR, smashed! Overpitched outside off, a gift for Gayle who stands his ground and bludgeons it through extra cover for his first boundary, West Indies are away

0.4

I Sharma to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle shaped himself to dispatch that one over midwicket, realised the ball was a little too wide and slapped it wide of mid-off for another four, he's made his intentions clear

One slip comes out

0.5

I Sharma to Gayle, no run, back of a length on the off, punched off the back foot to mid-off

0.6

I Sharma to Gayle, no run, and again, moved away, with the intention of playing the cut, but the ball was fuller than he expected, chopped it down to gully. Ends an eventful first over

End of over 1 (10 runs) West Indies 10/0 (RR: 10.00)
CH Gayle    10* (6b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-10-0
RS Morton    0* (0b)     

Morton to face, he's had a good series with an average of 127 so far. Nehra charges in

1.1

Nehra to Morton, no run, teasing him outside off, full and juicy, Morton isn't tempted, lets it go

1.2

Nehra to Morton, no run, presents the full face and drives it down to mid-off, nice crunching sound, confidently played

One slip for him

1.3

Nehra to Morton, no run, angling it into the pads, tries to clip it behind square but is struck on the thigh

1.4

Nehra to Morton, no run, gets on the front foot and drives straight to extra cover with a flourish but didn't time it well enough

1.5

Nehra to Morton, no run, good bouncer, Nehra bangs it in at 83.3 mph, Morton evades it at the last moment

1.6

Nehra to Morton, no run, moving into middle and off, gets across and pushes it towards midwicket, good over first up from Nehra, a maiden

End of over 2 (maiden) West Indies 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
RS Morton    0* (6b)      A Nehra    1-1-0-0
CH Gayle    10* (6b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-10-0

2.1

I Sharma to Gayle, no run, slightly back of a length on the off, gets back and punches it to mid-off

It's still pretty overcast in St Lucia, and there's plenty of breeze around

2.2

I Sharma to Gayle, FOUR, Ishant hasn't had a good start to the series, short and wide, cut away fiercely on the bounce over point for a boundary

2.3

I Sharma to Gayle, FOUR, some shot that, took his right foot out, short and wide, similar delivery to the previous ball and pulled it away wristily, a slap in front of midwicket for another boundary

There is a deep square leg in place now

2.4

I Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, gets Gayle off strike, pushed off the front foot to mid-off for a single

2.5

I Sharma to Morton, no run, much better from Ishant, came back in sharply from outside off, struck him high on the pads as he came forward to play it back towards the bowler

2.6

I Sharma to Morton, no run, slightly shorter this time, spat off the pitch and Morton dropped it down with soft hands in front of the bowler

End of over 3 (9 runs) West Indies 19/0 (RR: 6.33)
RS Morton    0* (8b)      I Sharma    2-0-19-0
CH Gayle    19* (10b 4x4)      A Nehra    1-1-0-0

Samy: "One question to text commentators... Don't you ever get bored of watching cricket non-stop and commentating on them...!!! considering the amount of cricket played these days.... "

Nope, this is our livelihood

3.1

Nehra to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle doesn't spare Nehra either, short outside off, moves back and clatters it between extra cover and mid-off for four more

3.2

Nehra to Gayle, no run, lands on a length, inviting him to drive, Gayle watchfully pushes it to cover this time

3.3

Nehra to Gayle, FOUR, delicately done, moved slightly across when he saw the ball angling into middle and leg and flicked it gently past the keeper to the fine-leg boundary, subtle touches to match his blazing strokeplay

The Indians get into a huddle for the third time today. Breaking News!! - It's a 39-over match, thanks to that interruption. Four bowlers can bowl a maximum of eight overs, and one a maximum of seven. The batting powerplay has been reduced to three overs. Nehra will continue.

12.08 pm: I meant the weather was terrible, but it has improved and the umpires have decided to start the game in TWO minutes, so that's 12.10 pm. How wonderful!

12.05pm: It's very light rain at this point, but the covers have come off the pitch. The umpires will be strolling out soon, presumably for another inspection. Will this match be reduced further? We'll let you know when we have the details.

12pm The groundstaff is out in the middle. It's drizzling, and the covers are still on. Meanwhile, we get this e-mail from Sibabrata: "I wonder why Dhoni keeps on playing Ishant Sharma. Any layman can say he has not been bowling up to the standard in last several matches. Can you give a logic? or stats to support this theory?" NO! Because, he's actually done quite well in ODIs this year. In fact, he's India's highest wicket-taker.

