Aug 28, 2016 00:13(IST)
That's it from us here. Do join us for the 2nd T20I tomorrow. Until then, good bye and take care. 23:45(IST)
What a match! After 40 overs, almost 500 runs and two centuries, we finally have time to take a breather. With 2 needed off the last ball, India were expected to successfully chase down the highest score ever. But West Indies reminded us that they are the World Champions as DJ Bravo gave just 6 runs off his last over, in a match where the average score per over was at least 12. India's first match in USA was a belter and the crowd might have had a cracker of time. For India, it was the case of so close but yet so far. In the first innings, we witnessed pure power as Lewis scored his first T20I ton. However, in the second innings elegance and orthodox strokeplay was on the offer as Rahul relied on timing to get to his maiden century. He must be disappointed to see his knock end in a losing cause, but will also be proud of his maiden T20I ton. When whole of India relied on Virat Kohli to take the men in blue home this young Karnataka batsman decided to show the skills he possesses. Overall, this match promised one thing, it will inspire quite a few kids to take up cricket in USA.
It was a good team effort and Bravo's over stood out, says Brathwaite his first post-match talk as West Indian captain at the presentation ceremony.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the last ball: The thinking was right, execution was wrong. Everything is judged by execution.
Evin Lewis named as the man of the match. He scored an outstanding ton to help West Indies score a huge target of 245.
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Champion dance has started. Bravo gave only six runs of the last over. Rahul's fantastic innings of 110 ends in agony. So close, but yet so far. What a game of cricket we had on offer in the US. The crowd has got nothing to complain about.
OUT!! What a anti-climax!! No, Dhoni! India loses the match by one run. The West Indian celebrations are beyond control. 23:09(IST)
Bravo is taking time and adjusting his fields, Common!! Bowl the last ball already. The West Indian camp are having a talk here. Commentators predicting the shot Dhoni would play.Tension, all around!
Superb fielding by Bravo and the ball runs straight towards Pollard, Dhoni takes a double and will take strike for the last ball. 2 needed of it!
Bravo is bowling tremendously well under pressure. Only 4 came of his 4 balls. India needs 4 of the last 2 balls. Dhoni on strike!
No! Leg-bye. Another single for India. 5 needed of 3.
Single taken by Rahul. Dhoni is back on strike. 6 needed. Will he finish it off in style?
DROPPED! Samuels has dropped a regulation catch, will this be the catch that cost West Indies the match? India need 7 of 5 balls. 23:01(IST) After 19 overs,India 238/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 108 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 40)
What a turnaround of events this match has witnessed, India just need 8 of the last over. Wow, What a match! 16 of the 19th over.
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CENTURY!! What an innings under pressure by KL Rahul. Just of 46 deliveries. Pure cricketing shots, no slogs. Has to finish it of for India now. 22:56(IST) 22:56(IST) 22:56(IST) 22:56(IST) After 18 overs,India 222/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 94 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 39)
Bravo begins the over with a ball on pads and Dhoni plays it towards third man for a four. But DJ backs by giving only three of the next two. What a yorker!! Rahul came down the pitch to attack only to fall flat on his face with his bat some metres away from him. Brilliant over in the context of the game. Only 9 of it.
22:53(IST) 22:52(IST) 22:50(IST) 22:49(IST) After 17 overs,India 213/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 94 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 31)
DHONI!!!! Hits his first six of the match. Surely, India needs those helicopter shots now that this chase looks quite possible. And one more towards mid-wicket. A huge one!!! 108 metres! India needs 40 of 20 balls, if they chase it, it will be the highest successful chase ever. Sensible play from the Indian captain, takes a single after hitting a six. And Rahul says thanks captain and hits another maximum towards mid-wicket.
22:44(IST) 22:43(IST) 22:42(IST) After 16 overs,India 193/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 88 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 18)
Rahul playing brilliantly well and hitting the ball on the rise here. The crowd is demanding for a six with the chants "WE WANT SIX, WE WANT SIX!" India needs 53 with 24 balls remaining. We are set for a nail biting finish.
22:40(IST) 22:39(IST) After 15 overs,India 182/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 82 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 13)
Rahul slices Brathwaite for a six over third man. The crowd has started chanting "RAAAAHUL, RAAAHUL. On the very last ball, Rahul was hit on the toe and looked in some pain but looks fine now and hit the West Indian captain for a four on the last ball.
22:33(IST) 22:32(IST) 22:32(IST) 22:30(IST) 22:29(IST) After 14 overs,India 168/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 69 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 12)
Pressure taking a toll on even on the best of the bowlers as Narine leaks 18. Rahul hit a six followed by boundaries and is batting on 69
22:27(IST) After 13 overs,India 150/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 52 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 12)
West Indian captain Brathwaite bowling to India's captain and Dhoni hits the first ball of the over for four at deep backward square. Pollard makes a risky save at the long-off boundary only to give India 12 runs of the over.
