Kemar Roach is the man in for the West Indies.
Here comes Ishant, and Sammy swings wildly at one pitched wide of off; there is a half-appeal from the bowler, but he missed it by quite some distance. There was a small sound on the replay, but it may have been his bat nicking the ground as he attempted to heave that away. He gets a short next up, and pulls its easily over fine-leg's head for another six - boof! It doesn't look like Darren is going to tap it around much to get these required runs - nope, he crashes another one through the covers for a four that went like a rocket out of the middle of the bat. Ouch. Sammy backs away to the next ball and tries to flat-bat it again, but the ball just takes the edge and flies high to third-man. OUT, easy catch, and India still have a chance! Very silly shot from Sammy, with two boundaries already in the over. How will that affect the game at this late stage? Dear me. 198/7 now, 32 more to get.
Charles has a go at one angled across him, and the blasted drive only bounces once before mid-off dives across and puts his body behind it to prevent four. The batting power-play is now in effect, folks, so it will be interesting to see whether these two try and finish the game off with some more big hitting. Personally, with not much batting left in the shed, I'd advise against that.
Sammy gets a leg-side bouncer, and is angered to find it not called wide for height by the umpire; quite unlike the former captain, that little outburst. He attempts to flay Yadav over mid-wicket on the next ball, missing emphatically. That's not needed at this stage - keep your head, Darren. He gets his chance, picking up a short-of-a-length ball and pulling it into the car-park behind square for six. Good shot, monster hit, and he wisely pulls out of a short one pushed wide of off-stump; to his displeasure, it is again not called wide by the umpire. He needs to calm down here, and make sure he and Johnson Charles get their side over the line - no rash, angry shots needed!
We'll have the pace of Umesh Yadav, bowling his seventh over now.
Slip, leg-slip and short-leg are in for Ashwin, bowling to Sammy after Charles adds yet another single to the tally. However, there is a gap through the covers and Darren Sammy plunders one off the back-foot right through for four. Good shot, intelligent batting and he gave himself a little room to make that shot happen. Ashwin decides to abandon bowling around the wicket, and returns to a more conventional over-the-wicket approach; Sammy helps himself to an easy run to mid-wicket.
Sammy wants to go for a big cut, but almost treads on his stumps as he flings the bat with quite some effort. He decides to rather block the next delivery. Ishant strays, and they cross for a leg-bye from the thigh pad of Sammy. Charles is still there, the bed-rock of the innings so far, and he pats one down to mid-wicket for one. Sammy has clearly been enjoying Charles' innings from the dressing-room, as he emulates his senior partner by clearing his left-leg and hoisting the ball way, WAY over long-on. SIX!
There IS a wicket now - but it's Ramdin, in his 100th ODI, who falls to Ashwin! Bowled by a ball that pitched, turned in, took the pad and crashed into off-stump - Ashwin is delighted and India have struck another blow. A mere 4 runs contributed by the Windies wicket-keeper, and his departure marks the entrance of Darren Sammy. Six-down now for the home side, with 69 runs still to get.
This game is fantastically poised; who do you fancy at this stage? India are desperate for the wicket of Johnson Charles.
Ishant returns, and Pollard promptly steers him off the face straight to Dinesh Karthik behind the wicket - OUT! The change works for captain Virat Kohli, and his counterpart has to go. He was trying to steer that down to third-man for the obligatory ODI-style single, but instead gave the 'keeper some catching practice. New man, Denesh Ramdin, is greeted with a full leg-side delivery that goes far wide to be taken by a diving Karthik - yep, very wide. He goes short and wide on the other side of the wicket, and Ramdin latches onto it for an easy four. Ishant collects himself, forcing the batsman to leave two successive well-placed deliveries.
Replacement replacing a replacement? Yes indeed - M Vijay, who was on the park for the injured MS Dhoni, has left the field. Shami Ahmed is the man on the park at the moment to make up the numbers for India.
Charles decides to use his feet again, and he bashes a flat six over long-off - bam! That was as clean a hit as you could wish for against the spin, after captain Pollard punched through the covers for a very well-run triple. Ten runs come off that R Ashwin over for the Windies.
Pollard gets off the mark by hitting one hard down to long-on, and Charles gets a single of his own past point and another through cover. Jadeja, interestingly, is bowling over the wicket to the right-handers after attacking them from around the wicket earlier on.
Johnson Charles needs to keep his head - if West Indies lose another set batsman immediately it will dent their hopes severely at this crucial stage of the contest.
WICKET! Oh no, they were looking so comfortable and Darren Bravo has carted a short one from R Ashwin straight to a leaping Dhawan at mid-wicket. That should have been deposited into the stands, but he didn't get hold of well at all. Out of the blue, and India will be grateful for that slice of luck. Bravo walks off the ground as slowly as I've ever seen someone walk - he knows that he's thrown his innings away with that pull shot. Kieron Pollard comes to the crease, and negotiates the remaining ball of the over without fuss.
