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

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

06:36 PM (IST), Date undefined

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.

06:27 PM (IST), Date undefined

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.

06:14 PM (IST), Date undefined

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.

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