Bad news, folks: It's started raining again, the umpire takes off the bails and the covers are coming on. Thanks Chris for the brief entertainment. It's back to the dressing room, and time for me to munch on some grilled sandwich. Terrible stuff!

3.4

Nehra to Gayle, OUT, the break proves Gayle undoing! It was a hit-me ball, short and wide, Gayle went for his trademark cut but got a thick edge, probably due to a bit of extra bounce, straight to Dhoni, India strike.

CH Gayle c †Dhoni b Nehra 27 (16m 14b 6x4 0x6) SR: 192.85

He got out in a manner identical to both Gambhir and Yuvraj in the previous game. He was looking threatening and India will be relieved to see his back. Sarwan walks in

3.5

Nehra to Sarwan, no run, back of a length outside off, chopped down to point off the back foot

3.6

Nehra to Sarwan, 2 runs, almost chopped it on, there appeared to be no intent in that shot, just a lazy prod on the off side, takes the inside edge and just evades the leg stump

End of over 4 (10 runs) West Indies 29/1 (RR: 7.25)
RR Sarwan    2* (2b)      A Nehra    2-1-10-1
RS Morton    0* (8b)      I Sharma    2-0-19-0

Rajeev: "Someone just commented that doesn't the text commentators get bored!!!! what do you mean....I would give anything (or rather take anything) to get into that job (although I work on wall street, not a nice place to be in such economic turmoil).. what else do you need if your passion and profession are same!! "

4.1

I Sharma to Morton, 2 runs, angling it in on middle and leg, clipped away off his pads wide of fine leg for a couple

I forgot to introduce myself earlier, apologies. It's Sid Talya taking you through the commentary today

4.2

I Sharma to Morton, no run, full on the off stump, driven on the up to mid-off, firmly struck but straight to the fielder

4.3

I Sharma to Morton, 1 run, good length just marginally outside off, opens the face to guide it behind point for a single

4.4

I Sharma to Sarwan, no run, slightly short on middle, gets back and drops it back onto the pitch

4.5

I Sharma to Sarwan, FOUR, short and wide, the extra bounce is working, Sarwan rocked back to cut that over point, got a thick edge that sailed over first slip to the boundary, went at it hard and that's what saved him in the end

4.6

I Sharma to Sarwan, 1 run, excellent shot but some equally good fielding by Nayar at point, punched firmly off the back foot just wide of him but a dive saved a couple of runs there

End of over 5 (8 runs) West Indies 37/1 (RR: 7.40)
RR Sarwan    7* (5b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-27-0
RS Morton    3* (11b)      A Nehra    2-1-10-1

5.1

Nehra to Sarwan, 1 wide, down the leg side, got his direction a little wrong there, extracting good bounce from the wicket in friendly conditions

5.1

Nehra to Sarwan, no run, getting it to move away after landing on a teasing length outside off, Sarwan shoulders arms to that one

5.2

Nehra to Sarwan, no run, fullish outside off, tries to slap it through cover but makes no contact

5.3

Nehra to Sarwan, 1 run, slightly short on the off stump, dropped just short of point and sets off for a quick single

Dave: "I like how you clarifed the "terrible" comment. For a minute, I thought that surely someone in St. Lucia would be very angry at your remarks about their food, they take a lot of pride in the cuisine thre."

5.4

Nehra to Morton, no run, straying on the pads but got it to move into middle after pitching, Morton went for the flick through square leg but was struck low on the leg

5.5

Nehra to Morton, no run, good bowling from Nehra here, not giving him any room, pitching it short on middle, Morton, rather awkwardly, fends it off into the leg side

5.6

Nehra to Morton, FOUR, that was coming, handled the short ball well this time, banged in on middle, picked the length early and pulled it away into the gap between midwicket and square leg for a boundary

End of over 6 (6 runs) West Indies 43/1 (RR: 7.16)
RS Morton    7* (14b 1x4)      A Nehra    3-1-16-1
RR Sarwan    8* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-27-0

6.1

I Sharma to Sarwan, no run, driven well off the front foot but straight to mid-on, ball's coming on quite nicely

6.2

I Sharma to Sarwan, no run, mistimed a cut this time, got into position but just rolled his wrists over it and chopped it towards point

6.3

I Sharma to Sarwan, 1 leg bye, too straight, in fact it was sliding down, Sarwan tried to flick it fine, brushed his pads, and they sneak a leg bye

