Kingston: After the high scoring match at Kingston on Friday, India will again face West Indies on Sunday which promises to be a thriller.
Indians managed to edge past West Indies by 20 runs, thanks to a brilliant century by Indian vice captain Yuvraj Singh. Indians have now established a 1-0 lead over West Indies in the four match series.
The hosts will once again look forward to Yuvraj Singh to take India to post a healthy total as they clear misse the services of their opening batsman Virender Sehwag. Dinesh Karthik who scored a brilliant knock in the opening match against Windies is indeed a welcome sign of India.
Yuvraj the hero as India wins a thriller
Bowling in the final overs continued to huge concern for West Indies tail was allowed to wag in the first game.. Despite picking up seven wickets in 40 overs, the Indian bowlers failed to finish things off. They were wayward too, conceding 29 extras.
In Dhoni"s own words, giving fast bowler Ashish Nehra the ball in the closing stages was a gamble which paid off.
“It was a gamble. We were thinking of giving that over to an off-spinner or a pacer. Finally, we chose a pacer as there was some reverse swing," he said.
The West Indies bowlers, who applied the breaks twice but still let India post a big score, need to pull up their socks. The bowling was anything but disciplined, and the bowlers failed to maintain the right line and length on the slow track.
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Skipper Chris Gayle said his batsmen had failed to capitalise on the good start.
“We came close and the effort can"t be faulted for the way we went about it. I think we had a good start and a couple of top-order batsmen got starts too. We should have capitalised on it," he said.
“It was a good effort. We batted well. Shiv (Chanderpaul) played a top innings at the top," Gayle added.
The teams (from):
India: M.S. Dhoni (Capt.), Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Murali Vijay, S. Badrinath, R.P. Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik.
West Indies: Chris Gayle (Capt.), Denesh Ramdin, Lionel Baker, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Sulieman Benn, David Bernard Jr, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Runako Morton, Ravi Rampaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor.