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London: Jun 11, 2013
India continued their winning run in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with an eight-wicket win over West Indies at the Oval. Ravindra Jadeja was very impressive with the ball and he was well supported by Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with an unbeaten 102, while Rohit Sharma scored 52 and Dinesh Karthik was also unbeaten on 51. For West Indies, Johnson Charles scored 60 and Darren Sammy scored an unbeaten 56. Sunil Narine tried halting India’s charge, but it wasn’t to be.
Ravindra Jadeja is named the Man-of-the-Match for his first five-wicket haul in ODIs.
Pollard comes into bowl his fourth over. Karthik reaches his half-century with a lofted cover drive as the ball goes to the fence. India beat the West Indies by eight wickets. A very comfortable win for India as they reach the semi-finals. They also knock Pakistan out of the tournament. The winner of the match between West Indies and South Africa will go through to the semi-finals.
Dhawan reaches his second ODI century with a six over deep point. The ball was short and wide by Dwayne Bravo and Dhawan played a brilliant square cut. That is back-to-back hundreds for the left-hander in the tournament. He then plays out the rest of the five deliveries away, almost telling everyone that he wants Karthik an opportunity to reach his half-century.
Pollard comes into bowl his third over. Karthik plays a upper cut and gets a four as the third-man fielder, Rampaul, misfields. The partnership is now worth 99 runs. India need only eight runs to win.
Dwayne Bravo continues as he bowls his fourth over. Bravo again bowls short as Dhawan almost pulls one to the deep square-leg fielder, but the ball just bounces short. Karthik then drives the last ball straight down the ground for a four.
And the rain has stopped for now. Pollard continues to bowl his second over. Karthik flicks one through fine-leg for a four. India require only 23 runs to win from 14 overs.
Rain has interrupted play as the players walk into the dressing rooms. If there is no play possible, India would win the match as they are ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method. The batting powerplay has been taken though.
Dwayne Bravo comes back into the attack to bowl his third over. Since nothing is seemed to be happening, Bravo bowls a couple of really short deliveries to try and test the batsmen, but they think better off it. The last ball is short and wide and cut away for a four by Karthik towards backward point.
Kieron Pollard has been brought into the attack for the first time. He bowls a loose delivery outside off and Dhawan goes after it. Though, he only gets a couple. That is the eighth different bowler used by the West Indies.
Narine comes into bowl his 10th and last over. As in the previous over, the batsmen play out Narine and add a few runs to the total. Narine finishes with figures of two for 49 from his 10 overs.
Chris Gayle has been brought into the attack. He bowls off-spin if anyone did not know. Karthik slaps a short delivery towards sweeper cover for a four off the first ball. Dhawan then drives through cover for a two. Expensive over from Gayle as he gives away 11 runs from it. This partnership is worth 66 runs.
Narine comes into bowl his ninth over. It looks as if the batsmen want to play out Narine and attack the other bowlers. Only three runs from the over. The required run-rate is now under three an over.
Samuels comes into bowl his fourth over. Four singles off the first four balls moves the score along. India now need only 55 runs from 20 overs. If this was a Twenty20 match, then you know which side would win already. Ironically, it does not work that way in the 50-over format. Drinks taken. A little surprising that, as there is a bit of a drizzle at the Oval.
Narine bowls his eighth over. Big appeal for leg before against Dhawan, but the umpire says not out. The ball pitched outside leg and hence cannot be given out. Karthik then clips one towards fine-leg for a four.
Samuels continues as he bowls his third over. Only four runs come from it. India now require 66 runs from 22 overs to win the match.
Narine is brought back into the attack and now we have two spinners bowling in tandem. He only gives one run away from the over. Dhawan takes a single from the second ball, pushing the ball towards cover.
Samuels bowls his second over. He bowls a tight over as only three runs come from it. The run-rate is above six an over, whereas the required run-rate is under three an over.
Roach continues to bowl his sixth over. Roach finally bowls a good over to compensate for his earlier ones, but Karthik takes the shine from it as he drives towards mid-on for a four.
