WI grab title after Brathwaite 6, 6, 6, 6

during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India.
during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India.

West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Brathwaite 34*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by four wickets

Write off West Indies cricket at your peril. Less than four months in, 2016 is already a year of great celebration and renewal for cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies won the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies won the Women’s World T20. And now West Indies have won the World T20. In doing so, Darren Sammy’s men have become the first team to win two World T20 tournaments, having also triumphed in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Those are the facts. The how is all the more extraordinary. Set 156 to beat England and win the championship, West Indies found themselves needing 19 off the last over, to be bowled by Ben Stokes. Marlon Samuels, who had steered the chase, was on 85. But he was at the wrong end. This was all down to Carlos Brathwaite, the allrounder who emerged on the Test tour of Australia just a few months ago.

Six. Six. Six. Six. Job done with two balls to spare. The first one was a poor ball from Stokes, down leg, clubbed over deep backward square. Then a length ball slammed down the ground over long-on. Then over long-off. One run needed. Push a single? Why bother when you have the power, like Brathwaite, to crunch another six over the leg side. The West Indies players streamed onto the field in jubilation. They had not only done it. They had done it in style.

And all this from a team that, in the weeks before this tournament, was stuck in another pay dispute with their board. But that is for another day. This day was about what happened on the field, and West Indies dominated the first over of the match and the last over of the match. England, along the way, had their own ups and downs, but by taking wickets throughout the chase gave themselves a strong chance of claiming their second World T20 title.

But if Brathwaite destroyed them at the end, Samuels was the one who chipped away at them through most of the innings. Samuels walked to the crease in the second over of the chase, when England had surprised West Indies by using Joe Root with the new ball, and he duly claimed Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle in his first over. Samuels had a mountain of work to do, and he did it, just as he had in 2012.

Samuels is an enigmatic cricketer, one who seems to spend long periods in hibernation. During those times he looks like a Don’t Care Bear. But when he awakes, he is capable of anything, as he showed during the World T20 final in 2012, when his 78 from 56 balls set up the West Indies victory over Sri Lanka. Here when he came out of his hibernation, he was a Kung Fu Panda, clubbing England’s bowlers and kicking them into the dust.

And he did it with limited support. England’s bowling was good. David Willey picked up 3 for 20, Liam Plunkett was hard to get away, Adil Rashid cost less than six an over. Dwayne Bravo managed 25 off 27 balls but besides him, Samuels and Brathwaite were the only ones to reach double figures. Brathwaite’s final score was 34 from 10 balls, not out. Notably, Root did not bowl an over after taking 2 for 9 in his first.

West Indies found themselves needing 45 off the last four overs, then 38 off the last three, and 27 off the last two. But Eoin Morgan had left himself with Stokes and Root as his only bowling options, and Stokes could not hit the mark. Chasing had again proved successful for West Indies, who did not lose a toss in this tournament and bowled first every time.

You could sense the relief for Darren Sammy, then, when he won the toss for the 10th successive time in T20 internationals, and sent England in. Ball one, Samuel Badree skidded it past the bat of Jason Roy, who was struck on the pad. Not out, sliding down leg. Ball two, Badree skidded it past the bat of Roy and onto the stumps. Roy had starred with 78 in England’s semi-final win over New Zealand, but this was going to be a rather different sort of innings.

When Alex Hales flicked Andre Russell to short fine leg in the next over, it felt like an anti-climax was brewing. So too when Morgan, perplexed by Badree’s wrong’un, edged to Gayle at slip to leave the total at 23 for 3 in the fifth over. But Badree bowled out, his figures of 2 for 16 impressive, and suddenly it was more of a contest.

Root was outstanding in the face of wickets falling around him. He struck seven boundaries and all were from classy, traditional cricket strokes, mostly along the ground, through the gaps. When eventually he innovated, he immolated. On 54 from 36, he fell when he tried to paddle Brathwaite over short fine leg, but in that position Sulieman Benn dived forward to take a sharp catch low to the ground.

West Indies’ fielding was universally outstanding. No catches were dropped, and some of those taken were far from straightforward. Badree, Brathwaite and Russell were all hard to get away. Bravo found three wickets, including those of Stokes and Moeen Ali in the space of three balls. But the fifth bowler – a combination of Benn and Sammy – leaked heavily.

Benn’s three overs cost 40 runs and Jos Buttler clubbed him for a pair of consecutive sixes in his 36 off 22 balls, and Sammy bowled just one over for 14. Sammy finds himself in the strange position of having captained West Indies to one of their greatest triumphs in recent years, but in doing so having almost done himself out of a job. He made only eight runs in this tournament and bowled three overs for 31 runs. In three games he neither batted nor bowled.

But frankly, who cares? Sammy is a dual World T20-winning captain. His men have done what no others in cricket have done. And they have given the Caribbean region a hat-trick of triumphs in 2016. What a year for West Indies.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

Brathwaite sixes take WI to thrilling title win

West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by 4 wickets

Write off West Indies cricket at your peril. Less than four months in, 2016 is already a year of great celebration and renewal for cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies won the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies won the Women’s World T20. And now West Indies have won the World T20. Those are the facts. The how is all the more extraordinary. Needing 19 off the last over against England, Carlos Brathwaite clubbed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to secure the win with two balls to spare.

Full report to follow

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

West Indies bowl in final, both sides unchanged

KOLKATA, INDIA - APRIL 02:  Darren Sammy, Captain of the West Indies and Eoin Morgan, Captain of England pictured during a Captain's Photocall ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final at Eden Gardens on April 2, 2016 in Kolkata, India.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)
KOLKATA, INDIA – APRIL 02: Darren Sammy, Captain of the West Indies and Eoin Morgan, Captain of England pictured during a Captain’s Photocall ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final at Eden Gardens on April 2, 2016 in Kolkata, India. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Darren Sammy won his tenth consecutive toss as West Indies’ T20 captain, and not surprisingly chose to send England in to bat in the World T20 final in Kolkata.

Chasing has been a successful strategy for West Indies so far in this tournament: they have batted second in every match and have lost only once, to Afghanistan in the group stage after already qualifying for the semi-finals. England’s captain Eoin Morgan freely admitted he too would have bowled first on a pitch that looked good for batting.

“It looks a really good surface,” Morgan said. “There’s a big covering of grass, which is a little bit unusual here. Normally it’s quite bare and takes turn. When there’s a covering of grass it’s usually a really good cricket wicket.”

England and West Indies both named unchanged sides, trusting the same XI that brought each team through their respective semi-finals. Whichever team wins in Kolkata, they will be the first side to win the World T20 title more than once, and for West Indies it would be a remarkable achievement given the pay dispute that preceded the tournament.

“We came into this tournament with a lot of confidence,” Sammy said. “I know not many gave us a chance. But we know what we can do…support each other, believe in each other, and today we just have to take one more step against England to win the cup.”

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David Willey, 11 Liam Plunkett

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Sulieman Benn

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

Live Update: World T20 semi-final – India vs West Indies

India 192/2 (20/20 ov)

West Indies 196/3 (19.4/20 ov)
West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Man of the Match: Lendl Simmons (83* off 51; 5x6s & 7x4s)
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Last bat J Charles c Sharma b Kohli 52 (36b 7×4 2×6) SR: 144.44Fall of wicket 116/3 (13.1 ov); Partnership: 97 runs, 10.1 overs, RR: 9.54 (Simmons 47, Charles 47)


The West Indies men and women will be playing their World t20 finals at Eden Gardens on April 3. We all said Chris Gayle would be key to the chase. what did we know? Charles, Simmons and Russell have sunk India in a tremendous display of power-hitting. They sent 11 balls into the stands at the Wankhede to go with 20 fours and that was too much damage for India to control.Spare a thought for Virat Kohli. He’s had an incredible tournament, and tonight it was him against the West Indies, and even his best wasn’t enough.

19.4

Kohli to Russell, SIX, WEST INDIES ARE IN THE WORLD T20 FINAL! Russell has put the length ball in the stands, far beyond deep midwicket and his team-mates rush on to the field in a flash. Celebrations in the middle, deathly silence all around.

19.3

Kohli to Russell, FOUR, mows across the line, the ball races across the turf, there’s no fielder in sight, West Indies are four runs closer! Russell did not hit that well, but he is like the Hulk and it’s good enough

19.2

Kohli to Russell, no run, a good length ball skids on to the pads, Russell pulls and misses, the ball goes to short third man

19.1

Kohli to Simmons, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, pushed towards deep midwicket for a single

Vamsi: “Kohli to bowl the last over, defend and complete taking the mantle from Sachin ?”

VIRAT KOHLI IS BOWLING THE FINAL OVER. Who would have thought it would come to this?

End of over 19 (12 runs) West Indies 185/3 (8 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.73, RRR: 8.00)

    • AD Russell 33 (17b 2×4 3×6)
    • LMP Simmons 81 (50b 7×4 5×6)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-48-0
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-42-1

18.6

Jadeja to Russell, FOUR, What a shot, what incredible power, Russell gets down on one knee and just blitzes the ball to the cover boundary, how quickly that travelled off the ball, tracer buller, as India’s team manager would say

Dhoni talks to his bowler. Grim faces in the crowd. Tense.

They are changing the ball because that was lost in the crowd.

18.5

Jadeja to Russell, SIX, deathly silence at the Wankhede. Length ball with room outside off, Russell slams it straight over the bowler’s head, and very far, very very far

18.4

Jadeja to Russell, no run, gold for India, a dot ball. Bowled full and straight, played back to the bowler.

18.3

Jadeja to Simmons, 1 run, just a single, Simmons pulls but can’t beat the man at deep midwicket

Vish: “Two styles of cricket here… India were dying making singles, where WI, blindly swings for a whopping 4 or 6.”

18.2

Jadeja to Russell, 1 run, flat and fast, slapped down the ground to long on for a single

18.1

Jadeja to Russell, no run, fired wide outside off stump, nearly a wide, but no quite, the batsman slogs and misses

West Indies need 20 off two overs. This is a game of nerves now. Dhoni sets his field, he has a helmet on. So Jadeja is going to bowl.

End of over 18 (12 runs) West Indies 173/3 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.61, RRR: 10.00)

    • LMP Simmons 81 (49b 7×4 5×6)
    • AD Russell 22 (12b 1×4 2×6)
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-42-1
    • A Nehra 4-0-25-1
17.6

Bumrah to Simmons, FOUR, after playing dots off the first three balls, Simmons has taken 12 off the last three! Terrific comeback. The last ball is full and wide outside off. Simmons stands his ground and slashes, third man is in the circle and the ball sails over him for four more

Shakeena: “He is a cat this Lendl Simmons…”

17.5

Bumrah to Simmons, 2 runs, a low full toss, Simmons nails the drive, hitting it hard towards the extra cover boundary, Pandya races to his left and dives to save two runs

17.4

Bumrah to Simmons, SIX, is that a six? Is that caught? It’s all happening! Simmons smashed the slower ball this time, high into the night sky, but when it landed Jadeja was running to his left on the wide long on boundary to take the catch. He was going to go over the boundary and so he lobbed it to Kohli, who caught the throw. But Kohli does not celebrate much, he perhaps knows Jadeja’s foot has touched the boundary just after he caught it. It’s a six!

17.3

Bumrah to Simmons, no run, three dots in a row! A slower one outside off again, this time on a good length, Simmons slogs hard but misses again, pressure building now on West Indies

17.2

Bumrah to Simmons, no run, full and wide outside off, Simmons lunges and slogs, it’s a slower one again but on a very different length, Simmons fails to connect, two huge deliveries for India …

17.1

Bumrah to Simmons, no run, the shorter ball and so slow! Simmons charged and then bailed out of the shot because he was far too early

Akshay: “Tough job for Dhoni here with Bumrah having just one left & need to rely on Ashwin and Jadeja to defend the score at the last.”

West Indies need 32 off 18 balls to qualify for the final. Their Women’s team are already in the final. What a night it would be for them …

End of over 17 (10 runs) West Indies 161/3 (32 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.47, RRR: 10.66)

    • LMP Simmons 69 (43b 6×4 4×6)
    • AD Russell 22 (12b 1×4 2×6)
    • A Nehra 4-0-25-1
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-30-1
16.6

Nehra to Simmons, 1 run, in the blockhole again from around the wicket, driven to long on, Simmons made room by moving outside leg

Mohit: “For all the talk about hard running between the wickets, this ‘stand and deliver’ is SIX times better! ”

16.5

Nehra to Russell, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole, Russell backs away and slugs it towards long on

16.4

Nehra to Russell, SIX, this is some power hitting from Russell, he moves back and towards the off and pulls a short ball over deep midwicket, such power, did not look like he timed it but when you have those muscles …

16.3

Nehra to Russell, no run, in the blockhole, top delivery, Russell plays it back to the bowler

Devansh: “Can India get out of jail just one more time? Over to Dhoni”

16.2

Nehra to Simmons, 1 run, short of a length from around the wicket, Simmons moves forward and towards the off to glance off his hips, doesn’t make proper contact to short fine leg

Sanjit: “This is becoming a cakewalk for Windies. They are belting sixes with no trouble”

16.1

Nehra to Russell, 1 run, a full toss outside off, rather low, Russell hits it to long off for a single

West Indies need only 42 off 24. Nehra has been brought back for his final over. This is a ripping finish.

End of over 16 (13 runs) West Indies 151/3 (42 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.43, RRR: 10.50)

    • LMP Simmons 67 (41b 6×4 4×6)
    • AD Russell 14 (8b 1×4 1×6)
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-30-1
    • HH Pandya 4-0-43-0
15.6

Bumrah to Simmons, SIX, shot! Simmons is playing a blinder, he has silenced his home crowd, he plays for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Bumrah bowls length, Simmons gets under that length and slams the ball over the straight boundary with a powerful drive

15.5

Bumrah to Russell, 1 run, that ball skids at pace off the pitch, cramping Russell for room, he fends the ball down on the leg side for a single

15.4

Bumrah to Simmons, 1 run, in the blockhole, driven hard to Ashwin at cover, there’s no one at the bowler’s end but Ashwin throws and concedes an overthrow

15.3

Bumrah to Simmons, FOUR, he aims for down the ground but the ball flies off the outside edge, it sails in the air towards third man but the fielders are in the circle and that’s another four for the West Indies!

15.2

Bumrah to Simmons, no run, he charges too early, Bumrah sees him coming and shortens the length outside off, Simmons’ slog connects with nothing

15.1

Bumrah to Russell, 1 run, a full toss, Russell bashes it past the bowler, forcing the umpire to duck, Kohli races to his left from long on to save the four

Ganesh K: “More shocking than the no-balls are how the umpires are consistently missing to spot them. Too lax.”

Dhoni’s gone back to Bumrah.

14.6

Pandya to Simmons, SIX

14.6

Pandya to Simmons, 1 no ball, Pandya’s got a wicket of a full toss! That was so friendly just under waist height, and Simmons has slapped it flat and straight to Ashwin at cover. But hang on, Simmons has a second life! Pandya has over-stepped! He will bat on, and he has a free hit coming up. Big no-ball.

14.5

Pandya to Russell, 1 run, clears his front foot and slogs, the ball flies off the outside edge to Bumrah at third man

Sullivan : “That was the first over for Windies without a boundary! That Kohli over! The man can do no wrong!”

14.4

Pandya to Russell, no run, finally he bowls a full ball, has the penny dropped? Full and wide from around the wicket, slanting across the right-hander, Russell lunges and misses

Alex: “Is pandya being stubborn by persisting with short bowling? Does he not realize he is getting hammered?”

14.3

Pandya to Russell, SIX, that’s in the second tier! Russel clears his front foot and pulls, that short ball from Pandya sails high into the night sky, watch out in the stands! Massive, massive hit.

14.2

Pandya to Russell, no run

14.1

Pandya to Russell, FOUR, Pandya keeps bowling short of a length, this time with width outside off, Russell clears his front foot and smears the ball flat and powerfully wide of the fielder at mid off

Abdullah: “And for Kohli’s next magic trick, he will stump a batsman off his own bowling. Magic.”

Ven: “This is just OUT OF BOX thinking and captaincy.. Never expected Virat to bowl at this stage of the innings.. and he picks a wicket first ball.. Is it brilliant captaincy? or brilliant bowling or poor batting? Don’t just understand..”

End of over 14 (4 runs) West Indies 120/3 (73 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.57, RRR: 12.16)

    • AD Russell 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • LMP Simmons 50 (35b 5×4 2×6)
    • V Kohli 1-0-4-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-36-0
13.6

Kohli to Russell, 1 run, a full ball outside off, driven along the ground to long off

13.5

Kohli to Simmons, 1 run, nudged off the back foot towards short fine leg, Simmons enters the World T20 with a half-century in a semi-final, top innings

13.4

Kohli to Simmons, 2 runs, short of a length on middle and leg, played off the pads to deep square leg

13.3

Kohli to Simmons, no run, driven firmly back down the pitch, Kohli dives to his right and fields nimbly, throws the ball back to Dhoni quickly too

13.2

Kohli to Simmons, no run, played off the pads behind square leg

13.1

Kohli to Charles, OUT, would you believe it? He has struck first ball! Can this man do no wrong on the field?

J Charles c Sharma b Kohli 52 (36b 7×4 2×6) SR: 144.44

Required run rate is 11 an over. Game on. West Indies bat very deep, and have power-hitters aplenty.

Karthik from the ground: “It’s bizarre, Jadeja’s bowling today. He seldom gives batsmen this sort of width. And the weirder thing is – Dhoni has cover point inside the circle and extra cover on the boundary, so these balls are essentially free hits.”

Kohli’s going to bowl!!!

End of over 13 (12 runs) West Indies 116/2 (77 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.92, RRR: 11.00)

    • LMP Simmons 47 (31b 5×4 2×6)
    • J Charles 52 (35b 7×4 2×6)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-36-0
    • HH Pandya 3-0-25-0

Ven: “West Indies cruising at the moment. India’s death bowling will be tested again. Last 3 overs by Bumrah and Nehra will decide the match.”

