an an overstep settles the issue! Uthappa pushes a fullish delivery to the on side
India were probably expecting to be tested in this game but the home side failed to do so. Karthik and Uthappa knew exactly how to play on this pitch and were prepared to bide their time at the crease rather than blast away. Therefore, it can be fair to say that West Indies paid the price for some poor shot selection and the Indian bowlers did what was expected of them.
The batting collapse will come for some introspection. West Indies' opening game against Kenya was a wake-up call for the bowling and Lara, speaking after the match, said that West Indies will have to sort out their batting line-up in particular and approach such situations more professionally.
Despite the emphatic win, India's biggest concern is undoubtedly Virender Sehwag, who fell without scoring today. Sehwag has the backing of his captain Rahul Dravid, who still believes he [Sehwag] has a big role to play in this tournament. Perhaps a slot in the middle order might just bring his confidence back.
Coming back to West Indies, it's important the home fans don't lose heart after this performance. We know they are a far better side than what we saw today and I personally feel that they have it in them to hit back hard once the tournament gets underway.
For a summary of the day's play, you may read Sriram Veera's bulletin
and the verdict
by Anand Vasu.
That's it from us. Thanks for your feedback and suggestions. We look forward to your company on March 13 for the World Cup curtain-raiser between West Indies and Pakistan at Sabina Park. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran signing off. Cheers!
good length on off stump swinging away, Karthik opens the face and nudges it wide of gully
slips down the leg side, Karthik fails to get it away, Ashoka de Silva has a look at it but decides not to call that a wide
flick of the wrists, Karthik finds the gap between mid-on and midwicket, the ball just stops before the boundary
defended back to the bowler again
good length ball on middle, Uthappa gets forward and drives to the off side
Taylor bangs it in, Uthappa decides to do nothing with it, left alone to Ramdin
One hit should do it
width offered outside off stump, Karthik cuts, Dwayne Smith charges from cover and makes a neat save
pitched closer to the batsman, defended on the front foot back to the bowler
good length outside off swinging in, Karthik gets forward and pushed it towards mid-off
drifting on the pads, karthik fails to get bat on it, ball hits the pad, rolls towards forward short leg region and the batsmen pick up an easy run
pushed towards the off side on the front foot
overpitched on leg, flicked away langorously over square leg, Karthik is in form and it really shows!
on the pads, Uthappa turns it away towards square leg
full in length and defended back to the bowler off the front foot
full toss down leg and Karthik helps himself to another gift, places it fine, enough to beat the diving fine leg