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  • 11:14 PM IST

    WHAT A MATCH! It was India’s to lose, in the last 3-4 overs or so! But Dwyne Bravo gives away just 6 off the final over. Rahul played a monumental innings but sadly ends up on the losing side. A winning start for Carlos Brathwaite’s tenure as captain and we cannot wait for the second match tomorrow!

  • 11:10 PM IST

    Live: India 244/4 in 20 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 110 (51): Last over! 8 to win. DROPPED! Edged and goes straight to Samuels at short third man, but he drops a sitter. Samuels cannot do anything right this summer can he? Dhoni runs through and Rahul is on strike. ONE! Hit hard, but just one run. India just one blow away from registering a memorable win. ONE! Leg bye! India not able to find the fence. they need to get a boundary at least to win the match. ONE! Batsmen look to get two, but decide against it in the end. TWO! Dhoni smashes the ball back and runs a couple. 1 to tie and 2 to win for India. GONE! Dhoni is dismissed off the final ball and West Indies win by 1 run. Heartbreak for India, but Samuels finally takes a catch. OUT! MS Dhoni c Samuels b Bravo 43 (25)

  • 11:00 PM IST

    Live: India 238/3 in 19 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 108 (49), MS Dhoni 40 (21): Russell now. ONE! Dhoni plays the ball to long on. Rahul on strike now. DOT! Short ball and Rahul lets it go. SIX! Over the third man fence and Rahul brings up his ton. Becomes the third Indian player to score a century in all formats. FOUR!! This time goes to the cover fence. TWO! Rahul runs through for another couple. India’s to lose from here now! TWO! Yorker and Rahul digs it out.

  • 10:54 PM IST

    Live: India 222/3 in 18 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 94 (44), MS Dhoni 39 (20): DJ Bravo into the attack. FOUR! Full toss on leg, Dhoni happily puts it away. Excellent start to the over. DOT! Played to cover. TWO! Dhoni plays it delicately to deep mid-wicket and as usual the batsmen run well. ONE! Played to cover point. ONE! What a yorker! The ball again hits Rahul on the leg, for the second time today. He is in some pain. ONE to finish. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

  • 10:42 PM IST

    Live: India 213/3 in 17 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 94 (43), MS Dhoni 31 (15): 4 overs left, India need 53. Will they get it? Russell is back. He has gone for 17 runs in his 2 overs so far. He also has a wicket to his name. DOT! Dhoni plays it straight to covers. WIDE! Russell goes way outside off. SIX! Dhoni smashes the ball over Russell’s head for a big sixer. Just what India need at this stage. 200 up! DOT! Wide outside off and Dhoni hits it to the cover fielder. SIX! That made an extremely sweet sound. Dhoni dispatches that over deep mid-wicket with minimum of fuss. What a hit! That’s gone 108 metres! ONE! Dhoni plays it to long on. Rahul on strike now. SIX! Back of a length and Rahul smashes it over the mid-wicket fence. into the 90s now!

  • 10:41 PM IST

    Live: India 193/3 in 16 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 88 (42), MS Dhoni 18 (10): Pollard now. THREE! short ball and Dhoni plays it beyond the short fine leg fielder. Excellent running fetches the team three runs. ONE! Rahul look to give himself room outside leg, but Pollard follows him and cramps him for room. ONE! Played to short third man. 50 partnership! FOUR! Short and a touch wide, Rahul pounces on it and places it between short third man and point. ONE! Pollard goes wide on the crease, but Rahul plays it to deep fine leg. ONE to finish.

  • 10:36 PM IST

    Live: India 182/3 in 15 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 82 (39), MS Dhoni 13 (7): Brathwaite into the attack now. SIX! Wide outside off, Rahul goes hard at it and the ball sails over the third man fence. ONE! Played to deep square leg. Chants of “Dhoni, Dhoni” around the stadium now! ONE! Full toss and Dhoni plays it to deep square leg. TWO! Smashed through the off side, the batsmen run a couple quickly. DOT! A toe crusher from Brathwaite, Rahul limping a bit. There will be a small break till the doctors attend to Rahul. FOUR! Lovely drive on the off side and Rahul picks up yet another boundary.

