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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the second semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 between India and West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. I am Kaustubh S. Mayekar, and I will bring you all the live updates and scores from this match. Whoever wins this match will make it to the final against England at Eden Gardens on Sunday. West Indies and India have never met in a World Cup semi-final of any format, having last met in a World Cup knockout match in the 1983 World Cup final which India famously won. FULL SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 2nd Semi-Final match at Mumbai

Live cricket score update | West Indies 196/3 | Overs 19.4 | Andre Russel 43 (20), Lendl Simmons 83 (51): Kohli to bowl the final over. Can he get his team over the line? ONE, full length, pushed to deep mid-wicket. DOT, slower ball deceives Russell, could not connect it. FOUR, short of length Russell heaved it past deep square length. SIX, low full toss, Simmons finishes off in style, plunders it over deep mid-wicket! West Indies will take on England at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in the final of ICC World T20 2016.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 185/3 | Overs 19 | Andre Russel 33 (17), Lendl Simmons 82 (50): Jadeja into the attack. DOT to start the over. ONE, hit straight to long on. ONE, good length, heaved to deep mid-wicket. ONE, full length, hit straight to Jadeja. SIX, plundered way over sight screen. Last ball of the over. What will Russell do? FOUR, full outside off, scythed over cover.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 173/3 | Overs 18 | Andre Russel 22 (12), Lendl Simmons 81 (49): Bumrah to bowl his last over. DOT, deceives Simmons with a slower bouncer. DOT, good length outside off, swing a miss. DOT, slower ball again, Simmons not able to read the ball. Brilliant start by Bumrah. SIX, not what India wanted, good effort by Jadeja at cow corner but touches the boundary line. TWO, low full toss, hit past long off, good save by Pandya. FOUR, slower ball sliced over short third man. West Indies need 20 off 12.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 160/3 | Overs 17 | Andre Russel 22 (12), Lendl Simmons 69 (43): Nehra to bowl his last over. ONE, low full toss, straight to long off. ONE, back of length, leg byes. DOT, perfect yorker by Nehra. SIX, short and Russell pulls it over deep mid-wicket. India need to fight back. ONE, yorked again. India need more yorkers. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 151/3 | Overs 16 | Andre Russel 14 (8), Lendl Simmons 67 (41): Bumrah into the attack. ONE, low full toss, smashed to long on, good fielding by Kohli. DOT, street smart, slower bouncer deceives Simmons. FOUR, sliced over short third man. ONE, overthrow by Ashwin at cover, good yorker though. ONE, angled in, hits Russell’s thigh pads. SIX, stand and deliver, Simmon goes down town.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 138/3 | Overs 15 | Andre Russel 12 (6), Lendl Simmons 56 (37): Pandya to bowl his last over. FOUR, good length, Russell makes room, hits past mid off. DOT, guided straight to point. SIX, short of length, and that’s humongous, scythes over cow corner, must be the longest six of the tournament. DOT, relief for Pandya. ONE, edged to third man. NO BALL + FREE HIT, juicy full toss, straight hit to extra cover, and umpire calls it a No Ball, that’s second blunder of the innings. SIX, India under fire!

Live cricket score update | West Indies 120/3 | Overs 14 | Andre Russel 1 (1), Lendl Simmons 50 (35): Surprise, surprise! Kohli into the attack. OUT! Kohli, you beauty! Charles departs, hits in the air, Rohit at long off comes running forward and makes no mistake. DOT, played behind square leg. DOT, guided staright to Kohli, dives to his right to stop it, great fielding. TWO, tucked away to mid-wicket. ONE, 50 for Simmons. ONE to finish the over. Only 4 off the over.

Johnson Charles c Sharma b Kohli 52 (36)