6.4

I Sharma to Morton, 1 run, working up some good pace here Ishant, fired in at 83.8 mph, worked away wide of midwicket and completes an easy single

6.5

I Sharma to Sarwan, no run, bowling it from wide of the crease this time, on middle, held its line, pushed back to the bowler

6.6

I Sharma to Sarwan, no run, moving into middle and leg, pitching it up, tries to drive it past midwicket but gets a leading edge to extra cover, did well to ease the bottom-hand

End of over 7 (2 runs) West Indies 45/1 (RR: 6.42)
RR Sarwan    8* (13b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-28-0
RS Morton    8* (15b 1x4)      A Nehra    3-1-16-1

The Gayle wicket helped. The scoring has reduced, but the run-rate is very good. The final over of the first powerplay coming up

7.1

Nehra to Morton, no run, slightly short on middle, came back in, tried to whip into into the leg side, got an inside edge into his rib cage

There's a short extra cover in place

7.2

Nehra to Morton, no run, back of a length on the off, pushed straight to the close-in fielder on the off side, Morton hasn't taken off here

7.3

Nehra to Morton, no run, an ugly stroke that, a wild swing on the leg side and the ball wasn't just there to hit, got an inside edge onto his pads, not the most elegant batsman Morton, but his record shows he's been quite effective

7.4

Nehra to Morton, 2 leg byes, pitched outside leg and he fails to connect a clip off his pads, manages two leg byes thanks to some lethargic fielding at midwicket

7.5

Nehra to Morton, 2 runs, two more, crunched off the back foot wide of Harbhajan at mid-off who palms it off for another single

7.6

Nehra to Morton, no run, much closer to the stumps this time, defends it into the off side towards cover

End of over 8 (4 runs) West Indies 49/1 (RR: 6.12)
RS Morton    10* (21b 1x4)      A Nehra    4-1-18-1
RR Sarwan    8* (13b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-28-0

India have taken the second powerplay. No slips now

8.1

I Sharma to Sarwan, FOUR, poor ball and Sarwan was ruthless, made room to a short delivery and caned it over the covers for a boundary, he's got into his groove here

8.2

I Sharma to Sarwan, 1 run, nicely done, waits for it, opens the face and glides it to third man for a single

8.3

I Sharma to Morton, no run, another four-ball but Morton fails to take advantage, straying on the pads, should have been dispatched to the fine-leg boundary, rolls down to the keeper off his thighs

8.4

I Sharma to Morton, no run, Morton is struggling here, and remember he averaged 127 before this match, short ball, Sarwan would have pulled it, but Morton gets an inside edge onto his pads

8.5

I Sharma to Morton, no run, slower offcutter, perhaps the first variation seen by Ishant today, moved back in towards middle, defended into the leg side, calls for a single but is sent back

8.6

I Sharma to Morton, 2 runs, connects the pull this time, but not as well as he would have liked, an attempted bouncer by Ishant that is bunted wide of deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 9 (7 runs) West Indies 56/1 (RR: 6.22)
RS Morton    12* (25b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-0-35-0
RR Sarwan    13* (15b 2x4)      A Nehra    4-1-18-1

It's really overcast in St. Lucia and there's probably a bit of rain in the air. The umpires are carrying on. RP Singh comes into the attack

9.1

Singh to Sarwan, no run, good length outside off, gets across and defends it to point

The umpires are walking out, followed by Dhoni and co. We'll get you the details if there have been any changes to the overs etc. It's going to be a long day. The match has been reduced to 36 overs-a-side, and the powerplay overs are 7-4-3. RP will continue.

12.50pm: The covers are off, the rain's gone and we are set for another resumption. Five minutes it is before the game gets underway, and I have a strong feeling the overs will be reduced once again.

Prashanth: "There's a fantastic Wimbledon match between Roddick and Murray (Men's Semifinals) going along right now. Much better contest that." I agree. They are tied 6-6 in the third set right now.

I pity the people at the ground. There's a band playing despite the appalling conditions. Good on them, but what a dampener this is proving to be.

Back to my unfinished sandwich: It's started raining again, and pretty heavily this time. We head for another interruption, the covers come back on and the players walk out.

9.2

Singh to Sarwan, no run, good length on the off, dropped short of cover, decides against the single

9.3

Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, landing on a good length on middle,turned away wide of midwicket for a single

2.20 pm The Indians quite enjoy the huddle. They're out in the middle, and we are set for the start. Overcast conditions still, so don't be surprised if they go off again.

