Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog for the ICC World T20 2016 warm-up match between India and West Indies at the iconic Eden Gardens at Kolkata on Thursday. India are a team that are on a roll at the moment, with some phenomenal momentum on their side. They have been unbeatable in recent times, with an almost spotless win record in T20Is this year. The sole blot has been a sh0ck defeat against Sri Lanka, but even that seems to have done them well to refocus them. India have remained unbeaten since that match, winning the Asia Cup T20 2016 in commanding fashion. READ: India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2016 warm-up match at Eden Gardens, Preview

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 140 | Overs 19.2 | Batsmen: Jason Holder 13(9)IND WIN!!!! That’s it, India are off to a flier in the warm-up encounter as the convincingly tame the former World Champions by a massive 45 runs and would aim to come up with similar performance in the upcoming main round matches, while for West Indies, they have plenty of home worl to be done. OUT! Sulieman Benn c Ajinkya Rahane b Harbhajan Singh 8 (10)

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 129/9 | Overs 18 | Batsmen: Jason Holder 13(9), Suloeman Benn 1(2)GONE!!!! Ashley Nurse is the next to fall as he is caught by Rahane again off Mohammed Shami, while Sulieman Benn makes his way in, as West Indies stare at a perfect defeat. OUT! Ashley Nurse c Ajinkya Rahane b Mohammed Shami 8 (7)

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 107/8 | Overs 15 | Batsmen: Ashley Nurse 0(0), Jason Holder 0(0)GONE!!!! Darren Sammy goes now, as he is dismissed for mere five by Hardik Pandya once again, after being caught by Ajinkya Rahane, while Ashley Nurse makes his way in and ossn, he is followed by Andre Russel, who falls to Hardik Pandya after being caught by the same man again in the very next over. OUT! Darren Sammy c Ajinkya Rahane b Hardik Pandya 5 (3), Andre Russell c Ajinkya Rahane b Hardik Pandya 19 (13)

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 84/6 | Overs 13 | Batsmen: Andre Russell 4(4), Darren Sammy 0(0) | Pawan Negi and Ravindra Jadeja are absolutely running through West Indies at the moment.  OUT! Marlon Samuels b Ravindra Jadeja 17(16), Dwayne Bravo c Suresh Raina b Pawan Negi 13(18), Carlos Brathwaite b Pawan Negi 6(3)

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 70/3 | Overs 10 | Batsmen: Marlon Samuels 16(13), Dwayne Bravo 10(10) | Pawan Negi and Ravindra Jadeja bowling in tandem. Both men have done well to tie down the opposition. Dwayne Bravo picks up back to back boundaries against Jadeja in the 10th over.

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 59/3 | Overs 8 | Batsmen: Marlon Samuels 15(11) | Ravindra Jadeja now. ONE. Ramdin takes a single. ONE. Another single to Samuels. ONE. And another single. ONE. Ramdin takes one more. ONE. Samuels gets one more. DOT. No run. OUT! This was on the cards, Ramdin holes out to Shami. OUT! Denesh Ramdin c Mohammed Shami b Ravindra Jadeja 6(13)

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 55/2 | Overs 7 | Batsmen: Marlon Samuels 13(9), Denesh Ramdin 4(9) | Pawan Negi now. ONE. Single for Samuels. DOT. No run for Ramdin. ONE. Single for Ramdin. DOT. No run for Samuels. ONE. Single to Samuels. ONE. Single to Ramdin.

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 51/2 | Overs 6 | Batsmen: Marlon Samuels 11(6), Denesh Ramdin 2(6) | Jasprit Bumrah again. DOT. No run for Ramdin. DOT. Another dot. DOT. And another no run. DOT. Great over from Bumrah so far. ONE. Just a single for Ramdin. ONE. Samuels takes one too.

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 49/2 | Overs 5 | Batsmen: Marlon Samuels 10(5), Denesh Ramdin 1(1) | Mohammed Shami again. ONE. SIngle for Samuels. DOT. No run for Charles. OUT! Charles edges Shami to Dhoni! ONE. Denesh Ramdin takes a single. FOUR. Smauels picks up four. FOUR. Another boundary to end with for Samuels! OUT! Johnson Charles c MS Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 18(13)

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 39/1 | Overs 4 | Batsmen: Johnson Charles 18(11), Marlon Samuels 1(2) | Jasprit Bumrah into the attack. ONE. Single to Charles. DOT. No run for Gayle. OUT! Bowled him, Bumrah takes out Gayle! DOT. No run for Samuels. ONE. Single for Samuels. TWO. Couple to end with. OUT! Chris Gayle b Jasprit Bumrah 20(11)

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 35/0 | Overs 3 | Batsmen: Chris Gayle 20(9), Johnson Charles 15(9) | Mohammed Shami to bowl his first over of competitive cricket in quite some time. DOT. No run for JC. DOT. No run again. ONE. Single for Charles. FOUR. Gayle goes big! DOT. No run. FOUR! Gayle continues his charge.