Live cricket score update | West Indies 116/2 | Overs 13 | Johnson Charles 52 (35), Lendl Simmons 47 (31): Jadeja to continue. ONE, quick singe to backward point. ONE, straight down the ground. FOUR, tossed up outside off, driven past deep cover. ONE, quicker one outside off, hit to point. ONE, short and wide, slapped to long off. FOUR to finish the over. 12 off the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 104/2 | Overs 12 | Johnson Charles 50 (33), Lendl Simmons 37 (27): Pandya to continue. ONE, worked to cover. FOUR, good length, stand and deliver, smashed past deep mid-wicket. 50 for Charles! DOT, seamed away from Charles, good delivery. DOT, full length, hit to cover. ONE, back of length, leg bye. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 96/2 | Overs 11 | Johnson Charles 46 (29), Lendl Simmons 35 (25): Jadeja into the attack. SIX, short and smashed over cow corner. DOT, straight to backward point. FOUR, tossed up outside off, driven past deep cover. ONE, short and wide, delicately cut to short third man. ONE, tossed up, driven to long off. ONE to finish the over. 38 off last 3 overs.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 84/2 | Overs 10 | Johnson Charles 45 (28), Lendl Simmons 23 (20): Pandya to continue. DOT, fiery bouncer, Charles to continue. SIX, pitched outside off, outside edge over short third man. FOUR, short ball and pulled away past fine leg. Pandya needs to bowl full and slower. ONE, back of length, tucked away to deep mid-wicket. ONE, short of length, leg bye. SWING AND A MISS to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 72/2 | Overs 9 | Johnson Charles 34 (23), Lendl Simmons 23 (19): Ashwin to continue. SIX, shimmy down the track by Charles and scythes it over deep mid-wicket. DOT, good yorker by Ashwin. FOUR, good length, Charles heaves past cow corner. Ashwin under pressure. DOT, short and wide, cut to short third man, good save by Bumrah. DOT, guided straight to the bowler. TWO to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 59/2 | Overs 8 | Johnson Charles 22 (18), Lendl Simmons 21 (17): Another bowling change. Pandya into the attack. ONE, good length, quick single. ONE, short of length, pulled to deep square leg. ONE, pitched up, driven crisply to long off. DOT, well directed bouncer by Pandya, Charles fails to connect. FOUR, short of length, Charles pulls past deep square leg. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 51/2 | Overs 7 | Johnson Charles 19 (15), Lendl Simmons 17 (15): Ashwin into the attack. ONE, punched to long on. short and wide, Simmons dissects short third man and backward point. DOT, guided to the bowler. DOT, tossed up, Simmons plays with a straight bat. NO BALL, Simmons edges straight to short third man, remarkable catch by Bumrah, unfortunate. FREE HIT, DOT, no harm. ONE, tossed up, driven to long on.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 44/2 | Overs 6 | Johnson Charles 16 (14), Lendl Simmons 14 (9): Jadeja into the attack. ONE, worked to mid-wicket. TWO, quicker one, flicked to deep mid-wicket. SIX, tossed up on leg stump, Simmons makes rooms, goes down town. DOT, guided to the bowler. DOT, punched to mid off. TWO, quicker one, top-edged over fine leg.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 33/2 | Overs 5 | Johnson Charles 15 (13), Lendl Simmons 4 (4): Nehra to continues. Starts with DOT ball, heave and a miss. DOT, short of length, worked to point. DOT, back of length, Charles tries to flick past fine leg but finds an inside edge. ONE, deceives Charles with a slower ball, inside edge again. FOUR, body-line short ball, pulled past deep square leg. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 28/2 | Overs 4 | Johnson Charles 14 (9), Lendl Simmons 0 (2): Bumrah to continue. FOUR, Charles pulls to deep mid-wicket. FOUR more, slower on shorter side, tucked away past fine leg. DOT, good length outside off, hit straight backward point. ONE, leading edge, falls short off mid on. DOT, angled in, Samuels plays with a straight bat. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | West Indies 19/2 | Overs 3 | Johnson Charles 5 (5): Nehra to continue. FOUR, Charles clears his front leg, smashes straight past the bowler. DOT, back of length, hits Charles back leg, LBW appeal, Umpire says no. DOT, short ball, Charles clears his front leg again, could not get hold of it. ONE, bodly-line bouncer, hits Charles chest, quick single. DOT, back of length just outside off, cut straight to backward point. OUT, another one bites the dust, Nehra deceives Samuels with slower ball.

Marlon Samuels c Rahane b Nehra 8 (7)

Live cricket score update | West Indies 14/1 | Overs 2 | Marlon Samuels 8 (5), Johnson Charles 1 (1): Jasprit Bumrah to bowl into the attack. Gayle on strike. OUT, castled, knocked over, bells are flying, bowled, Wankhede crowd is going berserk, Bumrah outwits Gayle with an in-swinging yorker, peach of a delivery. Marlon Samuels on strike. DOT, nice and straight. FOUR, fired on off stump, angled in, outside edge, jaffa! DOT, angled in again, on shorter side this time, hit Samuels’s gloves. DOT, short of length, played with straight bat. FOUR to finish the over.

