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Highlights, 2019 World Cup: India thrash Windies to put one foot in the WC semis

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah ran riot with the ball as India decimated Windies by 125 runs to go second on the points table.

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New Delhi Updated on: June 27, 2019 23:04 IST
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World Cup 2019, West Indies vs India: Hello and welcome to our coverage of Match 34 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 from Old Trafford in Manchester. Virat Kohli has won the toss and India will bat first on a sunny day in Manchester. IND have gone with the same team that pulled off a fantastic win against Afghanistan. WI on the other hand, have made two changes with Sunil Ambris and Fabian Allen coming in for Evin Lewis and Ashley Nurse respectively. For match score, live today's cricket match, live cricket score world cup 2019, India live cricket score, live cricket score, match score live cricket, Latest Match Score from the WI vs IND game follow indiatvnews.com (Match scorecard |Stream IND vs WI World Cup Match)

India beat West Indies by 125 runs

Nothing much to write about the batting. They struggled to score runs after the Indians choked them with the new balls. The highest score was 31, which shows that no one was allowed to settle. Today, one cannot complain that they threw it away. The batsmen took their time, dug in, but just could not get anything going their way.

Comprehensive win for the Indians. This was always expected. West Indies are best when chasing but when Gayle and Hope departed early, there was barely anything left.

22.12 IST: Mohammed Shami to Oshane Thomas, OUT! Caught! That's it. Short ball on the body, Thomas looks to duck but he is slow in it. The ball lobs off his glove to first slip. Rohit Sharma there takes a dolly. The Indian players put in a confident appeal but the umpire turns it down.

22.08 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Kemar Roach, FOUR! Flighted on off, Roach smashes it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

22.04 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Kemar Roach, FOUR! Floated on off, Roach smokes it over mid off. The ball bounces just in front of the ropes and it's been given as a boundary.

22.03 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Oshane Thomas, FOUR! Swept away. Tossed up on the pads, Thomas sweeps it over square leg for a boundary.

22.02 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Oshane Thomas, NOT OUT! The ball has touched the ground there. Googly pitching on off, Thomas looks to defend but the ball spins away from him and finds the outside edge of his bat. Rohit swiftly moves to his right and takes a one-handed catch. He does not look too confident. The umpires take it upstairs. The soft signal is out, replays roll in and shows that it was hitting the ground. Hence the under confidence from Rohit.

22.00 IST: Is that a catch? If it is, it is a spectacular take from Rohit Sharma. The umpires have referred it upstairs and the soft signal is OUT.

21.53 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Sheldon Cottrell, OUT lbw b Yuzvendra Chahal. West Indies have lost their ninth wicket.

21.52 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Sheldon Cottrell, SIX! 10 runs off two ball. Chahal tosses it up on off, Cottrell clears his front leg and demolishes it over long on for a 95m maximum.

21.51 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Sheldon Cottrell, FOUR! Hello, Cottrell is not going to die without a fight. He clears his front leg and smacks it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

21.48 IST: Mohammed Shami to Sheldon Cottrell, Good length ball on off and middle, Sheldon tucks it to mid-wicket.

Drinks Break! In a span of three overs this match has been taken away from West Indies' grasp. 3 wickets have come off the last 13 balls and India are on the cusp of another big victory here.

21.43 IST: Mohammed Shami to Shimron Hetmyer, OUT! Caught! The last recognised batsmen of this West Indies batsman is out of here. Another inspired bowling change from Kohli. Shami gets his third of the game.

21.40 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Shimron Hetmyer, INSIDE EDGE, BUT NO SHORT LEG! Full and around middle and leg, Hetmyer lunges to defend but the ball spins in, bounces, takes the inside edge, takes the pads and lobs. 'CATCH IT!' is the call from Dhoni but Hardik Pandya at leg slip is too wide.

21.37 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Kemar Roach, No hat-trick for Bumrah but what a ball this is! Slower yorker on off, Roach does well to get his bat down.

Bumrah on a hat-trick. Kemar Roach is the man who will face the hat-trick ball.