Off-spinner Marlon Samuels comes into the attack. Dhawan cuts a wide delivery towards backward point for a four. Karthik finally gets off the mark as he clips a ball towards square-leg for a single.
Roach comes back into the attack. He went for eight an over in his previous spell. Can he do better? Apparently not as he gives away 11 runs. The first ball is on the pads and Dhawan clips it for a four over backward square-leg. He then pulls a short delivery towards the same area and gets another four.
Narine continues to bowl his sixth over as captain Dwayne Bravo is desperate for wickets. Dhawan drives the third ball of the over through the covers and gets a four. He reached right to the pitch of the delivery and found the gap. Dhawan then sweeps the last ball towards fine-leg and runs three.
Dwayne Bravo continues with Rampaul. Dinesh Karthik is given out caught behind, but he refers it to the third umpire, who reverses the decision as there is no edge. The bat actually touched the pad and that sound probably put off the umpire and the bowler. There is also a four byes in the over.
Narine comes into bowl his fifth over. Dwayne Bravo has kept two slips for the right-handed Kohli. Narine strikes off the last ball as Kohli play across the line and gets bowled. The ball was a little quicker through the air and Kohli might have got a slight inside edge.
Rampaul continues to bowl his fifth over. Dhawan reaches his first ODI half-century with a single towards the leg side. His other milestone was a hundred against South Africa in the previous match. Kohli then hooks the last ball to the deep square-leg boundary. The fielder misfields and Kohli gets a four.
Narine continues to bowl his fourth over. Kohli reaches out and pushes a good length delivery just past the diving fielder at wide mid-off for a four.
Rampaul replaces Sammy and bowls a tight over. Only two runs come from it as both batsmen take a single each. The run-rate is above six an over.
Dwayne Bravo brings back Narine back into the attack after drinks. There is a big appeal for caught behind from the bowler as he thinks Rohit has edged it. The umpire gives it not out, but upon a decision review Rohit is given out. Viart Kohli comes out in the middle and cuts it late for a four past Chris Gayle at slip.
Sammy comes into bowl his fourth over. Rohit waits for a slightly slower delivery and caresses the ball for a four towards backward point. He then gets his 15th ODI half-century with a single towards mid-wicket. This is also Rohit’s seventh fifty against West Indies. Drinks taken. A lot to ponder for West Indies.
Dwayne Bravo continues and the first ball is cut towards backward point for a four by Rohit. He then repeats the same shot on the fifth ball and gets the same result, though this time the ball goes towards third-man. Both batsmen, again, batting on 45 after scoring six fours each.
Sammy bowls his third over. A tidy over from Sammy as he gives away only four runs from it. A slight drizzle at the Oval. If the match is influenced by rain, then at least 20 overs must be up.
Looking at the state of things, captain Dwayne Bravo decides to come into the attack. An off-balance Dhawan pulls the second ball towards fine-leg, but Roach drops a dipping catch. So, Dhawan has been dropped on 23 by Pollard and on 41 by Roach. Catches win matches!
Sammy continues his second over. He digs one in towards Dhawan, who tries cutting but then is caught in two minds as the ball does not bounce that much. Later, he cuts a wide delivery towards deep backward point for a four.
Last over of the powerplay. Narine bowls his second over. Dhawan uses the depth of his crease and cuts a good-length delivery for a four. Despite the boundary, only seven runs come from the over. So, after 10 overs India are going at over six-and-a-half runs an over.
Darren Sammy comes in to replace Roach and almost immediately he strikes. Dhawan cuts a short delivery towards point, but Kieron Pollard is unable to hold on to a very tough chance and the batsmen take a single. Sammy then bowls a loose delivery to Dhawan later in the over and the left-hander smashes it in front of point for a four. Both batsmen exactly on the same number of runs and fours hit.
Finally a change of bowling as spinner Sunil Narine comes into replace Rampaul. Attacking field set by captain Dwayne Bravo with a slip and a silly mid-off. The opening partnership has crossed the 50-run mark. Only four runs from the over.