Chris Gayle b Bumrah 5 (6)

Live cricket score update | West Indies 6/0 | Overs 1 | Chris Gayle 5 (5), Johnson Charles 1 (1): Ashish Nehra to open the bowling for India. Charles on strike. ONE, short of length, guided easily to deep fine leg. Attacking field  for Gayle. DOT, banana out-swinger by Nehra, Gayle lets it go. DOT, pitched up, swung away. Gayle tried to leave at the last moment, gets inside edge. Gayle under fire! DOT, fiery bouncer, Gayle lets it go again. FOUR, back of length, Gayle powerfully pulls past mid-wicket. ONE to finish the over.

*West Indies Innings*

Live cricket score update | India 192/2 | Overs 20 | MS Dhoni 15 (9), Virat Kohli 89 (47): Bravo to bowl the final over. ONE, low full toss, well picked by Dhoni, one bounce to cow corner. TWO + DROPPED, slower ball, Kohli tries to clear deep mid-wicket, Simmons runs to his right, dives but ball falls short of him. ONE, worked straight to cover. Dhoni on strike. MSD, MSD, MSD! Wankhede crowd is going great guns as well. THREE, slower bouncer, mistimed pull to cow corner, and India steal three runs, unbelievable running between the wickets by the Indians. Kohli on strike. FOUR, full length on off stump, Kohli scythes it past cow corner. ONE, driven powerfully to long on.

Live cricket score update | India 180/2 | Overs 19 | MS Dhoni 11 (7), Virat Kohli 81 (43): Russell to bowl his last over. Dhoni at strike. ONE, driven to long off.  TWO, squeezed yorker past backward point. SIX, flat six by Virat over long on, that was BLUDGEONED. Two, yorker, swift running between the wickets. FOUR, full length, Kohli makes room, scythes over extra cover, Vintage Kohli. FOUR, low full toss, smashed straight past the bowler. TEXTBOOK CRICKET SHOTS!

Live cricket score update | India 161/2 | Overs 18 | MS Dhoni 10 (6), Virat Kohli 63 (38): Bravo to continue. ONE to start the over. Kohli on strike. ONE, full length outside off, smashed straight to deep cover. ONE, Dhoni works yorker to long on. FOUR, Kohli mistimes a slower one to long on, Brathwaite dives forward but the ball goes under his fingers. FOUR to finish the over, beats extra cover, beats long off, beats everything. Kohli, you beauty!

Live cricket score update | India 150/2 | Overs 17 | MS Dhoni 8 (4), Virat Kohli 54 (34): Brathwaite to continue. FOUR, Dhoni plays a cheeky shot, scooped over fine leg, how often do we see this from Dhoni. TWO, full and wide, Dhoni calls for two, Dhoni and Kohli are tiring the Caribbean fielder. ONE, worked to extra cover. FOUR, Kohli reads the slower ball, and flicks it on the front foot to deep square leg. TWO, Kohli misreads this time, lofts it in the air, falls short of long on, but both batsmen converted single into two, unstoppable. FOUR, yorker on off stump, finds outside edge. India on a rampage.

Live cricket score update | India 133/2 | Overs 16 | MS Dhoni 1 (1), Virat Kohli 44 (31): Russell into the attack. DOT to start the over. ONE, driven powerfully past extra cover, good fielding in the deep. OUT, Rahane departs, Russell provides crucial breakthrough, tries to clear deep mid-wicket, well-judged catch by Bravo on the boundary line. TWO, when Kohli and Dhoni bat together, they steal runs. ONE, worked to deep point. MS Dhoni on strike. Dhoni, Dhoni, Dhoni. Mumbai crowd is chanting Dhoni’s name. WIDE, well outside off. ONE to finish the over.

Ajinkya Rahane c Bravo b Russell 40 (35)

Live cricket score update | India 127/1 | Overs 15 | Ajinkya Rahane 40 (34), Virat Kohli 40 (27): Brathwaite into the attack. ONE, Kohli drives powerfully to long off. ONE, worked to long on. DOT, full and wide, Kohli fails to make contact. FOUR, shot of the day, yorker outside off, vintage Kohli, made it bounce over point, how do you describe it. ONE, worked to long on. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score update | India 120/1 | Overs 14 | Ajinkya Rahane 39 (32), Virat Kohli 33 (23): Benn to bowl his last over. FOUR, good length just outside off, cut on the up past point, amazing shot. ONE, quick single past the bowler. TWO, excellent running between the wickets, deftly flicked to square leg. Indians are stealing runs. ONE, short and wide, cut to deep point. TWO, delightful stroke to deep cover by Kohli. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | India 109/1 | Overs 13 | Ajinkya Rahane 36 (30), Virat Kohli 26 (19): Bravo to continue. ONE, guided to short third man. ONE, off cutter deceives Rahane. 100 up for India. TWO, slower ball again, flicked with lose bottom hand to long on. FOUR, slower one, Kohli shimmies down the track and flicks it past deep square leg. TWO, good foot work by Kohli, reads the slower ball and dances down the track and hits past extra cover. ONE to finish the over. 11 runs off the over.