  • 10:29 PM IST

    Live: India 168/3 in 14 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 69 (34), MS Dhoni 12 (6): Narine into the attack. SIX! Rahul charges down the wicket and slams it over cover. DOT! Quicker one, Rahul plays it cautiously. FOUR! Reverse sweep and this time Rahul makes good contact. TWO! Delicately played down the ground, batsmen scamper for a couple. WIDE! Narine strays down leg. FOUR! Full toss and Rahul smashes the ball to long off, where Pollard puts in a dive, but fails to prevent it from touching the rope. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

  • 10:23 PM IST

    Live: India 150/3 in 13 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 52 (28), MS Dhoni 12 (6): Brathwaite now. FOUR! A touch short and Dhoni is quick to pull it away. TWO! Dhoni drives beautifully and the man in the deep just about manages to stop it. ONE! Played to long off. ONE! Played to third man. TWO! Played to deep mid-wicket. TWO! Dhoni smashes it back past the bowler, Pollard puts his foot in just at the right time and saves a couple of runs.

  • 10:19 PM IST

    Live: India 138/3 in 12 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – KL Rahul 51 (27), MS Dhoni 1 (1): Pollard now. DOT! Good start to the over for WI. SIX! Short outside off and Rahul cuts the ball over the point fence to bring up his fifty. ONE! Slow ball and Rahul plays it to the deep square leg fielder. WIDE! Pollard goes wide of the crease and strays down leg. DOT! Played to the fielder at point. OUT! Rohit holes out to deep mid-wicket and Pollard strikes! Crucial wicket this. MS Dhoni is the new batsman. ONE! MSD is off the mark with a cut to third man. OUT! Rohit Sharma c Charles b Pollard 62 (28)

  • 10:12 PM IST

    Live: India 131/2 in 11 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 62 (26), KL Rahul 46 (24): Bravo now. FOUR! Low full toss and Rahul smashes it to the deep mid-wicket fence. ONE! Played straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. ONE! Played to long off. ONE! On middle and leg and Rahul flicks. TWO! The fielder at backward points misfield and the batsmen run a couple. SIX! A juicy full toss and Rohit gleefully puts it over the square leg fence. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

  • 10:07 PM IST

    Live: India 116/2 in 10 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 53 (23), KL Rahul 40 (21): Kieron Pollard is now into the attack. THREE! Rohit plays it to long on. Overthrows and the batsmen comeback for the second. ONE! Rahul takes a single. SIX! Rohit clears the long on fence and brings up fifty! ONE! Played to deep square leg. DOT! Slow ball and Rahul plays it back to the bowler. ONE to finish the over.

  • 10:02 PM IST

    Live: India 104/2 in 9 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 43 (20), KL Rahul 38 (18): Brathwaite continues. Rahul and Rohit bring up thie 50-run stand as well. After a couple of quiet deliveries, Rahul just turns the ball on leg stump to the fine leg fence. ONE! He then sensibly takes a single to backward point. DROPPED! Rahul survives as Russell drops a catch running in from long off. Will that prove costly? DOT to end the over.

  • 9:59 PM IST

    Live: India 96/2 in 8 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 42 (19), KL Rahul 31 (13): Narine continues. TWO! Rohit plays with delicate hands on the on side, the batsmen again collect a couple. DOT! Flighted delivery, defended by Rohit. SIX! Flighted outside off again, this time Rohit hoists it over long on. SIX MORE! Rohit goes again and this time just clears the deep mid-wicket fence. ONE! Played along the ground to deep mid-wicket. ONE! Reverse sweep gone wrong from Rahul, but no damage done. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

  • 9:54 PM IST

    Live: India 80/2 in 7 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 27 (14), KL Rahul 30 (12): Skipper Carlos Brathwaite brings himself on. ONE! Lovely drive from Rohit fetches him just a single through cover. ONE! Rahul plays the ball square on the off side. ONE! Driven to deep cover. TWO! Rahul launches the ball over backward point, but does not time it well. FOUR! Lovely shot from Rahul, plays the full ball behind square on the off side. FOUR! Superb cover drive and Rahul is looking dangerous here.