21.31 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Fabian Allen, OUT! LBW! Umpire's call it is. West Indies don't lose the review but they lose their man here.

21.30 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Carlos Brathwaite, OUT! Caught behind! Bumrah gets his first. Good length ball pitching on off, it moves away after pitching. Brathwaite looks to defend but the away movement does him. He gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes to the right of the keeper. There is a big gap between first slip and keeper. Dhoni dives to his right and takes an excellent catch.

 

21.24 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Shimron Hetmyer, Better throw and Brathwaite was in trouble. Slower ball on the pads, Hetmyer flicks it towards backward square leg. They run the first one hard and Hetmyer looks for second. He though sees Kedar is onto the ball and sends Carlos back.

Jasprit Bumrah is back. 4-0-6-0, his figures so far.

The hero from the last game, Carlos Brathwaite walks out to bat next.

21.15 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Jason Holder, OUT!  Caught! Chahal gets his first in his second over itself. Tossed up on off, Holder looks to play it with the spin over extra cover. He does not get the desired elevation and ends up hitting it straight to Kedar Jadhav there. One of the smallest man in the tournament takes the catch of the tallest player of the tournament. That's some irony.

21.09 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR-BYE! Sharp turn and Dhoni is unable to catch up! The ball goes straight behind the keeper for a boundary.

*Yuzvendra Chahal is introduced into the attack.

West Indies skipper, Jason Holder is the new man in.

21.04 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Nicholas Pooran, OUT! Caught! Kuldeep strikes now. This was coming.

21.00 IST: Kedar Jadhav to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Effortless! Short around off, Pooran taps it past the point fielder and fetches a boundary.

20.58 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Shimron Hetmyer, SAFE! For the third time today, West Indies have used the review smartly and have made the umpire reverse his decision. Flighted wrong 'un on off, Hetmyer looks to defend but looks like he misses and the ball hits him on his pad. The bowler and the keeper put in a loud appeal.

A wicket to Kuldeep? India have trapped Hetmyer here. But in frustration, he has taken the review. Was it because he is disappointed or because he hit it? Here comes Ultra Edge. He has HIT it. The decision will be reversed.

The new man in is Shimron Hetmyer.

20.52 IST: Hardik Pandya to Sunil Ambris, OUT! LBW! Hardik has the final say. The slower one does the trick here. It is on a length, Hardik rolls his finger on it. Ambris looks to flick but misses. The ball hits his front pad then the inside edge of his bat and later it hits the back pad.

20.48 IST: Hardik Pandya to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Short ball and Pooran smashed it hard for a boundary. Indian need to build pressure now with a wicket as this partnership is looking dangerous now.

20.41 IST: Hardik Pandya to Sunil Ambris, FOUR! The very first boundary for Ambris in the World Cup. This will give him a lot of confidence. Full outside off, Ambris drives it through point. The fielder at sweeper cover puts in a dive but it goes in vain.

Drinks Break!

20.36 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Nicholas Pooran, Shorter around off, Pooran cuts it towards sweeper cover for one. It brings up the 50 for West Indies.

20.33 IST: Hardik Pandya to Nicholas Pooran, Full and down the leg side, Pooran misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.

20.30 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Nicholas Pooran, Nicely looped up ball this. Kuldeep gives it flight and bowls a yorker on middle and leg, Pooran looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Nicholas is not aware where the ball exactly is, so he comes down but then realizes the ball has gone nowhere.

20.26 IST: Hardik Pandya to Nicholas Pooran, Good ball from Pandya. The Free Hit does not cost much. It is very full on off, Pooran can just cream it to sweeper cover for a single.

* FREE HIT

20.24 IST: Hardik Pandya to Nicholas Pooran, NO BALL! Hardik oversteps. Full outside off, Pooran looks to drive but misses. I would have said good ball but Pandya was way over his line. Free Hit to follow.

20.19 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Nicholas Pooran, Wrong 'un. It is on off, Pooran plays it with the spin towards sweeper cover for a single.

Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack too.

Powerplay 2 time! Now maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.

