India v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 23, 2014

When will the second innings begin?

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Dhaka

The confusion

It is usually reporters facing deadlines who get stressed when there is confusion over the score at the end of an innings. This time, they had company, from the teams and the umpires, as the start of India's chase was delayed to determine whether West Indies had made 129 for 130. That took more than ten minutes. The source of confusion was what was ultimately deemed an extra single credited to West Indies for crossing over when Lendl Simmons was caught off what was called a no-ball on review. It was surreal for fans and awkward for the organisers as the players and umpires chatted away in the middle when they should have restarted some time ago.

The start

Dwayne Smith's innings was an excruciatingly troubled existence at the crease, his 11 taking 29 deliveries. The signs were there as early as the first over. First ball, he pushed at a Bhuvneshwar Kumar outswinger and was beaten. Second ball, he tried to drive another outswinger and was beaten again. He put bat - at least some of it - to ball on the third attempt but the edge fell short of the wicketkeeper.

The anti-climax

The crowd had instantly broken into a roar when Chris Gayle's face was flashed on the giant screen as the teams lined up for the anthems, expecting the man to entertain them later. They were made to wait and wait. Gayle's approach of batting himself in at the start of a T20 innings is now well known. It seemed to be another of those days - although he also struggled to middle the ball - when he trotted to 34 off 33. But even as the crowd waited for release, their hopes were dashed when Gayle was run-out by yards, responding slowly after Marlon Samuels cut one behind point and set off for a single.

The catch

India put down Gayle twice, and R Ashwin was the culprit on the first instance, at first slip. Ashwin came back from that blip to end Smith's crawl in the eighth over. A clueless Smith popped one in the air towards vacant short mid-off. Ashwin is a slow mover but he did well to keep his sights on the ball and even as it was dying on him, dived to cover a lot of ground and pluck it low.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ashok on March 23, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    My plays of the day were:(1). Brilliant spell of controlled accurate swing bowling by Bhuvi Kumar who tied the WI openers in Knots to make them look like Novices- giving just 3 runs in the first 3 overs (2). Excellent spell of RH leg spin bowling by Amit Mishra claiming 2 for 18 in 4 overs which broke the heart & soul of the WI batting (3). Missed catches by Ashwin & Yuvraj when Gayle was 0 & 19. Had the first catch was held, WI would have been bundled for <100 runs. (4) Second convincing win by the Indian Bowlers which has been written off as the "weakest" of all major Nations. That should encourage Dhoni to put his money on RH leg spinner even in T20. A great rise of Bowling from Ashes to Glory- if it continues will extend Indian winning streak.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Indias bowlers did well but their fielding was atrocious. Need to improve that if they have any hopes of winning it.

  • Anurag on March 23, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Dhoni did very well to hold back the left arm Jadeja when Gayle was batting o/wise he'd have hit him out of the mirpur

  • Anand on March 23, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    If you yuvraj is not dropped in the next match then I will stop supporting Dhoni and flutcher.

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