12.6

Jadeja to Simmons, FOUR, Jadeja is copping a hammering, that ball is full and wide outside off, so much room for Simmons to free those arms and blaze the ball over cover point

12.5

Jadeja to Charles, 1 run, flat and short outside off, slapped off the back foot to long off

HariShankar: “@Nicholas : On the contrary I believe India is fast becoming a one man show off late !”

12.4

Jadeja to Simmons, 1 run, cut off the back foot to point, can’t find the gap

12.3

Jadeja to Simmons, FOUR, a powerful cover drive, lofted flat over the infield and that has nearly carried for fix, bounces a foot short of the rope, Simmons got on the front foot, got down on one knee, and carved it

12.2

Jadeja to Charles, 1 run

12.1

Jadeja to Simmons, 1 run, cut off the back foot but he can’t beat backward point

Nicholas: “Excellent chance to show the world WI is more than a one man side.Go Windies!”

End of over 12 (7 runs) West Indies 104/2 (89 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.66, RRR: 11.12)

    • LMP Simmons 37 (27b 3×4 2×6)
    • J Charles 50 (33b 7×4 2×6)
    • HH Pandya 3-0-25-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-24-0
11.6

Pandya to Simmons, 1 run, steps out and hacks at the length ball, hitting it along the ground to long on

11.5

Pandya to Charles, 1 leg bye, a fuller ball outside off, Charles moves outside off stump to swat on the leg side and gets hit on the pad, not sure why Pandya was appealing, that hit the pad miles outside off

Swastik: “This will surely go down to the wire! Bumrah´s remaining two overs might decide the match!”

11.4

Pandya to Charles, no run, backs away outside leg and drills the cover drive to the fielder in the circle

11.3

Pandya to Charles, no run, gets beaten outside off stump, closed the face as the ball held its line

11.2

Pandya to Charles, FOUR, shot! Pandya hasn’t quite learned that he isn’t express pace, keeps banging the ball short of a length and Charles has thumped it off the front foot to the cow corner boundary, the West Indies dugout rises to applaud Charles’ fifty, he’s played really well

Rajesh : “Wonderful passage of play by windies … Taking around 10 an over”

11.1

Pandya to Simmons, 1 run, backs away outside leg and plays the ball towards cover point, Pandya followed the batsman to cramp him for room

Nishan G Shetty: “Hows the pitch behaving now?? Ball turning for spinners?” Nothing for Jadeja, very little for Ashwin.

End of over 11 (13 runs) West Indies 97/2 (96 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.81, RRR: 10.66)

    • LMP Simmons 35 (25b 3×4 2×6)
    • J Charles 46 (29b 6×4 2×6)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-24-0
    • HH Pandya 2-0-19-0
10.6

Jadeja to Simmons, 1 run, that’s a high full toss, pushed to long on, I can’t quite understand why that hasn’t been called a no-ball, definitely above waist I think. Will confirm if I see replays

10.5

Jadeja to Charles, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long off

10.4

Jadeja to Simmons, 1 run, played to short third man for a quick single, Dhoni stands in front of the stumps with his legs spread and lets the ball go through for a direct hit, the batsman is safe though

10.3

Jadeja to Simmons, FOUR, shot! A scorching cover drive, the ball was full and wide outside off and Simmons smashed it off the front foot, the fielder in the circle barely moved before the ball was past him

10.2

Jadeja to Simmons, no run, flat and fast outside off, Simmons cuts hard off the back foot but can’t beat point

Haider: “Can’t tell from the comments, but is Charles throwing caution to the wind, or it is a measured approach?” Relatively measured.

10.1

Jadeja to Simmons, SIX, Jadeja’s in the stands, deep beyond the square leg boundary. That ball was flat and short and Simmons rocked back and pulled hard

Deep: “Pandya has bowled short 95% of the time in this tournament.” That may not be too much of an exaggeration.

Jadeja from around the wicket …

End of over 10 (12 runs) West Indies 84/2 (109 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.40, RRR: 10.90)

    • J Charles 45 (28b 6×4 2×6)
    • LMP Simmons 23 (20b 2×4 1×6)
    • HH Pandya 2-0-19-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-20-0
9.6

Pandya to Charles, no run, a good length ball outside off, Charles stays back and tries to run it to third man but misses

9.5

Pandya to Simmons, 1 leg bye, jumps back to turns the ball through square leg but misses and gets hit on the thigh

Terry: “@Nazir, India had 4 sixes but WI already had 3. They can whack big ones easily”

9.4

Pandya to Charles, 1 run, short of a length at the body, Charles plays a short-arm paddle through square leg

9.3

Pandya to Charles, FOUR, banged in short again and now Pandya’s length is becoming predictable, Charles stays back and hooks to the backward square leg boundary

9.2

Pandya to Charles, SIX, slashed over short third man and has that carried all the way? I think that ball has bounced just short of the boundary line, centimetres short. Nearly on the half-volley. Charles had backed away from another short ball and slashed hard.

Nazir: “Dot Ball percentage is the key difference. at 8.2 overs WI already has the same number of dot balls (27) as the entire Indian innings” I haven’t check that.

9.1

Pandya to Charles, no run, the bouncer outside off, Charles had squared up his stance and was too far away from the ball to hit it

Sameer: “Boy, has Bumrah worked on his fielding!”

End of over 9 (13 runs) West Indies 72/2 (121 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 11.00)

    • LMP Simmons 23 (19b 2×4 1×6)
    • J Charles 34 (23b 5×4 1×6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-20-0
    • HH Pandya 1-0-8-0
8.6

Ashwin to Simmons, 2 runs, steps out and plays the lofted drive over cover, Jadeja runs to his right on the edge of the boundary and stops the ball with his boot

8.5

Ashwin to Simmons, no run, played back to the bowlers

8.4

Ashwin to Charles, 1 run, cut firmly off the back foot and Bumrah stretches out with his right hand at short third man and stops it in the nick of time

8.3

Ashwin to Charles, FOUR, Pandey dives full length on the cow corner boundary to try and stop Charles’ mow across the line but he can’t, superb effort. Charles dragged that offbreak from outside off stump

8.2

Ashwin to Charles, no run, carrom-ball, played back to the bowler

8.1

Ashwin to Charles, SIX, a huge hit in the stands beyond deep midwicket! Gets down on one knee to a flighted delivery, gets under it, and heaves-ho, powerful swing across the line while down on one knee

End of over 8 (8 runs) West Indies 59/2 (134 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.37, RRR: 11.16)

    • J Charles 23 (19b 4×4 0x6)
    • LMP Simmons 21 (17b 2×4 1×6)
    • HH Pandya 1-0-8-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-7-0
7.6

Pandya to Charles, 1 run, played behind square leg gently for a single

7.5

Pandya to Charles, FOUR, that’s not that short at all but Charles meets it on the front foot and pulls flat and hard to the deep square leg boundary, he was well out of his crease when he hit that

7.4

Pandya to Charles, no run, a bouncer, Pandya does love this length, Charles tries to pull but misses

Maddy: “Why wasn’t Simmons selected before!” He was injured and then recovered.

7.3

Pandya to Simmons, 1 run, a fuller ball angling into off and middle, Simmons leans forward and drives to long off

7.2

Pandya to Charles, 1 run, short of a length and straight, the batsman swivels and pulls behind square for a single

Shankar: “India have to be wary here. Windies bat deep and Sammy is a real threat (after all the other threats)”

7.1

Pandya to Simmons, 1 run, good length outside off, pushed off the back foot towards point for a single

Right, I’m back. What have I missed?

Hardik Pandya to bowl.

End of over 7 (7 runs) West Indies 51/2 (142 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.28, RRR: 10.92)

    • LMP Simmons 19 (15b 2×4 1×6)
    • J Charles 17 (15b 3×4 0x6)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-7-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-11-0
6.6

Ashwin to Simmons, 1 run, driven with the spin to long-on

6.5

Ashwin to Simmons, 1 no ball, taken this time. A very similar delivery to the boundary delivery, but Simmons goes after it again. A thick outside edge carries to short third man and Bumrah takes a stunner, diving low to his right. But has Ashwin overstepped? Uh oh, he has. Add salt to the wound, it is a free hit and that blaring noise to signal it too.

6.4

Ashwin to Simmons, no run, slowed up nicely on off, Simmons blocks

6.3

Ashwin to Simmons, no run, a bit of turn. Quicker through the air outside off, turns into Simmons on middle who pats it back to the bowler

6.2

Ashwin to Simmons, FOUR, beats short third man and that is four all day, and night. Short and wide, Simmons flays a cut and finds the gap between point and short third man

6.1

Ashwin to Charles, 1 run, not much flight to start, a shortish length but close enough to off. Forehanded down to long-on

Not a terrible Powerplay in terms of runs for either side, interestingly. India ahead on wickets. R Ashwin brought in

End of over 6 (11 runs) West Indies 44/2 (149 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 10.64)

    • LMP Simmons 14 (9b 1×4 1×6)
    • J Charles 16 (14b 3×4 0x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-11-0
    • A Nehra 3-0-15-1
5.6

Jadeja to Simmons, 2 runs, a top edge just evades a backtracking short fine leg, a couple more. Strays down leg and Simmons is through the pull way too early.

5.5

Jadeja to Simmons, no run, once again, darted in on middle, a tad short though. Bunted away towards cover. Another dot

5.4

Jadeja to Simmons, no run, flatter again on middle, pushed back to the bowler

5.3

Jadeja to Simmons, SIX, beautiful shot. A clean swing of the bat and a lovely place to hit the ball too. Very full on middle, Simmons backs away and offers the full face of the bat, golf-swing. Straight over the long-off boundary

5.2

Jadeja to Simmons, 2 runs, flat again, fired in on Simmons’ pads who flicks to square leg. Sufficiently in the gap in front of square for a couple

rajas.haris: “India cant relax after those two wickets. These two batsmen could also be dangerous if they are going to stay there for few more overs.” – And a few below them

5.1

Jadeja to Charles, 1 run, flat delivery on off to start, not much turn. Enough time for Charles to go back and nudge to square leg

Last over of the Powerplay, WI need some runs off it. Jadeja to bowl

End of over 5 (5 runs) West Indies 33/2 (160 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 10.66)

    • LMP Simmons 4 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • J Charles 15 (13b 3×4 0x6)
    • A Nehra 3-0-15-1
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-17-1
4.6

Nehra to Simmons, no run, pace off the ball again, tight lines around off. Simmons is forced into a defensive stroke.

Rishi: “Only five single in five overs… thats the difference.. Rahane mentioned this in innings break.”

4.5

Nehra to Simmons, FOUR, superb shot from Simmons. A discernibly poor delivery though, short on Simmons’ hips and all he does is pick it off with a swivel pull to the backward square leg boundary. Superlative timing

EHarsh: “Dhoni seems to be setting this up for a trial by spin. 5 straight overs of pace”

4.4

Nehra to Charles, 1 run, slower ball, 104 kph, Charles waited for it and waited some more but still couldn’t time his mow. Skewed away towards square leg

4.3

Nehra to Charles, no run, another dot. 134 kph from Nehra, right there – on and around the top of off. Charles attempts a nudge to the leg side but misses and is struck on the thigh pad.

Pressure building

4.2

Nehra to Charles, no run, good length outside off, not much swing but the lines are pretty good. Charles squeezes his push-drive to backward point

4.1

Nehra to Charles, no run, wild swing, Nehra may have subtly taken pace off the delivery, a good length delivery on off. Charles is way too early through the attempted heave down the ground and is beaten

Thanks, George. The asking rate has climbed over 10. Not much WI can do now apart from go after it. The license!

End of over 4 (9 runs) West Indies 28/2 (165 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.31)

    • LMP Simmons 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
    • J Charles 14 (9b 3×4 0x6)
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-17-1
    • A Nehra 2-0-10-1

Taking a quick break. Over to Nikhil Kalro for a bit.

3.6

Bumrah to Simmons, no run, stays back and opens the face to steer to backward point

Jalebi: “Just looking at Kohli’s tournament stats, you have to either bat really well or extremely poorly for your average to nearly match your strike rate!!! Thankfully, in this case, he’s got an average of 137 and a strike rate of 147!!!”

3.5

Bumrah to Simmons, no run, dabbed from the crease close on the off side

3.4

Bumrah to Charles, 1 run, stays back and chips a good length ball towards midwicket

3.3

Bumrah to Charles, no run, stays in his crease and opens the face to steer the ball to point

3.2

Bumrah to Charles, FOUR, short of a length on the hips, Charles plays a short-arm swat wide of Ashwin at short fine leg, he chooses not to dive but has no chance once the ball gets past him

3.1

Bumrah to Charles, FOUR, a length ball and Charles hits it with the angle, swivelling on the front foot and pulling towards deep midwicket, the ball bounces just inside the boundary

End of over 3 (5 runs) West Indies 19/2 (174 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 10.23)

    • J Charles 5 (5b 1×4 0x6)
    • A Nehra 2-0-10-1
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-8-1

nd of over 3 (5 runs) West Indies 19/2 (174 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 10.23)

    • J Charles 5 (5b 1×4 0x6)
    • A Nehra 2-0-10-1
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-8-1
2.6

Nehra to Samuels, OUT

MN Samuels c Rahane b Nehra 8 (7b 2×4 0x6) SR: 114.28

2.5

Nehra to Samuels, no run, cut off the back foot but he has mis-timed it into the ground towards point

2.4

Nehra to Charles, 1 leg bye, that’s not short enough to pull and Charles gets caught in the headlights, he swivels and gets hit on the right side of his chest, the ball drops at his feet and they run a leg bye

Rummy: “With Samuels, lets keep an eye on running between the wickets.”

2.3

Nehra to Charles, no run, squares up his stance and swats the short of a length ball angling across him towards mid-on

2.2

Nehra to Charles, no run, a loud and prolonged appeal for lbw but that was too high, hit him on the thigh as Charles tried to play towards leg

2.1

Nehra to Charles, FOUR, too full and Charles drills the straight drive past the bowler and Hardik Pandya can’t cut it off with a dive to his left from mid-on

End of over 2 (8 runs) West Indies 14/1 (179 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 9.94)

    • MN Samuels 8 (5b 2×4 0x6)
    • J Charles 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-8-1
    • A Nehra 1-0-6-0
1.6

Bumrah to Samuels, FOUR, lovely shot that, Samuels stays back and laces the ball through cover point with a graceful drive

Jagan: “What a bowler Bumrah is turning out to be for India…!!! Removing the best hitters in the game like Maxwell & Gayle with his magical deliveries…!!! #CleanBowled ”

1.5

Bumrah to Samuels, no run, short of a length just outside off, Samuels stays back and defends towards point

1.4

Bumrah to Samuels, no run, jumps back and outside leg and he gets hit on the thigh by a short of a length ball that jags into him

1.3

Bumrah to Samuels, FOUR, stays back and moves towards leg and pokes at a good length ball outside off and the edge flies wide of slip to third man

1.2

Bumrah to Samuels, no run, good length slanting into the right-hander, dabbed off the pads towards midwicket

Shad: “Gayle or not, WI have the fire power to chase this target down. India however also have a very effective bowling attack to choke them back. First 6 overs could break this game open.” Is that the first crack?

Marlon Samuels at No. 3, not Simmons. Leg slip in place.

Bumrah to Samuels, no run

1.1

Bumrah to Gayle, OUT, and that may be why! Bowled him! A low full toss, angling across the left-hander from over the wicket and swinging back in a touch, Gayle plays across the line and plays all around it, the ball crashes into the base of off stump and Bumrah wheels away in ecstatic celebration as the Wankhede roars

CH Gayle b Bumrah 5 (6b 1×4 0x6) SR: 83.33

From Bharath Seervi: “Kohli’s strike rate of 189.36 is the highest by a batsman facing 40 or more balls and hitting just one or no sixes in a T20I inns.”

Jasprit Bumrah is going to bowl. Not Ashwin. To Gayle.

1.1

Bumrah to Gayle, OUT, and that may be why! Bowled him!

CH Gayle b Bumrah 5 (6b 1×4 0x6) SR: 83.33

From Bharath Seervi: “Kohli’s strike rate of 189.36 is the highest by a batsman facing 40 or more balls and hitting just one or no sixes in a T20I inns.”

Jasprit Bumrah is going to bowl. Not Ashwin. To Gayle.

End of over 1 (6 runs) West Indies 6/0 (187 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.84)

    • CH Gayle 5 (5b 1×4 0x6)
    • J Charles 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • A Nehra 1-0-6-0

Kohli has come back on to the field at the end of the over.

0.6

Nehra to Gayle, 1 run, a fuller ball on middle and off, Gayle tucks it through square leg

0.5

Nehra to Gayle, FOUR, too short and this time it sits up, Gayle stays in his crease and pulls to the midwicket boundary, no fuss

0.4

Nehra to Gayle, no run, short ball, it rises on the batsman, Gayle shapes to pull but bails out of the shot

0.3

Nehra to Gayle, no run, Gayle has a half-waft at a fuller ball that shapes away from the left-hander, inside-edge past the stumps!

There are two slips in place.

0.2

Nehra to Gayle, no run

0.1

Nehra to Charles, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, Charles stays in his crease and turns the ball off his pads behind square


 

Kohli 89* powers India to 192/2

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End of over 20 (12 runs) India 192/2

    • V Kohli 89 (47b 11×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 15 (9b 1×4 0x6)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-44-0
    • AD Russell 4-0-47-1

8.40 pm Do India have enough? 192 is a solid score, a strong score, possibly a winning score. If India can negate Chris Gayle.

