After 1 overs, India 4/0 ( KL Rahul 3, Rohit Sharma 1)
Rahul gets off the mark with a triple on second delivery as he placed his back-foot punch past backward point fielder. Rohit opens his account with a nudge to square leg. Four off the over. Fantastic batting conditions these. Cottrell has hit the good length more often than not and will look to bowl a bit fuller.
After 2 overs, India 5/0 ( KL Rahul 3, Rohit Sharma 2)
Right-arm pacer Kemar Roach is into attack from the other end. Just a single from the first ball as Rohit tucked the angled-in length ball to mid-wicket.
After 4 overs, India 9/0 ( KL Rahul 4, Rohit Sharma 4)
Roach continues. Two from the over. Meanwhile, Ian Bishop has confirmed on television that India is now the No 1 side in ODIs after England lost to Australia
After 6 overs, India 29/1 ( KL Rahul 10,)
Quite an eventful over. India got a six and four but Windies have bigger reasons to celebrate as Roach removes Rohit. The angled-in length delivery from Roach zipped back in quickly to sneak through the gap between bat and pad. There was some noise but the umpire gave it not out. However, on review, there was a spike on UltraEdge and the decision was reversed. Rohit, however, wasn’t happy while leaving. He wasn’t convinced and felt the edge was off the pads. 12 off the over.
After 7 overs, India 35/1 ( KL Rahul 11, Virat Kohli (C) 4)
Virat Kohli is the new batsman. Oshane Thomas is the new bowler who squares up Rahul on the first ball with an outswinger while the batsman was stuck at the crease playing for an angled-in delivery. Six off the over including a four on the last ball for Kohli as he gets off the mark with a slap shot on off
After 8 overs, India 38/1 ( KL Rahul 14, Virat Kohli (C) 4)
Roach continues. Five dot balls followed by a beautiful straight drive on the last ball by Rahul for a triple. It could have been a four but Holder pulled it back by stepping onto the ball and pushing it back. Just like a footballer.
After 10 overs, India 47/1 ( KL Rahul 20, Virat Kohli (C) 7)
Three off the over as Kohli obliged to whip the fuller delivery by Roach on the first ball to mid-wicket for a triple. Five dot balls followed
After 11 overs, India 56/1 ( KL Rahul 24, Virat Kohli (C) 12)
The short ball ploy is not working today. It’s not going to work on this track. Not against Indian batsmen who have got better at playing short deliveries. An outside off short delivery by Thomas is crashed up and over cover by Kohli for a four to bring up India’s 50. Rahul drives the fuller delivery through the same area to add another boundary. Bit of a mixup on the last ball but Kohli is safe. Nine off the over.
After 12 overs, India 62/1 ( KL Rahul 25, Virat Kohli (C) 17)
Fabian Allen, the left-arm spinner, has been called into attack. Kohli gets a four on the last delivery as he went for playing a cut shot from close to the body. The outside edge ran past the slip fielder to the fence. Not much spin for now but Manjrekar is confident of more spin on this track. Six off the over.
After 14 overs, India 67/1 ( KL Rahul 26, Virat Kohli (C) 21)
Allen continues. Misfield by Holder at short mid-wicket helped Rahul to collect first run of the over. Windies fielders need to back their bowlers on a difficult track. Five off the over.
After 15 overs, India 67/1 ( KL Rahul 26, Virat Kohli (C) 21)
Holder has bowled two overs so far and both of them have been a maiden. Indian batsmen showing a lot of respect to Windies skipper. A lot to do with his tight line and length.
Captain to captain, with Holder bowling to Kohli. This is a very different Jason Holder to the one we saw in the previous World Cup in 2015. That time around he was lined up by AB de Villiers, going for 64 runs from two overs at one point while South Africa charged past 400. Holder had a trial by fire, being made West Indies captain at a very young age and trying to pull a dysfunctional and limited team together. But despite their modest returns, they seem like a much more settled bunch of players now under his leadership. He’s done a fine job and has turned himself into one of the world’s best all-rounders at the same time.
After 16 overs, India 72/1 ( KL Rahul 31, Virat Kohli (C) 21)
Five off the over. Rahul found a boundary at the third man as the outside edge of his cover drive ran past the slip fielder. Time for drinks breaks.
Holder’s run of maiden overs has been broken by a stylish straight drive by Rahul as four more runs were added to India’s tally. Five off the over
After 18 overs, India 87/1 ( KL Rahul 42, Virat Kohli (C) 25)
Another cracking shot by Rahul as Allen continues. Waited deep in the crease to cut the short and wide delivery past the backward point fielder for a boundary. 10 off the over.
After 21 overs, India 98/2 ( Virat Kohli (C) 30, Vijay Shankar 0)
Holder has been awarded for his brilliant spell a wicket. No fifty for Rahul and the partnership has been broken. Holder got the length ball to nip back in as Rahul was caught in two minds, leaning forward tentatively and the ball went through the bat and pad gap to rattle the stumps. Rahul could have got off the strike on the previous ball but good fielding by Allen on off forced him to stay back. And that shows the importance of good fielding. Vijay Shankar is the new batsman
After 36 overs, India 171/4 ( Virat Kohli (C) 66, MS Dhoni (W) 14)
A fumble at backward point allows Dhoni to collect two before he cuts the short ball past the same position to collect another double. A single on the last ball for MS to retain the strike.
After 38 overs,India 176/4 ( Virat Kohli (C) 68 , MS Dhoni (W) 17)
Dhoni faced five deliveries in the over for a single. Windies would not mid having him more on the strike as his strike rate at the moment is just above 53. Two off the over.