At the half-way mark, it seemed as if 212 was an underpar score but West Indies fought hard to rip the top order apart. However, the middle and lower order hung around along with Rohit Sharma to steal a win in the penultimate over.
It was a contest between two young sides with India opting to go in with an inexperienced side. The toss was going to be crucial and Darren Sammy called incorrectly. Virender Sehwag had no hesitation and promptly elected to field given the dew factor later on in the evening.
The Windies got off to a poor start, losing Barath early and had a partnership between Simmons and Samuels. Just when the pair was setting into a good rhythm, they were dismissed in quick succession and the tourists ended the Quick Start Overs on 52/3. Bravo and Hyatt then settled into a nice little partnership.
The duo saw off Powerplay 2, adding 22 runs and took their stand to 75 before a misfortune in the running led to Hyatt’s dismissal who was run out. That led to a collapse as West Indies lost their way. Just 11/1 came in Powerplay 3 and the visitors were reeling at 167/6 at the end of the 40th over.
They did not recover after that and limped to 211/9 at the end of 50 overs, managing just 44/3 in the Extreme Performance Overs. Darren Bravo top scored with 60 and ended up with a Batting Momentum of 73. Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron finished with 2 wickets apiece with the former gaining a better Bowling Efficiency of 170.
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India got off to a rollicking start, reaching 37 inside 4 overs. But then, Roach struck twice in his 3rd over and then again in his 4th to dislodge three Indian batmen. Russell then ensured that West Indies had the better of the Quick Start Overs as India were reduced to 55/4, needing another 157 from 240 balls.
Raina departed as well and the next 5 overs yielded just 14 runs for the loss of a wicket and India needed 143 from 210 balls. But a partnership was brewing between Rohit Sharma and Jadeja. They added 83 for the sixth wicket before Jadeja fell for 38 and India needed 70 from 129 balls.
Ashwin followed quickly and suddenly India were back in trouble, needing 53 from 109 balls with 3 wickets left. Vinay Kumar then joined hands with Rohit Sharma and the pair batted sensibly, first seeing off Powerplay 3 without any damage and scoring 17 runs. 26 runs were needed in 60 balls and India were back on top.
However, with 11 runs needed West Indies struck twice in 2 overs to get rid of Rohit and Kumar with two successive wicket maidens and with 18 balls left, West Indies were the favourites. But the Indian tail held their nerves and eventually stole the game away in the 49th over, with 7 balls to spare.
Kemar Roach was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/46 but Andre Russell with figures of 2/29 finished with a better Bowling Efficiency of 218. For India, Rohit Sharma top scored with 72 and finished with a Batting Momentum of 81.
India finished with a Castrol Index of 50 to 46 that of the Windies. It was a close match and the visitors made a fist of it and won the departments of the Quick Start Overs and Powerplay 3.
Rohit Sharma was named the Man Of The Match and bagged a value of 45 for his efforts. But the top performer of the evening was Andre Russell who finished with 61 points.