  • 9:50 PM IST

    Live: India 67/2 in 6 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 25 (12), KL Rahul 19 (8): Sunil Narine into the attack. FOUR! Rahul goes outside off and sweeps him away into the vacant deep fine leg fence. SIX! WOW, what a shot! Rahul charges down the track and hits it over the cover fence. Excellent start to the over. DOT! Played to the fielder in cover. TWO! Rahul plays it with delicate hands on the on side and the batsmen collect two. Good running. FOUR! Square drive this time and beats everyone on the off side. DOT to finish.

  • 9:46 PM IST

    Live: India 51/2 in 5 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 25 (12), KL Rahul 3 (2): Bravo into the attack now. FOUR! Outside off, and a delicate touch from Kohli takes it to the third man fence. ONE! Sensibly, he plays it to mid on and goes to the other end. ONE! Slow full toss, Rohit doesn’t time it. OUT! Big wicket for WI. Kohli looks to pull, but gloves it to the ‘keeper. Bravo strikes! KL Rahul is the new batsman. TWO! Slow one and Rahul plays it to the deep on the on side. ONE! Raul takes a single and will retain strike. Virat Kohli c Fletcher b Bravo 16 (9) FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

  • 9:40 PM IST

    Live: India 42/1 in 4 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 24 (11), Virat Kohli 11 (6): Virat Kohli will face Badree. DOT! Kohli plays it to mid-wicket. FOUR! Kohli is away, with a wonderful cut. A little width and he pounces on it. DOT! Played to mid off. TWO! Short ball, Kohli fails to middle, but collects a couple. FOUR! Short ball and Kohli plays it over the bowler’s head. ONE! Quick single to end the over.

  • 9:37 PM IST

    Live: India 31/1 in 3 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 24 (11): Russell continues. FOUR! On leg and Rahane times the ball well to the fine leg fence. ONE! Short and Ajinkya Rahane gets a knock on the head. That looked nasty, but he seems to be OK. But he needs a new helmet. TWO! On the pads and Rohit collects a couple. FOUR! Length ball on middle and leg, Rohit just places the ball past the short fin leg fielder well. ONE! Short ball, Rohit pulls, the top edge lands safely. Again, the short ball surprising the batsman. OUT! What a stunning catch from Bravo at third man! Rahane scoops, but Bravo runs in and throws himself and takes a beauty. Rahane has to walk back. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane c Bravo b Russell 7 (7)

  • 9:29 PM IST

    Live: India 19/0 in 2 Overs vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 17 (8), Ajinkya Rahane 2 (4): Leg-spinner Samuel Badree to bowl the second over. Rohit cracks back-to-back boundaries. The first one is short and Rohit cuts it to the fence with ease. The second one is an elegant drive over the cover fielder. Rahane too must get a move on at the earliest. Rohit cracks another boundary over the mid-off fielder to end the over. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

  • 9:26 PM IST

    Live: India 5/0 in 1 Over vs West Indies, BATTING – Rohit Sharma 4 (3), Ajinkya Rahane 1 (3) : Excellent first over from Andre Russell, giving away just five runs. India will have to start going right from the first over, if they are to have a chance of winning this game.

  • 9:13 PM IST

    WHAT AN INNINGS! Let’s take a breath! Lewis and Charles played beautifully at the top and the middle-order chipped in as well. India bounced back well in the end, picking up wickets and also keeping the runs down along the way. India batsmen will have to bat out of their skins to win this match from here.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Live: West Indies 245/6 in 20 Overs vs India, BATTING – Dwayne Bravo 1 (1), Marlon Samuels 1 (1): Bumrah to bowl the final over! OUT, No-ball! What happened there? Bumrah oversteps, it’s called no-ball, but Bumrah collects the ball and smashes the wicket on the non-striker’s end. Brathwaite has to walk back. FREE HIT! SIX! Bouncer and Pollard muscles it for a sixer! Around the wicket. ONE!Full ball and played down the ground. ONE! Dwayne Bravo is off the mark off the very first delivery. BOWLED HIM! Full and straight, Pollard looks to scoop, misses it completely and the ball crashes into his wickets. BOWLED! Around the wicket to new batsman Lendl Simmons. Full on off stump, Simmons misses, Bumrah hits. ONE! Marlon Samuels ensures Bumrah does not get the hat-trick and takes a single off the final delivery. OUT! Carlos Brathwaite run out 14 (10), Kieron Pollard b Bumrah 22 (15), Lendl Simmons b Bumrah 0 (1)

