2nd ODI (D/N), Cuttack, Jan 24 2007, West Indies tour of India
(48.2/50 ov, target 190)
India won by 20 runs
Player Of The Match
• Sriram Veera in Cuttack

'One of my best' - Karthik

The demons on the pitch were working overtime - Sourav Ganguly fell pushing too early, Sachin Tendulkar perished driving loosely, India limping at 35 for 3 - when Dinesh Karthik entered the fray

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Scorecard summary
India189(48.2 overs)
West Indies169(48.2 overs)

India win by 20 runs after being shot out for 189. A good bowling effort from the opening bowlers, Agarkar and Zaheer, and some stifling stuff from the spinners in the middle and end overs, of which Powar was the pick with 3 for 42, wrapped up West Indies for 169. The Indians go into their huddle, engulfed by a sea of khakhi-clad policemen with a rope, who enjoy their own huddle around the side. Now they're all escorted off the field, smiles all around.

So India won the toss and chose to bat, and didnt get off to a good start at all. Daren Powell took 4 for 27 in a single, miserly ten-over spell as West Indies bowled India out cheaply, with only Karthik and Agarkar offering much resistance. Karthik (63) and Agarkar (40) put on 62 for the eight wicket, which proved invaluable in the end.

The bowling clicked, with Gayle going cheaply and wickets falling at regular intervals. For West Indies, it was once again that man Chanderpaul who clung on with a determined 125-ball 67, but a lack of support does not augur well for this side with two matches left to salvage some pride.

It was a low-scoring game after the record-breaking run spree at Nagpur, but it was an enthralling, tense encounter. Good, aggressive cricket in the field from both sides mixed some poor strokeplay with the bat, and Chanderpaul and Karthik showed that waiting for the ball and rotating the strike were key to scoring runs on a pitch of variable bounce.

A sombre Gayle comes forward and praises his bowlers for an excellent display and Chanderpaul for his batting, but laments the lack of back-up support to the lead actor. Dravid comes up to the podium and tells Arun Lal that winning another game is great, especially against West Indies, and he singles out Karthik and Agarkar, and the bowlers. He admits it wasnt the greatest track to play on, but observes that everyone knew their roles and that it was a unified win. Karthik picks up the Man-of-the-Match award for his 87-ball 63, a great resurrection act, and he'd doused in water and Gatorade as he collects his cheque and little trophy. Arun Lal slips up and refers to him as Dinesh Mongia! All is well, and a soaked Karthik beams as he expresses his satisfaction at chipping in with another good effort his side, especially since he's far from a regular in the side. He praises Agarkar for his cool head and ability to capitalise on bad balls.

Well, thats all we have for you tonight, folks. The next match is on Saturday, January 27 at Chennai, so do join us then as we bring all the action to you live. It will be Sriram Veera and Sajan Nair with the ball-by-ball commentary, as I'll be at the ground reporting, so join them for a smashing time and some witty comments. Until next time, this is Jamie Alter signing off with a hearty cheers and good night.

Khan to Chanderpaul, OUT
India go 2-0 up! Full and fast outside off stump, the Zaheer special, to which Chanderpaul loses it all and slogs across the line, missing it and hearing the death rattle behind him
S Chanderpaul b Khan 66 (214m 125b 4x4 0x6) SR: 52.80
Khan to Chanderpaul, no run
dropped in quiet short, he goes for the pull, doesnt connect with bat, off the chin onto the chest and the ball drops between his legs and rolls perilously close to off stump
end of over 482 runs
WI: 169/9CRR: 3.52 • RRR: 10.50 • Need 21 from 12b
Jerome Taylor2 (7)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul66 (123)
Sachin Tendulkar8-0-25-2
Zaheer Khan8-0-25-0
Tendulkar to Taylor, no run
tossed up, Taylor drives it to the sweeper cover but they dont run for the single
Tendulkar to Chanderpaul, 1 run
tossed up outside off stump, he drives into the covers for one
Tendulkar to Taylor, 1 run
shorter, this time he cuts it square of the wicket in the air, one bounce to the fielder in the deep
Tendulkar to Taylor, no run
again quite wide outside off, Taylor looks to run it down, cant connect, that was also very close to being a wide...whats this umpire doing?
Tendulkar to Taylor, no run
again he serves it full and wide and Taylor is forced to reach for it
Tendulkar to Taylor, no run
he bowls seam up, but well wide of off stump and the umpire doesnt call it a wide...I dont believe it! Bad call

