2013 Champions Trophy: India vs West Indies - As it happened...
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India 236/2 (Over 39.1): Bravo to bowl his fourth over. Four runs off his first five. The sixth delivery is full and Karthik drives it past mid on for a boundary. Eight from the over. Bravo persisting with Pollard. His third delivery is short and Karthik plays a clever stroke, guiding the ball over wicketkeeper's head for a boundary. Seven runs from the over. Bravo continues and Dhawan hits the first for a maximum with a cut over third man boundary. With it he reaches his century! Another brilliant knock for the southpaw. Dhawan leaves the next five safely. He is in no hurry to score the remaining runs (Hint: Karthik is on 47*). Six from the over. And Dinesh Karthik hits the winning boundary off Pollard's first delivery of the fourth over and reaches his fifty as well. India have won the match by eight wickets.
India 211/2 (Over 36): The covers are off and the players are back in the middle. Pollard continues. The ball is on the leg and Karthik flicks it to fine leg for a boundary. The next two are dot balls. Off the fifth, Karthik collects a couple. A single to end the over. Eight runs from the over.
India 204/2 (Over 35.1): Batting powerplay has been taken. Pollard continues. A single off his first delivery. The players are going back to the dressing room as the intensity of the rain has increased. Good thing for India is that they are well ahead of the score as per the D/L method
India 203/2 (Over 35): Three singles from Narines's ninth over. Chris Gayle into the attack now. Karthik welcomes him with a boundary to deep extra cover region. Two couples, four singles, and a wide takes the total from the over to 11 runs. Narine gives two runs in his last over. He finishes with two wickets. Kieron Pollard to bowl his first over. He concedes just two runs. Dwayne Bravo is back into the attack. Two runs off his five deliveries. However, he gave some width to Karthik with his sixth and Karthik played it past point region for a boundary. That stroke took the Indian total past 200-run mark.
India 179/2 (Over 30): Samuels continues. Just three singles from his second over. Narine comes back into the attack and bowls a tight over giving away just one run. The next brings India four more runs. The second delivery of the 29th over hit Dhawan on the pad. Narine appealed for lbw but umpire turned it down. However, the Windies went for the review and the decision was upheld. The fourth delivery of the over produced a boundary for Karthik as playing it fine. Seven runs came from the over. Off the 30th over, Karthik and Dhawan added four more runs to the total. India need 55 more runs from 120 deliveries to win this contest. The Indians are in a very strong position and it looks certain that they will clinch a victory without much effort.
India 160/2 (Over 25): Rampaul into his sixth over. Karthik was adjudged caught behind off his third delivery. However, he went for the review and the decision was overturned. Five runs from it including four byes. Dhawan drives the second delivery of the next through covers for a boundary. Seven runs from it. Kemar Roach back into the attack. Dhawan greets him with consecutive boundaries to deep square leg and fine leg. 11 runs from it take the Indian total to 150. Marlon Samuels into the attack now. Dhawan cuts his third delivery past point for his tenth boundary. Six from the over. The next over was turning out to be a maiden but for Karthik who drove the sixth delivery for a boundary. Four runs from it.
India 127/2 (Over 20): Sunil Narine is back. A couple off his second brings up the 100 for India. OUT! India have lost their first wicket in Rohit Sharma. He has been caught by wicketkeeper Johnson Charles after getting a faint nick. The original decision was not out but after reviewing the decision was overturned. Rohit scored 52 (56b, 4X7). Virat Kohli is the new man in the middle. He gets off the mark in style scoring a boundary employing a cut. Eight run from the over. Off the next from Rampaul, just two runs were added. Off the fifth delivery of the next by Narine, Kohli scored his second boundary. There was a loud appeal first for an lbw and then for a catch - both of which were rejected. Five runs from it. Off the 19th, came two boundaries - both to Kohli. Nine runs came off it. The 20th over saw West Indies picking up the big wicket of VIrat Kohli who fell to Narine. He was was bowled after trying to play an angled delivery to leg. He scored 22 (18b, 4X4). In walks Dinesh Karthik. Five runs and a wicket in it.
India 98/0 (Over 15): The 11th over was turning out to be a good one but for Dhawam who ended it with a boundary. It was short and outside off and Dhawan played it through point region. Six runs came in it. Skipper Dwayne Bravo brings himself into the attack now. The second delivery is short and Dhawan goes after it pulling it to fine leg where the fielder drops an easy chance. The culprit is Kemar Roach. Five runs from the over. The next from Sammy fetches them four more. Meanwhile, it is raining now, though it is quite light at the moment. Bravo begins his second over. Offers width and Sharma slaps it past point region for four. The fourth delivery is steered to wide of fielder at third man region for yet another boundary. 11 runs from the over. Sammy continues. Sharma cuts his second past point for a boundary. The Indians are sailing towards the target at the moment. Off the next, Sharma reaches his fifty with a single. Six runs from the over.
