India vs W Indies
India won by 34 runs
And they take the series 4-1. West Indies can reflect on a tour on which they haven't disgraced themselves - they've often competed, but only once have they tasted victory. While they head home, India head for Australia, for a series which holds plenty of intrigue. Do join us for that. For the meantime though, it's ciao for now.
Over 45 Raina W
233 all out - WICKET! All over! Super catch by Rahane on the long-off boundary, and Kohli can breathe again as Pollard falls short of the boundary for once. He smashed that, but didn't get enough elevation. It would have cleared the rope but for the fielder, who leapt, took the catch and kept his feet inside the rope. Pollard is inconsolable as India celebrate, sinking to his knees. Several players go over to pat him on the back, but it takes a while for the big man to get up and trudge off. That was a remarkable solo effort - so solo in fact, that No 11 Anthony Martin never faced a ball.
Over 44 Jadeja 0-0-2-6-0-1
233-9 - This isn't over yet. Pollard slices into the off side and is fortunate to pick out a gap in the field to get two, then he flicks off his pads for six more. That's his tenth of the innings, and it gets India panicking again. A single down the ground keeps him on strike, with 35 more required.
Over 43 Rahul 4-0-0-0-6-1
224-9 - Incredible! Virat Kohli has gifted Pollard a century. And it's his first one-day century as well. Pollard looked to reach the landmark with a trademark six, but feel well short and looked to have thrown it away. Kohli was too casual though, and the ball went through his hands, over his shoulder and bobbled over the rope. Pollard celebrates like a madman, then pumps another six over cow corner.
Over 42 Jadeja 0-0-1-0-0-W
213-9 - Jadeja back on, and this time he comes over the wicket to Pollard to force him to hit against the turn. A single from the third delivery takes Pollard to 99, but he seems to be in no rush here. His calmness is extraordinary. WICKET! He might feel this is beyond him now though, because Jadeja has bowled Roach with a beauty. Drew the right-hander forward, beating the edge and nipped off stump.
Over 41 Mithun 1-0-0-0-0-0
212-8 - Mithun on now, and Pollard pushes a single from the first ball. Roach can't help him out though - he's now faced 12 deliveries without getting off the mark.
Over 40 Irfan 0-0-6-6-0-1
211-8 - Incredible stuff. Pollard gets back up and running with a couple more sixes, and again they're easy-as-you-like. Any other batsman would never have cleared the rope with such minimal effort. A single off the final ball keeps him on strike and takes him to 97. End of the powerplay, and West Indies need 57 runs from 60 balls.
Over 39 Rahul 1-0-0-0-0-0
198-8 - Not sure how Pollard is going to pull this off now quite frankly. India have learned their lesson and are bowling well to him now, so those sixes have dried up considerably. This time he takes the single, and Roach plays out the rest of the over. Something's got to give.
Over 38 Irfan 0-0-0-wd-0-1-0
197-8 - Pollard knows he has to do it himself now, and starts turning down singles. But Patel comes up to the stumps to keep the West Indian in his crease, ensuring Irfan just has to hit the right length. He does, and Pollard eventually takes a single from the fifth delivery.
Over 37 Rahul 0-0-0-1-W-0
195-8 - Superb bowling from Sharma, who's just holding the ball back a touch to make sure Pollard can't get to the pitch. Pollard's frustration comes to a head as he swipes at the third ball and is beaten by the turn. I think that's his first shot in anger actually. WICKET! Deserved wicket for Sharma, who bowls Narine with one that angles across the left-hander rather than turning. Narine plays for the turn, is beaten and has his off stump pegged back. It will take something special for West Indies to get home now.
Over 36 Irfan 1-0-0-0-0-4
194-7 - It's batting powerplay time, so the field comes up. Pollard takes a single from the first delivery though, and Narine gets pegged down until finally lifting the last delivery over extra cover for four. As we go to the final drinks break, West Indies need 74 runs to win from 84 balls.
Over 35 Rahul 0-1-1-0-1-0
189-7 - Good bowling change from Gambhir, as Rahul Sharma returns. Pollard struggled to get him away earlier so there's an opportunity to squeeze him here. Narine is looking fairly calm at the other end so far.
Over 34 Raina 0-0-1-1-1-1
186-7 - Narine drives to deep cover for a single, and Pollard keeps batting as if all is well, pushing the ball strongly down the ground for a single of his own. He double steps the last ball but Raina pushed the ball through quicker to prevent the big fella getting underneath it.
Over 33 Jadeja 0-0-W-0-0-1
182-7 - WICKET! This is turning into a race between India and Pollard, and at the moment India look most likely to win. Pollard loses another partner as Sammy, who'd looked horribly out of sorts throughout his brief stay at the crease, swipes at a turning ball and provides a fairly simple catch for point. Sunil Narine is Pollard's new partner.
Over 32 Raina 0-0-0-0-1-0
181-6 - Raina has a decent shout for lbw against Sammy, but the batsman got a huge stride forward and that was good enough for umpire Asnani. India will be happy with Sammy facing five balls of every over at the moment.
Over 31 Jadeja 0-0-0-1-6-0
180-6 - Sammy is looking fairly hesitant, but Pollard issues a reminder that that doesn't matter - Sammy just has to stick around. A lofted drive sends the ball sailing over long-off for six to keep West Indies on track. They need 88 more to win from 114 balls.
Over 30 Raina 2-0-2-1-0-1
173-6 - Very nearly the other wicket that India wanted, but Pollard's chip down the ground doesn't quite carry to the fielder as he charges in from long-off.
Over 29 Jadeja 1-0-0-0-2-W
167-6 - WICKET! Crucial run-out, and the game swings back in India's favour. They'd just managed to squeeze the batsmen, and Russell is run out attempting a single to short third man. Gambhir was the man with the direct hit, and it found the batsman a yard or two short of his ground. India aren't out of the woods yet of course - Darren Sammy can certainly strike a ball and Pollard is still there.
Over 28 Raina 0-1-1-0-1-wd-0
164-5 - Raina back on now, and his first ball keeps very low. That's the biggest danger to these two batsmen right now - the unexpected shooter. Both Russell and Pollard are batting extremely sensibly, blocking the good balls and whipping singles and twos where possible. It's their effortless six hitting that has West indies on course for victory though.
Over 27 Rahul 6-0-1-1-1-0
160-5 - Long-hop, and six more for Russell as he pulls over midwicket. To add injury to insult, Tiwary is hurt as he trips on the boundary rope and hits his arm on the advertising board while the ball sails over his head. He swaps places with the substitute fielder, who just happened to be walking by. A couple of singles take Russell to fifty in just 37 balls.
- 11th Dec 2011
- MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- S Asnani and A L Hill
w indies BATTING CARD
|Simmons||lbw b Pathan||0|
|Samuels||c Patel b Mithun||6|
|Mohammed||lbw b Mithun||2|
|Ramdin||lbw b Jadeja||14|
|Pollard||c Rahane b Raina||119|
|Sammy||c Rahane b Jadeja||3|
|Total||Close, 44.1 Overs||233|