Bosh! Take that, Bhuvi - Charles stands and delivers a huge six over long-on that goes way back into the new stand here at Sabina Park. He graciously takes a single to give his partner a go, and Bravo goes to his own fifty by nudging a wayward leg delivery to the fine-leg boundary. Well played, and he cracks yet another good-looking shot to cover, but a single is all he'll get. he guides one past point for one off the last ball, but a shy at the stumps misses and they cross for an overthrow to rub a little bit of salt into the wound. Expensive comeback over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bravo flashes at a flat one, and it only just eludes point...close one, that. Ashwin is mixing up his deliveries again, something he has often been criticised for doing too much of, but the two batsmen are able to calmly rack up a few more singles to the West Indies total: 126/3 are the hosts.
Jadeja is thumped HARD over long-on by a dancing Johnson Charles for six, and that went miles! Good use of the feet there, from a man not usually renowned for doing so. He boshes a fuller delivery through the covers for an easy one, before Bravo creams a shot to long-off. That was hit really hard, and it bursts out of the fielder's hands but he manages to prevent it from going over the ropes - Charles is clearly not the only power-hitter at the crease, folks!
Controlled cover-drive sees Johnson Charles through to his second fifty for the West Indies in ODIs. He's decided to discard the helmet when facing Ashwin, and his partner Bravo has swapped his for a cap instead. There's a slip in place for Bravo, and he edges thickly towards the man but he can only collect it on the bounce.
If the Indian bowlers didn't realise it before, they'll realise it now: don't give Darren Bravo width! Wide, short, thwack, four. Through the covers again, there was no sweeper on the boundary this time either. He tries a full-blooded sweep, but it balloons off the bat onto the pad into a vacant short-fine-leg area, and they decide not to run.
Ashwin stops slightly in his action, and Johnson almost gifts him his wicket by hitting it back in the bowler's direction, It doesn't carry - replays show that it was a carrom ball as well, flicked through with the forefinger. Crafty stuff from Ashwin, and he nearly fooled his man enough there.
Jadeja to Bravo, left-hander to left-hander. It's a maiden-over, as Bravo can't work the bowler away for a run despite playing him off both the front and back foot. Some nice changes of pace through the air too from Jadeja, keeps the batsman guessing.
A well-struck cover-drive from Darren Bravo gives the sweeper fielder some work, and they cross for two. Ishant decides to go around the wicket to him, but Bravo coolly pats one down to leg for a single. M Vijay, on the field in place of the injured MS Dhoni, does well diving forward at third-man to stop a ball steered in the air by Charles; it almost carried to him as a catch too! Great effort to stop that ball though, and Ishant applauds him. Would have been a sensational catch had it carried. Charles is approaching his fifty now, ending this over just three runs shy.
Charles leans in and clouts one wide of the sweeper, but there's only one run on offer there. He's looking to be positive against the spin of Jadeja, but he and Bravo can only pick up a few singles this time around. West Indies move to 94/3 after 19 overs.
Ishant is steered to a wide-third-man for a single straight after the break; Bravo decides re-mark his guard at the crease. After a single, Charles makes room and hoicks one awkwardly towards a wide fine-leg - not sure that's where he was intending for it to go, but runs are runs, right?
Short drinks break here in Kingston; back shortly.
Huge hit! Massive hit from Charles, and he clouts a returning Jadeja for a quite colossal hit over long-on for six. He used his feet a little and struck it mighty cleanly, and drills the next one to long-off to move to the non-striker's end. They should get two as the ball is steered behind backward-point, but poor running sees the pair only get a single.
Ishant continues to Darren Bravo, who takes a few balls before adding a single by working one past a vacant square-leg. Charles swivels and pulls a single of his own, his timing still miles better than any shot he attempted in the previous game. If you bowl wide to Bravo you'll be punished, and the stylish left-hander doesn't miss out - FOUR, carved over point. He'll play those kind of shots all day, easy pickings for the younger Bravo brother.
Round the wicket comes Ashwin to the right-handed Charles, who biffs him to long-on for a comfortable one. Bravo is beaten by some turn from the spinner, as the ball angles in and then moves away just a touch. Ashwin does have quite a few variations at his disposal, and often changes his pace well too. The batsman does manage to get him away, rocking back and driving square through off, where a diving Ishant can't stop it. Sweeper cleans up for him instead.
Hello, R Ashwin.
Charles tucks Ishant down to fine-leg without fanfare (unless you count the fanfare from the constant trumpet-blowing from fans in the stands). Athletic fielding in the covers from Virat prevents a single. Charles uses his strong wrists to flick another delivery down to fine-leg yet again, and a fairly quiet over comes to a close.
Bhuvi is back after just one over of spin from Jadeja. Bravo drives square with conviction, and Ishant runs around from third-man to put in a dive that saves the boundary. It was slightly clumsy, but he saved two runs and showed Ravi Ashwin a thing or two about commitment on the fence. Magnificent shot from Bravo as he cover-drives one with a bit of width, and that sails through the gap for four. Classic strokeplay! He unfurls another one, squarer this time, but hit it straight to point. No run there for another quality shot.