Roach continues as he bowls his fourth over. Rohit drives through the covers to add another four to his innings. He then pulls a short delivery towards fine-leg for a single. Both batsmen seem to be in competition with each other, playing stroke-for-stroke. Roach then bowls a loose delivery outside off-stump and Rohit cuts it to the point boundary for a four.
Rampaul bowls his third over. Dhawan crashes a wide delivery to the fence near deep point. Dhawan has already hit three fours, while Rohit has struck two fours.
Roach comes in to bowl his third over. Rohit flays a wide delivery past the point fielder for another four. Roach bowls a short-of-a-length delivery to Dhawan, who pushes the ball into the vacant gap towards mid-wicket for a four.
Rampaul continues and Dhawan hits a lofted drive through cover-point, but finds the gap and gets a four. Both batsmen are finding the ones and twos easily as they add eight for the over.
Good running from the Indian openers as Dhawan clips the first ball off his pads towards deep square-leg and runs three. Then Rohit drives through the covers and runs two. The last ball finds the outside edges of Rohit’s bat, but it goes safely towards third-man for a single.
Ravi Rampaul shares the new ball with Roach. Dhawan gets off the mark with a single behind point. Only three runs from the over. Rampaul bowling in the corridor of uncertainty.
Right-arm fast bowler Kemar Roach opens the bowling for the West Indies. Rohit Sharma cuts the fourth ball for a four towards the backward point region. Good over from either end as India off to a good start and Roach bowls some testing deliveries as well.
Jadeja comes into bowl his 10th over. Sammy hits the second ball for a four over Jadeja’s head. He then hits a flat six over extra-cover. Then off the last ball of the innings, Sammy hits another four straight down the ground. The partnership was worth 51 runs and Sammy scored all the runs. Sammy struck five fours and four sixes, and to think he was a replacement for the suspended Denesh Ramdin. Jadeja finishes with figures of five for 36.
Ishant comes in to bowl his 10th over. Sammy greets him with a four through the covers off the very first delivery. He then smashes the ball straight down the ground for a massive six. Ishant digs the next ball in, but Sammy top-edges it for a four towards third-man. Sammy then hits another six over wide long-off. Massive over that for the West Indies as 21 runs come from it.
Jadeja finally seems to have bowled an over without a wicket. He still has one over left to try and claim a sixth wicket. All left on the shoulders of Sammy.
Umesh continues and Sammy plays a cross-batted shot over the bowler’s head for a much-needed six. A better over for the West Indies as nine runs come from it. The run-rate is still just over four runs an over.
Jadeja gets his first five-wicket haul as Ravi Rampaul departs. Rampaul tries to slog-sweep across the line, but misses completely and is bowled. That is a wicket-maiden from Jadeja and he still has two overs left.
Umesh is brought back into the attack by Dhoni to bowl his eighth over. As the innings has gone by, Umesh has looked better and sharper. Only three runs come from the over. The run-rate is just over four an over.
Jadeja strikes again as he picks up his fourth wicket. Sunil Narine tries to hit Jadeja for a six but top-edges it and Dinesh Karthik takes a simple catch.
Ishant gets his reward in his ninth over as Pollard hits a lofted drive towards long-on, but does not time it well and gets caught by Bhuvneshwar at the boundary. Dhoni goes in for the kill as he places a slip for new man Sunil Narine. Only two runs from the over, including a wide.
Jadeja is brought back into the attack. There is an appeal for a run out as Sammy dives towards the non-striker’s end, but gets over the line as Jadeja gets a direct hit.
Ishant bowls a lively over as the wind increase at the Oval. Only three runs of the over as the run-rate is dropping alarmingly. The run-rate is just over four an over.
Last over of the batting powerplay. Umesh bowls a very lively over giving away only one run. Only 24 runs came off the batting powerplay with the loss of a wicket. This seems to be the last recognised batting pair for the West Indies.