2.10pm We'll have another start. The game will resume at 2.20 pm, in about 10 minutes time. How many overs, I don't know yet. Will type it out as soon as I have some info. The game has been reduced to 27 overs-a-side. 5+3+2 is the powerplay distribution. Two bowlers can bowl a maximum of six overs, and three others a maximum of five.

Nigel Llong was shaking his head while talking to the curator. What could that mean? They're checking out the outfield now. It's still pretty windy, their shirts fluttering hard as they walk. The covers are kept close to the pitch, though not on it. What do they have in mind? Will we have a game, or won't we? If we do, when will it start? How many overs will it last? For all this and more, join us in a bit. Ohh wait... the match referee, the other actor in the play, by the name of Chris Broad, has just made his entrance. We should have the verdict any minute.

1.53pm The covers from the pitch are coming off now. The outfield still remains a bit of a worry, the umpires will have a look at it. They are walking out now, can they squeeze in a 20-over fixture? They're chatting with the groundstaff now, and the areas around the pitch appear a little damp.

The hide and seek, with the rain, continues. The covers around the 30-yard circle have come off, but the conditions are still overcast. We are yet to get something from the umpires. Wait on.

Rishi has further clarified the umpiring query: "It is not as vague as "The umpire NORMALLY watches out for an appeal. If there is none, even though he thinks the batsman might be out, he won't raise his finger." It is a Law. 27.1 states "Neither umpire shall give a batsman out, even though he may be out under the Laws, unless appealed to by the fielding side."

1.40pm We have news. The umpires will inspect the pitch in ten minutes time, so that's 1.50pm St Lucia time, to see if play is possible. So the rain has stopped, but the outfield, one can be sure, has taken a hit. We'll get you the news once the inspection's done.

Rano has this interesting tidbit, he's from Canada: "Some of us form our club here just got our umpiring certification done. as far as i know it is the umpire's responsibility to try and not influence the outcome of the game. it would be highly unlikely that a self-respecting umpire would interfere with a game in that manner. "

1.30pm The umpires haven't come out with a word yet. So we can assume the conditions are still iffy. I think the chances of having even a 20-over game are quite bleak, considering the interruptions have been so frequent, not allowing a settled period of play. Things look bad folks. Hope the next game, due to be played at the same ground, faces a better fate.

Ayush: "Oh please. I cannot bear another Twenty20 match. In fact, the last ODI was a little soothing... the slow pace of it. I cannot bear another slam-bang event. Help!!!"

Shankar: "Just had a question for you folks... Can a batsman be given out by the umpire if there is no appeal? I remember a test match in Sydney between Australia and England where there was a big nick but nobody appealed and the batsman survived." The umpire normally watches out for an appeal. If there is none, even though he thinks the batsman might be out, he won't raise his finger.

Rain again, this is madness. India are playing at the same venue in a couple of days time, and this just doesn't bode well. Covers back on, players off, that's been the mantra today. What a let-down. The rain does appear much heavier this time, the groundsmen are actually running off....to bring the bigger covers in. We might be in for a long delay here. The areas around the pitch and the 30-yard circle will also be under covers now.

Neeraj: "The way this over reduction is going, we're probably going to be seeing a Twenty20 match soon." For that to happen, this delay will run on for a very long time. Do you want that?

RP will bowl to Morton...

9.4

Singh to Morton, FOUR, ..and he's shrugged off his rustiness, length ball on the pads, clears midwicket with a whip and to the boundary, good start

9.5

Singh to Morton, 1 run, banged in short outside off, pulled away to deep midwicket, just a single

9.6

Singh to Sarwan, FOUR, nicely done, rose upto him after landing on a good length outside off, countered it well, waiting for it, and guiding it away from the keeper the last moment for another boundary

So no hiccups after an interruption this time, they've settled into attack mode nicely

End of over 10 (10 runs) West Indies 66/1 (RR: 6.60)
RR Sarwan    18* (19b 3x4)      RP Singh    1-0-10-0
RS Morton    17* (27b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-35-0

Harbhajan comes on, the bowling powerplay is done

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Morton, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, tries to turn it past midwicket, gets an inside edge onto his pads, rushes through for a single

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, slightly short on middle and leg, dropped into the leg side for a single

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morton, no run, saw him charge forward and dropped it short, pushed away to midwicket

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morton, 1 run, long hop on leg stump, pulled away to deep backward square leg for a single

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, no run, pushed through quicker on the off stump, driven straight to extra cover

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, bowled flat from round the wicket on the off stump, defended wide of cover for an easy single