Live cricket score update | India 98/1 | Overs 12 | Ajinkya Rahane 34 (28), Virat Kohli 16 (14): Benn into the attack. ONE, short and wide, cut to deep point. TWO, tossed up, Rahane delicately plays to long on, steal two runs, smart batting by Rahane. ONE, pulled away to long on, good stop by Brathwaite. ONE, tossed outside off, driven to long off. ONE, paddle swept to fine leg.

Live cricket score update | India 91/1 | Overs 11 | Ajinkya Rahane 31 (26), Virat Kohli 13 (10): Brathwaite into the attack. ONE, pulled to deep square leg. ONE, tucked away to mid-wicket. ONE, worked to long on. DOT, hit straight to fine leg on one bounce. ONE, flicked to deep square leg. ONE to finish the over. Only 5 off the over.

Live cricket score update | India 86/1 | Overs 10 | Ajinkya Rahane 29 (23), Virat Kohli 10 (8): Rahane at strike. Badree to bowl his last over. WIDE, strays down the leg side. TWO, short and wide, smashed to deep cover by Rahane. DOT, worked to the bowler. ONE, driven to deep mid-wicket. Sensible batting by Rahane. ONE, top spin on shorter side, cut to deep point. FOUR, Rahane rocks back and scythes to cow corner. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | India 76/1 | Overs 9 | Ajinkya Rahane 21 (18), Virat Kohli 9 (7): Bravo into the attack. ONE, starts with a slower ball, driven to long on. DOT, fiery bouncer, Kohli lets it go, Umpire gives first warning to Bravo. DOT, 2nd bouncer of the over, Umpire calls it NO BALL. DOT, deceives Kohli with slower one. TWO, slower ball, squeezed away past fine leg, Kohli calls for 2, would have been out had Ramdin collected it cleanly. FOUR, Kohli living dangerously, edges past short third man, lucky Kohli. TWO to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | India 66/1 | Overs 8 | Ajinkya Rahane 20 (17), Virat Kohli 1 (1): Badree to continue. DOT, tossed up on leg, Rohit fails to connect. OUT, Badree draws first blood, bowls a jaff, deceives Rohit with a googly, trapped in front, Umpire raises his finger. Enter VIRAT KOHLI. ONE, Kohli gets off the mark off the very first ball, flicks to deep fine leg. DOT, one more googly, Rahane comes forward. TWO, cut powerfully past extra cover. SINGLE to finish the over.

RG Sharma lbw b Badree 43 (31)

Live cricket score update | India 62/0 | Overs 7 | Ajinkya Rahane 17 (14), Rohit Sharma 43 (29): Rampaging Rohit on strike. DOT, nice and straight by Benn. ONE, tucked away on the leg side by Rohit. ONE, short, Rahane pulls to long on. ONE, short-pitch ball, cut to deep point. TWO, squeezed to square leg, swift running between the wickets by the Mumbaikars. TWO, short and pulled away to cow corner, good stop by Charles.

Live cricket score update | India 55/0 | Overs 6 | Ajinkya Rahane 12 (11), Rohit Sharma 41 (26): Russel to continue. Starts with a dot ball. SIX, beamer and Rohit makes no mistake to bludgeon it over deep mid-wicket, umpire calls it Free Hit. SIX, pitched up and Rohit goes down town, from the middle of the bat. Rohit goes all guns blazing. ONE, cut past backward point. ONE, guided safely to third man by Rahane. 50 for India. FOUR more, slower ball, pulled easily to cover corner.  ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | India 35/0 | Overs 5 | Ajinkya Rahane 11 (10), Rohit Sharma 23 (20): Badree to continue. ONE, Rohit drives past square leg. DOT, short on off stump, Rahane slaps it to the bowlers. FOUR, shimmy down the track, Badree bowls short, Rahane edges it past short third man. TWO, pulled gracefully to cow corner, Bravo stops with his right leg. ONE, flicked past mid-wicket. ONE t0 finish the over.