Live Cricket Score: West Indies 26/0 | Overs 2 | Batsmen: Chris Gayle 12(6), Johnson Charles 14(6) | R Ashwin starts off for India. WOW! Johnson Charles has smashed him for two sixes off the last two balls! Harbhajan Singh from the other end. SIX! Gayle hammers Harbhajan as well this time!

Live Cricket Score: India 185/5 | Overs 20 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 98(57), Suresh Raina 1(1) | Taylor clean up Negi and it’s Suresh Raina in and the second ball is DOT. Precious dot balls for West Indies. Pandya is out in the middle for a ball and goes back. Raina gets ONE and Rohit is on strike. Can he get to hundred? He belts one to the fence for FOUR. Another dot ball from Taylor. Rohit needs to get at least two off the last ball to get to three figures. Rohit misses and it’s a bye. Rohit manages to remain unbeaten on 98. OUT! Pawan Negi b Jerome Taylor 8 (7)

Live Cricket Score: India 179/4 | Overs 19 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 94(54), Pawan Negi  8(6) | Andre Russell is into the attack and bowls three dot balls to Negi. Fourth ball, Negi smashes outside boundary for SIX. Negi gets a single and Rohit smacks the last ball to boundary.

Live Cricket Score: India 168/4 | Overs 18 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 90(53), Pawan Negi  1(1) | Carlos Brathwaite into the attack. Dot ball, a boundary and then he is caught. Rohit get a SINGLE and Negi gives Rohit back the strike. Rohit smacks the last ball for another SIX. OUT! Ravindra Jadeja c Ashley Nurse b Carlos Brathwaite 10(7)

Live Cricket Score: India 156/3 | Overs 17 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 83(51), Ravindra Jadeja 6(4) | Nurse to bowl. Jadeja gets a SINGLE and Rohit is on strike, belts the second ball for a boundary, get a single, now Jadeja gets a FOUR, a dot ball and then a single.

Live Cricket Score: India 145/3 | Overs 16 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 78(49) | Darren Sammy to continue. Yuvraj starts with a SIX! A single to Yuvraj and now it’s Rohit’s turn to belt another SIX. Rohit gets a single and Yuvraj is back on strike and he finishes the over with a FOUR.  Y Singh is out, caught by Jerome Taylor off the final ball. OUT!  Y Singh  c Jerome Taylor b Darren Sammy 31 (20)

Live Cricket Score: India 127/2 | Overs 15 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 71(47), Yuvraj Singh 20(16) | Jerome Taylor now. ONE. Single to Rohit. TWO. Couple more for Yuvraj. DOT. No run for Yuvi. ONE. Single to Yuvraj. SIX! Rohit gets another biggie! DOT. No run to end with.

Live Cricket Score: India 117/2 | Overs 14 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 64(44), Yuvraj Singh 17(13) | Here’s Darren Sammy. ONE. Rohit picks up one. TWO. Yuvi gets a couple. DOT. No run for Yuvraj. DOT. Another no run. FOUR! Yuvraj gets one away this time. FOUR. Back to back fours for Yuvi.

Live Cricket Score: India 106/2 | Overs 13 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 63(43), Yuvraj Singh 7(8) | Sulieman Benn into his final over. SIX! Rohit slams one away! DOT. Dot to Rohit. ONE. Rohit picks up a single. ONE. Yuvi happy to give Rohit strike. FOUR. Rohit is unstoppable. ONE. Rohit keeps strike.

Live Cricket Score: India 93/2 | Overs 12 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 51(38), Yuvraj Singh 6(7) | Andre Russell continues. FOUR, leg byes. Rohit misses out on four. DOT. No run for that. SIX! DreRuss disappears! FOUR. Rohit gets his 50! ONE. SIngle for Rohit. DOT. Yuvi can’t get it away.

Live Cricket Score: India 78/2 | Overs 11 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 40(33), Yuvraj Singh 6(5) | Ashley Nurse comes on now. ONE. Yuvi takes a single. FOUR! Rohit breaks free. SIX! Rohit is on a roll. FOUR! And another, three in a row! DOT. No run for Rohit. ONE. Single to end with.