This is what happened off 8.3 – “Bravo to Kohli, no run, Kohli has been reprieved and how! Bravo beat him with a dipping slower ball and for some unearthly reason, at this stage of the game, Kohli wanted to steal a bye to the keeper. He charged out of his crease for a crazy bye and Rahane sent him back. Ramdin under-armed at the stumps and just missed off stump. Kohli was so far out that Bravo collected the throw in the middle of the pitch and threw at the stumps, but he missed leg stump by a whisker. Kohli survives. West Indies have their hands on their heads. What on earth has happened.”

And this is what happened off 8.4 – “another run out chance! Kohli races back for the second and has to dive full length but he would not have made it had Ramdin collected the throw cleanly from deep square leg”

Kohli was early into his innings then. Massive moments in the game.

Kapil: “West Indies had a chance to take Kohli out of equation when he was 1 off 2 balls and he has scored 88 more runs off 43 balls. I bet any other India batsmen couldn’t have scored 30% of those. This is the most purplest of patch I have seen any batsmen to be in”

End of over 20 (12 runs) India 192/2

    • V Kohli 89 (47b 11×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 15 (9b 1×4 0x6)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-44-0
    • AD Russell 4-0-47-1
19.6

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run

19.5

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, a full ball on middle stump, Kohli stays on middle stump, stays balanced and smashes it flat and hard towards the wide long on boundary, just bounces inside the rope

19.4

Bravo to Dhoni, 3 runs, another slower ball, Dhoni mis-times the pull in the air but it falls short of the fielder at deep midwicket, they run two, that isn’t surprising though they had to race for it, but what they don’t do is over-run the second, they stop as soon as the sprint is finished and capitalise on the bad throw, they sprint the third. Superlative running

19.3

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, in he blockhole outside off, Kohli square drives but can’t beat point, great final over so far for West Indies, only four runs off the first three balls

19.2

Bravo to Kohli, 2 runs, he’s finally mis-timed one and Simmons has dropped the catch on the deep midwicket boundary! Kohli lunged at the dipping slower ball and swung across the line, lofting it in the air towards deep midwicket, Simmons ran to his right and dived but could not hold on

19.1

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, a full toss on the pads, he’s got away with that one, Dhoni swats it to the fielder at deep midwicket for a single … but that means …

Ared: “All the good bowling effort of West Indies has been nullified by the quick singles these guys took. Kohli has shown that T20 isn’t just about raw power but one can score runs by sticking to the basics and being insanely fit. ”

during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi Final match between West Indies and India at Wankhede Stadium on March 31, 2016 in Mumbai, India.
during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi Final match between West Indies and India at Wankhede Stadium on March 31, 2016 in Mumbai, India.

End of over 19 (19 runs) India 180/2 (RR: 9.47)

    • V Kohli 81 (43b 10×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 11 (7b 1×4 0x6)
    • AD Russell 4-0-47-1
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-32-0
18.6

Russell to Kohli, FOUR

18.5

Russell to Kohli, FOUR

18.4

Russell to Kohli, 2 runs, the yorker, Kohli digs it out in front of square and they race through for a single, and then they race back for the second, I have not seen better running in cricket than Kohli and Dhoni in these last two games

18.3

Russell to Kohli, SIX, the length ball has disappeared! Kohli gets on the front foot and uses the wide outside off to free his arms and smash the ball cleanly over long on

Here’s an unconventional though from Ratnakar: “Can we have Brathwaite doing a Jason Roy at top of the order? He’s not going to bat at 9 is he?”

18.2

Russell to Kohli, 2 runs, nearly in the blockhole outside off, Kohli is good enough to open the face as he drives and place the ball through backward point

18.1

Russell to Dhoni, 1 run, in the blockhole, Dhoni stays in his crease and drills the drive to long off

Mohit Shah: “In the 80s n 90s, the Yorker (toe-crusher) and the Bouncers were the norms .. but in these T20 games .. it’s the Off-cutters and the Back-of-the-arm Fauknersish balls the norms .. Tough for the bowlers to adapt” Evolve or …

End of over 18 (11 runs) India 161/2 (RR: 8.94)

    • V Kohli 63 (38b 8×4 0x6)
    • MS Dhoni 10 (6b 1×4 0x6)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-32-0
    • CR Brathwaite 4-0-38-0
17.6

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR

17.5

Bravo to Kohli, no run, mis-timed back to the bowler, Bravo does not turn around and try and run out Dhoni

17.4

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, that’s swatted flat in the air, Brathwaite comes running in from the long-on boundary and dives forward to try and catch it, the ball bounces just in front of him and goes past for four. Kohli dragged that with a flat bat from wide outside off

17.3

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves his front foot outside leg and drives a near-blockhole ball to long on for a single

17.2

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, a length ball outside off, Kohli’s bottom hand comes off the bat as he drives to deep cover

17.1

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, a slower full toss, quite high with not much dip, Dhoni tries to glance to the fine leg boundary but short fine leg is in the way, Bravo is lucky to get away there

Karthik Sukumar: “Without a strict diet and a grueling fitness regime, this kind of running is so tough! Brilliant, and great to see how far Indian cricket has come in terms of fitness.”

End of over 17 (17 runs) India 150/2 (RR: 8.82)

    • V Kohli 54 (34b 6×4 0x6)
    • MS Dhoni 8 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • CR Brathwaite 4-0-38-0
    • AD Russell 3-0-28-1
16.6

Brathwaite to Kohli, FOUR, off the toe of the bat and wide of the keeper to the third man boundary! Kohli keeps whipping those wrists of his and somehow manages to place his mis-hits too, that ball was full outside off, he was aiming for cover point by making room and driving

16.5

Brathwaite to Kohli, 2 runs, a mis-hit has resulted in a hard-run two and Kohli has another fifty! He played a checked-pull and the ball lobbed in the air towards mid-on, the fielder had to come in from the long on boundary and there was enough time for Dhoni to race back to the danger end

alok: “Dont know which West Indies will turn up today..if they are good, even 250 is not defendable and at times even 132 is tooo good for em”

16.4

Brathwaite to Kohli, FOUR, short of a length and Kohli pulls it behind square for four, he knows where the field is so he uses his wrists to place it away from the fielder in the deep

16.3

Brathwaite to Dhoni, 1 run, a slower ball outside off, pushed off the front foot towards cover, doesn’t beat the infield so just the single

16.2

Brathwaite to Dhoni, 2 runs, driven through cover and once again the running is jaw-dropping, Dhoni is steaming between the wickets

16.1

Brathwaite to Dhoni, FOUR, shot! Gets down low and moves towards the off side to paddle a low full toss from outside off stump wide of the fielder at short fine leg

Mayur Dave: “@Nishan, His role was to not give away his wicket as easily as Dhawan has been doing so as to ensure a launching pad in the death overs – at least he got out playing an attacking shot. It was not a futile innings by any means.” Explanation enough, I think. Thanks!

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 133/2 (RR: 8.31)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 44 (31b 4×4 0x6)
    • AD Russell 3-0-28-1
    • CR Brathwaite 3-0-21-0
15.6

Russell to Dhoni, 1 run

15.6

Russell to Dhoni, 1 wide

15.5

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, a high full toss outside off, driven off the front foot – he was out of his crease – through cover

15.4

Russell to Kohli, 2 runs, there you go, Kohli plays it towards midwicket gently and they thunder between the wickets for the second run

India might not mind that wicket, considering all the power they have left in the line-up.

Nishan G Shetty: “I respect Rahane’s Cricket. But anyone explain to me his tactics here?”

Dhoni is in the middle, expect more superb running.

15.3

Russell to Rahane, OUT, caught right on the edge of the square leg boundary! Bravo is the catcher and he turns to the fans and does his champion celebration. It was a short ball and Rahane pulled it straight to the fielder, he hit it with the bottom of his bat

AM Rahane c Bravo b Russell 40 (35b 2×4 0x6) SR: 114.28

15.2

Russell to Kohli, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole again and Kohli drives through cover, giving Charles more work to do on the boundary, he’s earned his dinner tonight, has Charles

15.1

Russell to Kohli, no run, in the blockhole, Kohli tries to drive on the leg side but gets an inside edge on to his boot and towards the bowler

14.6

Brathwaite to Rahane, no run, defended on the off side

14.5

Brathwaite to Kohli, 1 run, a full toss, Kohli was out of his crease and managed to pull towards the leg side

14.4

Brathwaite to Kohli, FOUR, that is amazing, what has Kohli done here? The ball was full just outside off, there are two fielders at backward point and Kohli square drives the ball hard into the ground, opening the face to slice it and it bounces over the fielder and screams to the boundary

14.3

Brathwaite to Kohli, no run, steps out again but Brathwaite counters by firing the ball full and fast outside off, Kohli reaches for it but is beaten

14.2

Brathwaite to Rahane, 1 run, pushed towards long on for a single

Bala: “The big difference between the two teams : RUNNING. Isn’t it?” India were outstanding between the wickets against Australia, and tonight too.

14.1

Brathwaite to Kohli, 1 run, steps out of his crease to take the ball almost on the full and drives to long off

Arun: “If Rahane needs this much time to get familiar with the pitch, he should have probably slept on the pitch overnight.”

Rashu: “Good feature about this partnership from both batsmen is the number of runs that they have run. 1’s and 2’s. keeps the clock on the scoreboard ticking and keeps the fielders under pressure.”

Brendan: “I suppose this was always going to be the case, but it already feels like the entire chase hinges on Gayle. I’d love to see how the win predictor changes with getting him out early.”

Brathwaite is back …

Last bat RG Sharma lbw b Badree 43 (31b 3×4 3×6) SR: 138.70Fall of wicket 62/1 (7.2 ov); Partnership: 62 runs, 7.2 overs, RR: 8.45 (Sharma 43, Rahane 17)


Arun: “If Rahane needs this much time to get familiar with the pitch, he should have probably slept on the pitch overnight.”

Rashu: “Good feature about this partnership from both batsmen is the number of runs that they have run. 1’s and 2’s. keeps the clock on the scoreboard ticking and keeps the fielders under pressure.”

End of over 14 (11 runs) India 120/1 (RR: 8.57)

    • V Kohli 34 (23b 3×4 0x6)
    • AM Rahane 39 (32b 2×4 0x6)
    • SJ Benn 4-0-36-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-21-0
13.6

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, pushed off the front foot behind point and Kohli sprints to keep the strike

13.5

Benn to Kohli, 2 runs, a full ball outside off, Charles has to rev through the gears to run to his right and slide to intercept that Kohli cover drive

13.4

Benn to Rahane, 1 run, width outside off and Rahane goes back to cut through point

13.3

Benn to Rahane, 2 runs, the intent is for two as soon as Rahane turns the ball gently off the pads behind square, after the debacle of 8.3 and 8.4, the running has been spectacular

13.2

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, dabbed on the leg side for a single

13.1

Benn to Kohli, FOUR, a scorching square drive, just a little wide outside off and Kohli flays the ball through point with his wrists, that raced away

Sid Mahapatra: “Don’t mean to sound overly critical, but India needs to get a move on right now. Anything less than 180 would be difficult to defend..”

GBA: “7 overs to go – at 10 an over that’s still less than 180, which is probably not enough. India need to get on the gas now.”

Benn returns …

End of over 13 (11 runs) India 109/1 (RR: 8.38)

    • V Kohli 26 (19b 2×4 0x6)
    • AM Rahane 36 (30b 2×4 0x6)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-21-0
    • SJ Benn 3-0-25-0
12.6

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, a full ball on middle and leg, Kohli plays a whippy drive to long on but timed it too well to get more than a single

12.5

Bravo to Kohli, 2 runs, Kohli steps out of his crease and waits a bit for the slower one to reach him before driving to the right to deep cover, Samuels the fielder and he can’t prevent the second

12.4

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, a full toss, Kohli meets it on the front foot and whips it powerfully to deep square leg, Russell comes hurtling to his right and dives at top speed, but he was touching the rope as he made contact with the ball

Kausthub : “10.2 was 2 runs and not 1 run! Cricinfo got it correct initially, and the match scorer didn’t! Now even cricinfo has got it as 1 run. Which I believe is not correct!” The batsmen did not complete a run.

12.3

Bravo to Kohli, 2 runs

12.2

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, Bravo races after Rahane’s chip off the front foot towards midwicket to prevent the batsmen from taking the second

12.1

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball short of a length outside off, steered from the crease to short third man for a quick single

Anantha: “Would India change their tempo by a nding Pandya up the order on his IPL home ground? I think it would be a good idea in place of the struggling Raina. ”

End of over 12 (7 runs) India 98/1 (RR: 8.16)

    • V Kohli 16 (14b 1×4 0x6)
    • AM Rahane 35 (29b 2×4 0x6)
    • SJ Benn 3-0-25-0
    • CR Brathwaite 2-0-14-0
11.6

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, clipped off the pads through midwicket for another single

Amit: “@gav: I think it was Gandalf yelling “you shall not pass””

11.5

Benn to Rahane, 1 run, glanced off the pads to short fine leg

11.4

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, driven to long off, Russell is the fielder and there’s no two on offer

11.3

Benn to Rahane, 1 run, short ball and Rahane pulls hard to wide long on, Brathwaite covers ground to his right quickly and slides to keep the batsmen to one this time

11.2

Benn to Rahane, 2 runs

gav: “Watching the highlights of 8.3 the only logical explanation for what happened is that Yoda put a force field around the stumps because he didn’t want to see Kohli get out in such a silly way.”

11.1

Benn to Kohli, 1 run, cut off the back foot to deep point for a single

Alex Franklin: “Such a brain fade from kohli. His embarrassment showed itself in the next ball. Forgetting that you can be run out of a free-hit. Now we know he is a human after all ”

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 91/1 (RR: 8.27)

    • V Kohli 13 (11b 1×4 0x6)
    • AM Rahane 31 (26b 2×4 0x6)
    • CR Brathwaite 2-0-14-0
    • S Badree 4-0-26-1
10.6

Brathwaite to Kohli, 1 run, steps out and towards leg to flick a full ball through midwicket, just the single this time

10.5

Brathwaite to Rahane, 1 run, flicked again, a full ball on the pads this time, Simmons fields on the long leg boundary

10.4

Brathwaite to Rahane, no run, on the pads, length perfect to flick, and Rahane makes contact, Badree moves quickly to his left at short fine leg to intercept

Vinay S Kulkarn: “I would say India have done pretty well against Badree. Their strike bowler and have only given him the one wicket. They should now get quick runs against others except the tricky Bravo’s bowling.”

10.3

Brathwaite to Kohli, 1 run, pushed towards long on for a single

10.2

Brathwaite to Kohli, 2 runs, stays back and dabs the ball with soft hands into the gap at midwicket, Russell steams in from the deep but even he can’t prevent the second, I doubt anyone would have been able to if Russell couldn’t

10.1

Brathwaite to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, swatted off the front foot behind square, gets to the fielder on the first bounce

Helter-skelter stuff in the middle. Kohli is so lucky to be there. He survived three run-out chances in two balls. Ramdin and Bravo will be kicking themselves.

End of over 10 (10 runs) India 86/1 (RR: 8.60)

    • AM Rahane 29 (23b 2×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 10 (8b 1×4 0x6)
    • S Badree 4-0-26-1
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-0
9.6

Badree to Rahane, 1 run, good length outside off, dabbed off the back foot towards point

9.5

Badree to Rahane, FOUR, that is a filthy long hop (is there another kind?) and Rahane goes back and hammers the pull with tremendous power to the midwicket boundary

Raghu ifmr: “That over just gave me a heart attack.. That was heart stopping than all Game of thrones 9th episodes of all seasons combined.”

9.4

Badree to Kohli, 1 run, cut off the back foot to deep point

9.3

Badree to Rahane, 1 run, flicked off the front foot in front of square leg for a single

Vishwesh: “George, I pity your fingers at balls 8.4 and 8.5!” Cheers, I hope I got it all!

9.2

Badree to Rahane, no run, played back to the bowler off the back foot

9.1

Badree to Rahane, 2 runs, cut off the back foot through point for two more

9.1

Badree to Rahane, 1 wide, bowled down leg side, that’s a wide

End of over 9 (10 runs) India 76/1 (RR: 8.44)

    • V Kohli 9 (7b 1×4 0x6)
    • AM Rahane 21 (18b 1×4 0x6)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-0
    • S Badree 3-0-16-1
8.6

Bravo to Kohli, 2 runs, turned through midwicket with those sublime wrists and this time the double is easier to complete

8.5

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, slashes and four! The thick edge flies between the keeper and short third man, Kohli marks the occasion with a fist pump. Adrenalin is not in short supply out there.

8.4

Bravo to Kohli, 2 runs, another run out chance! Kohli races back for the second and has to dive full length but he would not have made it had Ramdin collected the throw cleanly from deep square leg

8.3

Bravo to Kohli, no run, Kohli has been reprieved and how! Bravo beat him with a dipping slower ball and for some unearthly reason, at this stage of the game, Kohli wanted to steal a bye to the keeper. He charged out of his crease for a crazy bye and Rahane sent him back. Ramdin under-armed at the stumps and just missed off stump. Kohli was so far out that Bravo collected the throw in the middle of the pitch and threw at the stumps, but he missed leg stump by a whisker. Kohli survives. West Indies have their hands on their heads. What on earth has happened.

8.3

Bravo to Kohli, 1 no ball, another bouncer, Kohli misses the pull and then looks expectantly at the umpire, there’s no call of no-ball at first but Kohli insists and eventually the arm goes up. West Indies are not happy. Free hit coming up

8.2

Bravo to Kohli, no run, the faster bouncer, outside off, Kohli drops his wrists and lets it go

Deepanshu: “Kohli should be mentally chasing a score of 200! ”

8.1

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, there’s the first of many, a slower ball that dips on the batsman, played off the front foot to midwicket

krishnan: “I think we need to stop jinxing kohli.. too much pressure..”

Srashta: “Don’t know about popular opinion but anyone who has played 10 plus balls in the power play and gets out with a SR of less than 150 is a big liability on the team. In T20 the biggest gamble is taking time in the name of “settling in” and India has lost so much at the same gamble !”