20.16 IST: Hardik Pandya to Nicholas Pooran, On the pads, Pooran glances it down the leg side and rotates the strike.

Hardik Pandya is into the attack now.

20.11 IST: Mohammed Shami to Sunil Ambris, Once again it is slightly short, Ambris pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single.

Nicholas Pooran walks out to bat next.

20.01 IST: Mohammed Shami to Shai Hope, OUT! Bowled 'em! Shami has the last laugh. What a ball this is! Good length ball pitching on off. It comes back in just a bit to trouble Hope. Shai goes for another drive but this time he ends up getting an inside edge onto the stumps.

20.00 IST: Mohammed Shami to Shai Hope, FOUR! Excellent shot! Good length ball around off, Hope gets on his front foot and plays an excellent square drive. It goes past the diving Shankar there. It was timed well and it goes to the boundary.

19.54 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Shai Hope, Oh, just short. Fuller on off, Hope looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge. He plays it with soft hands and hence it falls short of the man at second slip.

Shai Hope walks in at number 3, replacing Gayle.

19.50 IST: Mohammed Shami to Chris Gayle, OUT! Caught! There goes the first wicket. India have prized out a big scalp. The short ball does the trick. It is landed outside off and it comes at a good pace. Gayle looks to pull but is cramped for room. He mistimes his shot and the ball lobs off the toe end of his bat.

19.46 IST: Mohammed Shami to Sunil Ambris, A short ball, down the leg side, Ambris swivels to pull but is cramped for room. The ball goes through square leg and a single is taken.

19.42 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Sunil Ambris, Loose from Ambris. Full and outside off, Sunil leans to drive but sans any feet movement. Misses the ball comfortably.

19.38 IST: Mohammed Shami to Sunil Ambris, OHH! This is a peach of a delivery. Good length delivery pitching on off and middle. It nips back in sharply after pitching. Ambris looks to defend but the ball cuts him in half and goes behind to the keeper.

19.35 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Chris Gayle, WHAT A DELIVERY! Yorker on leg, Gayle looks to defend it but misses. The ball hits him on the shoe of his back leg. Indian players put in a solid appeal but it is turned down. India were thinking of a review but don't go ahead with it. The pitching was an issue there.

19.33 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Chris Gayle, Once again the ball goes away from the stumps. This one is slighly shorter though, Gayle once again leaves it alone calmly.

Jasprit Bumrah to partner Shami with the second new ball.

19.28 IST: Mohammed Shami to Chris Gayle, FOUR! Shami bowls it fuller than the previous balls. It is closer to the off pole too. Gayle looks to tap it on the off side but ends up getting an inside edge.

Sunil Ambris and Chris Gayle walk out to open the innings for West Indies. Mohammad Shami to start the proceedings with the first new ball. Chris Gayle to take the strike. Two slips in place for him.

* Welcome back for the chase

269 is the target for West Indies if they want to stay alive in the tournament. The pitch is not the easiest ones to score. It will be a tough ask for the West Indies batsmen against the Indian bowlers. Join us in a while for West Indies's reply.

What a finish this is for India! 16 off the last over and 49 off the last over has taken India close to 270. 268/9 is what India finish off with.

18.54 IST: Oshane Thomas to MS Dhoni, SIX! Dhoni finishes the innings in style. Thomas bowls a bouncer. Not the ball one should bowl in the final over. Thomas makes this blunder and Dhoni makes him pay with a huge six over the mid-wicket fence.

18.53 IST: Oshane Thomas to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Brute power! Back of a length ball on off, Dhoni flat-bats it towards long on. The fielder there puts a dive but the ball goes past him like a bullet.

18.50 IST: Oshane Thomas to MS Dhoni, SIX! 

Kuldeep Yadav walks out to bat now.

18.46 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Mohammed Shami, OUT! Caught! Back of a length ball on the leg side, Shami looks to pull but ends up gloving it behind to Hope. Cottrell brings out his trademark salute. Second wicket in the over and Shami walks back for a duck.

18.43 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Hardik Pandya, OUT! Pandya holes out!