Live cricket score update | India 26/0 | Overs 4 | Ajinkya Rahane 4 (6), Rohit Sharma 21 (18): Suleman Benn into the attack. TWO, turn and bounce, Rohit delicately cuts past first slip. DOT, nice and straight, Rohit gets behind it. DOT, arm ball by Benn, Rohit works to extra cover. FOUR, short and wide, punched through extra cover, timed it well by Rohit. FOUR, conventional sweep past fine leg.  DOT to finish the over. Rohit on a rampage.

Live cricket score update | India 15/0 | Overs 3 | Ajinkya Rahane 4 (6), Rohit Sharma 10 (12): Rohit at strike. Brathwaite into the attack. SIX, pitched up, Rohit gets well under it and easily scythes over long on, first signs of aggression. DOT, short and wide, Rohit does not make contact, play and a miss. ONE, worked away to square leg. India need to keep rotating strike. ONE, short of length, inside edge, quick single by Rahane. DOT, driven to long off. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | India 6/0 | Overs 2 | Ajinkya Rahane 3 (5), Rohit Sharma 2 (6): Rahane at strike. Samuel Badree to bowl his first over. ONE, clipped away to leg side. ONE, tossed-up googly, hits on Rohit’s pads, goes past slip. DOT, googly on shorter side, Rahane reads it well. DOT, one more googly, Rahane seems cautious. ONE, flicked away to deep fine leg. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | India 2/0 | Overs 1 | Ajinkya Rahane 1 (1), Rohit Sharma 1 (5): Andre Russel to open the bowling for West Indies. Rohit on strike. Play says umpire. DOT, pitched up middle stump, flicks delicately to mid-wicket. DOT, peach of a delivery, seams away from Rohit, play and a miss. DOT, short of length on leg stump,Rohit fails to make contact. ONE, Rohit pushes good length bowl to mid-wicket, Badree misfields, India open their account. Rahane at strike. ONE, shoulder-high short ball, class-apart Rahane keeps it down. DOT to finish the over.

TOSS UPDATE: West Indies win toss and elect to bowl first.

Playing XI:

India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Suleman Benn

Shikhar Dhawan has been dropped from playing XI. Given the performance he put up in this series, this was likely to happen. The Mumbai duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma will open the innings for Team India. Nonetheless, Indian openers have not stitched up crucial partnership so far in the tournament, and Indian  fans will be hoping both talismanic Mumbaikars provide the same. On the other hand, Manish Pandey replaces Yuvraj Singh as the southpaw has been ruled out due to ankle injury. We witnessed Pandey’s heroics in the final match of India-Australia ODI series Down Under. India captain MS Dhoni will be expecting Mandey to provide fireworks in the middle order to put up a mammoth total on the scoreboard.

For West Indies, Lendl Simmons plays in place of injured Andre Fletcher. Given Simmons plays for Mumbai Indians, he will be well accustomed to the Wankhede track.

All in all, Wankhede is a belter of a track, as witnessed in today’s New Zealand-West Indies semi-final clash. Both teams boast of T20 power-hitters. Hence, it wll boil down to how the bowlers perform in the batting Powerplay. It promises to be a gripping contest. Who do you think will play England in the final at Kolkata’s Eden gardens?

India perhaps go in with the slight advantage, but both teams are overly reliant on a single player. Virat Kohli for India, and Chris Gayle for West Indies. Interestingly, both Kohli and Gayle play for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) so each will have some insight into how and what to bowl to the other. Kohli has been in spectacular form so far in the World T20 2016. He was the leading run-scorer of the Super-10 stage till Joe Root went past him in the first semi-final. The two batsmen could face off in the final if India manage to win this match. READ: Virat Kohli’s top 5 T20I chases

India have a better bowling attack and boast of a stronger batting line-up on paper as well. However, their batsmen have not been in great form in this tournament so far, barring Kohli and to an extent MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. Unfortunately, Yuraj has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with an injury. Manish Pandey has been named as his replacement. Whether or not Pandey will replace Yuvraj in the line-up remains to be seen. Ajinkya Rahane and Pawan Negi are the other likely options to replace Yuvraj. READ: Yuvraj Singh injury: Should Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, or Mohammed Shami replace him for semi-final against West Indies?

Squads:

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra.

West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Evin Lewis.

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