Dwayne Bravo, the master of the slower dipper, into the attack.

End of over 8 (4 runs) India 66/1 (RR: 8.25)

    • AM Rahane 20 (17b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • S Badree 3-0-16-1
    • SJ Benn 2-0-18-0
7.6

Badree to Rahane, 1 run, that was the googly and Rahane goes back and hits it to deep midwicket

7.5

Badree to Rahane, 2 runs, shorter length with some width outside off, slapped off the back foot to deep cover where Charles fields

7.4

Badree to Rahane, no run, slides on with the arm again, wicket to wicket line, Rahane comes forward to block but gets hit on the pad

7.3

Badree to Kohli, 1 run, slides down leg side and Kohli tucks it off his pads behind square

Virat Kohli is the new batsman. He’s not chasing this time. Can he be as good batting first?

7.2

Badree to Sharma, OUT, lbw! Rohit was looking to turn the ball on the leg side but he was caught on the crease in front of the stumps as Badree slid one on with the arm, that looked pretty good at first glance. It hit the back pad. Gone. West Indies have their first wicket … but that means …

RG Sharma lbw b Badree 43 (31b 3×4 3×6) SR: 138.70

7.1

Badree to Sharma, no run, tries to drive on the leg side but misses one that drifts on to his pads

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 62/0 (RR: 8.85)

    • AM Rahane 17 (14b 1×4 0x6)
    • RG Sharma 43 (29b 3×4 3×6)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-18-0
    • AD Russell 2-0-22-0
6.6

Benn to Rahane, 2 runs, short ball, pulled to wide long on where Charles gets to the ball after running to his right and dives to make the save, he then gets up and hesitates a bit because Russell had come in to perform the tandem act, but Charles threw it back in the end

6.5

Benn to Rahane, 2 runs, quick and straight from Benn, dabbed off the back foot just in front of square leg but there’s no fielder in the circle and Ramdin has to run after it from behind the stumps

6.4

Benn to Sharma, 1 run, played off the back foot towards cover point

Srini4114: “Now this seriously worries me as an Indian fan.. The size of the boundaries, Good bounce for the batsmen and the dew factor.. Wonder what Gayle can do irrespective of the target..” Maybe India should make him dive around the field more?

6.3

Benn to Rahane, 1 run, played off the back foot to long on for a single

6.2

Benn to Sharma, 1 run, jumps back and whips the flat ball with the angle into him from around the wicket through square leg

6.1

Benn to Sharma, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

Rekhav: “Seems like WI strategy is working, they are not taking wickets to keep away Virat Kohli :P”

Benn to bowl …

0.1

Russell to Sharma, no run, a full ball on the pads, hittable, Rohit leans across in his crease and flicks gently, to midwicket

0.2

Russell to Sharma, no run, that holds its line from a good length outside off, Rohit tried to defend from his crease and ended up playing inside the line and was beaten

0.3

Russell to Sharma, no run, good length and angling into the pads, Rohit misses the glance and gets hit on the thigh, he wants the leg bye but Russell moves across to field so quickly that Rahane sends him back

0.4

Russell to Sharma, 1 run, shoddy fielding from Badree at midwicket, Rohit turned the ball off the pads straight to him and he came running in and just let it go past

0.5

Russell to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length and that ball climbs on Rahane who gets on tip-toe and fends it down behind square leg for a single

0.6

Russell to Sharma, no run, good length just outside off, defended from the crease on the off side, top start by Russell

End of over 1 (2 runs) India 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • RG Sharma 1 (5b)
    • AM Rahane 1 (1b)
    • AD Russell 1-0-2-0

Praveen81: “”I suggest one of either Rahane or Rohit should start blistering right from beginning. Its their home ground and they know the pitch”

Badree to bowl legspin from over the wicket.

1.1

Badree to Rahane, 1 run, good length and straight, Rahane goes back and clips through square leg for his second run off as many balls

1.2

Badree to Sharma, 1 leg bye, what’s happened there? Badree flights the googly into the right-hander, Rohit moves his front foot outside leg and tries to play through the leg side, gets hit on the pad and the ball goes past the keeper towards third man

1.3

Badree to Rahane, no run, skiddy ball coming into the right-hander, defended on the back foot

1.4

Badree to Rahane, no run, another flat and brisk delivery from the legspinner, played into the leg side

1.5

Badree to Rahane, 1 run, turned behind square leg for a single

Ajeet: “Take singles Rohit. Take singles.”

1.6

Badree to Sharma, 1 run, there’s one, short of a length around off stump, Rohit stays back and taps it towards long-on, where the fielder is on the boundary

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • RG Sharma 2 (7b)
    • AM Rahane 3 (5b)
    • S Badree 1-0-3-0
    • AD Russell 1-0-2-0

Raghu ifmr: “Where is that first boundary that will settle everybody’s nerves?”

Carlos Brathwaite from over the wicket …

2.1

Brathwaite to Sharma, SIX, and there it is! Rohit leans forward and towards the off side to launch a length ball through the line over long-on, clean strike

2.2

Brathwaite to Sharma, no run, extra bounce outside off from short of a length, Rohit rises and tries to cut but is beaten

2.3

Brathwaite to Sharma, 1 run, a length ball angling in to middle stump, Rohit presses forward and plays the ball through square leg by closing the face of the bat

2.4

Brathwaite to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane moves forward and towards the off and jabs the ball down towards midwicket where Badree is on the edge of the circle

2.5

Brathwaite to Sharma, no run, a full delivery on off stump, Rohit drives off the front foot but can’t beat mid-off

2.6

Brathwaite to Sharma, 1 run, a hard-run single and a full-length dive to beat the throw from mid-on, though Benn missed at the bowler’s end. Rohit knew he had not pushed the ball forcefully to the fielder and called immediately

End of over 3 (9 runs) India 15/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • RG Sharma 10 (12b 1×6)
    • AM Rahane 4 (6b)
    • CR Brathwaite 1-0-9-0
    • S Badree 1-0-3-0

Varun: “How is the pitch playing? Is this more like the track Windies blasted England?” Good bounce, ball coming on to the bat, value for shots.

Benn replaces Badree, left-arm spin from around the wicket.

3.1

Benn to Sharma, 2 runs, Rohit opens the face as it turns a little and guides it past the diving Gayle at first slip

3.2

Benn to Sharma, no run, goes back and gently defends to the bowler, some turn and bounce for the towering Benn

3.3

Benn to Sharma, no run, the quicker and flatter ball outside off, Rohit stays in his crease and drives firmly but can’t beat cover

3.4

Benn to Sharma, FOUR, shot! Rohit has time to go back because the length is short and space to free his arms because the line is wide, he then laces the ball through cover with a lovely drive

3.5

Benn to Sharma, FOUR, on the front foot this time, down on one knee, and he executes the sweep perfectly, after that previous ball Benn bowled fuller and on the pads

3.6

Benn to Sharma, 1 run, played with soft hands on the off side for a single

End of over 4 (11 runs) India 26/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • RG Sharma 21 (18b 2×4 1×6)
    • AM Rahane 4 (6b)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-11-0
    • CR Brathwaite 1-0-9-0

Sultan: “I don’t know is it just me or everybody thinks the same way. Why can’t India start with a bang England & New Zealand scored nearly 10 an over the other day in the first 6 overs and India are scoring @ 6 an over and its already 4 overs of power play gone.” They just play a different way.

Badree switches ends.

4.1

Badree to Sharma, 1 run, a full ball outside leg stump, clipped off his toes behind square for a single

4.2

Badree to Rahane, no run, short ball but it is quite quick, zips on to the batsman and he has to hurry to swat it back to the bowler

4.3

Badree to Rahane, FOUR, edged and four! Rahane was looking to go inside out over extra cover but got a thick edge that flew past short third man

4.4

Badree to Rahane, 2 runs, too short this time and Rahane pulls, the ball looks to be getting away from Bravo running to his right from long on but he kicks the ball to prevent it from reaching the boundary

4.5

Badree to Rahane, 1 run, turned off the pads towards square leg

4.6

Badree to Sharma, 1 run, flat and full, on off and middle, nudged towards midwicket for one more, India moving along nicely now

End of over 5 (9 runs) India 35/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • RG Sharma 23 (20b 2×4 1×6)
    • AM Rahane 11 (10b 1×4)
    • S Badree 2-0-12-0
    • SJ Benn 1-0-11-0

Bhavin: “@Sultan: To start with bang you need to have player like Guptil and Roy. Dhawan is what we got who is completely out of form.”

Karthik Sukumar: “Why is everyone so impatient? WI have bowled well and that reflects on IND score right now. Ind as done well in my opinion so far. ”

5.1

Russell to Sharma, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, Rohit tries to turn through square but misses

5.2

Russell to Sharma, (no ball) SIX, that’s a high full toss, and Rohit smashes it, pulling it high and far over the long leg boundary, that was a fast ball above the waist but Rohit was quick enough to pounce. A no-ball for height and a free-hit coming up.

5.2

Russell to Sharma, SIX, wham! The free-hit is a length ball, Rohit clears his front foot, presses forward and frees his arms, smashing the ball dead straight over the bowler’s head

5.3

Russell to Sharma, 1 run, played off the back foot towards point for a single

5.4

Russell to Rahane, 1 run, dabs the ball to third man off the back foot for a single

5.5

Russell to Sharma, FOUR, short ball, poor length, it sits up, and Rohit is in his element now on an absolute batting beauty of a pitch, he rocks back and pulls the ball over midwicket

Bumble: “Dhawan is so unlucky to miss the train today, he is one innings away from retaining his place for the next quarter.”

5.6

Russell to Sharma, 1 run, driven off the front foot into the covers where Gayle dives to make the stop

End of over 6 (20 runs) India 55/0 (RR: 9.16)

    • RG Sharma 41 (26b 3×4 3×6)
    • AM Rahane 12 (11b 1×4)
    • AD Russell 2-0-22-0
    • S Badree 2-0-12-0

Rekhav: “Seems like WI strategy is working, they are not taking wickets to keep away Virat Kohli :P”

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Back-to-back sixes for Rohit Sharma (36*) as India race to 50/0 in 5.4 overs

West Indies Playing XI

Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin(w), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn

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India Playing XI – Both Rahane and Pandey included

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah

India Playing XI – Both Rahane and Pandey included

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah

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We were looking to bowl first as well. There is dew later on but you can put the opposition under pressure with a big score. We haven’t quite been at our best. This is one wicket that has something for everyone. Not the biggest boundaries and you can freely play your shots. As far as the atmosphere is concerned, it’s hard to go beyond the Wankhede stadium.

MS Dhoni
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We are going to bowl first. As I have said from the beginning, we came here for a mission. Gayle comes in for Lewis. We came here to win and before the tournament we said that we have to beat India at home. After India, probably the second favourite team would be us.

Sammy after winning the toss

West Indies elect to bowl first

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the coin toss and decided to field first against India in the second semi-final of the World T20 at the Wankhede.

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This format is the too tight, its the shortest format of the game. Things can happen very quickly, there can be upsets along the way. Deep down, you have to focus on what you do best and keep hammering away at that. And take it one step at a time. You cannot look too far ahead in this format.

Ravi Shastri

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To be honest, I just want 22 yards long and probably six feet wide. That’s what I want. That’s a good cricket wicket. We play on whatever. It is a semi-final, a lot is at stake, whatever is given we are ready to face the challenge.

Darren Sammy

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It’s going to be a cracker of a game tonight with the winners going into the summit clash against England.

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Hello and welcome to our live updates of the second semi-final of the World T20 between India and West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

Kohli, Gayle headline Wankhede big bash

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West Indies cricket team captain Darren Sammy (L) speaks with coach Phil Simmons during the training session at the Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 30, 2016.
West Indies plays their World T20 cricket tournament semi-final match against India on March 31 in Mumbai. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Gayle. Virat Kohli. Dwayne Bravo. MS Dhoni. The Wankhede stadium will be screening an ensemble-driven action movie as much it hosts a cricket match on Thursday night. Those individuals and their styles of play contribute to a lot of the interest surrounding this game, and also typify there are various ways to establish T20 batting dominance.

West Indies cricket team captain Darren Sammy (L) speaks with coach Phil Simmons during the training session at the Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 30, 2016. West Indies plays their World T20 cricket tournament semi-final match against India on March 31 in Mumbai. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE        (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s has been to simply extend their Test and one-day game into the Twenty20s arena, and when all goes well, they get the bulk of their runs through orthodox cricket. West Indies, ideally, wouldn’t want their long-format form anywhere near them right now. Helpfully, this format has a tight cap on the number of overs so the big-hitters can keep hitting big without worrying about consequences.

Case in point are the methods that their marquee players use. Gayle likes to “beat” the ball. No wonder it rockets as far away from him as it can, hoping to be lost somewhere in the rings of Saturn. Kohli is kinder in assisting with the ball’s travels, and even throws in a few surprises – patrons waiting in the off stump line could end up at midwicket almost as often as they do in the covers.

Both teams clearly have lots of cream at the top, but the middle looks a bit squishy. It’s been over two years since Denesh Ramdin or Suresh Raina have hit a T20 fifty. Dwayne Bravo, at No. 5, has looked unsure whether he needs to be the aggressor or the anchor. Yuvraj Singh has been similarly jittery, but an ankle injury ruled him out of the World T20. That leads West Indies to the prospect of bowling at a player – one of Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey or Pawan Negi – who hasn’t faced a ball in this tournament. But Mumbai is just about the perfect venue for the out-of-form and brand new batsmen to get into the swing of things – the lowest total in the tournament here has been Afghanistan’s 172 against South Africa.

Quite apart from tactics and strategy, there are players from both sides who may be playing their last World Cup, so the incentive to make it to Eden Gardens – for the final – for one more match will be very strong.

Form guide

India WWWLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies LWWWW

In the spotlight

The last time India were in Mumbai, they missed the hell out of R Ashwin. It was an ODI, three of the opposition batsmen scored centuries and they were left chasing a 400-plus total. He did not have his best game against Australia, but his presence in the XI still goes a long way to adding confidence to the team.

Samuel Badree seems to take the mickey out of the Powerplay overs every time he bowls. He doesn’t rely on turn, doesn’t often believe in flight, but faithfully follows a wicket-to-wicket line. The batsmen are tied down, and when they try to escape, they tend to fall. Hard.

Team news

India haven’t made any changes to their XI since the start of the tournament. But now, with Yuvraj ruled out, they will be forced to do so ahead of the semi-final of the tournament.

India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Manish Pandey/Ajinkya Rahane/Pawan Negi, 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra

West Indies will be without Andre Fletcher, who was ruled out with a hamstring injury. His replacement Lendl Simmons has a chance at getting a game straight away.

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite, 10 Suliemann Benn, 11 Samuel Badree

Pitch and conditions

Mumbai has been an oasis this World T20. Tough pitches have left batsmen parched for runs, but at the Wankhede they can come and go wheee. In terms of the weather, a clear night is expected.

Stats and trivia

  • Virat Kohli, the No. 1-ranked T20I batsman, averages 91.80 batting second but 35.22 batting first.
  • Chris Gayle is two sixes short of being the first player ever to hit 100 sixes in T20I cricket

Quotes

“We’ve played to 70% of our abilities in this tournament. So there’s still 30% in areas we need to improve, so lets hope it happens tomorrow”
India team director Ravi Shastri knows the batting is still not perfect

“No not really, have you ever heard of Chris Gayle?”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy isn’t worried about India’s super weapon Virat Kohli because he has has one of his own

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Roy’s 78 sets up England charge to final

England 159 for 3 (Roy 78) beat New Zealand 153 for 8 (Munro 46, Stokes 3-26) by seven wickets

English cricket’s makeover has delivered a place in the World Twenty20 final in Kolkata on Sunday. New Zealand’s first defeat of the tournament, by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare, ended their involvement. Instead, it is England, an adventurous England freed of old baggage, who lie in wait for the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between India and West Indies in Mumbai.

Jason Roy electrified England’s reply to New Zealand’s far-from-imposing 153 for 8, his 78 from 44 balls ended by Ish Sodhi’s dragged-down legbreak that beat his advance down the pitch and crashed into the timber. “I’ve got to realise I’m not a robot,” Roy said earlier in the tournament. He is precisely the opposite. At his best, he is humanity at its most tempestuous – a mini adrenalin rush – and his first T20I half-century, perfectly timed at the 13th attempt, was the second fastest in England T20 history as he racked it up in 26 balls.

X during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on March 30, 2016 in Delhi, India.
X during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on March 30, 2016 in Delhi, India.

There was wildness about the four boundaries he took from the first over from Corey Anderson, but he middled the ball with increasing certainty, tattooed forearms whirring. A sumptuous straight drive against Mitchell McClenaghan possessed particular poise. After such a scintillating start, he could have reined himself in against Mitchell Santner’s left-arm slows, such has been Santner’s effectiveness throughout the tournament, but instead despatched him with successive straight drive and sweep.

English cricket’s makeover has delivered a place in the World Twenty20 final in Kolkata on Sunday. New Zealand’s first defeat of the tournament, by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare, ended their involvement. Instead, it is England, an adventurous England freed of old baggage, who lie in wait for the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between India and West Indies in Mumbai.

Jason Roy electrified England’s reply to New Zealand’s far-from-imposing 153 for 8, his 78 from 44 balls ended by Ish Sodhi’s dragged-down legbreak and the crash of timber. “I’ve got to realise I’m not a robot,” Roy said earlier in the tournament. He is precisely the opposite. At his best, he is humanity at its most tempestuous – a mini adrenalin rush – and his first T20I half-century, perfectly timed at the 13th attempt, was the second fastest in England T20 history as he racked it up in 26 balls.

There was wildness about the four boundaries he took from the first over from Corey Anderson, but he middled the ball with increasing certainty, tattooed forearms whirring. A sumptuous straight drive against Mitchell McClenaghan possessed particular poise. After such a scintillating start, he could have reined himself in against Mitchell Santner’s left-arm slows, such has been Santner’s effectiveness throughout the tournament, but instead despatched him with successive straight drive and sweep.