18.42 IST: Oshane Thomas to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Crunched! Length ball outside off, Hardik cuts it hard through point for a boundary.

18.40 IST: Oshane Thomas to Hardik Pandya, In the air...but safe. Full toss on off and middle, Hardik looks to flick but it goes off the top edge. Holder runs from short fine leg, he runs in circle as he runs backward. The ball falls in no man's land and they take two.

18.33 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Full on off, Hardik lofts it over mid off. The bat turns in his hand but there is no one in the deep there so he gets a boundary.

18.29 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Finally Dhoni has decided to let loose. Full on off, Dhoni smacks it over mid off and fetches a boundary. Only his second of the innings.

18.28 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Sheldon Cottrell to Hardik Pandya, Cross seam delivery on off, Hardik drives it to short cover and takes a quick single,. The fielder there has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. There is no one backing up so they get one more.

18.26 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Hardik Pandya, Slower ball on the pads, Hardik turns it to short fine leg and comes out for a run but Dhoni sends him back. He has not taken those quick singles we are used to see.

18.22 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to MS Dhoni, Once again it full around off, Dhoni milks it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple.

18.20 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Powerful! Back of a length ball on off. It is a slower one, Hardik flat-bats it through long on for a boundary.

18.16 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Hardik Pandya, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.

18.12 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Pulled and pulled with venom. Back of a length ball on off, Hardik plays a short arm pull between long on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

18.08 IST: Jason Holder to Hardik Pandya, Back of a length ball, this time Pandya pulls it towards square leg and gets a single.

18.05 IST: Jason Holder to Hardik Pandya, Back of a length ball, Hardik looks to pull but is early on it. The ball hits his glove and goes to cover-point.

Powerplay 3 time! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.

18.02 IST: Fabian Allen to MS Dhoni, Short again, Dhoni punches it towards point and gets a single.

18.00 IST: Jason Holder to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Hardik is off the mark in style.

17.58 IST: Jason Holder to Virat Kohli, OUT! Caught! West Indies skipper gets the better of the Indian skipper. This has come against the run of play here.

17.56 IST: Jason Holder to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Brilliant from Kohli. Fuller around off, Kohli gets on his front foot and flicks it between mid-wicket and mid on for a boundary.

17.53 IST: Fabian Allen to MS Dhoni, Once again the length is the same, Dhoni cuts it to point.

17.51 IST: Jason Holder to Virat Kohli, Slower ball on off, Kohli drives it to the left of mid off. The fielder there dives and stops the ball from going to the fence. Just a run conceded.

17.48 IST: Fabian Allen to MS Dhoni, Short outside off, Dhoni cuts it through point. The fielder from sweeper cover runs to his left and stops the ball from going to the fence. The batsmen take two.

17.45 IST: Kemar Roach to Virat Kohli, Good length ball outside off, Virat drives it wide of sweeper cover and ends the over with a brace.

17.41 IST: Kemar Roach to Virat Kohli, Full on middle, Kohli flicks it towards square leg for a couple.

17.39 IST: Fabien Allen to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Finally a boundary after a long time

17.35 IST: Kemar Roach to MS Dhoni, Full on off, Dhoni tucks it to the right of mid-on and keeps the strike with a single.

17.31 IST: Fabian Allen to MS Dhoni, Floated on off, Dhoni defends it off the front foot.

17.26 IST: Kemar Roach to MS Dhoni, On off, Dhoni defends it off the front foot towards point. Kohli looks for a single but Dhoni sends him back.

Drinks Break! This game is even at this stage. West Indies have got 4 wickets but they have not been able to get the big wicket of Kohli.

17.17 IST: Oshane Thomas to MS Dhoni, FOUR! First boundary for Dhoni and it is a classic Dhoni cut.

To a huge cheer from the crowd, MS Dhoni walks out to bat next.

17.14 IST: Kemar Roach to Kedar Jadhav, OUT! Another brilliant review from Holder. Once again the umpire has to reverse his decision. Good length ball outside off, it moves away just a hint after pitching. Kedar looks to run it down on the off side. He misses the ball but he straightaway looks behind as the ball goes straight to Hope behind the stumps. The West Indies players put an appeal but the umpire does not raise his finger. Holder signals the T to take it upstairs. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows a spike on it as the ball goes past his bat.

