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India vs West Indies, 4th ODI at Indore, , Dec 08 2011 - Ball by Ball Commentary

4th ODI (D/N), Indore, December 08, 2011, West Indies tour of India
(49.2/50 ov, T:419) 265

India won by 153 runs

Player Of The Match
219 (149)
Full commentary

I shall leave you with that, but do read George Binoy's bulletin and stay tuned for Sidharth Monga's piece on Sehwag's record innings. Goodnight and good luck.

It's been a day when India, after producing a Neil Armstrong in Tendulkar, have now got a Buzz Aldrin in Virender Sehwag. Unlike Aldrin, though, everyone will remember who Sehwag is.

Sehwag: "I was cheering for Sachin when he got his double-hundred and it's great to emulate that and break his record. I'd love to come back to Madhya Pradesh. The crowd has been great and thanks to them for cheering every run ...

"The pitch was great and allowed you to play your shots. I think you can only get a double-hundred when you're experienced. The last time I played 47 overs I got 175, this time I got 200.

"Rahul Sharma is a good prospect because he bowls at around 90kph and if it stops and turns then it becomes hard for the batsman."

Sehwag is of course Man of the Match.

He also gets a special prize of ten lakhs for reaching the world record. Is that the going rate for a world record?

Sammy: "Sehwag's destroyed bowlers all over the world. We bowled some good balls but he played better shots. The pitch was a belter and we got pegged back by their spinners. But we managed to get past 250. There was some hope because we had seen South Africa chase 400 plus. But they kept taking wickets and that made it hard."

Now for the presentation. Any guesses for the Man of the Match. Somehow the achievement of the double-hundred seems to hit home only when Ravi Shastri booms out what happened

"Well, whether you remember it or not, Sachin's double also yielded the same result- India winning by a margin of 153 runs." Well spotted Sash. India did win by 153 runs in Gawlior

All that will be forgotten though. This match will forever be remembered for Sehwag's 219

Well that was a rather tame end with Ramdin missing a possible maiden hundred. But the story of today is one man. Virender Sehwag. The spinners took nine of the ten wickets with Rahul Sharma taking three wickets on debut and Ravindra Jadeja turning in remarkable figures of 3 for 34 in 10 overs on a pitch where every other bowler took some tap.

Raina to Ramdin, OUT

and he's thrown it away. Skies an attempted slog-sweep and mid-on keeps his nerve to hold a really high catch

Denesh Ramdin c Sharma b Raina 96 (96b 12x4 0x6 133m) SR: 100
Raina to Ramdin, no run

that's played to long-on. But Ramdin refuses the single. He wants the ton

Ramdin will be on strike, needing four runs for a first ODI century

end of over 499 runs
WI: 265/9CRR: 5.40 RRR: 154.00
Sunil Narine27 (33b 3x4 1x6)
Denesh Ramdin96 (94b 12x4)
Rohit Sharma 5-0-39-0
Suresh Raina 6-0-17-1
Rohit Sharma to Narine, no run

nice length and Narine defends

Rohit Sharma to Narine, no run

full on middle stump and defended off the front foot

Rohit Sharma to Narine, FOUR runs

short and punched off the back foot to the vacant cover fence

Rohit Sharma to Narine, no run

pushed to cover point

India now bringing the field in to Narine. finally, they've decided to make it harder for Ramdin to get a hundred

Rohit Sharma to Ramdin, 1 run

this one pitches and driven to long-on

Rohit Sharma to Ramdin, FOUR runs

that's a big full toss and Ramdin just slams it to midwicket. Shocking ball from Rohit

"@aniket: In defence to indian team,this west indies team doesn't really have genuine tailenders....they are more like bowling allrounders!!" Kavya, I think Aniket's point is India seem to be treating Mithun and Vinay as batting allrounders. Eight overs between them

end of over 481 run
WI: 256/9CRR: 5.33 RRR: 81.50
Sunil Narine23 (29b 2x4 1x6)
Denesh Ramdin91 (92b 11x4)
Suresh Raina 6-0-17-1
Rohit Sharma 4-0-30-0
Raina to Narine, no run

angled in and defended back

Raina to Narine, no run

full on off stump and driven to cover point

Raina to Narine, no run

full and defended back to the bowler

Raina to Ramdin, 1 run

full and driven hard but long-on gets across quickly to his left to keep it to one

Raina to Ramdin, no run

back- foot drive finds midwicket

Raina to Ramdin, no run

rocks back but can't time the punch and finds short extra cover

end of over 478 runs
WI: 255/9CRR: 5.42 RRR: 54.66
Sunil Narine23 (26b 2x4 1x6)
Denesh Ramdin90 (89b 11x4)
Rohit Sharma 4-0-30-0
Suresh Raina 5-0-16-1
Rohit Sharma to Narine, no run

full and defended easily

Rohit Sharma to Ramdin, 1 run

short of a length and the cut is bottom-edged

Rohit Sharma to Ramdin, 2 runs

worked away to the leg side

Hard to think why India haven't given Vinay and Mithun a few more overs at the tail

Rohit Sharma to Narine, 1 run

pitched on leg and worked away to square leg

Fifty partnership up. But India have been really generous in bowling their part-timers

Rohit Sharma to Narine, FOUR runs

more confidence from Narine. Steps down the track, didn't get to the pitch but smashes it on the up past extra cover

Rohit Sharma to Narine, no run

short of a length and nudged to midwicket

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