This was England’s third appearance at Delhi – New Zealand, by contrast, had toured the country and were playing at their fifth different venue – and, much to their liking, the Kotla pitch became quicker with each appearance. New Zealand brought in in an extra pace bowler, Adam Milne instead of Nathan McCullum, but England prospered.

Roy’s opening partner, Alex Hales, once the epitome of licentious attack, is now an old hand by comparison, a batsman who likes a quiet little look at the top of the innings: they shared a stand of 82 in 8.1 before Hales perished at long-on. Eoin Morgan, once credited with changing England’s one-day batting approach, is almost formulaic by comparison: he was lbw to Sodhi’s legbreak propping forward, another first-baller to go with the one against Afghanistan, his uncertain run overshadowed by England’s growth under his leadership.

England, at 110 for 3 in 12.2, needed less than a run a ball and Joe Root and Jos buttler were shrewd enough to settle matters. In Sodhi’s last over they suddenly decided the celebrations had waited long enough – 22 followed, another pulled six from Buttler at the start of the next over giving him three in four balls and taking England to Kolkata.

England’s three group-stage victories had all been keen affairs, wins by two wickets, 15 runs and 10 runs. When New Zealand were 89 for 1 at halfway, they must have anticipated being stretched to the limit in chasing something close to 200. To be met by nearly 50 less, especially with New Zealand’s most talented pace bowlers, Tim Southee and Trent Boult, again omitted as they have been all tournament, was an immense relief.

The architects of that New Zealand fade out were Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan. Stokes finished with the best figures, 3 for 26, relishing his good fortune as he took wickets with successive full tosses, but it was Jordan, eyes as wide as if he was peering into a coal cellar and gold chain dangling, who once again displayed solidity beneath the bling.

Only one wicket fell to England in the Powerplay but it was the one they will have most craved. Martin Guptill, rested from New Zealand’s last match because of the hint of a hamstring strain, stayed leg side of the ball to counter David Willey’s inswing, and twice bludgeoned him for off-side boundaries in the opening over, but the tactic proved his undoing in the first ball of Willey’s second over as he flayed a catch on the angle to the wicketkeeper.

With a little more sharpness in the field from England, New Zealand might have been more hamstrung than their Powerplay score of 51 for 1 indicated. Morgan might have run out Guptill third ball had he picked up cleanly as he bore down from mid-off; Liam Plunkett’s leg-stump loosener fell to Rashid on the half volley, diving forward at short fine; and there was the hint of a stumping chance for Buttler, too, as Kane Williamson was beaten by Rashid’s leg-side wide. Generally, though, their outfielding was brisk and purposeful.

Munro, an ungainly, gum-chewing slugger, served New Zealand well with 46 from 32. The left-hander had little subtlety about him but his danger was evident as he arose from his crouch to batter the leg side. Stokes was not best pleased when two thick edges disappeared through Munro’s legs for fine-leg boundaries: it was not a time for trick shots.

Munro’s murderous reputation against spinners left Morgan grateful for the options in a six-strong attack. Moeen Ali did briefly appear for two overs immediately after halfway to remove Williamson with a skied return catch. Then Plunkett found an answer to Munro, directing his pace as wide outside off stump as he dared. Munro flayed and Moeen took a neat catch at third man. Plunkett allowed himself a sniff of contentment.

Then came England’s final squeeze. The pitch had enough life to encourage back-of-the-length options with the new ball, and the addition of two reliable death overs gave Jordan 1 for 24. New Zealand failed to score off half his deliveries and he took two safe catches in the outfield for good measure. He has arisen from uncertain beginnings to be a key player in this tournament.

The lark, though, belonged to Stokes. He was again given two England death overs because of a combative nature and ability to deliver a mean yorker. Such skills momentarily deserted him as he delivered two successive full tosses, but he was celebrating all the same as Luke Ronchi and Corey Anderson both fell to outfield catches. The sense then was that it would be England’s day.

David Hopps is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

England face battle of wits against smart New Zealand

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World T20, 1st Semi-Final: England v New Zealand at Delhi, Mar 30, 2016

Where other teams have looked upon surfaces and made vague guesses at how they might play, New Zealand have read pitches like a soothsayer would tea leaves. Empowered by this clairvoyance they have picked boldly: three spinners to embarrass the hosts in turning Nagpur, Mitchell McClenaghan to rattle Australia in Dharamsala, Adam Milne proving handy in relatively quicker Mohali, before the trio of spinners were reunited for slow-and-low Kolkata.

New Zealand had not played in Asia since late 2014, but they are here at the semi-finals now; the only undefeated side. They have not just been clever with the ball. Batting first in each group match, competitive scores have been worked out and achieved. Kane Williamson has been described by team-mates as a “great captain”. Behind the scenes, Mike Hesson’s wit has sharpened New Zealand.

England, meanwhile, have been tempered in three scrapes, since losing their first match to West Indies. The chase of 230 against South Africa was a triumph of the batsmen’s making. Then the bowlers held their nerve as Afghanistan made a late charge at England’s low total at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Finally, just as Sri Lanka appeared to be stealing away the must-win match, Joe Root completed an outstanding take at mid-off to turn the match his team’s way. England haven’t been pretty or dominant, but they have found ways to win. There is a spine to this campaign that hasn’t always been the case with England’s limited-overs teams.

They have also played two matches at the Kotla already, and have a batting order that goes deeper than a Barry White “oh yeah”. England only lost four wickets in the victory against Sri Lanka, but the men at the top of the order appear to be more likely to take risks while so many hitters sit in the dugout. Their bowling appears to be the weaker discipline. But then, New Zealand don’t have daunting batting form coming into this game either – Martin Guptill has struck their only fifty in the tournament – and they have not yet been tested chasing.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
England WWWLL
New Zealand WWWWW

In the spotlight

With New Zealand sure to shake up their XI, and their strategy to suit the tournament, Eoin Morgan has the job of driving his side to adapt to the opposition’s adaptations. What if New Zealand have decided 140 is a good total and are pushing the singles to get themselves there? Does Morgan bring in the field, and hope to force a mistake? And does he shake up his own top order to spoil New Zealand’s bowling plans? Also, as the most experienced man in that middle order, Morgan must also assess the pitch himself if England are batting first. His form has been moderate through the tournament, having produced two duds, as well as two decent finishes.

Mitchell Santner has a front arm like a T-Rex when he bowls, but in this tournament he has also been taking tyrannosaurus-sized bites out of the opposition top order with his left-arm spin. Of players who have only bowled in the Super 10s, he has the equal highest-wickets (nine), as well as an economy rate of 5.73. He might have floated into the tournament a little incognito, but he can be assured now that England will have spent time analysing videos of his bowling and working out a plan to him. Will he be able to adapt to England adapting to his own excellent adaptations to Indian surfaces?

Teams news

England may think about switching one of their spinners for a seamer, but will likely abandon the thought. The XI that defeated Sri Lanka is likely to take the field again.

England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Jos Buttler (wk), 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 David Willey, 11 Liam Plunkett.

Almost no one would have expected New Zealand to leave both Trent Boult and Tim Southee out for the entire group stage, yet it has seemed, at times, that the only way they would get a game is if the Delhi matches were moved to Wellington or Christchurch. Hesson and Williamson were seen taking a close look at the Kotla surface on the eve of the match, and as the pitch has not been particularly conducive to seam bowling, they may be out of the XI again.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Colin Munro, 4 Corey Anderson, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Grant Elliott, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Pitch and conditions

The pitch prepared for this match appears to have a little grass, but given the venue’s history that does not mean it will be quick, nor does it suggest the ball will seam around. The two previous games on this square have been played on slowish surfaces, but these have not offered much turn. The weather is not expected to impede play. Temperatures are forecast to hover around the 30 degrees Celsius mark.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand have won 10 of their 13 T20 matches in the past year.
  • England had beaten New Zealand in six consecutive T20Is between February 2008 and February 2013.
  • Root is the second-highest run-scorer of batsmen who have only played the Super 10s stage of the tournament, with 168 runs at a strike rate of 150.
  • New Zealand and England have each been to the World T20 semi-finals on one previous occasion – New Zealand in 2007, and England in 2010. England went on to win the 2010 tournament, while New Zealand were defeated by Pakistan in their semi-final.

Quotes

“I can’t quite believe how far we’ve come overall in our white-ball cricket. The guys that we’ve selected have done outstandingly well and shown a great amount of attitude in learning. It’s not always easy to come up against very strong sides who knock you back on a day-to-day basis, but every question that’s been asked of us we’ve come back with either a counter-answer or a more aggressive option.”
England captain Eoin Morgan is in mild disbelief as to how well his team has clambered over tournament obstacles

“In terms of Mike Hesson’s and my perspective, we will pick horses for courses against the opposition. That philosophy won’t change.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson prepares to gaze into the tea leaves again

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

‘Emotional’ Kohli rates Mohali knock his best

during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.
during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.

An emotional Virat Kohli has called his unbeaten, match-winning and World T20 semi-final spot sealing 82 off 51 balls as his best innings in the format. India had been set a target of 161, and they were fading away at 94 for 4 in the 14th over. The required run-rate had hit double-digits as early as the 10th over, but Kohli took it head on and did so by trusting his game.

In February, he had spoken about coming to terms with not being able to hit as many sixes as he’d like, and that he had worked past that by looking for fours. The work he had done towards that goal came to fruition in Mohali as he single-handedly led India to victory. Eight of his 11 boundaries came in the last five overs.

“It certainly has to be in the top three,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “Probably the top right now, because I’m a bit emotional, so I would like to put this on top. Against Australia, a world-class side, literally a quarter-final for us, we had to go over the line. There’s a lot riding on us in this World Cup, we are playing at home and the crowds want to see us and we just want to give them as much entertainment and fun as possible.”

The game was packed up with five balls to spare and Kohli, who was at the non-strikers’ end, simply raised his hands in triumph and fell to his knees with nothing more than a smile. He has a reputation of not holding back while celebrating, but this innings and the weight it lent in turning the match India’s way had hit him hard.

“I don’t really know what to say right now, because I’m overwhelmed by the position we were in and then to take out the match,” Kohli said. “This is what you play cricket for. You need new challenges in every game, but trust me, you don’t like these situations too much.”

The man who reined those emotions in while the battle was at its peak was India’s captain MS Dhoni. “MS, in the end, kept me calm. I could have gotten over-excited so I think it was a wonderful team batting effort and very happy we crossed the line,” Kohli said.

The reason Kohli, one of the best chasers in the limited-overs game, was feeling uncertain was because of how much India struggled during the middle-overs. Suresh Raina fell to the short ball in the eighth over leaving the score at 49 for 3, and the incoming batsman Yuvraj Singh hurt his left ankle off the second ball he faced. From that time, India had to settle for 40 runs in 35 balls and found the boundary only twice.

“It was a bit tough at that time to focus on what we need to do,” Kohli admitted. “He’s [Yuvraj] such an explosive player, you don’t have to have him at 60-70%.

“He just decided that he was just going to go for the team’s cause. He perished, but it was a good thought because if you are injured, you might as well make the most of the balls that you are going to play because you are not going to be able to push as you want to push as a runner. I think that was a great call.”

India began reeling back lost ground with the partnership between Kohli and Dhoni, which was kickstarted by singles and twos. “Me and him have a great understanding as to where to hit the ball and how to push the fielders on the boundary and that’s why you train in the gym,” Kohli said. “That’s why you do those fitness regimes, those sprints, and all the other tests that you go through. It all helps. I like to play for when I’m tired, I should be able to run as fast as when I’m on zero and I think that training paid off today.”

Another factor in upping his game tonight was the crowd. “The support was unbelievable. Mohali has always been special. We played the 2011 World Cup semi-final here, the atmosphere was electrifying and as I said, the positive energy from the people in the stadium helps you push through those tough moments and a bit of luck goes your way as well”

Kohli hit seven of his nine fours in the last five overs, and a lot of them were placed with skillful precision. It began when he picked a slower ball – the first ball of the 18th over – from James Faulkner and clattered it to the square leg boundary. The next one – a wide yorker – was calmly steered to the backward point boundary and a lofted thwack over extra cover for six provided the exclamation point. Kohli had taken control as those six balls yielded 19 runs.

The penultimate over, from Nathan Coulter-Nile, was crashed for four fours despite what length the bowler bowled. Half-volleys were easy. Length balls simply provided leverage and the short ball was caned to the fine-leg boundary because the man was inside the circle.

Before that sequence, India had to get 39 off 18. After it, the equation was a mere 4 off 6.

“That was a pretty serious innings, that,” Australia captain Steven Smith said when asked if one man had beaten his side tonight, “Under pressure, he just hit everything out of the middle and found the gaps. And he’s done it for a very long time and credit to him, he played beautifully.”

Dhoni was lavish with his praise for Kohli as well, but underneath that lay a rap for the rest of the Indian batsmen.

“I think he has been playing brilliantly in the last two-three, maybe four years, and we have seen him evolve as a cricketer,” Dhoni said. “That is something that is very important. Everyday when you turn [up] on the field, when you play a big innings, you want to improve and you want to keep the learning because you will commit mistakes but what is important is to take the positives out of game and that’s what he has done.

“He has kept improving his game, he is very hungry to score runs for the team and that’s what really counts and actually it’s the other batsmen who have to step up. You can’t rely on one batsman, yes the others have contributed, but still at the same time, if we can do a bit more with the bat at the top of the order and the middle overs, I think we will feel the pressure slightly less. Also, it will be good, because still we feel we are batting at 65% barring Virat”

Magical Kohli steers India into semi-finals

during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.
during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.

 

Is there a finer chaser in world cricket than Virat Kohli? MS Dhoni perhaps? Good thing for India the two of them were together in the dying stages of their quasi quarter-final against Australia in Mohali. Dhoni’s men progressed to a semi-final, against West Indies, and ended Australia’s World T20 campaign, and the international career of Shane Watson, with a chase of impeccable timing led by Kohli.

Set 161 for victory, India saw their required run-rate balloon up past 10 an over, up towards 12 an over, but Kohli was always poised to prick the balloon. He did so with such perfect timing – 20 runs coming off the fourth-last over against James Faulkner and then 16 off the next from Nathan Coulter-Nile – that you felt he never doubted himself. In the end, India got home with five balls to spare, madness when you consider they needed 47 off 24.

Full report to follow

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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World T20, 31st Match, Super 10 Group 2: India v Australia at Mohali, Mar 27, 2016

Australia 160/6 (20/20 ov)

India 161/4 (19.1/20 ov)
India won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
India RR 8.40
Last 5 ovs 67/0 RR 13.40
Australia RR 8.00


Current time 22:58 local, 17:28 GMT T20I Career
BatsmenRB4s6sSRThis bowlerLast 5 ovs
MS Dhoni (rhb)181030180.006 (2b)18 (9b)
Virat Kohli (rhb)825192160.7820 (11b)47 (21b)
MatRunsHSSR
67102648*121.42
42155290*132.99
BowlersOMRWEcon0s4s6sThis spell
James Faulkner (lfm)3.1035111.054411.1-0-22-0
Nathan Coulter-Nile (rf)4.003318.2510601-0-16-0
MatWktsBBIEcon
19275/278.19
17214/318.18

Current partnership 67 runs, 5.1 overs, RR: 12.96 (Dhoni 18, Kohli 47)


Last bat Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Faulkner 21 (18b 1×4 1×6) SR: 116.66

Fall of wicket 94/4 (13.6 ov); Partnership: 45 runs, 6.2 overs, RR: 7.10 (Yuvraj Singh 21, Kohli 22)


10.58 pm They are still chanting his name in the stands, I can hear fireworks go off outside my window. India are in the semi-finals, the only team from the subcontinent to make it to the final four. And it is all thanks to Kohli.

19.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, that’s the game! Dhoni has finished it with five balls to spare. Kohli sinks to the ground as the low full toss disappears to the wide long-on boundary. What a performance from the man, I can see relief on Kohli’s face, he looks exhausted, he has pulled off a jaw-dropping chase. Again.

Joseph: “Australia’s complete lack of quality spinners has finally come home to roost in this game. They should have had this utterly in the bag, but this dreadful bowling at the death has cost them.” And Kohli.

Nikhil: “Kohli makes every run chase look like the best run chase of his career. It’s surreal. What a cricketer! The temperatent reminds me of Dravid in Tests. Absolutely determined. ”

Shashank: “Let’s just say this, he is the best around in the world and when chasing I wonder if there is anyone on other planets that can come any close to this man. Oh Kohli! Oh Kohli !”

End of over 19 (16 runs) India 157/4 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.26, RRR: 4.00)

    • V Kohli 82 (51b 9×4 2×6)
    • MS Dhoni 14 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-33-1
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-31-1
18.6

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, in the slot for the cover drive, full and outside off, that’s food and drink for Kohli, he unfurls his favourite shot, that drive and it is too good for every man on the field, he has bossed this chase and how

18.5

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, Kohli steps out and swings across the line, beaten by a slower short of a length ball

18.4

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli is toying with the bowling and the field, he steps out, to a length ball and lofts on the up flat over extra cover, this is batting of the highest calibre, this game is all but done

18.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, short ball on leg stump, Kohli is too good to miss out, fine leg is in the circle, Kohli pulls, and beats the fielder in the circle

18.2

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, a half volley outside off stump, Kohli stays so balanced, so still in his crease, uses his wrists to open the face of the bat and square drive through point, superb knowledge of where the field is

hadi: “I hate to say this but I’m beginning to put Kohli ahead of AB. What a master.”

18.1

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, the slower ball short of a length outside off, Kohli pulls too early and is beaten

19 runs off that over. India need 20 off two overs. Dhoni has a problem with his back, or is it the side of his stomach? The physio is out there. It’s all this incredible running. I’ve seen this happen to visiting teams at the MCG, not often the Australians are on the receiving end of this.

