India vs W Indies
So that's your lot for today and also from the group stages, India have won in Chennai to clinch second spot in Group B and a quarter-final clash with reigning champions Australia on Thursday. West Indies will have to turn things around quickly as they travel to Mirpur to face Group A winners Pakistan. The other two ties see Sri Lanka play England in Colombo and New Zealand take on South Africa. Please join us for coverage of EVERY one of those games in the coming days.
Over 43: Ashwin 0-1-0-1-0-W
188 - WICKET! Stick a fork in the West Indies, they're done. After batting sensibly enough during his short time at the crease, Rampaul can't help but have a go at Ashwin, who has surely done enough today to keep his place. All he does though is make contact with thin air to be bowled, confirming a quite dramatic slump that as seen the Windies go from 154-2 to 188 all out. At one stage they were hot favourites to win this game; they've ended up losing by 80 runs.
Over 42: Zaheer W-0-0-4-0-0
186-9 - WICKET! - Sarwan falls when an attempt to hit Zaheer over the top only provides a comfortable catch on the run for Ashwin out at deep cover. The task just proved too much for even someone of Sarwan's capabilities, having come to the crease with his side on top he has seen the rest of the order crumble around him. Bishoo does pick up a boundary by steering a short ball over the top of the slip, but it's too little, too late now. Windies need a mere 83 from 48 deliveries.
Over 41: Ashwin 0-0-1-0-0w-0-1
182-8 - Ashwin comes back having bowled eight pretty good overs up front: It appears India see him as a powerplay expert. If India, as it seems, go on to win this game, they will come up against Australia in the mother of all quarter-final clashes.
Over 40: Zaheer 0-1-1w-1-1-0-W
179-8 - WICKET! It's more 'Gentle Benn' than 'Big Benn' when the tall left-hander is fooled by a slower ball from Zaheer, playing far too early at the ball and lobbing it to the (relatively) safe hands of Munaf Patel. It just goes from bad to worse for the Windies, who now seem certain to face Pakistan in Mirpur next. This result is also important for England, as they now look like travelling to Colombo to take on Sri Lanka.
Over 39: Harbhajan 4-1-0-0-0-1
174-7 - Great minds must think alike: Sarwan takes the batting powerplay and then starts it off immediately with a boundary, slog-sweeping Harbhajan, who is bowling around the wicket, into the gap at deep midwicket. A single puts Big Benn on strike but he appears less certain playing the sweep, top-edging one right into his helmet. West Indies now require 8.64 an over as Dhoni brings back Zaheer whilst the fielding restrictions are in place.
Over 38: Munaf 1-0-1-0-1-0
168-7 - Singles aren't going to be enough for the Windies from here on in; it's time for Sarwan to seriously think about taking the batting powerplay and trying to change the momentum of this match. They now need 101 from the final 12 overs.
Over 37: Yuvraj 1-0-0-0-0-W
165-7 - WICKET! - This is a calypso collapso now, Andre Russell patting back four balls before slicing his fifth to Yusuf Pathan at backward point. If the century wasn't enough, Yuvraj has pretty much made certain of the man-of-the-match award with two wickets in a crucial phase of this game. The West Indies have now lost five wickets for 11 runs in the last seven overs.
Over 36: Munaf 1-0-W-0w-0-0-1
164-6 - WICKET! - The last thing the Windies needed was a run out, and of the (under-pressure) captain as well. Sarwan clips a ball towards mid-wicket and sets off before shouting 'Nooooooo' to his skipper. It's too late, though, as not even a dive can save Sammy, Munaf taking Raina's throw and whipping off the bails. Sarwan gets a single off the final ball but now the West Indies need 105 from 84 balls. There's also a batting powerplay in danger of going to waste.
Over 35: Yuvraj 0-W-0-0-1-0
161-5 - WICKET! - Thomas is done all ends up by a beauty from Yuvraj that draws the batsman forward and then spins sharply past the outside edge, leaving skipper Dhoni with the easy task of whipping off the bails to complete a textbook stumping for a left-arm spinner. Sammy comes in with his side suddenly swimming against the tide.