Play-and-miss from Charles to get Ishant and the 'keeper worked up first-ball. Two leg-byes accrue from one angled in, and now the umpire is talking to Ishant about running on the pitch as well. What is it about these two games in Jamaica so far? We had Rampaul warned on Friday, and now Best and both Bhuvi and Ishant today. The umpire is not happy again, but no official warning has been issued yet.
Ishant takes over from Umesh Yadav; double-change from India.
Jadeja trundles in and overpitches it slightly, giving Bravo the opportunity to loft it straight and handsome for six! There is a long-on in place, but sailed over his head and bashed into the sightscreen. Ashwin then lets his fellow-spinner down a bit with some terrible fielding on the boundary, bending down to pick up the ball and missing it - FOUR. That was schoolboy stuff, I'm afraid, slipping through his hand. Fruitful over for Lar...excuse me, Bravo.
Spin time, now. Ravindra Jadeja, and his moustache, replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bravo is taking his time, cover-drives finding the fielder again. He ducks under a rather spicey short ball from Yadav, a good bouncer that was! The over peters out with no further incident - a maiden, in fact.
Short mid-off and keeper up for Charles still, and a good line ball takes off a bit to be well-held by the 'keeper. Charles prods forward again, and a tentative shot off the face bounces just short of Ashwin at slip! So close for India there, and Charles wasn't really sure if he wanted to play at that ball or not. Flamboyant cover-drive from Bravo only nets him a single, and West Indies score a run from every odd ball in the over.
Biff! Charles goes again, fetching one from outside-off and carting it to long-on for four more. He's definitely a shadow of the man who couldn't time a thing against Sri Lanka! Yadav responds by sending one down leg which is wided by the umpire, although replays indicate that it hit the pad on the way past. Charles decides its time for another boundary, and this time chooses to pull one meatily square to get the required result. Four more! The bowler does well to follow up with three dot-balls to finish his over with, and gets an ironic cheer from the crowd.
A helmeted Karthik is standing up to the stumps for Charles when Bhuvneshwar is bowling to him - good, pressure-building tactic to try and keep the dangerous batter rooted in his crease. There is a slip in place, as well as a man catching at a very short-mid-wicket position. Charles spots width outside the off-stump, however, and carves it savagely to the square fence for four.
Johnson Charles mis-times a lofted drive, bouncing short of the man at mid-on. Yadav spears down a quick one on a good length that gets the batsman defending forward, and Dinesh Karthik goes up for the catch behind the stumps. None of the slips went up with him though, and the bowler belatedly joins the appeal. Not-out, there was no edge there and the umpire remains unmoved. Another maiden over, and the Windies have a lot of work to do before them.
Bhuvi fights back after that pasting in his last over, and he's bowled Samuels! Out off the inside-edge, the man from Pune Warriors has got an early wicket as he so often does. That was a length delivery, and the batsman played away outside off and got the edge onto the stumps. Real trouble for the hosts as Darren Bravo makes his way out to the middle; he leaves the first ball going across him with ease. The umpire has a word with Bhuvneshwar now, who was getting a little too close to the danger area on the wicket during his follow-through. Maiden-wicket, and a good comeback from the bowler after what happened to him in the third.
Bang - Umesh hits Devon Smith on the pad, they all go up...yes, that's OUT! A duck for Smith, and umpire Gould had little hesitation in sending the left-hander on his way. Looked a good decision, would have clattered into leg-stump and Hawk-Eye backs up the decision. In the celebrations, Suresh Raina accidentally elbows Rohit in the face - oh dear. He seems to be okay, overzealous perhaps from Raina but the Indians have claimed two important early wickets now. Marlon Samuels is the new man, and he claims a single from a mis-field at mid-on to get his innings up and running.
Charles will be pleased with this shot, a bludgeon straight through the line and straight down the ground for his first four...and he repeats the shot again! The second one was not in the air as long, but the deep-mid-off couldn't stop it, even with a dive. Well, can you believe it? Three in a row from Charles, as he whips a full one pitched on off through the leg-side for a smoking boundary. If Johnson has indeed found his timing, as those three shots suggest, India will have to get him quickly. Not always the most graceful batsman, he can be devastating in limited-overs. 'Keeper Dinesh Karthik comes up to the stumps for the last delivery, but the over ends with no further fuss.
Umesh Yadav is our man to start from the other end, and Gayle puts his away effortlessly with a pull to mid-wicket: FOUR! That was too short, and the bowler fell during his follow-through as well. Ravi Rampaul injured himself in similar fashion on Friday, so let's hope that Umesh is okay here. He's hobbling a bit on the way back to his mark, but runs in manfully to hit the big Jamaican left-hander on the pad for a stifled LBW appeal. Too high I'm afraid, and it also pitched outside leg. Umesh doesn't have to wait long, as Gayle clubs a short one straight to Suresh Raina, standing fairly close to the bat at a shortish point - OUT! Great catch from the fielder, it was hit hard but not quite out of the meat of the bat. Huge blow for the locals, they had hoped that their man would repeat his centurion heroics from the first match...Chris Gayle goes for 11. Umesh hasn't settled on his line yet, but he's got rid of the dangerous opener in his first over. West Indies are 13/1.
