would you believe it? A tame dismissal for Dhoni as he slices a slower deliver to short third man. It looked like Dhoni tried to bunt the ball into the off side for two, but the ball gripped, which meant there was that much more bounce as the ball lobbed off the edge to the fielder. What a game we've had. Marlon Samuels put down a sitter off the first ball of this over, redeems himself this time under pressure. Bravo takes off on his champion dance
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Not often do you see MS Dhoni so upset on the field, but his body language tells you a story. Spare a thought for KL Rahul, who did everything one could possibly do bring the chase back into the realms of possibility. West Indies have stolen this from under India's nose. They looked dead and buried going into the last over, but it simply reiterated how the tide can turn very quickly. Couple of dots were enough to build pressure and eventually force a mistake. Six years ago, this situation could have perhaps been a walk in the park for Dhoni. Irrespective, we couldn't have asked for a better contest to kick off India's tryst with America. Hats off to the fans for making this a contest to remember. Amidst the end-result and Rahul's glorious century, we must not forget Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles, who set this up so beautifully with a blitzkrieg of their own.
Carlos Brathwaite: When Bravo said he was bowling a slower ball at the end, I told him that he had my backing. But in my mind I was thinking 'really?'. We never do things easy, but we held our nerve. We couldn't quite tell who was the home team. It was a great game of cricket.
Evin Lewis is the Player of the Match for his 49-ball 100.
MS Dhoni: It was an amazing game. We couldn't have expected more from the batting unit. The last ball, the thinking was right but the execution was wrong. Everything is judged by execution. We did most things right. Whenever there was a partnership, we kept the asking rate at just 12. I felt Rahul was outstanding throughout. The others too were superb because it's not always easy to chase down 250. A win would have been perfect, but there were so many things we did right today.
"With nine runs to go, I said we didn't have anything to lose. I'd like to test my skills in these kinds of situations," says a triumphant Dwayne Bravo. "We know what MS can do. He can finish off the game with one hit. I wanted to ensure the first ball didn't go for a boundary. I wanted to keep my composure and back my skills with the two balls: the slower one and the yorker. We wanted to keep midwicket in to prevent him from just hitting it towards that region. I was a touch apprehensive to bowl the slower delivery, but then I saw MS walking across and so bowled it and it worked out."
Is a Super Over on the cards? Rahul has done his bit. Can Dhoni finish off? Bravo is taking his time. Chants of 'Dhoni, Dhoni'. Midwicket has come in to prevent Dhoni from turning it off his pads and steal two. Pollard and Brathwaite are in a mid-pitch conference
two is the call, two it will be. Perfectly speared yorker on off stump, Dhoni looks to drill it back past the bowler, but just manages to get underneath it. Bravo puts his hand out and in the process deflects the ball, which meant the long-on fielder had that much more distance to run forward before cutting it off
low full toss on middle and leg, Rahul mistimes a wild slog towards long-on, but the fielder is on the ball as he sprints in to keep it down to a single
swings leg side, but the ball deflects off the pad to the leg side and they take a run. It's not over yet
backs away and drills a full-length delivery on middle towards sweeper cover
what have I just seen? Fair to term it a sitter of sitters. Dhoni swings wildly but gets a thick edge towards Marlon Samuels, who fails to account for the swirling ball and grasses the opportunity. What should have been a dot and a wicket is now a run that gets the in-form batsman on strike
Can Bravo bowl a Champion over? Dhoni on strike
angles a yorker-length delivery on the pads, worked behind square on the leg side. There was no way Dhoni was settling for anything but a single there
Rahul is in a bit of a hurry to rest his toes, it looks like. Backs away and squeezes him towards deep cover, comfortably back or the second
banged in short, but well down the leg side. Rahul takes him on but misses. Russell is disgusted with that call from the umpire
wow! What power, what timing. Make no mistake, this was a proper cricketing shot. Backed away to hit that length ball inside-out over extra cover, one bounce into the ropes. Sublime, sensational
what a way to bring up your century! KL Rahul, take a bow. The confidence with which he has played his shots has been astounding. Backs away, and opens the bat face late to carve it over the infield. Third man had no chance. Maiden T20I century
excellent short ball outside off, Rahul sways out of the way thinking it'd be called wide. Fair call from the umpire
Two quiet deliveries and this could get interesting
called two even as he hit it, deep midwicket comes around swiftly to keep that down to a single.
slower and fuller outside off, squeezed to the right of point for a single. Excellent over under the circumstances
that is an outstanding yorker that has jammed Rahul flush on his toe as he is thrown off balance. Rahul's bat flies elsewhere as he falls on the turf, but they somehow get across for a leg bye. Rahul was flat on his face. Bravo appealed but the impact was outside off. He was also a couple of strides down the pitch.
slower length ball on off stump, bunted wide of point
slower delivery on middle and leg, Dhoni works it towards deep midwicket and scampers back for the second. Mere eye contact was enough for them to take the chance and complete the second quite easily
Devendra: "Doubt many yanks are going to confuse this with a baseball match. These guys have hit more "home runs" than in a complete baseball season!"
drilled straight to the man at the edge of the circle at cover
why would you want to try something away from the norm at this situation? Looks to spear in a yorker, but it ends up turning out to be a full toss on the pads which is flicked nonchalantly into the fine leg boundary
India favourites now. How the table has turned. Two key overs from Bravo coming up. A six off his next delivery could give Rahul the record for the fastest T20I ton
bye bye ball! Rahul gives Russell a taste of his own medicine. Once again he errs by bowling a length ball outside off and Rahul swipes him across the line to send that soaring over deep midwicket. Magnificent