India cruising at half-way stage vs Windies

Published: Sunday, March 20, 2011, 16:13 [IST]
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Chennai, March 20: After a couple of early blows in the Indian innings, Virat Kohli (unbeaten on 46 off 62 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (43 not out off 58 balls) made sure that they put the house in order and consolidate as India were going along smoothly at 123/2 in 25 overs. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo as bowling fairly effectively in tandem with Kieron Pollard as the Windies were working hard to peg things back.

India cruising at half-way stage vs WI

There was disappointment for India straight away in the first over when Sachin Tendulkar was caught behind off Ravi Rampaul for 2. Gautam Gambhir tried to settle the nerves by picking up off-break Sulieman Benn for a four in the second over and followed that shot with another boundary off the same bowler in the 4th, before edging Rampaul for an unconvincing shot to the sweeper boundary.

Then Virat Kohli got into the act, smacking two fours off Benn in the 6th over as India climbed to 38/1. Andre Russell bowled four byes to allow India to 50 at the end of the 8th over. Then Rampual got his second wicket when he had Gambhir caught at the third man boundary for 22 off 26 balls and India wer 51/2 in 8.3 overs.

Kohli and Yuvraj Singh steadied the innings and were going along quite briskly till leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo pegged back the run-rate a tad. But not to be suppressed, Yuvraj hammered captain Darren Sammy for a six to bring up India's 100 in the 21st over. The batting duo pressed on without any problems reaching 125/2 in 25 overs.

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