Gayle is all defence to Bhuvneshwar, but the young fast bowler errs down leg for an early wide. There's a bit of swing on offer for the Indian quick, who has impressed since coming into the side during the Pakistan ODI series late last year; he bears the brunt of a Gayle punch down the ground here though. Four runs, and that looked effortless from the big man, just opened the face and played down the line. The over ends with Charles swinging and missing to one outside off - can he find his timing in this innings?
Play is about to resume here in Jamaica, and we bring you the news that MS Dhoni will not be taking the field. Dinesh Karthik has donned the gloves, and Virat Kohli appears to the stand-in captain. The West Indian openers are striding out as well, now. Centurion Chris Gayle is alongside Johnson Charles, who struggled mightily in his last innings on this ground. Let's see how they fare in their attempt to chase down 230 for victory...
Two wickets each for Roach, Best and Sammy, whilst Rohit Sharma top-scored for the Indians with 60 before throwing his wicket away after being well-set. Suresh Raina chipped in with 44, but it should be an interesting chase for the home side. Join us in a little over half-an-hour's time for the West Indian reply. Bye for now.
The pitch doesn't look terribly easy to bat on, often appearing a little two-paced, and India will feel that they have the attack to do the job. Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja excelled in England and will look to put the brakes on here, whilst Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown a knack for picking up early wickets as well.
West Indies will need 230 runs to win, and they'll be a little disappointed at giving away 17 runs in that last over. Still, they will be confident of chasing this total down after their bonus-point performance on Friday against the Sri Lankans on this very ground.
More byes, this time four of them, as the batsman goes forward to a raucous turner that beats the bat as well as the 'keeper behind him. Great ball, didn't deserve that! Bhuvneshwar then surprises everyone in the ground, even himself perhaps, by clearing the front leg and collecting one beautifully over mid-off- that's SIX, ladies and gentlemen! Struck it cleanly, did India's opening bowler, and he thwacks the last ball of the innings to the boundary as well...four this time! Same area over mid-off, and it bounced just once before hitting the advertising boards. Great end to India's dig, and they've reached 229/7 thanks to an expensive last over from Narine, who goes wicketless as well!
Ashwin edges a pull down with Jadeja super-keen for the run, but he's sent back by the striker after getting half-way up the pitch. Luckily for him, the throw is not a good one and misses. Ashwin steers one to a wide third-man, but all Jadeja can do is get a bottom-edge trying to pull a shorter one, and he's out bowled! Tino celebrates and looks to the heavens once more, that's his second for the day. New man Bhuvneshwar backs away and has a waft, but can't connect as Best finishes his spell - one more over for India to face.
Jadeja reckons he'll have a go, and uses his feet to thwack Narine high, high into the air, but it drops safely between square-leg and mid-wicket. he does better on the next delivery, getting back and pulling aerially just past the square-leg umpire for a well-timed boundary. Four runs! Ashwin attempts a reverse-sweep, but both he and 'keeper Ramdin miss the ball completely, and they run a bye. A few more scampered singles take their tally for the over up to ten, and that will be welcome in this latter overs: 210/6 now.
It's not easy to repeatedly hit Sunil Narine out of the park - he returns now at the death.
Bowled him! Tino gets the Indian captain, and throws out his arms and gazes towards the heavens. It was full, swung in a tad and a heavingDhoni couldn't make contact - he goes for 27. India are stuttering along a bit, and it's now up to Ravindra Jadeja and new man, R Ashwin, to take their side to a total that they can defend. A very, very wide delivery slung down the leg-side is missed by a mile, and for some reason Best decides to go down on one knee to appeal to the umpire - nope, wide. Perhaps that was just a ploy to distract the umpire, but Jadeja's swish was nowhere near the ball. A snorter gets the batsman gloving down for a single, he got all cramped up trying to play that fireball. Ashwin then tries to steer one to third-man, but misses completely. Three overs left in this Indian innings!
MS Dhoni may have a sore leg, but he's still able to clout his first four of the afternoon off Marlon Samuels - pulled hard to fine-leg, that was. Jadeja, however, is unable to get the lanky spinner away, finding the fielder each time he tries to get the ball off the square.
Low full-toss thundered in by Tino Best, who resumes his spell to Jadeja. The batsmen parries it to the fielder at cover, no run for him there. A better length from the Windies fast bowler sees Jadeja fended uncertainly outside his off-stump...and missing. Better from Tino. However, a half-volley will be punished 9 times out of 10, and Jadeja clears his front leg to power one straight down the ground for his first four. A single from the over's last ball turns into two, after a needless throw at the stumps ricochets away with the batsman well home - a little sloppy from the fielding side to give away the extra run.
Dhoni skips a little as he uses that bottom hand of his to strong-arm a single down the ground - he's definitely not 100 per cent. Not sure he'll be able to take any quick singles, should the opportunity arise with the livewire Jadeja opposite him.