End of over 11 (4 runs) West Indies 70/1 (RR: 6.36)
RR Sarwan    20* (22b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0
RS Morton    19* (30b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-0-10-0

11.1

Singh to Sarwan, no run, kept a little low, targeting the leg stump but pitched outside, pad first and then bat, they rush through for a single

11.2

Singh to Sarwan, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, opens the face to guide it wide of Ishant at third man for a couple

11.3

Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned away just short of midwicket for a quick single

11.4

Singh to Morton, no run, appeal for lbw, was definitely hitting middle and leg as he went for a wild swing over square leg but it clearly pitched outside leg stump, so not out

11.5

Singh to Morton, 3 runs, beautiful shot, was not quite to the pitch there but presented the full face to drive it past the bowler, and wide of mid-on for three runs

11.6

Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, short on the off, Sarwan has no trouble running it down to third man to keep the strike

End of over 12 (7 runs) West Indies 77/1 (RR: 6.41)
RR Sarwan    24* (26b 3x4)      RP Singh    2-0-17-0
RS Morton    22* (32b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, slightly short on the off stump, worked away wide of square leg for one more

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Morton, no run, tossed up, really slow through the air, beat Morton in the flight as he came forward to nudge that for another single, struck him on the ribs

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morton, OUT, stumped, brilliantly done, beaten through the air again, saw him coming down and fired it short outside off, Morton made no contact and Dhoni did the rest, finding him miles short

RS Morton st †Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 22 (70m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 64.70

Harbhajan has taken a timely wicket here. The pair had put on a good stand, and had adjusted nicely to the conditions. Chanderpaul, rather surprisingly, walks in ahead of Bravo in this truncated game.

A slip in place for Chanders

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 run, employs the sweep immediately, low full toss on the off, played down to fine leg

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, targeting middle and leg, bowling with a flat trajectory, tucked away in front of square for a single

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, outside the off but not short enough for cut, chopped down to point

End of over 13 (3 runs) West Indies 80/2 (RR: 6.15)
S Chanderpaul    1* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-1
RR Sarwan    26* (28b 3x4)      RP Singh    2-0-17-0

Yuvraj comes on

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, appeal for lbw, oooh, looked close, the arm ball on middle and off, Sarwan gets forward to defend but is rapped on the pads, looked to go straight on but the umpire might have thought it struck him outside the line, replays suggest that wasn't the case

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, short outside off, cut away to deep point for a single

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 leg bye, fullish on middle and leg, goes for the reverse sweep but fails to connect, salvages a leg bye

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, quicker one on middle, tries to work it in front of square, gets an edge onto the pads

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, 2 runs, goes after it, tossed up on the off, makes room and skies it in the vacant gap between long-off and deep cover for a couple of runs

End of over 14 (4 runs) West Indies 84/2 (RR: 6.00)
RR Sarwan    29* (33b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-0
S Chanderpaul    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-1

14.1

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 run, shapes up for a sweep but upon it landing short, adjusts well and pulls it to deep midwicket, but for just a single

14.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 2 runs, latched onto it well, fired it short outside off, made room and slashed it behind point for three runs as deep cover runs to his left to cut that off

14.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, on the stumps this time, turned away behind square for a single

14.4

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, goes for the sweep for the umpteenth time, misses and is rapped on the pads, struck him outside the line

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a length but fails to capitalise, this is a good tight over, chopped down to point

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 run, quicker through the air, short on the off, slapped down to long-on for a single

End of over 15 (5 runs) West Indies 89/2 (RR: 5.93)
S Chanderpaul    3* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-1
RR Sarwan    32* (35b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-0

15.1

Yuvraj Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 run, paddled down to deep backward square leg, the spinners are keeping it tight here

15.2

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, comes down the track and pushes it to midwicket, no run there

15.3

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, FOUR, picks the gap this time, full on middle and leg, flicks it away, times it well wide of long-on and midwicket for a pressure-relieving boundary

15.4

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, FOUR, four more, a lucky break here for Sarwan, flighted outside off, turns away to kiss the outside edge as he goes for a booming drive and beats short-third man to the boundary

15.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, 1 no ball, slipped out of his hand, a beamer by a spinner, given a wide, went well over his head

15.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, no run, flighted on the off, gets to the pitch and drills it straight to extra cover

15.6

Yuvraj Singh to Sarwan, SIX, that's dismissed, the momentum is back with the hosts, dropped it short on middle, long hop and Sarwan seizes the length early, rocking back and pulling it over the deep midwicket boundary for the first six of the innings, 16 off the over

