India v West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, Lord's

India fans switch allegiance

Nagraj Gollapudi at Lord's

June 12, 2009

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Simmons' Kapil moment

Lendl Simmons running towards the boundary from square-leg to finish an extraordinary two-handed catch on the run to send back Gautam Gambhir was a spectacular athletic effort, but it also brought back sweet memories of a similar one 26 years ago by Kapil Dev at the very same venue. The only difference being Kapil chased a Viv Richards pull that came in front of square towards deep midwicket, while Simmons finished the catch at backward square-leg.

India's biggest supporter
You can't keep this man away from cricket. Can you? Sachin Tendulkar was seen in the stands keeping a close tab at the events in Lord's from the corporate box.

Chipped six

Twenty20 encourages players to stretch their imagination. At times they come up with extraordinary efforts. Taylor speared it full on Yuvraj's leg stump and, to the naked eye, he looked cramped for room. But Yuvraj didn't move and at the last second flicked it over the midwicket for an outrageous six. The shot, never to be found in any textbook, looked like a golf chip, except that Yuvraj cocked his wrists while Tiger Woods and co. play the chip with a firm wrist. Even Tendulkar couldn't stop smiling from the stands, and Dhoni didn't stop nodding his head in acknowledgement, while Rohit Sharm couldn't stop clapping.

Singh is king

To bowl a maiden over in the final over of PowerPlay - and that, to Chris Gayle! - earns Harbhajan Singh a special award. Moreso it was the only maiden.

Chak de West Indies!
Some of India's fans, most of whom pledge their undying allegiance to their county, were nevertheless thrilled by the flamboyant batting of West Indies. They didn't mind shifting allegiance, however, as they started chanting the chant: Chake de, chak de West Indies (Come on, come on West Indies).

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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