Perhaps the injury break forced a lapse in Raina's concentration there; he banged his bat against the ground on his way back. Another of India's Champions Trophy heroes, Ravindra Jadeja, walks out to mark his guard. He has the ability to score quick runs, and his side will be counting on him for a few of those now.
Another Roach over, another wide. Down the leg-side again. He recovers to bowl a slower one to MS Dhoni, who takes the bottom hand off as he tries to loft it over extra-cover. Sammy turns and runs, puts in the dive...and drops him. Oh dear, those are always difficult when the ball is coming over your shoulder. The ball went straight through his hands, and that would have been a major blow to Indian hopes had he clung to it. Dhoni seems to be struggling with cramp now as well, and grabbed his right thigh after going through for a single. He's getting attention now at the edge of the boundary, lying on his back and then on his stomach as fluids and an ice-pack are brought out by the team medic. Perhaps he's felt a twinge in the thigh, rather than it being cramp? It is 30 degrees celsius outside, so cramping is possible. It could, however, also be a hamstring. He's been down for a while now, as dance music blares through the stadium PA and inflatable balls are bounced around the crowd. There are some lovely ladies relaxing in a pool as well, branded by the Jamaican Tourist Board. Dhoni is finally back up, strapping applied, but Roach will be bowling to Raina - and he's OUT! The extra ball in the over does the trick, and the batsman chased a short, wide delivery and edged it straight into the waiting hands of Ramdin. Suresh goes for 44, and he's the fifth Indian wicket to fall. An over full of action, then.
Not a single boundary so far in this Dhoni innings: a rarity indeed. His partner Raina, however, hits his fourth by backing away and timing the ball well past a chasing short-third-man fielder to beat him to the rope. He looks to be picking up the pace a little, and adds a single and a double to his total to enter the forties. India would love a total of 220-230 to defend, but they'll need to pick up the pace if they're going to get near that amount of runs.
Another wide from Roach; there have been a few too many today from the West Indies pacemen. This one was a bouncer that headed down leg, an easy decision for the umpire really. The Indian captain is coming by singles rather easily here, and Suresh Raina is also able to clip a delivery off his pads for a single of his own. A run comes from every ball in the over, and the touring Indians are 166/4 now after 41 overs. Narine has 4 overs left, Best has 3 and Marlon Samuels has 2.
The helmet is back on for Dhoni, facing up to Narine. He manages to stab one down to long-on, after refusing a single that Raina was keen on the ball before. Narine flicks his fingers and gets a bit of zip and bite out of the pitch, with the bounce surprising the left-handed Raina. He manages to play it down safely, but almost got caught out there by that little jaffer.
Pushed down the leg-side, and that'll be a wide for Kemar Roach, who's starting his eighth allotted over. He follows that 144 km per hour zinger with a good off-cutter that bites nicely into the turf, but it's dealt with well by MS Dhoni who chops it behind point for one. An attempted yorker is spooned out by the right-hander, who immediately gestures to the dressing-room for a replacement bat - that must have just cracked the bottom of it as he came down on the ball. No boundaries from that over, and the power-play has almost run its course.
After Raina taps one against the turn for an easy single, Dhoni decides to eschew his helmet to face the spinner. They are both looking to milk the bowler for singles, and that's exactly what they're able to do in this over. The bad ball doesn't come, though, and they can only get four out of Narine this time around. 18 runs have come from three power-play overs so far, with two over still to come.
Kemar drifts onto the pads, and Suresh is able to easily tuck him away behind square for one. A full and wide cutter from the bowler causes excitement as MS swings the bat at it, looping the ball up over the in-field and falling safely before the extra-cover boundary. There are a lot of horns and vuvuzelas blowing, and Raina goes down on one knee to absolutely thrash a wide one to the backward point boundary for four! Extravagant shot, the ball was there to be hit and he managed to get it in the gap.
Pace from the other end, as Kemar Roach has ball in hand.
A slip is in for the spinner, nice and positive. Narine has often seen success in power-play situations as batsmen try and hit out against him. He ties up Dhoni and Raina for several deliveries each, before the left-hander steers one deftly behind point to run away for four. Well played, and we have five runs to India's tally from that first PP over.
At the current run-rate, 3.8 an over, India will reach 190. They will need to score rather more than that to make a fist of this game. Batting power-play has been enforced, and Sunil Narine will take up the challenge for the first over thereof.
MS gets his 3rd run, nudging one in front of square-leg with the help of his pad. Raina, in turn, drives one nicely through the covers, and picks up two to the sweeper. He swings and misses to a Sammy slower ball that dies on the way to the keeper, hitting Ramdin on the pads. He uses the slower ball well to deny the batsman any further runs in the over, and that's that for big St. Lucian today - 10 overs bowled, 2 wickets for 41 runs. Well bowled, sir. Time for the drinks break, and time for you to perhaps put the kettle on as well. I'll have, if you're making.
Raina squares up to Marlon Samuels, but cannot get him away. He inside-edges onto his pads, and also tries to open the face, but the fielder at point halts any thoughts of a single. He plays one back to the bowler to end another maiden over - Samuels' has bowled well so far today, with an economy of only 1.87 runs per over. Fantastic. He has two overs left in his quota, whilst Darren Sammy is about to bowl his last.