  • 9:03 PM IST

    Live: West Indies 235/3 in 19 Overs vs India, BATTING – Kieron Pollard 15 (11), Carlos Brathwaite 14 (10): Bhuvi to bowl the penultimate over! Full toss, Pollard does not connect, but gets a single. DOT! Outside off, swing and a miss! ONE! Full toss and Brathwaite plays it to covers. WIDE! Bhuvi bowls well outside off. SIX! Length ball outside off, Pollard pounces on it and dispatches the ball over deep square leg. ONE! Edged and the ball goes just to the right of Dhoni. DOT! Full toss outside off and Brathwaite fails to connect.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    Live: West Indies 225/3 in 18 Overs vs India, BATTING – Kieron Pollard 7 (8), Carlos Brathwaite 13 (7): Bumrah into the attack now. TWO! Full on middle and leg, Pollard is able to put it to deep mid-wicket. NO BALL! Full toss on leg, Pollard takes a single. FREE HIT! FOUR! Full toss outside off and Brathwaite cuts it away with no trouble whatsoever. ONE! Arund the wicket. Full toss and smashed down the ground for a single. DOT! Full and goes through Pollard’s legs. He is as puzzled as all of us! ONE! Pollard looks to scoop the ball, but takes an inside edge to Dhoni. DOT to end the over!

  • 8:53 PM IST

    Live: West Indies 215/3 in 17 Overs vs India, BATTING – Kieron Pollard 3 (4), Carlos Brathwaite 8 (4): Shami now. Bowls a tad wide and new batsman Brathwaite reaches out to it and plays it to third man. ONE! Excellent yorker, Pollard is just able to dig it out. SIX! Brathwaite continues from where he left off in his previous match (Remember?) and he smashes it over the square leg fence. DOT! A wide yorker and Brathwaite fails to connect. ONE! Full toss outside off and Brathwaite smashes it to deep cover. ONE! Full delivery and Pollard smashes it down the ground. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

  • 8:49 PM IST

    Live: West Indies 205/3 in 16 Overs vs India, BATTING – Kieron Pollard 1 (2), Carlos Brathwaite 0 (0): Jadeja is back. he has gone for 33 in his 2 overs, till now. Lewis on 99. ONE! Cuts and collects a single. That’s enough to get to his maiden ton. What an achievement, especially after getting out for a duck ion his debut against Afghanistan. FOUR! Russell gives everything he’s got and smashes the ball to the long off fence. Rahul puts in a good effort, but fails to stop the boundary. GONE! A bit of turn and Russell is trapped in front. Russell’s little cameo comes to an end. Kieron Pollard is the new batsman. ONE! Jadeja goes around the wicket, round arm action and Pollard plays the ball on the on side. he looks for a quick single and despite some clever work from Dhoni, Lewis survives. Over the wicket to Lewis, Jadeja bowls quick outside off, Lewis looks to go big, doesn’t time it and Ashwin takes a good catch. DOT! Pollard is beaten outside off. OUT! Andre Russell LBW b Jadeja 22 (12), Evin Lewis c Ashwin b Jadeja 100 (49)

  • 8:40 PM IST

    Live: West Indies 199/1 in 15 Overs vs India BATTING – Evin Lewis 99 (47), Andre Russell 18 (10): Shami now. Full on Lewis’ leg, he turns it away to short fine leg. SIX! Over the wicket to Russell, Shami bowls on his legs and it is dispatched over deep mid-wicket. ONE! Full and wide, Russell digs it out and plays it to third man. All eyes on Lewis now. 2 away from his maiden ton. ONE! Lewis tucks the ball away to the right of the short fine leg fielder. He’s on 99 now! WIDE! This time Shami fails to stay within the line and the umpire rightly calls it wide. DOT! Similar ball, this time Shami just about squeezes the ball inside the white line. ONE! Full delivery and Russell finds the fielder on the off side.