 

17.10 IST: Kemar Roach to Kedar Jadhav, FOUR!

17.07 IST: Oshane Thomas to Virat Kohli, FIFTY FOR VIRAT KOHLI! Good length ball on off, Kohli strokes it towards cover to bring up his 53rd ODI fifty. His 4th in this World Cup. Virat will now be looking to convert this into his maiden 100 of this World Cup.

17.05 IST: Oshane Thomas to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Excellently played! Overpitched on off, Kohli gets on his front foot and drives it with ease through covers for a boundary.

* Kedar Jadhav is the new man in.

16.59 IST: Kemar Roach to Vijay Shankar, OUT! Caught! Roach gets his second of the game. Good length ball pitching on off, the ball moves away after pitching. Shankar looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge due to the away movement. It goes to the right of the keeper. Hope dives on that side and takes a very good low catch.

 

16.56 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Poor ball from Cottrell. It is short and on the body, on top of leg pole. Kohli shuffles across and pulls it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Moves to 42 with that.

16.52 IST: Jason Holder to Vijay Shankar, FOUR!

16.51 IST: Jason Holder to Virat Kohli, SINGLE and Virat Kohli becomes the fastest player to reach 20,000 international runs | READ HERE

The crowd is waiting in anticipation. Kohli is 1 run away from 20,000 international runs. Would be the fastest to this milestone.

16.45 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Virat Kohli, Full and down the leg side, tickled towards fine leg for a single. 19,999 runs for Kohli now, in international cricket.

16.40 IST: Jason Holder to Vijay Shankar, FOUR! MAJESTIC! Half volley outside off, Shankar leans and drives it wide of mid off. Oshane Thomas runs to his left and just stretches out his leg but misses and the ball goes through! Lazy effort.

16.37 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Vijay Shankar, Shankar is off the mark and it also brings up the 100 for India. Good length ball on the pads, Shankar flicks it towards deep mid-wicket and gets a single.

Sheldon Cottrell is back.

Vijay Shankar walks out at number 4.

16.32 IST: Jason Holder to KL Rahul, OUT! Bowled 'em! Good length ball pitching around off, it comes in a bit after pitching. After two consecutive dots, which could have been a run. Rahul looks to play the on drive but the ball goes right between his bat and pad. It goes onto hit the off pole. Holder is ecstatic and once again Rahul throws away his good start.

16.27 IST: Fabian Allen to KL Rahul, FOUR! Nice shot from the Indian opener and he racing towards his 4th ODI half-century.

16.24 IST: Jason Holder to Virat Kohli, Good length ball on middle and leg, Kohli flicks it towards square leg and gets a couple.

16.18 IST: Fabian Allen to KL Rahul, FOUR! Good shot but also a poor ball. Short and wide outside off, Rahul cuts it through point for a boundary. Brings up the 50-run stand between the two.

16.16 IST: Jason Holder to KL Rahul, FOUR! First runs off Holders bowling and it is a boundary. What a gorgeous shot this is. Full on off and middle, Rahul nonchalantly flicks it past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary.

Holder was halfway in his run-up but KL Ragul had some issue with the sightscreen.

Drinks Break! India are motoring along nicely here. Though they lost Rohit Sharma early, Rahul is looking good out in the middle and Virat too is finding his flow. West Indies have bowled well to keep the run flow at bay but they need to keep plucking wickets as India have a tall batting line up.

16.09 IST: Fabian Allen to KL Rahul, FOUR! Brilliant stroke! Flighted on off, Rahul looks to hit it towards cover but it goes off the outer half of his bat through point for a boundary.

16.02 IST: Fabian Allen to Virat Kohli, On the pads, Kohli flicks it towards square leg and gets a couple.

15.58 IST: Jason Holder to KL Rahul, Beautiful ball this. Good length ball outside off, Rahul brings out his front foot and looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him on the front pad. Holder asks the question to the umpire but it is turned down.