The batting power-play is still in the bank for India, who can take it before the 36th over. If they do not, it is compulsory to take it between overs 36-40, according to ICC rules. Singles aplenty, meanwhile, for the blue-clad duo of Dhoni and Raina, working Sammy around the ground to get five runs from this particular over of medium-fast.
It'll be Raina to face, though, and he brings his captain on-strike immediately with one pushed out to the sweeper. MS plays Samuels watchfully, stretched forward and back to defend against the Jamaican off-spinner. Quiet over again, just that solitary Raina single from it.
The mighty Mahendra Singh Dhoni has joined his CSK team-mate, Suresh Raina, out there in the middle. Will he make use of that powerful bottom hand of his to smack his side to a competitive total? India are 124/4 after 31 overs.
Raina may not enjoy throat balls, but he doesn't mind a bit of pace on the ball when it's wide - he flays Sammy over extra-cover for a four. Wasn't too far over the fingers of the fielder, but the shot has paid off for him. Rohit decides that it's his turn now, and that's another boundary as he moves outside leg to loft the ball over point. Goodness, I don't think we've had two boundaries in an over in this innings up until now; if we have, then it was a long, long time ago. More intent from the Indians, but Rohit tries for one shot too many and lofts one high, high in the air to long-off...yep, that's OUT! Easily caught, and that was a needless shot after there had been two boundaries in the over already. A wicket for Darren Sammy, and the opening batsman departs for 60 from 89 balls. He's thrown this innings away, this will have frustrated his fans to no end.
Rohit decides to be positive, skipping out to Marlon and chipping him over mid-wicket for a couple. He then uses a rather rickety sweep to top-edge a shorter one over the 'keeper's head - lucky for him, it's safe. Raina leans back to punch a single to the man sweeping on the off-side boundary, but it's another tidy over from the part-time off-spin of Samuels.
Sammy bustles in to Rohit, who top-edges it over square-leg to get the two runs needed to reach his half-century. Horns blare as he raises his bat. He works one to leg in a more sensible fashion, before a predictable bouncer from Sammy to Raina is pulled to fine-leg for a single. Not very well directed, leg-side line from the bowler which made it a lot easier to deal with for the batsman, noted for his susceptibility to quality short fast bowling.
Rohit has a solid record against the West Indies, only failing to reach double-figures once in his last 12 ODI innings against them - seven 50s in there, too.
Marlon is spearing them in, substantially quicker than Narine. He's getting some decent turn as well, but the fuller length enables Rohit to work him away for one. A superb ball gets Suresh prodding forward and edging to Chris Gayle at slip...oh, that bounces JUST short of him. Very, very close indeed! Good, turning delivery, and Raina can count himself lucky that he is still at the crease. Big, toothy grin from Gayle.
Tino's radar seems a bit wonky, and he spits out short and full balls to this Indian pair, enabling them to easily work him away for measured singles either side of the square. He works in a searing bouncer that Rohit plays at and misses, before pushing him straight for a single to end.
Now that the notoriously bouncer-shy Raina is at the crease, it's as good a time as any to re-introduce the fast man, Tino Best, reckons Kieron Pollard.
OUT! Karthik's battling innings has come to an end, as he pushed forward to Samuels and spooned up a simple caught-and-bowled. 23 runs from 56 balls, and he didn't often look comfortable on this sluggish pitch. Suresh Raina is the man to take up the baton, and he joins Rohit in the centre of Sabina Park. Watchful to start, he leaves one and defends forward to the rest of the over, with only one run coming off it. Success for the West Indies, who will look to keep strangling this Indian innings like they have all day so far.
Bang, that's FOUR! Dinesh swats a shorter one from Sammy through mid-wicket to beat the man out in the deep, who was running hard to his left to try and stop the boundary. There's a wide slip in place, but it doesn't deter these two who both push Sammy into the covers for a single apiece.
Darren Sammy is back to interrupt this current spin double-act.
Quick single to mid-off, and Karthik dashes through as Tino Best throws and misses the stumps - the Indian would have been safe had there been a direct-hit. Good, sharp running, and there's more heart-in-mouth stuff off the final ball over the over as they take two runs from a Rohit leading-edge. The throw from third-man came in, and they took it on with Rohit just making his ground as wicket-keeper Ramdin broke the stumps. A little bit more initiative being shown now by this Indian pair, who have struggled to time the ball much so far.
Ah, that's a lovely deft late-cut from Rohit Sharma to pick up a four behind square. A little too short from Narine there. Sharma tries to play to leg, but is unable to breach any gaps in the field before finding himself a single down to a wide fine-leg.
The slip has moved out now for Samuels, but Karthik struggles to get the ball away after Rohit takes a single from the over's first delivery. He plays off both the front and back foot, but there's no run to be found for him here.
Karthik tries to flay the bowler away off the back foot, but he can only find the man at point in the way. Sunil is not afraid to toss it up a little, drawing the batsman in to try and turn it to leg. No run there either, as short fine-leg fields to deny yet another run. A wide sullies an otherwise good over from the beguiling little spinner, and India are still only managing to score sporadically.
