Player of the Match
Player of the Match

No trophy given. No Man of the Series named. It's just been that kind of day today. Everything seems terribly mired in uncertainty. I'm sure you guys are as curious to know the fate of this series. Do stay tuned to the site for the latest news on that. For now though, this is Alagappan Muthu going off to ponder this muddle

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match "First run scored in Delhi felt like my first run for India. The kind of cricket I've played in the last four five years, I guess people expect runs from me everytime. I guess it's all about clearing your mind and being positive and take my time and not rush into it. [On turnaroung] I'm someone who relies on visuallisation a lot. I visualised myself playing against the bowlers the next day. I'm a confidence player and that works for me. Some time off helped to forget the bad phase, hopefully I can build on it. It was more mental than physical, had to do a bit of alteration with the way I was setting up. Had some memorable partnerships with Raina, starting from that 337 chase in Hobart. The idea is me, him and MS bat the team through in the middle order and hopefully we can take this form thorugh to the world cup and it will be lethal for us and dangerous for other teams. [With this Man of the Match] Not being overexcited, trying to stay as calm as possible and that's what I learned in the last two months"

"Virat played well in the last game, continued from there and it's important he gets back into good nick. Took his time, otherwise he is natually aggressive. I thought he would usually attack the spinners, but he took his time and built his innings. A few more runs would have been good, when we were going back to the hotel yesterday at 7.30 pm, we thought we would want 350-360. But we did well with the new ball, Bhuvi bowled really well," MS Dhoni says. "First time I've seen him [Akshar] bowl and kept to him. Very consistent, not someone who gets hit too easily. Tried to use him in all manner of situations. Very happy with his bowling, despite the dew he bowled really well. Built pressure with him. We knew they bat deep. We have done quite well in all three departments. Bit more consistent in the slog bowling and bowling overall. There will be up and down, but what's important is not to give too many. But with the change in rules we won't know what's good in the last 10, or five overs. Have to get a fair benchmark figure there"

"[Tough]Not only this morning, tough so far on the tour. Credit to the team, despite the situation off the field we played our hearts out. Want to congratulate Samuels on another hundred. To the team, coaching staff, everying stuck together. Thanks to them. Thanks for coming out, people in India. We look forward to representing West Indies sometime tour," Dwayne Bravo says, "Unlucky for us Virat got his form back against us. But we wish him the best. Can't fault the effort of our boys"

"Concentrated on my strength and execute my strength. Not giving room for the batsmen to use," says Akshar Patel, "Nothing was said from the captain. He just said to bowl to your strength. Samuels is a good batsman, classing hitting. I just concentrated on not giving him a fuller length. First match under Dhoni's captaincy, feel proud"

Paras: "Don't know what to make of the Indian bowling effort - Bhuvi and Axar combined read 20-3-51-4, while the heroes of the last match - Shami and Jaddu combined read 19.1-1-152-4!"

10.20 pm West Indies threatened at various stages of this innings, and at others they looked terribly suspect. Their fielding looked dangerously inept, but Marlon Samuels has saved them some blushes with a century. There is a footer on the television saying India have won the ODI series 2-1. I guess we will know more when the WICB statement arrives

48.1
W
Mohammed Shami to Samuels, OUT, clears his front leg to crack a full ball over extra cover, but he misses and Shami hits. Timberrrr! So a very tumultuous game comes to an end in an immensely emphatic fashion.

MN Samuels b Mohammed Shami 112 (162m 106b 9x4 6x6) SR: 105.66

Akseli: "Ravindra Jadeja 9-1-80-2, What the? and people always say he's the man to slow things down... ...I think if it was allowed WI team would buy him a private helicopter by each player."

END OF OVER:
48 | 9 Runs | WI: 271/9 (60 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 30.00)

  • Sulieman Benn1 (4b)
  • Marlon Samuels112 (105b)
  • Umesh Yadav9-0-44-2
  • Mohammed Shami9-0-72-1
47.6
0
Yadav to Benn, no run, good length ball at 132 kph, tapped into the covers with minimum footwork
47.5
0
Yadav to Benn, no run, 135kph, dug in just outside off, Benn weaves his torso away and dab the ball towards point
47.4
1
Yadav to Samuels, 1 run, 131 kph, fires it in nice and full on leg stump, Samuels whacks it down to long-on

Mid-off comes in, sweeper goes back

47.3
4
Yadav to Samuels, FOUR runs, but that opened up fine leg and Umesh's line enabled this whip. Goes full, but slides it a touch more down leg than he would have liked. Even with the batsman making room
47.2
4
Yadav to Samuels, FOUR runs, that's a lovely touch. Umesh misses the yorker by a few inches and Samuels brings down the angled face and slices the ball through point. Skims away. Now Dhoni plugs that gap
47.1
0
Yadav to Samuels, no run, 129kph, the yorkers are hitting their mark more often than not today. Samuels can't get under it enough to make anything out of it

Paul-E: "One more wicket and then we can hear WICB's statements. Hurray!!!"