India 66/0 (Over 10): Rampaul to bowl his third over. The third delivery is short and outside off and Dhawan, who is in terrific form, cuts is past point region for a boundary. Five runs in the over. Roach into his fourth over. The second from Raoch is full and an elegant cover drive from Sharma results in a boundary. The fifth delivery from Roach is slightly short and Sharma plays ut past point region for yet another boundary. 11 runs from the over. Spin in Sunil Narine introduced. The opening pair of Roach and Rampaul has been ineffective. A triple off his third delivery brings up the 50 runs for India. Four runs in the over. Now, Bravo brings in Darren Sammy into the attack. A slip in place for Dhawan. And Pollard nearly pulls off a stunner at point as Dhawan cuts the first from Sammy. He made a diving one handed effort to his right but couldn't hold on to the catch. Dhawan completes a run. Rohit flicks the next for a single. The third is short and outside off, Dhawan cuts is past point for a boundary. Seven from the over. Narine continues. Dhawan shimmies down the track and plays it over cover region for a couple. He then plays a late cut off the next past short third man fielder for a boundary. Seven from the over. India are off to a good start.
India 32/0 (Over 5): Rohit will face the first delivery. The first is a short delivery and Sharma defends it back. Off the fourth delivery, Sharma plays an upper cut and gets off the mark with a boundary. He gets beaten off the next. Five from the first over. Ravi Rampaul to share the new ball with Roach. Facing him is Shikhar Dhawan who scored a century on his Champions Trophy debut. After leaving the first two deliveries safely, he goes after the third and plays it over point for a single and opens his account. Three runs from the over. Roach continues. A triple to to Sharma off the first delivery. Six runs from the over. Rampaul continues. A single off his first brings Dhawan on strike who scores his first boundary with a cracking stroke through point region. Eight runs from the over. In the next over, off the third delivery, Roach offered Sharma some room and he slapped it past point region for a boundary. Dhawan ended the over with another brilliant shot playing it between midwicket and mid on region for a four. 10 runs from the fifth over.
So India need 234 runs to win this contest against West Indies. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings for India. Kemar Roach has the new ball. It was raining during the break and covers were brought in but it has stopped as of now.
West Indies 233/9 (Over 50): Final five overs of Windies innings. They have just two wickets in hand. How far will they go? Good news is that Darren Sammy is still there. Meanwhile, Jadeja to bowl his eight over. First two are dot balls. OUT! And Jadeja gets his fifth wicket. He becomes the first Indian to pick a five-wicket haul in Champions Trophy. The fifth victim is Ravi Rampaul who attempted a sweep but missed it completely and the ball crashed onto the stumps! He scored 2 (7b). A wicket-maiden from Jadeja. Kemar Roach is the new batsman in the middle. Yadav to bowl his ninth over. Sammy adds a couple off his first. The next he launches straight over the bowler's head for a six. A single off the next brings Roach on strike and he fails to score off the next three. Jadeja to bowl his penultimate over. No runs off his first two. Sammy picks a couple off the third. A quicker one from Jadeja and Sammy pulls it to deep square leg fence for a boundary. Seven from the over. Ishant Sharma to bowl the penultimate over. His first is full on the off and Sammy with a high backlift drives it through covers for a boundary. He again swings his bat again and the result is a maximum. That was a massive strike. He follows that with another boundary. This time it came off an edge to third man boundary. He is plundering Sharma as off the fourth he registers another maximum. This time it was a short one and Sammy lifted it over long off fence. He takes a single off the next. The sixth is a dot ball. 21 runs from the over. Jadeja to bowl the final over. The first is outside off and Sammy misses it. However, he connected the next and the ball flew over the bowler's head for a boundary. Off the next he got an edge and it fell short of Ashwin at short third man. He followed that with a a maximum over cover region. That brought up his fifty. What a cameo from the former skipper. He ended the innings with yet another boundary. 14 runs from it.