This break is letting Kohli and Dhoni get their breath back!

End of over 18 (19 runs) India 141/4 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 10.00)

    • MS Dhoni 14 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 66 (45b 5×4 2×6)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-31-1
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-2
17.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs

17.5

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 leg bye, goes wide of the crease and angles the ball into the pads, Kohli tries to play a whippy drive but inside edges into the pad

17.4

Faulkner to Kohli, 2 runs, Warner runs to his right from long on but can’t prevent the second, Kohli’s wrists are too good, they drive the ball just wide of fielders to convert ones into twos

Adil Shah: “Game over for Australia ”

17.3

Faulkner to Kohli, SIX, oh my word, they go berserk as the ball sails over the wide long off boundary! Kohli steps out of his crease and lofts the short of a length ball through the line, it didn’t look like he timed that perfectly but the ball sails over

Mohali is chanting his name.

17.2

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR

17.1

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, short ball and Kohli meets it on the front foot and pulls in front of deep backward square leg, sensational timing and India are four runs closer

India need 39 off 18.

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 122/4 (39 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 13.00)

    • MS Dhoni 12 (8b 2×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 50 (40b 3×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-2
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-38-0

Watson finishes with 2 for 23, he’s been outstanding today for Australia. Will he bowl again in international cricket?

16.6

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, short of a length with width outside off, Dhoni slashes and gets a thick outside edge to the third man boundary.

Mazhar Shehzaad: “kohli’s mandatory 50 – check”

16.5

Watson to Kohli, 1 leg bye

16.4

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, superb yorker, Dhoni digs it out on the leg side

Kohli seems to be telling the umpire that it should be the bouncer for the over.

16.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, another 50 for Kohli, he gets there by swatting a short ball to deep midwicket, he barely celebrates, did not even raise his bat, he looks super determined and knows the job is far from done

16.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length and wide outside off, Dhoni cuts hard to deep point, just the single this time because it was hit powerfully

16.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, charges the bowler and ends up yorking himself, Dhoni gets a thick inside edge on to his boot and back towards the bowler

Watson returns. India need almost two runs a ball. Kohli on 49, another masterful innings in a chase.

End of over 16 (12 runs) India 114/4 (47 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.12, RRR: 11.75)

    • V Kohli 49 (38b 3×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-38-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-2
15.6

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, two more, this is incredible running, Kohli steps out and flicks the ball off his toes, he and Dhoni are absolutely steaming between the wickets, #mohalisobig that the Aussies are struggling to keep these to ones

15.5

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, driven to deep cover and there’s no problem with the running between the wickets anymore, Dhoni and Kohli race through for two, they are turning it on now

15.4

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, incredible placement! Kohli steps out to a short of a length ball and whips it with lovely use of his wrists, generating lots of power and piercing the gap between long on and deep midwicket

15.3

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, another fumble in the field, Finch at deep cover this time, Kohli is able to convert his cracking cover drive for a single into two runs

15.2

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, short of a length and straight, Kohli pulls to deep midwicket and takes on Maxwell’s arm! He dives desperately to make his crease but the throw from Maxwell was wide of the stumps

15.1

Hazlewood to Kohli, no run, Hazlewood returns and bowls a slower ball on a good length just outside off, a cutter, Kohli charged and tried to hit through cover but missed

DaGanXsta: “59 from 30, not impossible with usual Dhoni on the pitch. Be afraid Aussies, be very afraid…”

End of over 15 (8 runs) India 102/4 (59 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.80, RRR: 11.80)

    • V Kohli 37 (32b 2×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-2
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1
14.6

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, a full ball on off stump, Kohli plays a punchy drive to long off

14.5

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out of his crease and plays a cracking cut but Coulter-Nile dives to his right at point to save the boundary

14.4

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, the slower short ball and Dhoni pulls, and pulls wide enough of Hazlewood on the long leg boundary to get four

14.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, played towards mid-on and they run the first one urgently but Warner rushes in from the deep and prevents the second

14.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out of his crease to a short of a length ball and pushes it towards long on for a single

14.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, a full ball on off and middle, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler

Dhoni is the new batsman.

bharat thej: “Watson Watson and Watson every where and he is the man who always bothered the indians. Even in the aussie tour.”

And here’s Watson.

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 94/4 (67 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.71, RRR: 11.16)

    • V Kohli 35 (30b 2×4 1×6)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1
    • A Zampa 2-0-11-0
13.6

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, a superb catch! Watson is having a great night! The slower short of a length ball stopped on the left-hander outside off stump. Yuvraj pushed hard at the ball and then checked his shot but it was too late. It lobbed in the air towards cover and Watson covered good ground, running back and to his right from extra cover to take a tumbling catch

Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Faulkner 21 (18b 1×4 1×6) SR: 116.66

13.5

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out again and hits the ball towards long off for a single

13.4

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball, slower too, Yuvraj pulls to wide long on but slips as he completes the first so there’s no chance for a second

13.3

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run

Sameer: “RRR upwards of 10. Check!”

Deepanshu: “partnership of Yuvraj and kohli… Check!”

13.2

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, steps out of his crease but then checks his shot because he isn’t to the pitch of the ball, punches it past the bowler for a single

13.1

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out and towards leg to turn a length ball off the pads through square leg

Anant: “Six from Yuvi … Check!”

Newton: “Watching this on my iPad on my honeymoon in Florence, Italy. The wife dragged me to the sauna and India lost three. I’m staying put for the next forty!!!”

Faulkner returns …

End of over 13 (9 runs) India 89/3 (72 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.84, RRR: 10.28)

    • V Kohli 32 (27b 2×4 1×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 19 (15b 1×4 1×6)
    • A Zampa 2-0-11-0
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-18-0
12.6

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, bowled wide outside leg stump, Kohli reaches for it and plays through square leg

12.5

Zampa to Kohli, no run, cut hard off the back foot but to the fielder at point

12.4

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, another short ball, but Yuvraj misses the pull and gets hit on the pads right in front of the stumps, but I think it pitched outside leg so that can’t be lbw

12.3

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, a loose, friendly full toss and Yuvraj puts it into the stands at cow corner, just stood in his crease and smacked it cleanly

12.2

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the googly does not come on to the bat and Yuvraj can’t beat point with the cut

dave: “lucky escape for Australia; they want to keep Yuvraj out there for as long as possible. Good work by Nevile, i’d say, if it was Dhoni (as commentary suggested) he would have just lost the game! ”

12.1

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, nudged off the front foot through midwicket, Yuvraj says no to the second again

End of over 12 (12 runs) India 80/3 (81 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 10.12)

    • V Kohli 30 (24b 2×4 1×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 13 (12b 1×4 0x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-18-0
    • A Zampa 1-0-3-0
11.6

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, driven to long on to make it 12 runs off the over

11.5

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushed gently through midwicket for one more

11.4

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, played on the off side for a single

11.3

Maxwell to Kohli, 2 runs, pushed into the huge gap at midwicket and this time they are charging back for the second, Maxwell does the fielding himself and fires the throw towards the non-striker’s stumps but Yuvraj is safe

11.2

Maxwell to Kohli, SIX, that’s it, yells an Australian player, as Kohli seems to have mis-timed the loft to long-off. He was off balance and the bat turned as he made contact, but the timing was still good enough to clear the fielder on the boundary. Just. Incredible.

11.1

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a short ball outside off, driven gently to long off for a single

This is steadily getting out of hand for India. Not enough spice in their recipe.

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 68/3 (93 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 10.33)

    • V Kohli 20 (20b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 11 (10b 1×4 0x6)
    • A Zampa 1-0-3-0
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-6-0
10.6

Zampa to Kohli, no run, hits the drive hard and straight towards the bowler, Zampa does well to get his body behind the shot

10.5

Zampa to Kohli, no run, Kohli cuts off the back foot but can’t beat point

10.4

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets forward and pushes towards long on for one more

10.3

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, pushed down the ground for a single

10.2

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, played behind square leg for a single

10.1

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the googly and there’s an appeal for a stumping! Yuvraj poked from his crease at a ball that ripped past the outside edge. His back foot was grounded behind the crease, but then it lifted, and while it was in the air Nevill began to move his gloves towards the stumps but then stopped, and when he did take off the bails the foot was back down. Nevill’s missed a trick here, Dhoni would have had the batsman

Mazahir: “It doesn’t look fine for Yuvraj Singh to continue in this condition. Dhoni should step in, otherwise it will hurt India in taking quick singles and converting doubles.”The legspinner Zampa to bowl for the first time today.

End of over 10 (6 runs) India 65/3 (96 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.60)

    • V Kohli 19 (17b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 9 (7b 1×4 0x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-6-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-17-1
9.6

Maxwell to Kohli, 2 runs, driven to wide long-on and will they run a second this time? Warner fumbles and so it’s an easy second but Kohli now wants a third but Yuvraj says no

9.5

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, played off the pads through midwicket for a single

9.4

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, leans forward and drives the ball towards wide long-on, Virat wants the second but Yuvraj says no, his leg may not be good enough for hard-run runs yet

9.3

Maxwell to Kohli, no run, played back to the bowler

9.2

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he isn’t hobbling anymore, is Yuvraj. He dabs the quick and flat ball behind point for a single

9.1

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run

Hussain: “Are batsmen allowed runners anymore?” No, runners have been abolished from cricket for a few years now.

skr: “Dhoni looking as cool as a cucumber *check* looking for a new brilliant way to finish off the innings again”

Yuvraj is getting his ankle strapped by the physio.

Harsh Daga: “Then can’t he go off and come back late like Fletcher did earlier? Kohli thrives on running those quick singles and doubles.” He can, but it looks like he is staying on.

Desmond: “”Mathews on one leg made a half ton yesterday. There’s inspiration for Yuvraj there””

End of over 9 (9 runs) India 59/3 (102 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 9.27)

    • V Kohli 15 (13b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (5b 1×4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-17-1
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2
8.6

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 run, flicked off the pads to deep square leg for a single

8.5

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a good length ball on middle and leg, Yuvraj tucks the ball behind square leg and he is hobbling again, it’s a real struggle for him to run, shouldn’t he go off?

8.4

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length angling into the left-hander from around the wicket, Yuvraj jumps up and defends

8.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 run, there’s that cover drive from Kohli, gets forward and punches the ball through the line, timing it superbly, they could have run two but Yuvraj’s leg isn’t in good shape

Manu: “Yuvi strugles-check”

8.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 wide, good length but the line is down leg side, that’s a wide

Anon06: “”The pitches have not been batting friendly, that’s all” That’s exactly the problem we all have with Rohit and Dhawan. They only perform on batting-friendly surfaces, and fail when the bowlers have the advantage. Rarely would they stick it out like Kohli. The main reason why I don’t rate them even though Rohit has 2 doubles in ODIs and a T20I century.”

8.2

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tucked off the hips to fine leg and Yuvraj hobbles in pain as he begins to run. What’s happened there? It’s his left leg and he was hopping through to complete the run. The physio comes on to take a look at what’s wrong

8.1

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, edged but wide of first slip and it beats third man! He wanted to play it to third man but there was a slip in place and it wasn’t too wide of him

Abdullah: “Raina Out! Check!”

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 50/3 (111 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 9.25)

    • V Kohli 13 (11b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0
7.6

Watson to Kohli, no run, defended on the front foot, outstanding spell so far from Watto

7.5

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, moves forward and clips the length ball off the pads through square leg

Yuvraj is the new batsman.

Raman: “What happened to India’s openers post Australia tour???…Time to find new opening Pair I guess…..” The pitches have not been batting friendly, that’s all.

7.4

Watson to Raina, OUT, Watson has two! He is striving to ensure this is not his final game! He bangs the ball in short and it springs up on the batsman, not coming on to the bat smoothly. Raina moves across in his crease to pull but ends up gloving it to Nevill

SK Raina c †Nevill b Watson 10 (7b 1×4 0x6) SR: 142.85

7.3

Watson to Raina, 2 runs, a full toss on middle stump, Raina moves across in his crease and taps the gently through midwicket, the fielder from the deep has to cover a lot of ground and they have time to come back for two

7.2

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli leans forward and across with superb balance in his crease and flicks the fuller ball deftly through square leg

7.1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, short of a length and straight, Raina swivels and pulls the ball down through square

karthik: “Lose early wickets – check, Kohli to rescue – check Dhoni to finish – check. Seems we’re on track fellas. Definitely India for the win ;-)” That’s the recipe, for India.

End of over 7 (8 runs) India 45/2 (116 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 8.92)

    • SK Raina 7 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 12 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-1
6.6

Faulkner to Raina, 1 run, steered behind point for a single

6.5

Faulkner to Raina, FOUR

6.4

Faulkner to Raina, 2 runs, Raina jumps back and across to a short of a length ball around off and tucks it through square leg, lots of gaps on this vast outfield

Harsh: “I just don’t understand the approach of our Openers. They eat up the Powerplay every time to “settle in” and end up getting out early. Their “neither here nor there” is costing India in every match.”

6.3

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, another slow one outside off, Kohli stays back and steers to third man for a single

6.2

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, a full and slower ball on middle and off, Kohli leans across and taps it to midwicket

6.1

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, that’s only his second dot ball, and it pinged off the middle off a front foot punch to cover

Pradip: “Always wanted Tendulkar to take a single and be safe on non-striker for first few overs. For Kohli now I wish the same”

Faulkner to bowl, from over the wicket.

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 37/2 (124 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 8.85)

    • SK Raina 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 11 (6b 2×4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-1
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-26-0
5.6

Watson to Raina, no run, slower ball on middle, drilled to the left of mid-on, where a surprised Faulkner needs to rush into a dive to stop the ball

Suresh Raina, in yet another pressure situation. Slip in

5.5

Watson to Sharma, OUT, superb bowling! “Come on,” screams Watson and Australia rally around him. He doesn’t want this to be the last match of his career. Bowls a fine cutter, and Rohit doesn’t help matters by premeditating. Came down the track too early and can’t adjust. The ball sticks in the deck a little more, and with Rohit having made room, he is left reaching with a horizontal bat instead of a vertical one. Beats him, and bowls him

RG Sharma b Watson 12 (17b 1×4 0x6) SR: 70.58

5.4

Watson to Sharma, no run, goes full, and the angle into Rohit sets up the flick shot, and he is careful to keep it along the ground.

5.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, Kohli has no trouble whipping it off his hips

samy: “Kohli is miles away from the rest of the team. It seems he brings his own pitch with him every time he walks in to bat. If Aussies managed to get his wicket in next few overs its game over for india.”

5.2

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, gets right on top of a shortish delivery on middle and turns it to deep square leg

5.1

Watson to Kohli, 1 run

End of over 5 (10 runs) India 34/1 (127 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 8.46)

    • RG Sharma 11 (14b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 9 (4b 2×4 0x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-26-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-8-1
4.6

Hazlewood to Sharma, no run, short of a length on off stump, blocked

4.5

Hazlewood to Kohli, 1 run, a little hesitation – you remember what happens when Kohli runs Rohit out right? – but not this time. Soft hands, back of a length ball slotted into the covers, easy single

4.4

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, they made him reach, but that time Kohli made enough of a connection to find back-to-back boundaries, this one at third man. Mohali preps a war cry “Kohli, Kohli, Kohli!”

4.3

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, that was on off stump, but a handy little shuffle across puts him right over the ball, and with such balance, all that was needed was a flick of the wrists. Outrageous strokeplay, and yet it looked so smooth

4.2

Hazlewood to Kohli, no run, and that area outside off is where Australia pitch the first one. Kohli is forward with an angled bat

Adil Shah: “Lets see what has Smith’s got for Kohli. ” —- Slip in immediately

4.1

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, gently worked off his pads through square leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 24/1 (137 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.56)

    • RG Sharma 10 (12b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-8-1
    • JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-0
3.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, tucked off the pads through square leg for a single

Kohli is the new batsman, but Rohit has the strike.

3.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, OUT, caught at short fine leg! Coulter-Nile bangs in the heavy bouncer, it rises at pace on Dhawan who hooks but top edges into the air behind the keeper and to short fine leg’s left. Khawaja takes a while to settle under the ball but holds the catch safely in the end

S Dhawan c Khawaja b Coulter-Nile 13 (12b 1×4 1×6) SR: 108.33

3.4

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, dabbed off the back foot towards backward point

3.3

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, the slower cutter smacks Dhawan on the stomach after he pulled too early and missed, that ball gripped the pitch and came to the batsman slowly, Dhawan winces and rubs his side

3.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, this one is a bit slower and Rohit mis-times the pull off the front foot, dragging it towards square leg

3.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, FOUR, shot! Pace on the short ball and Rohit uses it, getting on the front foot and pulling flat over the infield at midwicket
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End of over 3 (9 runs) India 18/0 (143 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.41)
S Dhawan 13 (9b 1×4 1×6) .
RG Sharma 4 (9b 0x4 0x6) .

JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-0 .
NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-2-0 .

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2.6

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, steps out of his crease but has to check his shot towards cover after Hazlewood shortens the length and denies Dhawan the room to attack
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Robin Xavier: “This score looks chasable. Australia lacks quality spinners which means the run-rate cannot be checked once India in full flow.”

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2.5

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, good length on middle and off, Dhawan comes forward and plays towards cover
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DaGanXsta: “Com’n Hazlewood! You are better than this.”

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2.4

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, tip and run on the off side, soft hands pushing the ball towards cover
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2.3

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 run, dabbed behind point for a single
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2.2

Hazlewood to Dhawan, SIX, shot! Sails over Maxwell’s head at deep square leg! It was a length ball at a faster pace on leg and middle, Dhawan plants his foot forward and swings across the line, great timing and balance on the crease
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2.1

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, good length on middle and off, not coming on to the bat, Dhawan pushes off the front foot to mid off
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2.1

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 wide, Hazlewood falls over in his follow through after delivering a short of a length ball down leg side, Dhawan can’t connect with the pull
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End of over 2 (2 runs) India 9/0 (152 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 8.44)
RG Sharma 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) .
S Dhawan 6 (4b 1×4 0x6) .

NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-2-0 .
JR Hazlewood 1-0-7-0 .

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1.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, Rohit drives on the up with great timing but places it to the point fielder, that ball was length and wide enough for the batsman to free his arms
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1.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, 1 run, there you go, another single, a length ball on the pads and Dhawan clips it through square leg
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Rummy: “Take some singles, guys.”

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1.4

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, short ball at pace, Rohit gets on tippy-toe and pulls flat and hard towards deep square leg, the ball gets to Maxwell on the first bounce
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1.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, short of a length with width outside off stump, Rohit strides forward and lets the ball pass through to the keeper
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1.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, good length again, pitching around off and straightening a touch, Rohit stayed in his crease and defended, was squared up a bit
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1.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, good length pitching outside off and coming into the right-hander, Rohit presses forward and defends solidly
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Subu: “Is the ball swinging for Hazlewood?” None at all.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, from over the wicket.

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End of over 1 (7 runs) India 7/0 (154 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.10)
RG Sharma 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) .
S Dhawan 5 (3b 1×4 0x6) .

JR Hazlewood 1-0-7-0 .

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0.6

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, opens the face and runs a shortish delivery on and around off stump to deep third man
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0.5

Hazlewood to Sharma, no run, puts it full and just outside off, very little swing or seam for Hazlewood, and Rohit drives through the line to short cover
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0.4

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 run, dabbed into the covers, with soft hands, and with the fielders on the circle worried about the boundary, can’t get in early enough
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0.3

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, Khawaja at mid-on realised he had to get on this right away at mid-on. Another deft push from Dhawan, but he’s timed it well again.
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That extra cover gap is plugged now.

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0.2

Hazlewood to Dhawan, FOUR, well, that’s an indicator of how good the new ball comes onto the bat. Dhawan steps forward and greets a good length ball outside off with a simple push and it scurries away to the extra cover boundary
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0.1

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, sweet sound off the bat as Rohit gets behind a back of a length ball on middle. Straightforward single to deep midwicket
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The chase is about to begin. The Australians gather on the edge of the boundary, they have 160 to defend. The stadium is packed and filled with optimism, awaiting the players to take the field. Rohit and Dhawan follow the Australians on to the field. One slip in place, Hazlewood has the new ball

Josh Hazlewood with the new ball.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin(R)celebrates with teammate Vuvraj Singh after his dismissal of Australia's David Warner during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Australia at The Punjab Cricket Stadium Association Stadium in Mohali on March 27, 2016. / AFP / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin(R)celebrates with teammate Vuvraj Singh after his dismissal of Australia’s David Warner during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Australia at The Punjab Cricket Stadium Association Stadium in Mohali on March 27, 2016. / AFP / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The build-up is finally over. Game time. Finch and Khawaja stride out to the middle, where the Indians await after their huddle. Khawaja will take strike. Nehra to open the bowling. Left-arm from over the wicket.

7.24 pm The teams are lining up for the national anthems. Australia will go first. Then India.

I can see a few Aussie fans in the crowd, singing along to Advance Australia Fair.. Hopelessly outnumbered though. The crowd put on their mobile lights as they sing the Indian anthem. Flags a plenty. Dhoni has his game face on – an enviable firm jaw.

7.15 pm Tarun: “Australia’s batting is a sheer powerhouse.. Looking at that, i would rather prefer a slow pitch on which through-the-line hitters usually mistime and get out. On a batting track, one has to be bullish towards Australia.”

Sushil: “Batting second that is chasing is difficult in this tournament. Only few of close games where chasing team just crossed the line. Ind should restrict Aus below 160 to give themselves a chance of successful chase.”

Jiten Surtani: “One statement can make the fans comfortable/uncomfortable ! If your captain, after losing the toss, says that he would have also chosen to do what the opposition will be doing – it does jingle up the nerves a bit”

Aditya: “Big match and I am in a train again! But this time i have a full 3g data pack – Cricinfo commentary team – make it good please, you are my only source of information!!!!” No pressure then.

Taco: “@Aprit, I think Afghanistan’s upset will be a major reality check for West Indies. I can see Chris Gayle relishing the chance (in his ultra calm way) to take it to either the Australians or the Indians… I reckon it’ll be West Indies in the final. ”

MAK: “Does the commentary team go for a tea after the toss. Why the comments stop coming after the toss?” We stretch legs and crack fingers, visit the restroom, make some tea, attend to our fantasy teams and things like that because there’s no time for frivolity once it all begins.

Neel Shah: “Samuel Badri, Adam Zampa, Ish Sodhi, Adil Rashid, Imran Tahir — Leg Spinners are having great time in this tournament. While two of the best leg spinners – Yashir Shah and Amit Mishra have been ignored by their respective teams……Pakistan is already out and I have a fear that it would be telling miss for India as well…..They would miss Amit Mishra today.” Yasir Shah’s ban for a failed drugs test has just ended, by the way.

Yethin: “Anyone who says India is not the favourite still not just for this match but the whole tourney is just living in hope. Every tourney will have tight games. It’s the teams that win the games even when not in top gear that win, as they have an extra gear for the latter matches that matter. With so many class batsman due a score, India will be licking their lips at the next three games.”

Toss, 7.00 pm MS Dhoni tosses the coin. Steven Smith calls tails and wins. Australia will bat first. He says he thinks the pitch might slow up later in the day, but he isn’t sure. It is the same pitch that was used for the women’s game between India and West Indies earlier today.

Australia are unchanged from their match against Pakistan.

Dhoni says he wanted to bat first too. He says it looks like a surface the batsmen will love but it depends on how it holds up through the game.

India’s XI is also unchanged from their game against Bangladesh.

BinayakJ: “”Two captains playing against each other now, but within 3 weeks they will be back playing together in the same team in IPL. Cricket is a lovely game.'”

Faisal: “Well well well, interesting choice that from Smith! India are good chasers!!”

6.50 pm We’ve got Mahela Jayawardene, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on our Match Day show to analyse this game. It will go live at 7 pm. Watch it here.

And also keep the comments coming in, I’ll try and get through as many as possible! Aditya Anchuri: “I want a flat wicket. Turners won’t be good for India, Aus have 2 spinners. Ah for the days of old when Mohali had some pace and bounce.”

Pavan: “If Australia win this and England Women beat Pakistan Women, both the men’s and women’s semi finalists would be Aus, Eng, NZ and WI.”

Arpit: “With all due respect to NZ’s adaptability, England’s fearlessness and Windies’s flamboyance, I think the winner of today’s game would go on to win this worldt20.”

Prahlad: “Zampa and Faulkner will be the key for Australia. India can’t afford to go after them. Watson is an intelligent bowler. Hazlewood’s pace will be an issue for Dhawan and Rohit. So who is left for India to go after?”

Sakib: “It’s simply the battle between how Dhoni will utilize Ashwin’s four overs and how Aussies will handle these four overs. ”

Pomil Proch: “Took a power nap and missed the upset of this WC. Lesson learned. Now I am up and running, even blinking during this gladiator match is not advised.”

Chirag Joshi: “Ashwin’s bowling in power play will be the key for this match. It will be interesting to see how aussie batsmen tackle him. whether they go on full attack against him or just play him for singles and odd boundaries.”

walrus: “As a neutral, India virtually lost the match against Bangladesh, throughout the match with Bangladesh dominating. New Zealand also sent them to the shed very early. A win against Pakistan with ONLY Kohli firing should not mean that the Indians are the favourites here…Backing Australia with their recent form and a pretty good looking line-up.”

El Scorchio: “@ Karthik: Home ground advantage nullified? Low, slow, turning pitch. Stadium full of screaming Indian fans… are you sure about that?”

6.40 pm Twenty minutes to the toss in Mohali.

Jiten: “I simply can’t understand one thing – Both lost to New Zealand (India lost in a worse fashion), both defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh (Australia won that in a more comfortable manner)… then why does India start as favorites, and not Australia… Let’s face it, India were pre-tournament favorites based on their form coming into the tournament – which has not YET been replicated ! ”

Drew: “Aussie’s should open with Warner and Watson, and have the rest pad up and bat according to the game conditions.”

Mark: “Painful as it is for an Englishman to say it, George, I would make Australia favourites because, after a slow start, they seem to be running into some form. India have just been awfully irregular and have the pressure of the crowd and expectations to weigh them down: if the crowd get after them, as they can, it could be the final straw for their chances.”

Khaqan Khan: “India should simply bowl first after winning the toss so that Kohli guides the chase and win it for india. Otherwise Aus is capable of chasing anything.”

Rahul: “Ashwin will be key for India’s win today along with Bhumrah. I reckon batting first after winning toss”

Sundar: “Something beautiful happened in the WI-Afg game. Yes, Afghanistan, won and that in itself is beautiful, but Gayle celebrated and took photos with Afghanistan. Only a West Indian. Gotta love’em.”

6.29 pm West Indies Women have defended ten runs in the final over to knock India Women out and qualify for the semi-finals. The decks will now be cleared in Mohali for the Australia-India game. The boundaries will be pushed back, and the majority of the crowd will file in.

Siddhesh: “If Australia beat India today, there will be no Asian team in a contest being held in the subcontinent! Might well be fitting, given how different the conditions have been compared to what was expected.”

Jiten Chandaran: “Curator says no dew likely so not sure if India should bat first and try and defend with no dew and hopefully scoreboard pressure on a good batting wicket, or back the batsman to chase down a score. Maybe losing the toss won’t be the worst thing, but if India win the toss, I guess MSD would like to field first.”

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6.17 pm Afghanistan have just beaten West Indies, defending 10 in the final over. West Indies have a good enough net run rate to finish top of Group 1, though, ahead of England and will play their semi-final in Mumbai, against the winner of tonight’s game between Australia and India.

Anchal Badariya: “India has played 45% dot deliveries in this world cup as compared to Australia playing only 36%. That could be the difference today. Want India to improve on this front. Go India Go!”

Karthik: “Barring the first match, India’s opponents have been playing the second consecutive match at the same venue (i.e. Pak at Eden, Bangladesh at Chinnaswamy and now Oz at Mohali). Given the vastly different nature of pitches across venues, the home advantage for India is vastly neutralized. ”

Ganesh Tiwari: “So, nobody will be expecting the pitch like that of Kolkata played between India and Pakistan… Anyway, I am desperately waiting this match from mid-days.. Bring a thrilling contest here.”

Tharun Raj: “Is it true that Mohali pitch has been doctored to suit spin???” Nothing confirmed. Australia and India will play on the same pitch that the India and West Indies women are using in Mohali. And there has been nothing extreme about it – just some turn and a little variable bounce. Nothing like Kolkata and maybe not even to Nagpur’s degree.

6.05 pm Potential upset alertAfghanistan might beat West Indies in Nagpur. But West Indies need to score only 101 to seal top spot in Group 1.

Shreyas: “Well. Contradiction to 2011 WC we have already 3 non Asian teams in the semis!! Can steve outsmart Dhoni today? #indvsaus”

6.00 pm Good evening, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball coverage of the match that will decide the last semi-finalist of the 2016 World T20. India and Australia are battling for the right to play in Mumbai – where West Indies await – on March 31. Both teams have lost to New Zealand, and beaten Bangladesh and Pakistan, on their journey to this showdown. This match promises tremendous entertainment and here’s hoping the cricket lives up to the build-up.

India have played an unchanged XI through this tournament. Australia have used all of their players apart from seamer Andrew Tye. India have beaten Australia in their last five T20Is. Does that make them favourites tonight? Here’s Brydon Coverdale’s preview of the game.

Australia allrounder Shane Watson had announced his retirement ahead of the match against Pakistan, and in the lead-up to this contest he repeatedly said he was keen to make the most of the “last few games” he has left. He could have just one left, but it also could be three.

There’s been a lot of talk and rumour about the pitch being changed for this match, but it’s a lot of he-said-she-said at the moment, with nothing confirmed. The women’s match between India and West Indies is taking place on the same surface that the men will use, and it has turned a bit and had variable bounce.

0.1

Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, too short, and there’s no pace on this pitch, it sits up for the left-hander and Khawaja dismisses it to the square leg boundary with a pull along the ground

0.2

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja begins to try and cut it but then checks his shot, let’s it pass through to the keeper, Nehra’s length was better and his line outside off

0.3

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, he’s properly beaten this time by a superb ball! Nehra slants it into the left-hander from over the wicket, landing on a great length around off sump, the ball seams away sharply and Khawaja is beaten as he poked from his crease

0.4

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, cut off the back foot but he can’t beat point

0.5

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, short of a length delivery outside off and that ball keeps rather low, Khawaja tries to cut from his crease but gets beaten on the bottom edge

0.6

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, terrific comeback from Nehra after that first-ball four, the last ball pitches on a good length and seams away, squaring up the left-hander and beating the bat as he tries to defend

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • UT Khawaja 4 (6b 1×4)
    • AJ Finch 0 (0b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0
1.1

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, risky run to get off the mark! Finch pushes towards mid-on and takes on Pandya rushing in, he misses at the non-striker’s end. He might have just made it even with a direct hit

1.2

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball on a pretty straight line, Khawaja gets on the front foot and hoists it over the infield at midwicket for his second boundary

1.3

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball again and that disappears too! Khawaja presses forward and lofts the ball wide of the fielder at mid-on

1.4

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, three in a row! Bumrah goes around the wicket to change his line but his length is the same – poor. Khawaja stays on his crease and pulls, hitting the ball along the ground behind square leg. Cracking start.

1.5

Bumrah to Khawaja, no run, played from the crease to cover point

Sai: “Dhoni should use Bumrah very scarcely in the powerplay and save his overs for the end”

1.6

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, amazing over for the Aussies! Khawaja stays back to a short of a length ball and cuts late and deftly past the fielder at short third man. 17 runs off the over

End of over 2 (17 runs) Australia 21/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • UT Khawaja 20 (11b 5×4)
    • AJ Finch 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0
2.1

Nehra to Finch, no run, Finch walks down the pitch and slightly towards the off side to whip the ball off his hips but he misses, that passed over leg stump

Hotshot007: “This is a recurring problem from the previous matches. Bumrah bowlers perfect yorkers at the death, but doesn’t even attempt it in his first spell within the PP. Baffling.”

2.2

Nehra to Finch, FOUR, Nehra loses his line, spraying it wide outside off from over the wicket, Finch reaches for it and unleashes a mighty cut, the ball was so far outside off that it connected with the toe of the bat but still raced through point

2.3

Nehra to Finch, 1 run, closer to off stump this time and Finch bottom edges the cut into the ground through to Dhoni, who doesn’t collect cleanly

2.4

Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, Khawaja is on fire! He steps out of his crease and Nehra follows him with a full ball, trying to cramp him for room, Khawaja flicks and gets an inside edge between the pads that goes past short fine leg for his sixth boundary!

2.5

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, good length on off and middle, Khawaja stays on his crease and pushes to mid-on, he sends Finch back

2.6

Nehra to Khawaja, 1 run, tucked off the pads in front off square leg for a single

Bharat: “Khawaja is a left hander and finch doesn’t play spin all that well. Makes more sense to go with Ashwin. Cant imagine dhoni missed this trick.”

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 10.33)

    • UT Khawaja 25 (14b 6×4)
    • AJ Finch 6 (4b 1×4)
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0

Drew: “Khawaja not up for running today…” Indeed, six fours in his 25.

Waqaas Rumani: “Looks like a superb wicket to bat on. Ball is travelling to the boundary even of the toe end of the bat. If that is the case, I would say Australia need at least 190 plus. Should be interesting to see the chase !”

Here’s R Ashwin, from around the wicket with a slip.

3.1

Ashwin to Khawaja, 1 run, a full ball around off stump, Khawaja leans forward and flicks for a single

Snehal: “I just don’t understand how a bowler gives away 4 boundaries in an over and then come back to bowl in death overs and bowls all yorkers, why can’t Bhumrah do that to begin with?” Maybe the new ball is harder to bowl yorkers with?

3.2

Ashwin to Finch, no run, backs away far outside leg to hit through the off side but mis-times to the bowler

3.3

Ashwin to Finch, SIX, massive! Finch moves outside leg and comes forward to slam a full ball far over the long-on boundary, that was hit beautifully

3.4

Ashwin to Finch, SIX, this one isn’t as beautiful but it’s good enough to beat the leaping fielder on the edge of the long-on boundary! Finch gave it everything again, but did not connect as well as the previous one

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 5 wides, that is so wide outside leg stump, Dhoni has no chance, and short fine leg can’t stop it either! Five extras to the total

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, what is with this line? Extremely wide down leg again, this time Dhoni was wise enough to move early

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 2 runs, flicked through square leg and they run hard to come back for the second

3.6

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, clipped off the pads behind square for a single. Ashwin has been dismantled in that over

Safa: “ASHWIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING”

End of over 4 (22 runs) Australia 53/0 (RR: 13.25)

    • AJ Finch 21 (9b 1×4 2×6)
    • UT Khawaja 26 (15b 6×4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0

Saj: “Did somebody just say Finch can’t play spin?”

Nehra to bowl his third over.

4.1

Nehra to Finch, 1 run, nothing is going India’s way! Finch jumped back to flick but got a leading edge that lobbed over midwicket, Raina was walking in but then had to stop and rush back … he could not get to it in time

4.2

Nehra to Khawaja, OUT, caught behind and the crowd roars for the first time in this game! Khawaja drove hard at a good length ball that shaped away from him from around off stump and got a thick edge through to Dhoni. India have their first wicket. That ball flew rapidly to the keeper.

UT Khawaja c †Dhoni b Nehra 26 (16b 6×4 0x6) SR: 162.50

Drew Foster: “@George Binoy That line was coerced by Finch’s open stance to Ashwin outside leg stump. Excellent improvisation by Finch for t20 against the spinner.”

