It is usually reporters facing deadlines who get stressed when there is confusion over the score at the end of an innings. This time, they had company, from the teams and the umpires, as the start of India's chase was delayed to determine whether West Indies had made 129 for 130. That took more than ten minutes. The source of confusion was what was ultimately deemed an extra single credited to West Indies for crossing over when Lendl Simmons was caught off what was called a no-ball on review. It was surreal for fans and awkward for the organisers as the players and umpires chatted away in the middle when they should have restarted some time ago.
Dwayne Smith's innings was an excruciatingly troubled existence at the crease, his 11 taking 29 deliveries. The signs were there as early as the first over. First ball, he pushed at a Bhuvneshwar Kumar outswinger and was beaten. Second ball, he tried to drive another outswinger and was beaten again. He put bat - at least some of it - to ball on the third attempt but the edge fell short of the wicketkeeper.
The crowd had instantly broken into a roar when Chris Gayle's face was flashed on the giant screen as the teams lined up for the anthems, expecting the man to entertain them later. They were made to wait and wait. Gayle's approach of batting himself in at the start of a T20 innings is now well known. It seemed to be another of those days - although he also struggled to middle the ball - when he trotted to 34 off 33. But even as the crowd waited for release, their hopes were dashed when Gayle was run-out by yards, responding slowly after Marlon Samuels cut one behind point and set off for a single.
India put down Gayle twice, and R Ashwin was the culprit on the first instance, at first slip. Ashwin came back from that blip to end Smith's crawl in the eighth over. A clueless Smith popped one in the air towards vacant short mid-off. Ashwin is a slow mover but he did well to keep his sights on the ball and even as it was dying on him, dived to cover a lot of ground and pluck it low.