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Report: Ind vs WI – Match 17, WT20 2014

India trump defending champions, lead Group 2 standings

The opposition was different but the script remained similar for India as they cantered to their second victory in the 2014 ICC World T20. After the spinners restricted West Indies to 130 runs, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli took India to a seven-wicket win at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. Unbeaten on 62, Rohit anchored the innings to attain the target with two balls to spare.

Once again, MS Dhoni opted to field first, and his spin attack once again responded by keeping the defending champions to a modest total, after Bhuvneshwar Kumar posed questions early on. The wiry pacer bowled a superb initial spell of 3-0-3-0.

After surviving a chance while on the zero, Chris Gayle unleashed himself on Shami. He pulled the pacer over mid-wicket for six and then sent him racing for four in the same area. While Dwayne Smith struggled, the big-hitting opener kept the scoreboard moving. He also struck Amit Mishra for a six and was dropped by Yuvraj Singh while going for another big hit. Although India had kept the flow of runs in check, they were still to get a breakthrough, which was provided by Ravichandran Ashwin in the eighth over. The offie, diving to his right, caught Smith off his own bowling while WI were on 38. Gayle, who had already got two lives, was run out for 34

Negotiating the Indian spinners was something that WI struggled with. And although Marlon Samuels struck Ravindra Jadeja for a couple of boundaries, he was unable to read Mishra. The leg-spinner drew Samuels out and had him stumped. Dwayne Bravo was done in by a googly from Mishra off the next ball. But hat-trick ball was driven for a single by Darren Sammy. With the WI innings in disarray, their batsmen had to go for big hits to accelerate. While striving to do so, Lendl Simmons survived a chance as Rohit Sharma was unable to hold on to a tough catch. He then struck Shami for two boundaries in an over that extended to eight balls.

However, their luck didn’t last long as Sammy was caught by Rohit off Jadeja. Two balls later, Simmons too would have been back in the dressing room, courtesy a brilliant take by Suresh Raina near the fence. But Jadeja had overstepped and the batsman received a life. And the no-ball was smashed by Andre Russell over long-on to add six and take 10 runs off the over.

However, Man of the Match, Mishra continued his good work, he conceded only two off the penultimate over and finished with 4-0-18-2. However, in the last over of the innings, Jadeja was smashed for three sixes. But he also claimed two wickets in it while conceding 21 runs. As a result, WI ended up with 129 on the board.

Chasing the modest target, Shikhar Dhawan was trapped leg-before by Samuel Badree for naught with only one on the board. But Virat Kohli then joined forces with Rohit Sharma to tip the balance in India’s favour. Rohit launched Badree over extra cover to add four more and then timed him through point for yet another boundary.

Runs flowed for India as both batsmen milked the bowlers and kept the scorers busy with their running between the wickets. Rohit lofted a free hit off Narine for a six over long-off. Bravo, who was then introduced into the attack, was welcomed by Kohli with a flick to the fence.

There was little the West Indies could do as the Rohit-Kohli pair blunted the attack as they eased into their forties. They were neck and neck in their pursuit of runs. While Rohit swatted Samuels for six to reach 47, Kohli entertained with a superb square drive off Santokie in the next over to get to 48. The No.3 batsman then reached his half-century with a single.

In the next over, Rohit brought up his half-century with a single. With India 23 runs short of the target, Kohli’s stumps were dismantled by Russell for 54. The top-order was replaced by Yuvraj Singh, who powered the bowler through midwicket for four to open his account. But the left-handed veteran was out with India one run short of the target. Raina then pierced the field to take the team across the line.

Man of the Match:
Amit Mishra for his spell of 4-0-18-2 

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2014 Deodhar Trophy QF: CZ vs EZ

Naman Ojha takes Central Zone into semis

Unbeaten on 65, Naman Ohja played a determined knock to beat East Zone by two wickets and take Central Zone in to the semi-final of the BCCI Prof D B Deodhar Trophy. Chasing 195, Central Zone lost wickets at regular intervals as East Zone put up a fight to defend the total.

However, Ojha’s timely knock helped his team advance to the next stage of the zonal one-day tournament.

Opting to bat first, East Zone had garnered 30 runs by the time Parvez Aziz departed hitting the ball back to Anureet Singh on the last ball of the sixth over. The pacer, who has been in form throughout the season, once again gave his team an early first breakthrough. 20 runs later, a mix up between Ishant Jaggi and Shreevats Goswami gave EZ their second scalp. The indecision between the batsmen after Jaggi slipped resulted in the opener getting run out at the non-striker’s end. The East Zone innings witnessed a few close ‘yes-no’ calls between their batsmen while looking to put runs on the board.

While Goswami looked to hold the innings together, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for the Laxmi Ratan Shukla-led side. Four overs later, Manoj Tiwary nicked a quicker one from Umesh Yadav to the wicketkeeper, and a bit later, Piyush Chawla accounted for Saurabh Tiwary.

 The middle-order bat took the aerial route, but succeeded only in finding Jalaj Saxena at deep mid-wicket. Goswami’s resistance was broken when Saxena bowled him out, leaving his team on 102 for five. Kumar Deobrat joined his captain in the middle, but their partnership was ended by Karn Sharma, who removed Shukla.

With the team on 170 and 10 overs left in the innings captain, Chawla came back into the attack and claimed the remaining four wickets in four overs to wrap up the East Zone innings and finish with a five-wicker haul. Shahbaz Nadeem departed top-edging the leg-spinner to Shalabh Shrivastava. In his next over, Rahul Shukla walked back after edging the ball to the wicketkeeper. Ashoke Dinda was the next to depart, while Deobrat was caught by Chawla off his own bowling to end the EZ innings for 194 with 22 balls still remaining.

Opening the batting with Faiz Fazal, Saxena was the first to cut loose after a circumspect start. The experienced opener struck Abu Nechim Ahmed for two boundaries and hit Dinda for two more in the next. Fazal, however, departed for four by edging Abu Nechim to the wicketkeeper. Shrivastava, who replaced him, got off the mark with a well-placed boundary through the slip region. But in his next over, the pacer had the better off Saxena, who looked in sublime touch. With the team on 45 for two, Naman Ojha took guard opposite Shrivastava as CZ worked to overcome the target.

35 runs later, Shrivastava returned for 31, dismissed by Rahul Shukla. And in the next over, skipper Laxmi Shukla bowled Mahesh Rawat and Akshdeep Nath to reduce Central Zone to 81 for four to keep the match precariously poised. Chawla and Ojha then added 43, before Abu Nechim sent back the CZ captain for 24.

While Ojha continued to anchor the innings, Karn Sharma was sent back by Dinda for 22, who removed Anureet Singh for zero. With CZ still 23 runs short of the target, Ishwar Pandey joined Ojha in the middle. The middle-order batsman, who had gone past his half-century, needed support from the other end to take his team across the line. And with Pandey, he helped his team to the target with seven overs to spare.