Taylor to face. 23 needed from 18. Tendulkar bowls on. What scenes at Cuttack.

end of over 474 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 167/9CRR: 3.55 • RRR: 7.66 • Need 23 from 18b
Jerome Taylor1 (2)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul65 (122)
Zaheer Khan8-0-25-0
Sachin Tendulkar7-0-23-2
Khan to Taylor, 1 run
full toss on leg stump, worked out to Ganguly at deep backward square leg
Khan to Taylor, no run
good length on the stumps, he plays it back to Zaheer

Last man Jerome Taylor joins Chanderpaul, who's been involved in two bad run outs tonight.

Khan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, OUT
RUN OUT! Short of a length outside off stump, he dabs it fine down to Joginder at third man, who misfields the ball first, encouraging the batsmen to think about the second - what to they always say in school? NEVER run on a misfield, but some people dont learn. Chanderpaul starts off for the second, then sees Joginder throwing the ball back to Dhoni and sends Powell back, but he is caught well short of his crease
DBL Powell run out (Joginder Sharma/†Dhoni) 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Back to Chanderpaul. What a player. Can he do it tonight?

Khan to Powell, 1 run
back of a length, steered to point for the sharp single, well played
Khan to Powell, no run
good length on middle and leg, Powell hops and works it to the leg side, Zaheer charges in and collects it...a dot ball

Long discussion between bowler, captain, and vice-captain, Tendulkar. Zaheer now brings his men in. Hmmm.

Khan to Chanderpaul, 1 leg bye
short of a length and moving down leg stump, he tries to pull, doesnt time it, and ends up with a leg bye as Dhoni runs after it and fires in a good throw to Zaheer

27 to get from 24 balls. Dravid turns to Zaheer Khan for some left-arm pace instead of Agarkar. Chanderpaul to face. The crowd is alive. Chanders surveys the field with a steely, unfazed gaze. No slip.

end of over 461 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 163/8CRR: 3.54 • RRR: 6.75 • Need 27 from 24b
Daren Powell0 (3)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul64 (120)
Sachin Tendulkar7-0-23-2
Ajit Agarkar8-2-23-1
Tendulkar to Powell, no run
flighted up outside off stump, Powell leans into the drive to point
Tendulkar to Powell, no run
another loosener outside off stump, lucky not to get called a wide
Tendulkar to Powell, no run
short and seaming away, this is slow medium pace now, Powell chases it but then relieves the shot

Out strides a robust Daren Powell with a smile on his face. A very wide slip comes on now.

West Indies eight down now

Tendulkar to Bradshaw, OUT
looped down quicker outside off stump and it stops and turns away, Bradshaw is in no position to play at it in an aggressive manner, which he does, trying some sort of initial cut/slap and through he tries to withdraw the bat, he ends up spooning a simple catch to Gambhir at point
IDR Bradshaw c Gambhir b Tendulkar 2 (19m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28
Best performances - batsmen
S Chanderpaul
66 runs (125)
4 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
KD Karthik
63 runs (87)
7 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
17 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
DBL Powell
RR Powar
Match details
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
TossIndia , elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of India
Player Of The Match
Dinesh Karthik
Series resultIndia led the 4-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 2485
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days24 January 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)
Amiesh Saheba
Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
GA Pratapkumar
Reserve Umpire
Ravi Subramanian
Match Referee
Alan Hurst