West Indies 182/8 (Over 45): Final 10 overs of Windies innings. Ishant to bowl the 41st over. Indians have kept Windies searching for runs today. They have been brilliant on the field today. Just three runs from the over. Jadeja is back. Off the fourth delivery, Sammy survived a scare as a direct hit from Jadeja had him diving to complete a quick single. The resulting overthrow saw him add one more to his total. Jadeja produced a sharp turn off his final delivery that went into the hands of Ashwin at first slip. Even Sammy seemed amused by the amount of turn. Three runs from the over. Ishant into his ninth over. OUT! Pollard has been caught by Bhuvneshwar at long on. It was a full delivery from the pacer and Pollard launched it over long on but found the fielder. He scored 22 (32b, 6X2). Sunil Narine is the new man in the middle. Two runs and a wicket in the over. Jadeja continues. OUT! And he picks up yet another wicket. This time it is southpaw Sunil Narine who was caught at covers by Dinesh Karthik. He was looking to loft this but got a leading edge that flew to covers. He scored 2 (8b). Ravi Rampaul is the new batsman at the crease. Six runs and a wicket in the over. Umesh is back. Just three runs from his eighth over.
West Indies 165/6 (Over 40): Batting powerplay taken. Ashwin has bowled well today. Two of Windies best limited overs batsmen are at the crease now. Pollard opens his account in style after playing 10 dot deliveries. He launches a fuller delivery from Ashwin straight over his head for a six. The next one is bigger as Pollard hits the sixth delivery over long on boundary for another maximum. 13 runs from the over. Ishant Sharma is back. Two singles and a couple from it. Yadav is back. A good chase in the deep by Raina prevents a boundary as Pollard adds three more runs to his total off the fourth delivery. OUT! Off the penultimate delivery, Bravo goes for the big shot but finds Ravindra Jadeja at deep midwicket boundary. It was a short one from Yadav and Bravo employed the pull. However, he was caught giving Yadav his first wicket in the match. Bravo scored 26 (40b, 4X3). Darren Sammy is the new man in the middle. Five runs and a wicket in the over. Ishant to bowl his seventh over. He has also bowled well today but hasn't picked up a wicket. Nevertheless, has kept up the pressure from his end. Just one run from the over. Yadav to bowl the final over of the powerplay. Just one run in it. The Windies began powerplay with a bang but ended it with a whimper. They managed 24 runs in them.
West Indies 141/5 (Over 35): Virat Kohli is back. Facing him is left-handed Darren Bravo. His first delivery is short and outside off. The batsman drives but Jadeja is quick as a cat and prevents some runs. Three runs scored off the next four. The sixth delivery from Kohli is short and Dwayne pulls it away for a boundary. Seven runs from that over. Spin from both the ends in operation now. Another tight over from Ashwin. Just two from it. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns. He has picked up a wicket today. No run off his first three deliveries. Off the fourth, Dwayne opens the face of the bat and the ball runs down to the third man boundary. Dhawan throws and by that time, Dwayne has completed a single. A single off the sixth takes the total from the over to two. OUT! And Darren's struggle has come to an end as he has been dismissed by R Ashwin off his first delivery of the 34th over. He charged down the ground but changed his shot on seeing the trajectory of the delivery. He was outfoxed, got beaten and Dhoni quickly removed the bails. He scored 35 (83b, 4X2). Kieron Pollard is the new man in the middle. Ashwin ends the over without conceding a run. Kumar continues. Just one in the over. Time for drinks break.
West Indies 129/4 (Over 30): The Bravo brothers have a lot riding on the shoulders. They have to not only stem the flow of wickets but also need to rebuild the innings. The situation is not that tense but the rate at which the Indians are picking wickets could soon land them in some serious trouble. Meanwhile, Jadeja continues. Four singles in the over. Umesh Yadav returns for another spell. First three are dot balls. While off the fourth, Dwayne picks up a single. Just two from the over. Ashwin returns and bowls a maiden. In the next, Yadav concedes a boundary off his first delivery as Dwayne Bravo plays glances it to fine leg boundary. Off the fourth, Dwayne plays a sumptuous straight drive as the ball runs past the bowler for another boundary. Eight runs from it. Off the next from Ashwin, Windies could only manage a single.
West Indies 114/4 (Over 25): Marlon Samuels in the new man in the middle. Ishant Sharma has been brought back into the attack straight after India picked up their second wicket. And he being his second spell with a maiden. OUT! Jadeja continues and picks up another wicket. His sixth delivery struck Samuels on the pad. The Indians appealed and umpire turned it down. The Indians went for a review and replays suggested that the ball had struck the pad first and that it would have gone on to hit the stumps. Consequently, the decision was overturned and Samuels had to walk back to the pavilion. He scored 1 (8b). Ramnaresh Sarwan is the new batsman in the middle. Ishant continues. He has been warned for running running on the danger area. Just one run from the over. OUT! Jadeja continues and well, well well, he has picked his third wicket in his third over! His sixth delivery was on the leg and Sarwan went after it and only managed a nick that was caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni. Sarwan scored 1 (6b). Dwayne Bravo is the new man in the middle. Ishant continues. And a lucky boundary for Darren Bravo as the ball flies over the head of Dhoni after Ishant banged one short and he could only manage an edge while attempting a pull. Five runs from the over.
