An under-tested India ran into a baking West Indies, who didn't alike charge a cogent addition from Chris Gayle during a close chase. Dwayne Bravo was his accepted top-dawg cocky today, demography four wickets to accumulate India bottomward and again resurrecting the hunt afterwards a chastened Gayle had got out early, with an innings that was both artful and cruel.
By the time Bravo came out to bat, India had fabricated a acute alpha to their defence of a angry 153. Afterwards Zaheer Khan went for two boundaries in the aboriginal over, MS Dhoni chose to accord Gayle no pace. Three of the Powerplay overs were bowled by spinners, and two by Irfan Pathan who didn't appear on to the bat either. Harbhajan Singh, especially, fast-tracked Gayle's downfall, bowling a beginning to him to accomplishment the Powerplays. Gayle had accomplished 20 off 23, afterwards which annoyance got the added acceptable of him, and he top-edged Yusuf Pathan, who had done able-bodied to accumulate him quiet in his aboriginal two overs.
Quietly, though, No. 3 Lendl Simmons, who had beforehand taken a blinder, had agilely played himself in. And aloof aback it seemed West Indies were out of it, accepting got off to a apathetic start, Bravo afflicted the clip of the game. With Bravo came added absorbed in the active and odd boundaries that kept West Indies with the rate. His batting was a amusement for the eye. He generally went chaotic to the spinners, dispatch out and allowance added awning in one aqueous motion.
Pragyan Ojha, who was kept aback until Gayle got out, got the analysis in the ninth over, and Yusuf was late-cut aloof as finer in the 10th. There was annihilation corybantic about this partnership, no disproportionate risks or big hitting, alike as the appropriate run-rate backward about nine and 10. It was about as if they knew article that others didn't. Aback Bravo collection Harbhajan over added awning in the 12th over, followed by added acceptable running, West Indies had accomplished 80, and the ambition looked aural reach.