India beat West Indies comprehensively by 45 runs in the ICC World T20 practice match played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. (ICC World T20: FOLLOW FULL COVERAGE)
West Indies innings
Over 19.2 || Score 140/10 (Holder 13)
Harbhajan Singh picked the last wicket of Benn as India beat West Indies by 45 runs to win their first warm-up tie of the ICC World T20. Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 98 was the highliter of the match.
SJ Benn c Rahane b Harbhajan Singh 8 (10b)
AR Nurse c Rahane b Mohammed Shami 8 (7b)
Over 17 || Score 123/8 (Nurse 8; Holder 8)
After Negi, medium pacer Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets in an over to virtually finish off the game. Pandya first sent skipper Sammy back to the hut and then picked the wicket of Russell. WI need 63 runs from 18 balls.
Over 14 || Score 92/6 (Russell 11; Sammy 1)
Twin strike by left-arm spinner Pawan Negi reduced WI to 92 for six. West Indian batsmen are feeling the heat while chasing the big total. WI need 94 runs from 36 balls.
Over 12 || Score 74/4 (Russell 3; Bravo 13)
West Indies lost another wicket while chasing a big total of 185. Jadeja picked up his 2nd wicket in the form of Samuels. WI need 109 runs from 48 balls.
MN Samuels b Jadeja 17 (16b)
Over 10 || Score 70/3 (Samuels 16; Bravo 10)
West Indies still have players who can still change the complexion of the match. In the 10th over, Bravo hit Jadeja for two back-to-back boundaries. West Indies need 116 more runs in 60 balls and they have seven wickets in hand.
Over 8 || Score 59/3 (Samuels 15; Bravo 0)
Jadeja picked his first wicket in his opening over when he got the better of Ramdin for six. West Indies need 127 more runs in 72 balls and they have seven wickets in hand.
D Ramdin c Mohammed Shami b Jadeja 6 (13b)
Over 5 || Score 49/2 (Samuels 10; Ramdin 1)
Charles Out! Mohammed Shami picked up his 1st wicket as he took the wicket of dangerous looking Charles. Ramdin is the new man in. WEST INDIES REQUIRE 137 OFF 90 BALLS
J Charles c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 18 (13b
Over 4 || Score 39/1 (Samuels 1; Charles 18)
Jasprit Bumrah clean bowled Chris Gayle. What a delight for the young pacer! Mohammed Shami has also bowled his first over but leaked nine runs.
Over 2 || Score 26/0 (Gayle 12; Charles 14)
West Indies got off to a flying start. In the first over bowled by R Ashwin, Charles hit two consecutive sixes. And in the next by Harbhajan Singh, Gayle hit a boundry and a six to collect 12 from the over.
Over 20 || Score 185/5 (Raina 1*; Rohit 98*)
Riding on opener Rohit Sharma's magnificent knock, India managed to put a mammoth total of 185 in front of India. Rohit faced mere 57 balls and hit nine boundaries and seven sixes.
Over 18 || Score 168/4 (Negi 1; Rohit 90)
India lost Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja in last two overs. But unperturbed with all that Rohit is hitting boundaries and sixes from the other end. He has already hit seven sixes and has reached to 90. Pawan Negi has been promoted up the order to get some batting practice ahead of the main event.
RA Jadeja c Nurse b Brathwaite 10 (7b)
Yuvraj Singh c Taylor b Sammy 31 (20)
Over 15 || Score 127/2 (Yuvraj 20; Rohit 71)
It's a rain of boundaries and sixes at Eden Gardens as Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are on song at the moment. Both the batsmen are giving the West Indian bowlers a tough time in the middle.
Over 12 || Score 93/2 (Yuvraj 6; Rohit 51)
Benn picked up his 2nd wicket as he shown Rahane pavilions way in the 9th over. However, opener Rohit Sharma has completed his fifty off mere 37 balls, with the help of five boundaries and three sixes. He is hitting boundaries at will now.
AM Rahane st Ramdin b Benn 7 (10b)
Over 8 || Score 55/1 (Rahane 7; Rohit 24)
Rohit has started to up the ante and is looking for boundaries now. In the 7th over he slapped Benn for a boundary off his first ball. India have crossed the 50-run mark as well.
Over 6 || Score 41/1 (Rahane 2; Rohit 15)
Rohit hit Andre Russell for a six in the 8th over, his first of the match. Indian batsmen need to score runs at a rapid pace now as they have wickets in hand.
Over 5 || Score 33/1 (Rahane 1; Rohit 8)
S Dhawan b Benn 21 (17b)
India have lost opener Dhawan as Sulieman Benn got the better of the opener, who scored 21 before perishing.
India have won the toss and elected to bat first.
India have gone with a consistent playing XI so far in three back to back T20I series. The likes of Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pawan Negi got a solitary outing in the last 11 matches India played against Australia, Sri Lanka and the Asia Cup respectively.
Also Mohammed Shami, who missed out completely in India's campaign in T20Is recently, gets a chance to prove his fitness. Shami was included in the World Cup squad and his back up option is Bhuvi.
On the other hand, West Indies have come to the tournament without their big names of this format Kieron Pollard (injury), Sunil Narine (suspension), Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons (injury).
But, West Indies can take heart from the fact that they still have cricketers in their side, who are being the most sought-after in T20s and have played all over the world in different franchise leagues.