Over 34: Harbhajan 0-1-0-0-0-0
160-4 - Harbhajan opts to come around the wicket and now has a man under the helmet for Sarwan, who was caught by Bell at short leg off the bowling of Graeme Swann during the thrilling game in Chennai on Thursday. Just a Thomas single during the over, as West Indies seem to be getting themselves further into a hole.
Over 33: Zaheer 0-1-0-0-1-0
159-4 - The noise level is getting higher...and so too is the required rate for the West Indies. Their nerves aren't calmed when Devon Thomas spars at the first ball he faces from Zaheer, resulting in a long glare from the experienced seamer. The men from the Caribbean now require 110 from 102.
Over 32: Harbhajan 0-0-0-1-W-0
157-4 - WICKET! - Oh dear, oh dear, it appears the pressure just gets too much for some. Pollard can't resist in taking the attack to Harbhajan, but his attempts to take on the off-spinner only result in him holing out to long-on for a single. Even if the injured little finger on his left hand was bothering him, that was a poor shot to get out to. He didn't even go through with the blow, it was like he was attempting to find the man on the fence during catching practice.
Over 31: Zaheer 0-0-W-0-1-1
156-3 - WICKET! - And the heat gets turned up a little more on the Windies, Smith playing all around a well-disguised slower ball from Zaheer to be emphatically bowled for 81. Another good bowling change from Dhoni to bring back his strike bowler and now he's got Pollard in his sights. The new man successfully sees off the first ball he faces and then pushes a single from the next to get off the mark.
Over 30: Harbhajan 1-0-1-1-1-1
154-2 - Five singles are milked off Harbhajan as West Indies look to steady their nerve after a tricky little period. They now need just 115 from the final 20 overs at a required rate of 5.75 an over. I say just, it would be straightforward for any team who was used to winning games of one-day cricket. West Indies are not one of those, or at least not against major nations.
Over 29: Munaf 0-0-0-2-0-1
149-2 - With eight dot balls coming in a row, Smith has an ugly-looking swipe at a wide delivery from Munaf. He looks much better trying to play in a more sensible fashion, as he does with a square drive to break the run of scoreless deliveries. West Indies now need 120 and you sense the pressure is starting to grow - they can see the finishing line now but just don't quite know how to get there.
Over 28: Harbhajan 0-0-0-0-0-0
146-2 - Harbhajan comes back on and starts his second spell with a maiden, each dot ball bringing cheers from the crowd that grow louder and louder as the over goes on. West Indies now require another 123 runs from the final 22 overs, five of which will see the batting powerplay used up.
Over 27: Munaf 1-1-0-1-4-0
146-2 - The 50 partnership comes up from just 56 deliveries when Smith slaps the second ball of the over out to the man at deep cover. It was nearly over, though, as Sarwan is fortunate to see a top-edged hook fall just short of the fielder at fine leg soon after. Smith has no such problems with timing when he has another go at a cut shot, hammering it to the right of point. If they hadn't realised already by now, India should know that Smith likes them there after that boundary.
Over 26: Yusuf 4-0-0-0-2-1
139-2 - Sarwan starts the over in fine fashion for the West Indies, lofting Yusuf Pathan into the vast open spaces at deep mid-wicket for a sensible boundary. India's collapse at the end of their innings - they lost 7-50 to fail to bat out their full 50 overs - looks like it could prove costly in the final reckoning.
Over 25: Munaf 2-0-1-0-1-0
132-2 - There's no sign of reverse swing for Munaf, who is by international standards no more than military fast medium without a bit of movement in the air. Smjith drives Patel's first ball away to the left of the cover sweeper for two of the four runs that come from the over. Can the West Indies finally get over the line against one of the major nations?
- 20th Mar 2011
- MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- S J Davis and S J A Taufel
w indies BATTING CARD
|Edwards||lbw b Ashwin||17|
|Bravo||c Singh b Raina||22|
|Sarwan||c Ashwin b Khan||39|
|Pollard||c Pathan b Singh||1|
|Thomas||st Dhoni b Singh||2|
|Russell||c Pathan b Singh||0|
|Benn||c Patel b Khan||3|
|Total||All out, 43.0 Overs||188|