Live Cricket Score: India 62/2 | Overs 10 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 25(28), Yuvraj Singh 5(5) | Johnson Charles to Yuvraj. DOT. No run to start with. ONE. Yuvraj takes a single. DOT. Rohit gets no run. ONE. Rohit takes a leg bye. ONE. Another single to Yuvi. DOT. No run for Rohit.

Live Cricket Score: India 59/2 | Overs 9 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 25(25), Yuvraj Singh 3(2) | Suleiman Benn into his third over. ONE. Rohit starts with a single. OUT! Benn takes another, Rahane is out stumped. In comes Yuvraj. TWO. Off the mark immediately. ONE. Single to Yuvi. DOT. No run. DOT. No run to end with. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane st Denesh Ramdin b Suleiman Benn 7(9) 

Live Cricket Score: India 55/1 | Overs 8 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 24(22), Ajinkya Rahane 7(9) | Johnson Charles continues. DOT. No run for Rohit. ONE. Single. ONE. Jinks takes a single. ONE. And one more for Rohit. ONE. And another. ONE. And one more to end the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 50/1 | Overs 7 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 21(18), Ajinkya Rahane 5(7) | Suleiman Benn continues. FOUR. Rohit starts the over with another boundary. ONE. Rohit takes a single. TWO. Rahane picks up two. DOT. No run for Jinks. ONE. Another single. ONE. Rohit will keep strike.

Live Cricket Score: India 41/1 | Overs 6 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 15(15), Ajinkya Rahane 2(4) | Andre Russell continues. DOT. No run for Rahane. DOT. Another dot to Rahane. ONE. Jinks gets a single now. DOT. Rohit can’t get that away. This has been another tidy over from DreRuss. SIX! There goes over the ropes from Rohit. ONE. Single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 33/1 | Overs 5 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 8(12), Ajinkya Rahane 1(1) | Sulieman Benn into the attack now. ONE. Single for Rohit. ONE. Now one to Dhawan. ONE. Another single. DOT. No run for Dhawan. OUT! Gone, Dhawan is out! ONE. Rahane off the mark with a single. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan b Sulieman Benn 21(17)  

Live Cricket Score: India 29/0 | Overs 4 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 6(10), Shikhar Dhawan 20(14) | Jerome Taylor in for his second over. DOT. No run for Rohit. ONE. Single for Rohit. DOT. No run for Dhawan. TWO. Couple more for Dhawan. DOT. No run. FOUR! Dhawan finishes off with a boundary!

Live Cricket Score: India 22/0 | Overs 3 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 5(8), Shikhar Dhawan 14(10) | Johnson Charles, surprisingly, comes on to bowl the third over. DOT. No run for Rohit. ONE. Single for Rohit. DOT. Dhawan can’t get a run there. FOUR! Dhawan continues to impress. SIX! Big one, Dhawan gets going! DOT. No run to end with.

Live Cricket Score: India 11/0 | Overs 2 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 4(6), Shikhar Dhawan 4(6) | Jerome Taylor starts off from the other end. Three dot balls to Shikhar Dhawan to start off, then he takes two byes. That’s still four dot balls to Taylor’s name. FOUR! Dhawan picks up his first boundary as well. And another dot ball to end with.

Live Cricket Score: India 4/0 | Overs 1 | Batsmen: Rohit Sharma 4(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(0) | Andre Russell starts proceedings, and he is bowling to Rohit Sharma. Five dot balls and one boundary in the first over. India are away! Good way to start off, but they will not mind it if their lower order gets a bat today.

TOSS: There was no toss, by mutual consent it was agreed that India would bat first.

India’s batsmen have been in excellent form, with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan all having won games for India in Asia Cup T20 2016. Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni have shown excellent form as well, while Suresh Raina and Hardik Pandya have made contributions also. The consistency with which India’s batsmen have put in consolidated performances will be heartening for India, but it is really the bowlers who have won them matches. READ: MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra prove that age is just a number in Asia Cup T20 2016

Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja have been in prime form ever since the T20I series in Australia earlier this year. India’s bowlers have been the true match-winners, and the overall team performance has helped India going nearly undefeated this year. West Indies, on the other hand, have failed to capture the imagination in ODIs and Tests recently, though they remain a potent force in T20I cricket. READ: Yuvraj Singh vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka: From ICC World T20 2014 to Asia Cup 2016, life has come a full circle


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

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