Marlon Samuels enters the fray, and strays a little too straight, allowing Dinesh to turn him around the corner for a comfortable one. He, too, is employing one slip, hoping that a defensive prod will bring him into action. Not much aggression being shown from Rohit or Karthik, the two content to just bunt a few singles from the over. Will they attempt to break out against one of these two bowlers soon?
Here comes West Indies' spinner extraordinaire - Sunil Narine, complete with snazzy white sunglasses on as he skips in to bowl. There is a lone slip in to the right-handed batsmen, who are both able to tap him both sides of the wicket calmly for a couple of singles each. Four wickets in the last game for Narine, and his team will be looking for a similar impact on today's match from him again.
Another wide, this time from the captain himself - he'll hope that doesn't become a habit during his spell. No slips in place. He strays down leg, and Karthik is able to easily glance it away to the vacant boundary at fine-leg - a grimace from the bowler. He knows that he'll have to put in a few extra overs today with Dwayne Bravo out due to injury, and he'll need to bowl a lot better than that.
It's time for today's captain, Kieron Pollard, to ask himself to bowl.
A bouncer whizzes past Rohit's ears - that was rather quick! Rohit gets a wider one and is able to free his arms and send the ball sailing over cover for a much-needed release shot...four runs! Tino follows up with a sneaky little off-cutter, but the batsman is wise to it and knocks it away for a single to the fielder waiting at third-man. He has given away a few extras so far today, has Tino, and he serves up another wide down leg at 145 km per hour. The over ends with India dragging their feet on 65/2, and we'll have a short drinks break.
Ramdin is still up to the wicket for Karthik, and he continues to be strangled by the nagging line and length of Sammy. He adds another maiden over to his name, and the Indians continue to be bogged down by the West Indian pacemen. They will not be comforted by the fact that the wily Sunil Narine is still waiting in the wings...
A leg-bye off Rohit Sharma's thigh-pad, and a shy at the stumps would have had him in trouble had it hit the stumps at the bowler's end! Would have been a tight one indeed. Next ball to Karthik is juuuuust under 150 km per hour, what a scorcher! The batsman seems unnerved, tapping it to fine-leg for one. Karthik wants a run, but is sent back and has to dive full-length to make his ground...the bails are whipped off as he slides in. Is he safe? He is - the dive saved him there as his bat was just over the line as Ramdin broke the stumps after Pollard's throw screamed in. Close call for India, but Dinesh "The Eagle" Karthik put his body on the line - direct hit would have seen him out! There was no run there.
Seeing as Karthilk has been taking guard outside of his crease, it's good to see the Windies being pro-active and getting Ramdin to stand up to the stumps to keep the batsman honest and in his crease. It's not easy standing up to the wicket to a medium-fast bowler such as Sammy, especially if a ball strays down leg as it does now - FOUR. Karthik was able to just get a little bat on it and it beats the helmeted 'keeper and races away to the fine-leg rope. D'oh! Sammy quickly amends his line, and the batsman is unable to work him away for any more runs in the over.
We saw some good bounce from Darren Sammy last over, but a quick, full delivery from Tino only bounces ankle-high, surprising Rohit. He takes his hand off the bat and plays it to extra-cover for a single. The bowler is also getting close to running on the pitch, which was a problem for his injured cohort Ravi Rampaul in Friday's game. Rampaul was given an official warning, and replays now show that Tino is indeed in danger of the same fate if he's not careful Meanwhile, Karthik collects another single to third-man.
Tino, the Best man for the job, comes back to bowl.
Good bounce as one gets up and hits Rohit's blade on the shoulder; he gets back and cuts well next ball to beat the man at wide third-man for a crisp four. It's been a while since we've seen one of those. Both he and Karthik push a few into the in-field to pick up a couple of singles as well - 7 off the over.
Roach to bowl his sixth over on the trot, and this is a great setting for the oft-maligned Rohit Sharma to bed in for a long innings. He gets a leg-bye from one on leg, it didn't get up as much as expected and he turned it past square to trot through. Zippy fast ball from Kemar sees Karthik ducking well to evade it - the runs are far from flowing at this stage for the visitors, and they will look to make this partnership count if India are to set a good target.
Tempting length, driven by Kohli and a thick edge flies to the big Chris Gayle at second slip - OUT! What a catch, he dove to his right to take it, and that will make up for his drop of Angelo Mathews in the same position in the first match. Good breakthrough by Sammy, and Kohli perishes on the drive for the same score as Dhawan before him: 11. Dinesh Karthik is next up, and he takes guard well outside of his crease to the right-arm paceman. Sammy is doing a sterling job in keeping the ball on that same nagging line, and gets Karthik to edge to ground, where second slip fields. Another tight over run-wise, and the home fans are blowing their trumpets at having seen the back of two of India's most destructive batsmen early on.