End of over 16 (16 runs) West Indies 105/2 (RR: 6.56)
RR Sarwan    46* (41b 5x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-19-0
S Chanderpaul    4* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-1

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 run, flighed on the off, waits and bunts it down to deep cover

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, quicker one bowled flat and short on middle, mistimes a pull to deep square leg

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, FOUR, Chanderpaul gets into the act now, flighted on middle, gets forward, bends low and sweeps it hard between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a boundary

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Chanderpaul, 1 run, rocks on the back foot and thumps it to deep cover for a single

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 2 runs, the doosra, picked by Sarwan, who waited for it after it pitched on middle and off, opened the face to place it wide of short third for a couple more

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned away behind square to reach his half-century, fluent innings and he continues to torment India once again in ODIs

These two have done very well. India's target will only increase if West Indies preserve their wickets. 115 for 2 is great going.

End of over 17 (10 runs) West Indies 115/2 (RR: 6.76)
RR Sarwan    50* (44b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-22-1
S Chanderpaul    10* (11b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-19-0

Rohit Sharma comes on

17.1

RG Sharma to Sarwan, no run, short of a length on the off, goes for the cut but its too quick, beats the outside edge

17.2

RG Sharma to Sarwan, no run, saw it land short and immediately went for the pull but ended up getting a top-edge just short of short-third man

17.3

RG Sharma to Sarwan, 1 run, flighted on the off, converts it into a full toss and pushes it down to long-off

17.4

RG Sharma to Chanderpaul, 1 run, lots of empty spaces in the off side and he drops it short of point and sets off

17.5

RG Sharma to Sarwan, 1 run, rocks on the back foot and pulls it down to deep square leg, one more

17.6

RG Sharma to Chanderpaul, FOUR, poor fielding at point, Chanderpaul reverse-sweeps that well but straight to him but he's generous enough to allow it roll through his legs to the boundary, we'll let you know the culprit in a bit

End of over 18 (7 runs) West Indies 122/2 (RR: 6.77)
S Chanderpaul    15* (13b 2x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-7-0
RR Sarwan    52* (48b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-22-1

One questioned the decision to send Chanderpaul ahead of Bravo, but this pair has already added 44 in no time. Yusuf Pathan comes on. He was the gateway of India.

18.1

Pathan to Sarwan, 2 runs, starts off with a short one outside off, cut away behind point for a couple more

18.2

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, quickish on middle and leg, chipped down to long-on for a single

18.3

Pathan to Chanderpaul, OUT, for a moment it seemed it would clear the ropes, swept it well to reach backward square leg but didn't time it as well as he would have liked, Nehra stood patiently, judged it well and ensured he didn't lose his balance once he had cupped it just inside the boundary, important breakthrough

S Chanderpaul c Nehra b Pathan 15 (23m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

18.4

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, straightish on middle, tickled behind square for a single

Dwayne Bravo is the new man in

18.5

Pathan to DJ Bravo, no run, his wrists are in operation immediately, flicks it away uppishly, just short of midwicket

18.6

Pathan to DJ Bravo, no run, the ball stopped on him there but he did well to keep it down and play it back to the bowler with a straight bat

End of over 19 (4 runs) West Indies 126/3 (RR: 6.63)
DJ Bravo    0* (2b)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-1
RR Sarwan    56* (51b 5x4 1x6)      RG Sharma    1-0-7-0

RP is back

19.1

Singh to Sarwan, no run, length outside off, pushed through straight to Yuvraj at extra cover

19.2

Singh to Sarwan, no run, cramped him on middle and leg this time, tried to turn it fine but was hit high on the pads

19.3

Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, full on the off, pushes it firmly wide of long-off but not enough on it to come back for the second

19.4

Singh to DJ Bravo, 1 leg bye, short on middle, tries to work it behind square, hits the pads and drops short of point, they steal a quick single

19.5

Singh to Sarwan, 2 runs, not a good idea to stray on the pads with the fine leg inside the circle but Sarwan, fortunately for RP, flicks it square for a couple

19.6

Singh to Sarwan, 1 run, full on the off stump, gets to the pitch and strokes it down to long-off, one more

End of over 20 (5 runs) West Indies 131/3 (RR: 6.55)
RR Sarwan    60* (56b 5x4 1x6)      RP Singh    3-0-21-0
DJ Bravo    0* (3b)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-1