  • 8:35 PM IST

    Live: West Indies 189/1 in 14 Overs vs India BATTING – Evin Lewis 97 (45), Andre Russell 11 (6): Ashwin continues. ONE! Leg spin and played to deep backward square leg. DOT! Wide ball, but it stays within the line. DOT! Full delivery and Lewis is beaten. He is nto the nervous 90s now! SIX! Swept, looked like a top edge, but just clears the deep square leg fielder. Lewis is just one blow away from a ton now. DOT! Played to backward point. ONE! PLayed to short third man. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

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Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first T20 International (T20I) between India and West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida. India have already won the four-match Test series 2-0 and will look to put in a similar performance in this match as well. West Indies are a far more formidable unit when it comes to the shortest format of the game and they will want to avenge their loss in the Test series. The last time these two sides met was in the T20 World Cup 2016 in India, which West Indies won and progressed through to the final. They then beat England in the final to become the first team to win the World T20 title twice. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I, Lauderhill

World Cup winning Captain Darren Sammy has been axed and the WICB have appointed a new captain in Carlos Brathwaite – the same player, who hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to help West Indies win the World T20 at Eden Gardens earlier this year. All the big-hitters like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, all-rounders like Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell have been named in the squad and they will look to beat India once again.

West Indies have played a couple of T20Is at Lauderhill – against New Zealand – both of which they won. Added to this most of their players have some more experience playing at this venue as one leg of the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016 was held at this venue.  They will look to make full use of their experience on that venue. Celebrated teams, flamboyant cricketers, shortest form of cricket: India, West Indies set to dazzle at Florida – Preview

India are placed just one place above West Indies in the ICC T20I rankings at No. 2. However, if West Indies manage to win the series 2-0, they will replace India at the No. 2 position, just behind New Zealand on top of the table.  India skipper MS Dhoni and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have flown to the US to play a part in the two-match series. The others had flown in from the West Indies after the Test series.

India will certainly face a selection dilemma especially at the top. With KL Rahul in prime form, it will be interesting to see if Dhoni retains Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma or he replaces one of them with Rahul. Rahul could also play in the middle-order, like he did for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. He also made a promising start to his limited-overs career in the series against Zimbabwe.

Shikhar Dhawan has not been in good form in Tests and also has struggled to get sruns in T20Is as well. He had a good season with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and will look to get the same runs for the national side as well. Skipper Dhoni toured Zimbabwe along with a few youngsters and despite losing the first game, India bounced back extremely well to win the series.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami returned to international cricket after well over a year in the Test series against West Indies. He along with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should form India’s fast bowlers for this match. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be India’s spinners. Amit Mishra may not be selected ahead of Jadeja for this match as the latter can also be a handy batsman lower down the order.

As far as West Indies are concerned, they too have talented players, who can take the game away in a span of a few overs. With Sunil Narine, the off-spinner is known for his excellent lines and length and the fact that he keeps it extremely tight. Many in the world have failed to read him and he will be the bowler, India will look to see off. Samuel Badree, ranked No. 1 bowler in T20Is, played an important role in West Indies triumph in the World T20. Will be interesting to see if West Indies give both their spinners a go in this match.

Not to mention Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Andre Fletcher at the top. They will be a huge asset to the team. Simmons scored a match-winning knock in the semi-final of the World T20 recently, which knocked India out of the competition. He will want to play a similar in this match as well.

India’s batting mainstay across formats has been Virat Kohli. He scored his maiden Test double century against West Indies recently and also struck four centuries in a single IPL season a few months back. There is no doubt that his wicket will be a crucial one for the West Indies and will go all guns blazing to dismiss him.

Squads:

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav

West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons

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