22:19(IST) After 12 overs,India 138/3 ( Lokesh Rahul 51 , MS Dhoni (C) (W) 1)
Good over for West Indies as just 7 came of it and Pollard took the important wicket of Rohit. Captain MS Dhoni has walked in to join Rahul at the crease.
OUT! Oh no, Rohit! Charles catches him at mid wicket of Pollard's delivery. The Mumbai-based batsman walks after scoring 62 of just 28 balls. 22:15(IST) 22:15(IST)
FIFTY!!! And what a way to bring it. A four towards covers. What a magnificent year it has been for the Karnataka batsman! 22:12(IST) After 11 overs,India 131/2 ( Rohit Sharma 62 , Lokesh Rahul 46)
Bravo has so far just given 9 runs in his first five balls. But bowls a full toss on the very last ball and Rohit punishes him for a six towards mid-wicket.
22:10(IST) 22:09(IST) 22:09(IST) 22:09(IST) After 10 overs,India 116/2 ( Rohit Sharma 53 , Lokesh Rahul 40)
West Indies becoming a little sloppy on field as they gave two extra runs to India of a overthrow on first ball. Overall a decent over for India as 10 come of it.
FIFTY for Rohit Sharma just of 22 balls. So far, 4 boundaries and 3 sixes have come in his knock. India needs him till the very last if they have to chase the mammoth target down.
22:04(IST) 22:03(IST) After 9 overs,India 104/2 ( Rohit Sharma 43 , Lokesh Rahul 38)
Russell does all the hard work on the fifth ball at long off only to drop Rahul on 38. Can Rahul take advantage of the dropped catch?
22:01(IST) 22:00(IST) 21:59(IST) After 8 overs,India 96/2 ( Rohit Sharma 42 , Lokesh Rahul 31)
India have come prepared for the task and letting the run rate go out of their hand. Sunil Narine looks flabbergasted as Rohit hits him for back to back sixes.Rahul tries to be play a reverse sweep and gets no run. In
21:57(IST) 21:55(IST) After 7 overs,India 80/2 ( Rohit Sharma 27 , Lokesh Rahul 30)
Rahul is looking really good here. Opens the phase of the bat and plays a sensational shot and there's more on offer from him, he hits the very next ball for a four towards cover.
Good powerplay for India. Field restrictions are over now. The men in blue should not let the momentum slip now.
21:51(IST) After 6 overs,India 67/2 ( Rohit Sharma 25 , Lokesh Rahul 19)
Goodness gracious. What a match! Rahul sweeps one for a four and comes down the ground to hit the second ball for a maximum. Good cricket overall as Narine bowls a dot ball on the third ball. Sunil's mystery isn't working at all on Rahul as he hits one more towards covers. 16 of the 6th over.
21:47(IST) After 5 overs,India 51/2 ( Rohit Sharma 25 , Lokesh Rahul 3)
Bravo took the massive wicket of Kohli and gave just 9 runs in the 5th over. Rahul has walked in to replace him.
OUT!! Huge setback. Kohli tries to pull but gloves it to keeper. DJ Bravo is ecstatic. The tunes of 'Champion' have begun in the US. 21:43(IST) After 4 overs,India 42/1 ( Rohit Sharma 24, Virat Kohli 11)
Kohli has started amazingly well. He hit Badree for two fours of the 3rd over.
21:40(IST) After 3 overs,India 31/1 ( Rohit Sharma 24 ,)
India have lost Ajinkya Rahane early on the last ball of the over but India have not let runs dry up as Rohit Sharma scored 12 of the over. 21:38(IST)
OUT!! Rahane tries to be cheeky and plays a upper cut, ball seemed to go beyond the boundary line only to be undone by a brilliant diving catch by Dwayne Bravo. Rahane walks back in utmost disbelief. 21:34(IST) 21:32(IST) 21:32(IST) 21:30(IST) After 2 overs,India 19/0 ( Rohit Sharma 17 , Ajinkya Rahane 2)
Samuel Badree to bowl the second over of the match. Consecutive boundaries for Rohit Sharma and follows it up with a boundary on the last ball. Good over this for India.
21:27(IST) 21:26(IST) After 1 overs,India 5/0 ( Rohit Sharma 4 , Ajinkya Rahane 1)
Only 5 of the first over by Russell. He ends it with a bouncer. India have to score quickly before the required run rate goes out of hand.
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will open for India, while Andre Russell will start the proceedings for West Indies.