Best fields as Virat bunts one into the leg-side to send the fielder at mid-on running after it. Two slips in place for Roach still to the newer man at the crease, but he defends well off the back foot. He manages to get back and defend the last ball of the over past gully for a single, and we're done with the first ten overs of the game here in Kingston - India are 35/1.
Play and a miss to the first ball faced by Virat - he was trying to cut that one off a good length and was lucky not to feather it behind. Sammy bowled well on Friday, keeping the Sri Lankans quiet during his spell of medium-fast bowling. He continues that trend, finishing his first over as a maiden, and he's putting it on a good line and length just outside off-stump at the moment to tempt the right-handers.
We'll have some Darren Sammy now, taking the place of Tino in the first bowling change of the day.
Bottom-edge from Virat to a crafty slower ball from Kemar Roach, but it doesn't carry to Ramdin behind the stumps. Unlucky, it was a good delivery. Roach is proving a tad more difficult for Kohli to get away, but he does manage to turn one to fine-leg for a single, leaving Rohit to defend the rest. Good, economical work from the bowler; his four overs so far have only cost him 8 runs, with the wicket of Dhawan to boot.
Rohit turns over the strike with the aid of a leg-bye, and Virat wastes no time in steering his first ball from Tino high over backward-point for an audacious SIX! What a shot, and it's come off another no-ball from the bald fast man - luckily for him, the batsman can't time the free-hit sweetly and can only claim a single past the bowler.
WICKET! It's the one the West Indies wanted most first-up, and Shikhar Dhawan heads back to the pavilion for 11. Using his feet a little, he pushed the ball back to the bowler, who parried up and to his right but was able to take the catch on the second attempt. A rare failure from the moustachieod left-hander, but we're all human after all, eh? Virat is the next man in to take up the challenge, and he defends and leaves watchfully to end a successful maiden-wicket over for the hosts. India are 25/1.
Firey pace once more from Tino, and Rohit tries to leave a scorching delivery that nips back, takes his gloves and heads towards the wide slip - it bounces just before Pollard! That would have been an unusual dismissal indeed. Rohit collects himself and makes use of the line and height of the next ball, opening the face and ramping the delivery over the slips' heads for a six! Frustrating for the bowler, you simply can't set a field for that kind of shot.
LBW appeal against Rohit, but Roach bowls from fairly wide of the crease and that ball would have done too much to be out. The batsman clips one nicely past square-leg to open his innings, before Dhawan masterfully cover-drives a full ball straight to the boundary...quality shot, and he seems to have suffered no form hangover after a successful Champions Trophy. Four more to him, and to India.
Tino Best thunders in, and he's got some good pace already! Front-foot no-ball is turned off the hip by Dhawan to open his account - that's a free-hit for India! Dear oh dear, Best bowls a wide next ball up which means the free hit will continue for the next delivery. Naughty from the bowler, and there's even more frustration as the free-hit ball is carved high in the air to third-man, Darren Bravo, who takes the catch but forgets that it is a free-hit! He celebrates by punting the ball off his boot, which skews away, allowing the Indians to go through for three! Captain Pollard is livid, shouting across the field at the bemused Bravo, who realises his mistake and recovers the ball. Darren Sammy consoles him, giving him a big smile and hug. Let's hope those extra runs don't come back to haunt the Windies! Dhawan is looking completely at ease, pushing one into the covers and then pulling imperiously for four. What an action-filled over here at Sabina Park!
Roach, wide of the crease, fires in two that rear up off a good length to meet Rohit in defence. Today's pitch doesn't look as dry as the one from Friday's opening game, some darker spots and a more grey tone indicating some extra moisture lurking beneath the surface. Will we see some swing and seam movement? Rohit punches one to mid-off and sets off, Dhawan wasn't interested at all but his partner got half-way down the track before turning on his heels and scampering back. Good stop by today's captain, Pollard, to put pressure on the batsmen there and save a run. Maiden over for Roach.
It will be Kemar Roach to lead the Windies' charge first-up - here we go, folks!
After a wildly successful tournament in England, it will be fascinating to see how India's Shikhar Dhawan adapts to the conditions here in Jamaica. He and Rohit Sharma will be out in the middle in a few short minutes to begin India's challenge for this triangular Celkon Cup.
Today also sees Windies 'keeper Denesh Ramdin playing his 100th ODI for his side. he's just the third keeper to do so for the men in maroon, after the great Jeffrey Dujon and Ridley Jacobs. Maybe he can top his high-score of 96 with a debut century to celebrate his milestone today...
There is a slight threat of rain hanging around the ground today, much like Friday's first game, but hopefully it will stay away today as it did then.
The Windies have won the toss and again and have elected to bowl. It worked well for them against Sri Lanka, but they'll have to deal with a stronger Indian batting line-up this time out. In team news, captain Dwayne Bravo is out with a groin strain, while Ravi Rampaul's twisted ankle keeps him out too. Kieron Pollard will skipper the hosts, and Devon Smith and Tino Best are the new men in today's XI. India, you'll like to know, are unchanged for the sixth ODI running.
Hello and welcome to the second tri-series match at Sabina Park, where the West Indies take on number one ODI side India.