India Vs West Indies T20 WC Super 8 Match 1

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India succumbed to the pressure and lost to West Indies in a crucial Super 8’s match – the first for India.  India’s batting was let down for the first time in this tournament and the bowling just was not enough to defend the total of 153.  West Indies won the match by 7 wickets.
     M S Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first.  But he did not get the start that he had in his mind.  The makeshift opener in Rohit Sharma failed to a rising delivery from Edwards.  He attempted a pull shot just the very next delivery after hitting a boundary.  One down Raina came in at his usual spot but could not do what he usually does.  He did not trouble the scorers much and was castled by Edwards again.  And again this was a short-pitched delivery.  Both Sharma and Raina were castled by Edwards for the individual scores of 5.  The team total read 2 for 27 in around 4 overs.  Yuvraj then walked in to give company go Gambhir.  Bravo was the first change bowler for West Indies.  And it worked straight away.  2 runs later, Gambhir was yet another victim of a short-pitched delivery from Bravo.  Simmons took his second catch to send Gambhir back.  Simmons ran some 8-10 meters back and took a stunning catch almost single-handedly.  The Indians were searching for some space and were poorly placed at 40 for 3 in 6 overs.
     Yuvraj and Dhoni tried to steady the ship caught in the hurricane created by the pace trio and batted cautiously.  Such slow was the batting of the Indian skipper that he managed only 11 from 23 balls.  Yuvraj on the other hand as usual tried to make things happen.  He took some risks early on.  And they paid.  Playing safely, he started to increase the run-rate that had fallen miserably which at one stage was over 7.  Bravo removed Dhoni’s gloomy innings when Fletcher caught him on the square boundary.
     Then walked in Yusuf Pathan.  When the Indian total was 75, Yuvraj hit the first six of the Indian innings and then things started to happen.  In the meantime, Yuvraj got a life from Fletcher when he could not hold on to a seemingly easy diving catch again on the boundary line.  Otherwise it would have been difficult times for India.
Fours and sixes started raining and except Irfan Pathan all the remaining batsmen scored good to take the Indian total past the 150 run mark.  Yuvraj hit fiery 67 off 43 while the injured Yusuf braving his shoulder injury hit 31 in little time.  Harbhajan hit 3 fours off the final 3 balls of the India innings.
     But it was a whirlwind innings from the Mumbai Indians’ team member Dwayne Bravo who his 66 off just 36 balls to dampen the Indian hopes of a surprise win.  He hit 3 huge sixes.  After getting Gayle and Fletcher speedily out quite early in the innings, the Indians might have fancied their chances.  But the speed-breaker called Bravo came between the Indians and the win and made sure that not only the wickets remained intact but also the scoreboard was kept moving.  He along with Simmons took the score to the three figure mark.


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