Ishant continues his spell to bowl his seventh over. The pacer bowls an excellent over giving away only one run. Ishant is running in hard and bowling at a good pace. Just does not have a wicket yet to show for his efforts.
Dhoni again brings back Umesh to bowl his sixth over. Considering the match situation, Umesh has been very expensive. Pollard pushes the fifth ball through the covers and gets three runs. Dwayne Bravo then pulls a short delivery straight to Jadeja at deep square-leg.
Ishant comes back into the attack to bowl his sixth over. Tidy over from Ishant as he gives away only four runs. Pollard and Dwayne Bravo just trying to play away the seamer and set themselves up for a late slog.
Batting powerplay has been taken. So, only a maximum of three fielders can be positioned outside the 30-yard circle. Ashwin continues to bowl his ninth over. Pollard smashes the fifth ball over Ashwin’s head for a six. He then slog-sweeps the last ball over mid-wicket for another six.
Bhuvneshwar continues to bowl his eighth over. Only one run comes off it as Dwayne Bravo takes a single on the second delivery. Drinks taken. West Indies have a lot to ponder as half their side is back in the dressing room. The run-rate is just over four an over.
Ashwin strikes in his eighth over and puts Darren Bravo out of his misery. Darren comes out to work the ball away towards the off side, but Ashwin bowls a slightly slower delivery, which has a little extra spin. The ball evades the bat and the stumps, but Dhoni collects it cleanly and clips the bail and Darren is stumped.
Dhoni brings back Bhuvneshwar to bowl his seventh over. Darren Bravo flays a wide delivery towards backward point, but Rohit Sharma gets his right hand at that and saves a certain boundary. Pressure adding on Darren.
Ashwin further stifles the West Indies by giving away only two runs from his seventh over. This partnership is now worth 29 runs.
Dhoni feels Kohli needs a few more overs and throws him the ball. The batsmen try to take advantage, but some good fielding only allows for only seven runs from that over. Dwayne Bravo pulls the last ball over mid-wicket for a four.
Ashwin bowls yet another tight over as only one runs comes off it. The run-rate is just under four-and-a-half runs an over.
Yadav continues and the first ball of the over is worked away to the fine-leg region for a four by Dwayne Bravo. He then plays a straight drive towards long-on for another four. At this rate Dwayne will easily overtake Darren in the scoring.
Ashwin replaces Jadeja to bowl his fifth over. He bowls a very tidy over as it is a maiden. Darren Bravo faced all the balls in that over. Make that 72 deliveries for his 31.
Umesh comes back into the attack to bowl his fourth over. The wicket of Charles earlier seems to have worked in Umesh’s favour as he gives away only two runs from the over. Darren Bravo has faced 66 deliveries for his 31.
After three back-to-back overs with a wicket each, Jadeja bowls a wicket-less over. Only four singles off the over as West Indies try to rebuild the innings.
Wickets at the other end seem to have spurred Ishant, as he bowls a lively over with pace and bounce. Darren Bravo tries pulling, but top-edges it over Dhoni for a four.
Jadeja strikes again as Sarwan has to depart. Sarwan edges a loose delivery down the leg side and Dhoni takes a sharp catch. West Indies reeling now. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo walks in.
Ishant bowls his fourth over and he continues from where he left off. Just one run from the over as Bravo takes a single on the fourth ball. Pressure mounting on Bravo and the West Indies.
Jadeja continues as he bowls his third over. Darren Bravo is really struggling as plays out four dot deliveries before taking a single off the fifth ball. Samuels blocks the last ball, but there is an appeal for leg before. The umpire says not out, but it is referred to the third umpire and he overturns the decision and Samuels has to go. Jadeja strikes again.
Dhoni brings back Ishant for his second spell. Very tight over from the seamer as he bowls a maiden. The pressure building on the West Indies batsmen.
Jadeja continues from round the wicket. He bowls a straight one quicker through the air and it strikes Charles on the pads. Big appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Charles has to depart for a brilliant 55-ball 60. Charles struck seven fours and two sixes. The partnership was worth 78 runs.