Warner walks in at No. 3, to deafening chants of “Indiaaaa, Indiaa.”

4.3

Nehra to Warner, no run, cracks his first ball to short cover with a firm drive, can’t find the gap

4.4

Nehra to Warner, 1 run, good length angling in to the left-hander, Warner stays on his crease and pushes towards mid off

Ram: “For the first time in a long time, I am sensing nerves in the Indian fielding. That wicket should calm them, somewhat.”

4.5

Nehra to Finch, no run, good length outside off, Finch stays in his crease and plays the ball to point

4.6

Nehra to Finch, no run, a slightly slower one from Nehra to finish, Finch tries to dab it on the leg side but is hit on the thigh, he misjudged the pace. That’s the first over without a boundary

riad: “This is called the experience.nehra you beauty.”

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 55/1 (RR: 11.00)

    • AJ Finch 22 (12b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 1 (2b)
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0
5.1

Bumrah to Warner, 1 leg bye, an appeal for lbw after Warner is hit on the pad by a skiddy ball from around the wicket, that was missing leg, they run a leg bye after the ball goes towards Dhoni’s left

5.2

Bumrah to Finch, no run, over the wicket to the right-hander, a length ball outside off, Finch drives firmly from his crease but can’t beat cover

5.3

Bumrah to Finch, no run, he’s nailed the drive again but can’t beat mid-off this time, Bumrah has got away with two ordinary balls, still bowling length on this pitch

5.4

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, stays in his crease and pushes at the ball, shorter length this time and the outside edge goes down to third man

5.5

Bumrah to Warner, 1 run, stays back and tucks the good length ball through midwicket, Bumrah is skidding these balls into Warner, hurrying him

5.6

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, good length angling into Finch, who closes the face of his bat to turn the ball towards wide mid-on for a single

Rohan: “Why is Bumrah bowling now? He is clearly our only praying hope in the death overs against this lineup. On another note, Rohit and Dhawan need to fire today, no more ‘settling in’ nonsense. Aus looking for 200 here.”

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 59/1 (RR: 9.83)

    • AJ Finch 24 (16b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 2 (4b)
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1

Jose…P: “Was Ussie driving a F1 car in a bike rally? But for Nehraji putting the speed breaker… ~!”

Prasanna S: “@Drew Foster – Totally agree. Ashwin going round the wicket right away for right handers makes him little predictable. He should bowl over the wicket initially for right handers spinning the ball from outside off that would make Finch’s stance little risky.”

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl left-arm spin from around the wicket. There’s a slip in place.

6.1

Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long off for a single

Over the wicket to the left-hander.

6.2

Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, Warner presses forward a bit too early but then waits and dabs the ball behind point, Warner races between the wickets, really urgent running to come back for the second

6.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, punched off the front foot to covers for a single

6.4

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, shorter and flatter ball, Warner stays back and taps the ball towards long on for a single

6.5

Jadeja to Finch, no run, slides on with the arm from around the wicket, Finch cuts off the back foot and Bumrah makes an awkward stop as the ball spins away from him at point

6.6

Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, flat and short, Finch goes back and hits the ball to long on

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 9.14)

    • AJ Finch 26 (19b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 5 (7b)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0

Kanav: “Dhoni pls pls pls try Yuvraj. He has made a differnce for India in such crunch situations.” Yuvraj’s dad had a strong opinion on his son not bowling much in this tournament.

7.1

Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, Ashwin returns and once again bowls outside leg stump from around the wicket

7.1

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, hit through midwicket from outside leg stump for a single

7.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, bowls on to Warner’s pads and he tucks it towards square leg, Warner’s running is intense again but just the single this time

7.3

Ashwin to Finch, FOUR, a superb punchy drive off the back foot, Ashwin dropped short and drifted across the right-hander, Finch went back and towards leg to make room and hit the ball hard through covers

7.4

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, goes back and places the ball in front of square leg for one more

7.5

Ashwin to Warner, OUT, stumped! Warner skipped down the track but could not get to the pitch of the delivery, perhaps he came forward too early and Ashwin shortened his length and slowed the pace down too. The ball spun away from the left-hander and beat Warner’s helpless prod. Dhoni did the rest

DA Warner st †Dhoni b Ashwin 6 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Smith is the new batsman.g

7.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, goes deep into his crease to tuck the ball off his pads through square leg

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 73/2 (RR: 9.12)

    • SPD Smith 1 (1b)
    • AJ Finch 32 (22b 2×4 2×6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0

Avnish: “Dhoni paused for a fraction before stumping Warner, letting him look back as to what had happened. Masterclass from Ashwin and Dhoni!”

Prashant : “What a waste of batting position for Warner.. He should always open, Khawaja coming after 1 down.. ”

8.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, a flighted delivery into the right-hander, Smith reaches for it on the front foot and plays it back to the bowler

8.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, driven to Jadeja’s left and he dives full length to cut off the single

8.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, pushed off the front foot into the covers

8.4

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, slow pace from Jadeja, Smith moves forward and pushes the ball gently towards long on

8.5

Jadeja to Finch, no run, that’s a quick round-arm dart from around the wicket, hits the pad but that was missing leg

8.6

Jadeja to Finch, no run, played back to the bowler, sharp fielding again to limit Australia to just the single in the over

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 74/2 (RR: 8.22)

    • AJ Finch 32 (24b 2×4 2×6)
    • SPD Smith 2 (5b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1

apil: “Poor batting from Warner. Plain ridiculous. Finch had complete control on proceedings and Ashwin was under pressure and Warner just throws it away. Jadeja could have been taken for cleaners had Warner stayed”

Yuvraj is going to bowl!

9.1

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, OUT, and he has struck first ball!!! An incredible turn of events. That is his first ball of the tournament. He fired it in quick from around the wicket and got the ball to bounce a bit away from the right-hander, Smith stayed back and wafted at the ball. Dhoni went up rightaway, but Smith looked unhappy. I’ll wait for replays to confirm if there was an edge or not. Smith was beaten on the inside edge as he tried to cut, it doesn’t look like there was an edge. Nothing definite on snicko. Smith may be unlucky.

SPD Smith c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Maxwell comes in.

9.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the pads through midwicket for a single

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, (no ball) 1 run, driven through covers for a single, Yuvraj has over-stepped, free-hit coming up.

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, a fast ball at 105 kph! Maxwell tries to slog too hard and misses it

9.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, goes back and tucks the ball off the pads through square leg

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 wide, fires the ball down leg side, Finch misses the sweep

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, goes back and swats the ball to long on for a single

9.6

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot through midwicket for a single. That was Yuvraj’s first over in this World T20. Can’t say it was uneventful.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 81/3 (RR: 8.10)

    • GJ Maxwell 3 (4b)
    • AJ Finch 34 (26b 2×4 2×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0

Ahmad: “All the wickets belong to Dhoni. He is behind those Physically And Mentally Both!!”

Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl.

Pranil: “Only 25 runs in last 6 overs : great come back by india”

10.1

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, tennis ball bounce for that short of a length ball around off, Maxwell sways away and tries to ramp it over the keeper, he is beaten

10.2

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, that ball keeps really low from short of a length, Maxwell was shaping to ramp to third man again but then had to jam his bat down on it, the ball hit him near the waist

10.3

Pandya to Maxwell, 2 runs, chipped in the air towards deep square leg, Raina’s throw from the deep sails over Dhoni’s head and concedes an overthrow

10.4

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, short of a length around off, played back to the bowler

10.5

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length and that keeps low too, Maxwell stays back and swats behind square

10.6

Pandya to Finch, 1 run, pushed to long off for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 85/3 (RR: 7.72)

    • AJ Finch 35 (27b 2×4 2×6)
    • GJ Maxwell 6 (9b)
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1
11.1

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, Finch backs away a long way outside leg, Yuvraj follows him, Finch hits the ball along the ground to long off

karthik: “Seems like ball is holding up a bit, should Aus reach 150+, this could be an interesting run-chase.”

11.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep square leg for two more

11.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, a really slow ball on off and middle, Maxwell lofts clean over the bowler’s head and Raina makes a great save! He comes running hard from long off and slaps the ball back into play as it was bouncing over the boundary

11.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, 102 kph, faster ball, Maxwell gets down low and sweeps

11.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long on for a single

11.6

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, the reverse sweep for a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 93/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • GJ Maxwell 12 (13b)
    • AJ Finch 37 (29b 2×4 2×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0
12.1

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, swipes at the short of a length ball and cross bats it long off for a single

12.2

Pandya to Finch, no run, short of a length again and the ball isn’t coming on to the bat, Finch pulls but gets beaten on the bottom edge

Suyog: “Speaking of comebacks, Finch is such a key player. Always comes good in key moments! How was Australia not able to find place for him earlier?”

12.3

Pandya to Finch, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Finch drags it to wide long-on, where Kohli fumbles. Maxwell pounces on the mistake and races back for the second. Kohli’s throw is good but Maxwell is safe by the time Pandya breaks the stumps

12.4

Pandya to Finch, no run, Finch tries to pull again but fails to make contact

12.5

Pandya to Finch, FOUR, short ball again but this time Finch nails the pull, smashing it in front of deep backward square leg to bring up the 100 for Australia

12.6

Pandya to Finch, OUT, short again, pulls again and this Pandya wins the contest! Finch seemed to be hurried for time as he swung across the line and mis-timed it to Dhawan at deep midwicket, that was taken well inside the boundary

AJ Finch c Dhawan b Pandya 43 (34b 3×4 2×6) SR: 126.47

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 100/4 (RR: 7.69)

    • GJ Maxwell 13 (14b)
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1

Watson is the new batsman.

Niraj Gautam: “This format of cricket is just crazy. You keep on watching and can’t even understand when the momentum shifted.” When Warner fell?

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 wide, drifts down legside from around the wicket

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, defends on the front foot towards the leg side, Yuvraj races to his right to field

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets on the front foot, down on one knee, and sweeps hard, “Bowler’s end!!!” is the yell to the fielder in the deep but Watson makes it back easily

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell pokes from his crease and gets an outside edge on the off side

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, fired in at 104 kph, Maxwell gets hit on the pad

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, really slow now, 82 kph, Maxwell steps out and flicks the ball through midwicket

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, a flighted ball dips on Watson on the off stump line, he leans forward to play it but gets an edge towards short third man

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 104/4 (RR: 7.42)

    • SR Watson 0 (1b)
    • GJ Maxwell 16 (19b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1

Sridhar: “Waiting for contest between Ravi Ashiwn vs Glenn Maxwell”

14.1

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length outside off, the ball grips the pitch and does not come on to the bat, Maxwell backs away and hits it to long off

14.2

Pandya to Watson, 1 wide, strays down leg side and concedes another wide, a fair number of those today

Pradeep: “No boundaries for Maxwell after 16 odd bowls, some serious cricket going on in mohali.”

14.2

Pandya to Watson, FOUR, short ball again, Pandya is pounding the middle of this pitch, Watson is ready and waiting on the front foot and he plays a powerful pull to the square leg boundary

14.3

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, fuller length this time, Watson goes back and turns the ball off the pads through square leg

14.4

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, good length and the ball stops on Maxwell as he pushes towards the bowler, the ball goes past the stumps at the bowler’s end for a sngle

14.5

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, moves back and across and tucks the ball off the pads for a single

14.6

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, backs away and slogs at a length ball that does not come on to the bat, he’s timed it so badly that the ball falls well short of the man at long off

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 114/4 (RR: 7.60)

    • GJ Maxwell 19 (22b)
    • SR Watson 6 (4b 1×4)
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1

Melvin Sunny: “Yesterday Munro batted some 25+ balls without any boundary. Now Maxwell. Not the kind of pitches for slogging in this tournament!”

Rak: “Though the momentum is shifted towards India, Australia are well positioned in the game. The ball is holding up and that run flow in the first 4 overs of the innings will make difference.” Reckon 150-160 will be a challenging chase.

15.1

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, closes the face of the bat against the turn and the leading edge goes behind point

15.2

Jadeja to Watson, 1 leg bye, Watson leans forward and across and nudges the ball off the pads behind square leg

15.3

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, has Watson been run out backing up too far? Jadeja appeals after Maxwell’s fierce drive rebounds off the stumps at the bowler’s end towards long on. Jadeja did not get a hand on it

15.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 wide, bowled down leg side again to concede another wide, Watson misses the slog sweep

15.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards short third man

15.5

Jadeja to Maxwell, FOUR, that’s Maxwell’s first boundary! Gets down on one knee and lofts the ball with the angle into him from around the wicket, slog sweeping to the long leg boundary

15.6

Jadeja to Maxwell, SIX, he’s smashed it! Maxwell unfurls the reverse pull, blitzing the full toss far over the cover boundary. Might have been the switch. Will have to see replays. It was the switch-hit.

End of over 16 (15 runs) Australia 129/4 (RR: 8.06)

    • GJ Maxwell 31 (26b 1×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 7 (6b 1×4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
16.1

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full ball as Bumrah returns from over the wicket, Watson drives to long on on the front foot

16.2

Bumrah to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell tries to switch hit behind point this time but is beaten by Bumrah’s slower ball

16.3

Bumrah to Maxwell, OUT, bowled him with the slower ball! Maxwell heaved across the line so, so early that he was almost through the shot before the ball arrived. He had backed away towards leg to make a bit of room too. Bumrah clipped the top of off stump.

GJ Maxwell b Bumrah 31 (28b 1×4 1×6) SR: 110.71

16.4

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole now, dug out towards mid-on for a single

16.5

Bumrah to Watson, no run, slower ball outside off, Watson steers to backward point and wants one, Faulkner says no

16.6

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole now, a very low full toss, Watson backs away to leg and drives to long off

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 132/5 (RR: 7.76)

    • SR Watson 9 (9b 1×4)
    • JP Faulkner 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0

Avnish: “Can’t believe Bumrah went for 17 runs in his first over! What a comeback! Shows great spirit and fighting strength this young man!”

Nehra’s back …

17.1

Nehra to Watson, 1 run, a good length ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, Watson stays back and steers to point for a single

Shashi: “Bumrah is a far better bowler in the death overs. Dhoni should not use him to open the bowling. Proven time & again in this tournament.”

17.2

Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, a skiddy good length delivery on the pads, Faulkner stays in his crease and pushes through midwicket

17.3

Nehra to Watson, 1 run, driven firmly to long off, a low full toss, Kohli races to the ball and unleashes a rocket throw to prevent the second

17.4

Nehra to Faulkner, no run, a slower ball on a good length on leg and middle stump, Faulkner defends with a straight bat to the bowler

17.5

Nehra to Faulkner, no run, Faulkner moves torwards the off to play the scoop over short fine leg, but Nehra is wise to it and bowls a full and wide ball outside off, beating the bat

17.6

Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole to complete a top over for India! Faulkner can only dig it out on the off side for a single

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 136/5 (RR: 7.55)

    • JP Faulkner 3 (5b)
    • SR Watson 11 (11b 1×4)
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1

Rishav: “Looks like pandya have to bowl 20th over again unless dhoni believes in ashwin or jadeja to bowl that.”

rhys: “Bumrah for the 20th over. Pandya for the 19th? I would have thought Dhoni would let Nehra bowl the 19th”

Bumrah to bowl …

18.1

Bumrah to Faulkner, FOUR, short of a length outside off and Faulkner gets it away, riding the bounce and steering behind point into the empty space on the third man boundary

18.2

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, spears in the yorker from over the wicket, Faulkner leans forward and digs it out between midwicket and mid-on

18.3

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full toss and Watson mis-times the pull off the front foot, 138 kph that was, the ball fell well short of deep midwicket

18.4

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, a low full toss and Faulkner chips it over the bowlers head, long-on runs to his left to field

18.5

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, Watson clears his front foot and hacks across the line at a good length ball, mis-times it through midwicket

18.6

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, another low full toss, Watson stays low too and drives hard but the shot is intercepted by a diving Rohit at cover! Superb effort

End of over 19 (9 runs) Australia 145/5 (RR: 7.63)

    • JP Faulkner 10 (9b 1×4)
    • SR Watson 13 (13b 1×4)
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1

ahmed: “I really do not understand people who say Bumrah shouldnt open bowling! He is a special talent, really? Special talent of bowling yorkers? Come on guys, let him be versatile enough!”

Ganesh : “That’s really an incredible spell by old horse Nehraji under the circumstances!”

Vips: “Surprisingly not even one good comment about Nehra’s bowling. He was awesome today, breaking that dangerous partnership and being economical during the power play. He for me was the pick of the bowlers today.”

Pandya to bowl the final over, again.

19.1

Pandya to Faulkner, OUT, caught at long on! It’s a good length ball that does not come on to the bat, Faulkner makes room and slogs, but mis-times the ball straight to Kohli in the deep. Will Australia get to 150?

JP Faulkner c Kohli b Pandya 10 (10b 1×4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Allen: “Pandya our last over specialist”

Shawn: “This looks like a huge ground. The key in India’s chase will be the rotation of strike and convert 1’s into 2’s. ”

19.2

Pandya to Watson, no run, Watson backs away towards leg and slashes at a short of a length ball wide outside off, he can’t connect. Two dot balls to start the final over

19.3

Pandya to Watson, FOUR, a streaky four! Watson makes room again and then lunges at a full ball outside off, he gets a thick outside edge that goes wide of Dhoni to the third man boundary

19.4

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, a low full toss, Watson drills it to long off to take Australia to 150

19.5

Pandya to Nevill, FOUR, what a shot to execute first ball! Nevill moves back in his crease and towards the off side to scoop a length ball over short fine leg for four

Ger Siggins: “There’s never been fewer than two Asian sides in the semi-finals of a wt20; extraordinarily for an event in India, this year there could be none.” Or one, Ger! It might be a dogfight of a chase.

19.6

Pandya to Nevill, SIX

End of over 20 (15 runs) Australia 160/6

    • PM Nevill 10 (2b 1×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 18 (16b 2×4)
    • HH Pandya 4-0-36-2
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1

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