15.54 IST: Fabian Allen to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Slashed away! Landed outside off, Kohli looks to cut but the ball takes the outside edge and flies past slip and beats short third man!

15.50 IST: Oshane Thomas to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Class, absolute class! Back of a length ball outside off, Kohli was waiting for it. He picks it up early and smashes it over cover for a boundary. 50 comes up for India with that boundary.

15.42 IST: Oshane Thomas, Uppish but safe. Good length ball on the pads, Rahul flicks it uppishly wide of short mid-wicket for a couple.

15.36 IST: Kemar Roach to KL Rahul, 4 dots in the over now. Once again it is close to the off stump, KL blocks it off the front foot.

15.32 IST: Oshane Thomas to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Kohli is off the mark in style. Length ball outside off, Kohli picks it up early and cuts it through point for a boundary.

Virat Kohli comes in at number 3. 37 short of becoming the fastest to 20,000 international runs. Will today be the D-day? Meanwhile, Oshane Thomas is the first change.

15.28 IST: Kemar Roach to Rohit Sharma, OUT! Caught! Brilliant review this from West Indies. It is a magnificent ball pitching on off, the ball nips in sharply. Rohit looks to defend but gets beaten by the inward movement.

15.26 IST: Kemar Roach to KL Rahul, FOUR! Beautiful! Overpitched ball on middle, Rahul drives it through mid on. This too comes right off the middle and the ball goes onto race to the long on fence.

15.23 IST: Kemar Roach to Rohit Sharma, SIX! First six of the game and what a meaty blow this is. Back of a length ball on off, Rohit plays his trademark front foot pull over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

15.18 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! First boundary off the game and it comes off the bat of Rohit Sharma. Cottrell is guilty of giving width outside off, Rohit lashes on it and cuts it through point for a boundary.

15.16 IST: Kemar Roach to KL Rahul, Good length ball on off, Rahul strokes it wide of point. Ambris dives to his left but the ball deflects off his hand and Rahul gets a run.

15.12 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Rohit Sharma, Fuller outside off, Rohit once again goes after it. He gets a thick outside edge which goes wide of first slip and towards third man. Thomas runs to his left and gets to the ball. The batsmen take just one.

15.09 IST: Kemar Roach to KL Rahul, Full ball to finish the over. It is on middle and off, KL pushes it to mid on. Just one run off Roach's first.

*Kemar Roach will take the ball from the other end.

15.04 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to KL Rahul, Extra bounce on this one. It is on middle and off, Rahul looks to defend but due to the extra bounce it comes off the upper half of his bat.

15.00 IST: Let's play! Sheldon Cottrell will begin the proceedings, and KL Rahul takes the strike.

14.52 IST: The players are out for the national anthems.

14.45 IST: Captains at toss:


Virat Kohli:
We are gonna bat first. Looks like a hard surface. We got two wrist spinners and Kedar Jadhav is the third spinner. It's a used pitch, we see it slowing down. There are a few rough patches at the right spots for our wrist spinners. A lot more application, understanding the situation. When there's a 50-60 partnership, make it into a big one. I think closing out situations and capitalising on them will be the key.

Jason Holder: We wanted to bat as well. If there's anything in the wicket, it's probably first-up. Hopefully we get early wickets. We have got two changes. Sunil Ambris comes in for Evin Lewis and Fabian Allen comes in for Nurse. Evin's struggling for the last couple of days. We thought Fabian is well suited against this Indian team. Hopefully, he does well. We are getting closer and closer. It's about putting in a complete game. Today's another opportunity.

14.39 IST: Playing XIs:

India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

14.32 IST: TOSS -- Virat Kohli  has won the toss and India will bat first in Manchester

14.24 IST: PITCH REPORT
-- Ian Bishop is doing the pitch report and he says that there will be some turn at offer but according to him, it has to be win the toss and bat first because the conditions are perfect for batting.

14.20 IST: A final few words before the showdown.

13.55 IST: It's bright and sunny in Manchester



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