Ashwin replaces Kohli and Charles top-edges one over Ishant at short third-man, but there are overthrows and four runs come off it. Then Charles heaves one over mid-wicket for a six.
Ravindra Jadeja comes in to the attack. Very tight over from the left-arm spinner as he bowls a maiden. Bravo seems to be struggling at the moment.
Kohli continues his third over and Charles hits an inside-out shot over the covers for a six. He then brings about his first ODI half-century with a single towards long-on. Expensive over from Kohli as nine runs come off it. Partnership now worth 67 runs. Charles has two centuries in ODIs, but this is his first half-century. Seems like he converts his fifties to hundreds. Drinks break taken.
Very tidy over from Ashwin. Hardly gives any scoring opportunity away and only three singles come off the over. The scoring rate has slightly come down in the last few overs. The slower bowlers are pulling things back.
Dhoni persists with Kohli. Charles sweeps one through the leg side behind the wicket for a four. Kohli gives away five runs off the over.
Ashwin continues and on the third ball Charles glances one to fine-leg and runs two to take their partnership to 50 runs. Charles has scored 35 runs in the partnership.
MS Dhoni throws the ball to Virat Kohli as he replaces Bhuvneshwar. The ploy almost works as the fourth ball strikes the pad, but the ball is drifting down the leg side. Kohli only gives away five runs in the over.
Ashwin comes into bowl his off-spin. Charles tries to pull a short delivery but top edges it and it just evades the out-stretched hands of the diving Ashwin.
Charles looks to have taken the onus of scoring on him as he drives the third delivery of Bhuvneshwar’s over through the covers, but the ball is signalled a dead ball, so, the runs will not count. The next ball goes over the slips for a four after an edge. The run-rate is eding towards six an over.
Charles continues from the previous over as he hits a lofted straight drive off Umesh for a four. The next ball is on the pads and he turns it away to fine-leg for another four. He repeats the shot again and gets yet another four. Umesh proving to be expensive as he gives away 13 runs in the over.
Bhuvneshwar continues as he bowls his fifth over on the trot. Charles heaves a straight delivery around good length over mid-wicket for a four. He repeats the same shot and gets the same reward the very next delivery.
Umesh comes back into the attack and Bravo drives the third ball towards the covers, but Virat Kohli stops a certain boundary. Both Charles and Bravo add one run each to their innings in the over.
Darren Bravo gets off the mark on the third ball of the over. Bhuvneshwar bowls on his pads and Bravo strokes it away towards mid-on for a four.
Tidy over from Ishant after the fall of Gayle’s wicket in the previous over. He gives away only one run. New man in, Darren Bravo, is yet to open his account.
Gayle does not spare Bhuvneshwar as he punches a straight delivery over his head for another four on the fourth ball. But Bhuvneshwar has the last laugh as he bowls a back-of-a-length delivery to Gayle, who tries to cut but there was no room, and edges it to Ravichandran Ashwin at first slip.
Ishant continues and on the third ball of the over there is a half-hearted appeal for leg-before against Charles, but the ball was going down the leg side. Then on the last ball of the over, Gayle smashes straight down the ground for a four towards long-off.
Another good over by Bhuvneshwar. Johnson Charles gets off the mark.
West Indies 12/0 | Overs 2 | Gayle 11*, Charles 0*
Umesh Yadav errs in length and Gayle puts him away for two fours through the leg-side. It all looked to easy. Not the ideal first over as there was a wide as well
A good first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Only the single comes off it as Chris Gayle gets off the mark.
Dhoni said during the toss that the team had good training sessions and some activities in the gap they got after win over South Africa on June 6.
For the West Indies, Denesh Ramdin misses out due to the two-match ban, and Johnson Charles will be the wicketkeeper in the game, and the vacant spot in the playing eleven will be filled by former skipper Darren Sammy, who was left out in the previous game where West Indies trumped Pakistan by two wickets.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles (wk), Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo (c), Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.
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