West Indies 104/2 (Over 20): Ashwin continues. Just three singles from his third over. Off the third delivery of the next over by Kohli, Charles played an inside out shot over covers that landed over wide of long off boundary. Off the next delivery, Charles took a single and that brought up his maiden ODI fifty. Nine runs came in the over. Drinks followed that over. Ravindra Jadeja introduced into the attack right after the break. His first was a maiden. Off the second delivery of the 19th over, Windies collected four runs courtesy an overthrow from Ishant Sharma from third man boundary. Ashwin's fifth was a floater and Charles, charged forward lofting it over long-on boundary for another maximum. 10 runs came off it. OUT! Jadeja got India the breakthrough they were desperately looking for in his second over with the wicket of Johnson Charles was was struck square in front of the wickets. That was an easy decision for the umpire as he quickly raised his finger. Charles scored 60 (55b, 4X7, 6X2). Just two runs and a wicket in the over.
West Indies 80/1 (Over 15): West Indies are steadily moving forward with the pair of Charles and Bravo playing the waiting game. Off the third delivery of the 11th over, Charles got an edge that ran down to the third man fence for a four. That over got them eight runs. Spin in Ravichandran Ashwin was introduced in the 12th over. After two singles from his first three deliveries, he nearly pulled off a stunning catch off his own bowling as Charles charged down the ground, got a leading edge to short mid on and Ashwin made a valiant diving effort but the ball landed well out of his grasp. Four runs were added to the total from his first six. Dhoni then threw the rock to Virat Kohli. Three singles came off his first three deliveries. The fourth was a leg cutter and Charles was struck on the pad. The Indians appealed loudly but that was missing leg stump. Five runs from that over. Just three runs came in the next over of Ashwin. The 15th over was turning out to be another tight one but for Charles who swept the penultimate delivery for another boundary. Five runs from that over of Kohli.
West Indies 55/1 (Over 10): Johnson Charles (26*) scored three boundaries in the 10th over and two boundaries in the 9th over bowled by Umesh Yadav to break the shackles and got the momentum back to the West Indian batting after they lost Chris Gayle in the 5th over. Johnson Charles suddenly took the attack to the opposition after they were struggling at 33/1 after 8 overs. Yadav proved costly so far as his three overs cost 26 runs. After 10 overs, West Indies were 55/1.
West Indies 25/1 (Over 5): West Indies have made a sound start through their openers- Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles- after having lost the toss and batting first under an overcast condition at The Oval. Despite Bhuvneshwan Kumar’s probing 3-over spell, Chris Gayle looked to be in ominous form, already hitting four fours. Umesh Yadav’s first over cost 11 runs and Ishant Sharma soon replaced him after that in the 4th over. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar had the final laugh as he removed a dangerous looking Gayle off the last ball of the 5th over for an 18-ball 21. After 5 overs, the West Indies were 25/1.
India have won the toss and, as expected, decided to bowl first under the overcast conditions against the West Indies at The Oval.
India have retained the same XI that defeated South Africa in the opening match of the tournament.
West Indies, on the other hand, had to make one change from the final XI after Denesh Ramdim was suspended for claiming a catch wrongly during their first encounter against Pakistan.
Former captain Darren Summy, who was dropped for the last match, made a comeback. Opener Johnson Charles would keep wicket in place of Ramdin.
Preview: India have won all their matches since arriving in Britain but the West Indies, the reiging World Twenty20 champions, will pose a big challenge in Tuesday’s crucial Group B clash in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Both teams have won their opening fixtures, with India beating South Africa by 26 runs in the curtain-raiser last Thursday and West Indies edging Pakistan by two wickets in a low-scoring thriller at the Oval Friday.
India seemed to have sorted their opening woes with makeshift opener Rohit Sharma scoring a gritty half-century in against South Africa.
Shikhar Dhawan scored a deserving hundred as India piled another score above 300. The bowling though, lacked sting and it was only thanks to the spinners that India pulled things back after the pacers were plundered for runs early on.
India, who are yet to play at the Kensington Oval will have to adapt to conditions of the pitch quickly after playing their warm-up and first match in Cardiff.
In the meantime, the Windies will return to South London venue in search of yet another victory and Bravo said his side were confident of turning back the powerful Indians.
“It’s another tough game of a team coming up against a team where the strength is their batting. We have the right bowlers, who can control their batting … but like I always say, cricket is played on its day. India could turn up on Tuesday and be knocked over,” Bravo said.
India: MS Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (C), Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul.
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