20.1

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, a wide

20.1

Pathan to Sarwan, no run, on middle and leg, gets a leading edge towards cover as he tries to drive it past midwicket

20.2

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, quick on leg stump, saw him come down but Sarwan dealt with it well, whipping it behind square for one more

20.3

Pathan to DJ Bravo, no run, thrown down the leg side but probably brushed his pad on the way to the keeper, hence the wide not given

20.4

Pathan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, pushed away off the front foot through midwicket for a single

20.5

Pathan to Sarwan, 1 run, OUT, run out, poor calling there, there was no second in it, worked away behind square and he turns back to run in for the second but a powerful throw from Gautam Gambhir beats his valiant dive, Dhoni has no trouble clipping the bails to end his impressive knock

RR Sarwan run out 62 (90m 59b 5x4 1x6) SR: 105.08

Darren, half-brother of Dwayne, walks in. The siblings are out in the middle.

20.6

Pathan to DM Bravo, no run, quickish on middle and off, defended onto the pitch

End of over 21 (4 runs) West Indies 135/4 (RR: 6.42)
DM Bravo    0* (1b)      YK Pathan    2-0-8-1
DJ Bravo    1* (5b)      RP Singh    3-0-21-0

21.1

Singh to DJ Bravo, no run, on target, good length on middle and leg, pushed straight to midwicket off the front foot

21.2

Singh to DJ Bravo, 1 leg bye, fails to take advantage of a meaty ball on the leg stump, clips his pads and they steal a leg bye

21.3

Singh to DM Bravo, FOUR, superb shot, full on the off, in the slot and he pulls off the shot of the day, driving it over extra cover for a boundary, people have likened his technique to Lara, rather premature but he certainly reminds you of him

21.4

Singh to DM Bravo, no run, nice backlift and blocked confidently back to the bowler, slight shake of the shoulders before impact, nice

21.5

Singh to DM Bravo, no run, beaten this time, overpitched and went for the drive, with a flourish but didn't make contact

21.6

Singh to DM Bravo, 1 run, took his bottom-hand off as he dropped it into the leg side and scampered off

End of over 22 (6 runs) West Indies 141/4 (RR: 6.40)
DM Bravo    5* (5b 1x4)      RP Singh    4-0-26-0
DJ Bravo    1* (7b)      YK Pathan    2-0-8-1

22.1

Pathan to DM Bravo, 1 run, dropped off the front foot in front of Dhoni, wide of the pitch, and sets off for a quick single

22.2

Pathan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, gets on the back foot and punches it wide of cover for one more

22.3

Pathan to DM Bravo, 1 run, comes down the track and taps it wide of midwicket for one more

22.4

Pathan to DJ Bravo, no run, quick on middle, spins in a touch, no room either for a cut, or for opening up, pushes it back to the bowler

22.5

Pathan to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, erred in length slightly there, too full, flicked away behind square and came back quickly for the second but the umpire calls it one-short

22.6

Pathan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, on middle and leg, tickled to short fine for a single

End of over 23 (6 runs) West Indies 147/4 (RR: 6.39)
DJ Bravo    5* (11b)      YK Pathan    3-0-14-1
DM Bravo    7* (7b 1x4)      RP Singh    4-0-26-0

23.1

Singh to DJ Bravo, FOUR, a slog that pays off, a touch too short outside off, swings it away blindly into the gap between deep midwicket and long-on for a boundary

23.2

Singh to DJ Bravo, 1 run, saw him make room and chased him, defended into the gap wide of cover for a single

23.3

Singh to DM Bravo, no run, swing and a miss, was eyeing the long-off boundary there, was in the slot, meaty outside off, but didn't connect

23.4

Singh to DM Bravo, 2 runs, short on middle, chips it over the bowler's head, mistimed it completely as the bottom-hand came off and they run two as it lands safe in front of long-on

23.5

Singh to DM Bravo, 1 run, another chip, but a firmer one this time, gets to the long-on fielder on the bounce

23.6

Singh to DJ Bravo, 1 leg bye, brushes his pads as he fails to clip that fine, settles for a leg bye

End of over 24 (9 runs) West Indies 156/4 (RR: 6.50)
DJ Bravo    10* (14b 1x4)      RP Singh    5-0-34-0
DM Bravo    10* (10b 1x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-14-1

24.1

Pathan to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, some dreadful fielding at extra cover allows them to come back for the second, as he drives it through his legs

24.2

Pathan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, held it back this time, pulled away on the bounce to long-on