END OF OVER:
47 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | WI: 262/9 (69 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.57, RRR: 23.00)

  • Marlon Samuels103 (101b)
  • Sulieman Benn1 (2b)
  • Mohammed Shami9-0-72-1
  • Umesh Yadav8-0-35-2
46.6
1
Mohammed Shami to Samuels, 1 run, works the full delivery from middle stump to deep midwicket
46.5
1
Mohammed Shami to Benn, 1 run, full on the base of leg stump, drilled to long-on
46.4
0
Mohammed Shami to Benn, no run, 142 kph short ball directed at Benn's chest. Manages to fend it away well enough, but that was ball thudding into bat

Ravi Kiran: "In a match like this, Smith, Pollard and Ramdin innings is a huge spoil sport. Most runs scored by Samuels and Russell is only useful to compensate the deliveries eaten away but not to make progress."

46.3
W
Mohammed Shami to Taylor, OUT, off stump cartwheeels. Dhoni tends to it as he comes up to celebrate. Ravi Shastri liked it too, judging from his applause. This was a good length ball on off stump, Taylor backed away to try and smoke it over the covers. Misses, Shami hits

JE Taylor b Mohammed Shami 11 (15m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

46.2
0
Mohammed Shami to Taylor, no run,
46.1
1
Mohammed Shami to Samuels, 1 run, sticks to bowling around the wicket and this ends up a low full toss on middle, Samuels belts it down to long-on

END OF OVER:
46 | 9 Runs | WI: 259/8 (72 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.63, RRR: 18.00)

  • Marlon Samuels101 (99b)
  • Jerome Taylor11 (9b)
  • Umesh Yadav8-0-35-2
  • Mohammed Shami8-0-69-0
45.6
1
Yadav to Samuels, 1 run, full and on the base of middle stump, so that's three yorkers in a row, but Samuels drives to long-off
45.5
0
Yadav to Samuels, no run, sneaks the yorker between Samuels' splayed feet as he was trying to whip it away through midwicket.
45.4
1lb
Yadav to Taylor, 1 leg bye, moves around the wicket and sends down a yorker on leg stump. Taylor almost trips over his feet digging it out and returns the strike to Samuels
45.3
4
Yadav to Taylor, FOUR runs, that's brilliant work from Taylor! He was not duped by the offcutter, made some room for himself to take advantage of a shorter length and timed the late cut to perfection.
45.2
2
Yadav to Taylor, 2 runs, slogs a length ball away from middle stump to deep midwicket
45.1
1
Yadav to Samuels, 1 run, full on leg stump, Samuels has clipped it quite deftly past the short fine leg. Off goes the helmet, and up comes the bat. Brilliant century, but can he take the side through?

ravi: "Tail? Jerome has a century in international cricket last when I checked." So does Anil Kumble, but he's more a bowler, isn't he? Same logic

END OF OVER:
45 | 11 Runs | WI: 250/8 (81 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.55, RRR: 16.20)

  • Jerome Taylor5 (6b)
  • Marlon Samuels99 (96b)
  • Mohammed Shami8-0-69-0
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar10-2-25-2
44.6
4
Mohammed Shami to Taylor, FOUR runs, those are always handy. Shami digs another bouncer on a middle stump line, Taylor pulls blind and gets a top edge that sails over the keeper
44.5
1
Mohammed Shami to Samuels, 1 run, good length ball on middle and off, Samuels works it away to the left of midwicket. He's 99 now
44.4
4
Mohammed Shami to Samuels, FOUR runs, oh that is classy! He removes his front leg from getting in the way of a drill through extra cover. Stands and deliverys and the fielder can't do much
44.3
1
Mohammed Shami to Taylor, 1 run, worked away to the right of short midwicket, although he wasn't too keen to get behind this fast, shortish ball on middle and leg

Career worst

22

Number of runs conceded by Ravindra Jadeja in the 26th over of WI's innings - the most expensive of his ODI career.

Have to make history to win

0

Number of times that West Indies have successfully achieved a 300+ target in ODIs.

Big scores, but wins?

80

Number of times that India have made 300+ in an ODI - more than any other team. However, their 80% win rate in such games is 7th of the top 10 teams.

Making it Big

29

Number of previous times Virat Kohli has got to 80 - he has has been dismissed before 100 only 8 times

World Beaters

2

Number of players who have a 50+ ODI average, home and away (min. 50 inns)- Virat Kohli and Michael Bevan

Solid Starts

15

Number of 50+ opening partnerships for India over the last two years - more than any other team. England are next with 14