West Indies have scored a mammoth 245 and India have a huge task ahead of them. The damage was done right at the start as the Caribbean side started off brilliantly in the first six overs which set the momentum and the Calypso boys didn't look behind from there. Did they miss Chris Gayle? I don't think so. Star of the match Lewis who was playing in just his second T20I match scored a magnificent ton. A poor bowling effort by India overall which saw Lewis hit Stuart Binny for 5 sixes in an over!!! Ravichandran Ashwin as usual was the most economical bowler for India as he gave only 36 in his spell, yes a economy of 9. That explains what a run fest this match was. However, the Indian team finished well as they restricted the West Indies under 250. Can India chase this target? It is very difficult but the ground is comparatively small. One thing is sure, India would need a Virat Kohli special if they have to win this match!!
21:12(IST) 21:12(IST) After 20 overs,West Indies 245/6 ( Dwayne Bravo 1 , Marlon Samuels 1)
Bumrah fails to take a hattrick but bowls a fantastic last over to restrict West Indies below 250.
One more!! Three wickets in the last over. Bumrah bowls a yorker and Simmons is bowled. Hattrick chance for the young bowler.
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OUT!! Late drama in the match. Bumrah bowls a no-ball but is fast to react and hits the ball on the stumps as Brathwaite is run out! 21:04(IST) After 19 overs,West Indies 235/3 ( Kieron Pollard 15 , Carlos Brathwaite (C) 14)
India has done well under circumstances and have given only 30 of the last three overs.
21:02(IST) 21:02(IST) After 18 overs,West Indies 225/3 ( Kieron Pollard 7 , Carlos Brathwaite (C) 13)
Oh, no! Bumrah bowls a no-ball. West Indies get a free hit and Brathwaite punishes the bowler by hitting a four. A rare dot ball in the match as Bumrah bowls a yorker. Excellent keeping by Dhoni as he saves a certain boundary! Only 1 run of the last three balls.
20:54(IST) After 17 overs,West Indies 215/3 ( Kieron Pollard 3 , Carlos Brathwaite (C) 8)
Just 10 of the 17th over. Shami has ended his spell and has given 48 runs of his four overs.
Ganpati Bappa Morya at Florida. 20:52(IST) 20:51(IST)
Carlos Brathwaite batting in his first match as West Indian captain but nothing is holding him back. Hits a six of his second ball.
20:50(IST) After 16 overs,West Indies 205/3 ( Kieron Pollard 1 , Carlos Brathwaite (C) 0)
Good over. Just six runs conceded and more importantly two wickets. India should take advantage of the situation and bowl tight lines to restrict West Indies to 235-240.
OUT!! Jadeja takes two in one over. Hint of turn and Lewis mistimes his shot and is caught at covers by Ashwin. 20:45(IST)
OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja traps Andre Russell LBW! Russell walks for 22. 20:44(IST) 20:44(IST) After 15 overs,West Indies 199/1 ( Evin Lewis 99 , Andre Russell 18)
Finally, a yorker! Nothing is going India's way as Russell hits Shami for a six. Dhoni has walked up to the bowler to calm his nerves who's clearly under pressure. The maximum is followed by two singles. Wide! West Indies are a run away from 200 with 5 overs left!!
20:36(IST) Preview: Indian cricket team head coach Anil Kumble has said he is looking forward to working with limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni when the side takes on the West Indies in the first game of the two-match Twenty20 International series starting at Florida on Saturday.
The team is coming into the shortest format of the game after a comfortable 2-0 win over the West Indies in the four-match Test series.
File picture of Rohit Sharma. PTI
"This is the first time that I'll be working with MS. Obviously we have played together over a long period of time and we had a chat yesterday and today as well. I'm really looking forward to working with him and the new set of boys like Jasprit Bumrah who has joined as well," Kumble told reporters ahead of the T20 series in the United States.
"I've worked with him in the
Indian Premier League ( IPL) ... so it's nice to be part of the India dressing room again.”
Speaking on the shift in gears from Tests to T20s, the leg-spin legend said: “The West Indies have always been a tough side ... they are the T20 world champions. About the shift that we need to make from Test cricket to T20, the West Indies players may not have to do that because some of them are coming straight from the CPL.
“They are quality cricketers and have shown consistently how good they are and we had a tough match in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup as well.
"In terms of the quality that we are going to encounter, we are aware of that. It's going to be a challenge and I think the Indian team has done really well over the last six months as a T20 side as well so that's something that we are looking forward to.”
The former India skipper also praised the facilities at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium here, the venue of the two matches.
"It's a wonderful initiative and we are really looking forward to our matches here... it's going to be a sell out. We know the US, the expats and the huge Indian diaspora who want quality cricket to come to the US,” the coach said.
"We have played in the past in the West Indies and a lot of Indians come over from the US to watch us. So this is a great opportunity for all of them and I'm sure this is the start of a new beginning in the United States and I'm sure there will be a lot more of the Indian team in the US going forward,” Kumble said.
With inputs from Agencies
First Published On : Aug 28, 2016 00:13 IST