24.3

Pathan to DM Bravo, FOUR, that's bludgeoned, the length was right as he came down the track and drilled it along the ground to beat long-off by a mile, powerfully struck

24.4

Pathan to DM Bravo, FOUR, aah, that flourish, full on middle, length ball and smashes it over Yusuf's head for a one bounce four, gave that a good thump

24.5

Pathan to DM Bravo, 2 runs, mistimes an attempt to clear midwicket this time but gets a couple nevertheless

24.6

Pathan to DM Bravo, 1 run, comes down the track and bunts it down the ground to midwicket for a single

End of over 25 (14 runs) West Indies 170/4 (RR: 6.80)
DM Bravo    21* (14b 3x4)      YK Pathan    4-0-28-1
DJ Bravo    13* (16b 1x4)      RP Singh    5-0-34-0

Nehra comes into the attack now

25.1

Nehra to DM Bravo, OUT, timber! In the blockhole on middle, Darren makes room to swing that past midwicket but misses and the stumps take a beating!

DM Bravo b Nehra 21 (16m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

The end of an entertaining, a highly pleasurable knock. West Indies are in a strong position here. They need to eye 190 here

Ramdin, the new man in

25.2

Nehra to Ramdin, 1 run, slashed away to third man for a single

25.3

Nehra to DJ Bravo, no run, length ball and should have been dealt with, Bravo was in a good position to do so, giving himself room to clear extra cover but made no contact

25.4

Nehra to DJ Bravo, 1 run, full outside off, pushes it to extra cover along the ground for a single this time

25.5

Nehra to Ramdin, 1 run, nice tight line, targeting the blockhole, lands just short of the crease, squeezes it to extra cover for a single again

25.6

Nehra to DJ Bravo, OUT, excellent catch by Dhoni, full and wide, goes hard at the drive, gets a thick edge and the Indian captain flings himself to his right to pluck that one-handed and see the back of Bravo

DJ Bravo c †Dhoni b Nehra 14 (32m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

A superb over at the death by Nehra, dismissing the siblings to help India claw back

End of over 26 (3 runs) West Indies 173/6 (RR: 6.65)
     A Nehra    5-1-21-3
D Ramdin    2* (2b)      YK Pathan    4-0-28-1

Harbhajan to bowl the last over

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ramdin, 1 run, slow through the air, short outside off, cut away to deep cover for a single

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, falls safe, was the doosra, landed on a length and Taylor tried to smash that over midwicket, got a top-edge that landed just short of short fine leg

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ramdin, SIX, biggy, gave it some air and Ramdin sensed a chance, charging down the track and clearing long-off with ease

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ramdin, FOUR, Yusuf concedes a boundary, an ill-timed dive in the deep as Ramdin smashed that wide of cover and he palms it off to the ropes, how costly will his lapses prove?

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ramdin, 1 run, down the track and pushed away wide of long-on for a single

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, OUT, well struck but straight down long-on's throat, short on the off, pulled away flat to Ishant who takes a sharp one

JE Taylor c I Sharma b Harbhajan Singh 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

A challenging score target set by West Indies here, despite all the interruptions; India need 195 to win in 27 overs by way of the D-L method. It had seemed for a bit that India were in control of things once Gayle and Morton fell, but Chanderpaul and Sarwan ensured the home team never slipped up, and the batsmen who followed, especially Darren Bravo, and Ramdin in the end, have given their team a good shot at taking a lead in the series. Nehra bowled brilliantly for his 3 for 21, but India's top order has to fire here; they were blown away in the last game, and have to step up now if they wish to consolidate India's impressive ODI record this year. Join us in a bit for the run-chase.

Nithin: "I don't get Dhoni's management of the bowlers. Nehra and Harbhajan have been the best bowlers so far and yet, they won't be fully utilized now. Ditto with Jadeja in a couple of recent matches. He has consistently failed to utilize the best bowlers on the day and it has cost him almost every time. "

End of over 27 (13 runs) West Indies 186/7
     Harbhajan Singh    5-0-35-2
D Ramdin    14* (6b 1x4 1x6)      A Nehra    5-1-21-3
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Jul 3, 2009

MS Dhoni flashes a thumbs-up sign after guiding India to a 2-1 series lead, West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, St Lucia, July 3, 2009

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Jul 3, 2009

MS Dhoni signals to the pavilion after the victory while a dejected Ravi Rampaul looks on, West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, St Lucia, July 3, 2009

MS Dhoni signals to the pavilion after the victory

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