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India vs West Indies 2016, 2nd T20I: Match abandoned

Updated: 29 August 2016 00:00 IST - Published: 28 August 2016 16:04 IST
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It's been a pleasure to bring to you the live coverage of the T20 series between India and the West Indies. A long break from cricket is coming up for India henceforth, as their next international fixture is scheduled for September 22 when New Zealand arrive in India to play 3 Tests and 5 ODIs thereafter. Until then, warm regards coming your way from your commentators Kaushal Raj, Manish Pathak, Aadya Sharma and Kislaya Srivastava.

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Brathwaite: "Their bowlers executed the plans really well, and the risky team selection paid off. Luckily the rains came, although we had full confidence of defending the score. We should not rest on our laurels after the World T20 win and should continue to be dominant in this format. It is a fantastic ground and wicket here. Lovely facilities, can only get better. It is a beginning of big things. Hoping I can be part of CPL in Florida."

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Dhoni: "The way the bowlers bowled, you will wonder if they played on the same wicket. 150 could have been achieved and a good batting effort would have seen us get it. We took a risk in choosing Mishra, put it paid off well and he bowled exceedingly well, and was well supported by Ashwin. It will good to play some T20s in the USA, it can easily fit into our schedule. This is one place where the spectators will come."

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MATCH ABANDONED: India would be feeling extremely unfortunate, as for the second time on the tour, rain has spoiled their chances at perceived glory. After Port of Spain, Florida proved out to be an elusive destination as well, as after narrowly missing out on victory in the 1st T20I, the second one, wherein India bowled the West Indies out for 143, was abandoned due to a wet outfield. One can blame the technical problems that caused a delayed start, or the absence of super soppers at the ground, but the lion's share of the blame game, it has to be said, would, unfortunately, be borne by the Indian captain. Despite playing equally well throughout the series, India have lost, and that pretty much sums up the nature of the shortest format of the game.

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Alright, the inevitable has happened. The game has been called off. West Indies have won the series 1-0. The captains are shaking hands and we'll have the presentation ceremony in a while.

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The groundstaff, as well as the two captains, are inspecting the pitch and the surrounding areas. The infield is the concern here, because the rest of the ground has dried up. 

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The cut-off time for the game is 12:00 AM IST, and we have an hour to go as of now. The Indians would be hoping that the play resumes before that and they get 5 overs under their belt. 

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It's been 20 minutes since the rain has stopped, but there is no super sopper available at the ground. Hence, the resumption of the play has been delayed even further.

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Play still remains halted, and rain is playing with India's plans. Not for the first time this month. Overs will start getting reduced here onwards.

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Rahane took a sharp catch in the outfield to dismiss Johnson Charles off bowling of Mishra.

Rahane took a sharp catch in the outfield to dismiss Johnson Charles off bowling of Mishra.

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Shami took the wicket of Evin Lewis, the centurion in the previous match.

Shami took the wicket of Evin Lewis, the centurion in the previous match.

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The minimum overs required in the second innings for a result is five overs. Crucial time was lost due to broadcasting issues at the start of this match, and the requisite overs would have been bowled by now if the match had started on time. If it fails to resume, it will be quite disappointing for India. Food for thought.

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Mishra capped off his T20I comeback with three wickets.

Mishra capped off his T20I comeback with three wickets.

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Bumrah saw off Samuels' back at the start of the 11th over.

Bumrah saw off Samuels' back at the start of the 11th over.

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Ashwin slipped one down the leg side, and Dhoni effected a stumping to dismiss Simmons.

Ashwin slipped one down the leg side, and Dhoni effected a stumping to dismiss Simmons.

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While we wait for the action to resume, here are some images from the first innings.

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We need atleast five overs in the second innings to complete the game, and the DLS par score is 27 for India, at the end of five overs. That is, without losing a wicket.

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The ground-staff is in the middle now, covering the pitch and the surrounding infield. They've quickly done the job, but we'll have to wait for the showers to pass by quickly.

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And as I say that, there are light showers, and play has been stopped.

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The pair is constantly pushing pressure on the outfielders by converting the 1's into 2's. The ground-staff is near the boundary, ready for the impending rain threat.

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Ajinkya Rahane (4)
Rohit Sharma (10)
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1.6 Badree to Rohit, no run, shorter here, on off or just outside, punched towards short cover.

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1.5 Badree to Rahane, 1 run, a bit short, on middle and leg, turned away towards deep  midwicket for a single.

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1.4 Badree to Rahane, 2 runs, fuller on middle stump, flicked across the line towards long on for a couple.

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1.3 Badree to Rohit, 1 run, full ball outside off again, driven to long on for single this time.

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1.2 Badree to Rohit, 2 runs, fuller ball outside off, punched towards widish long on for a couple. That some really good running between the wickets. Always ready for another run, the Indian batsmen.

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1.1 Badree to Rahane, 1 run, full ball on leg stump, flicked towards long on for a single.

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Badree!

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Rohit Sharma
Ajinkya Rahane
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0.6 Russell to Rohit, no run, full on off, punched uppishly to short cover by Rohit.

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0.5 Russell to Rahane, 1 run, short ball, that trampolines over the keeper's head, to fails to collect it behind the stumps, and they get a bye.

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0.4 Russell to Rohit, 1 run, fuller ball this time, on middle and off, flicked towards short midwicket for a single.

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0.3 Russell to Rohit, SIX! Russell digs it short and Rohit pulls it for six! Short ball, chin high, clobbered over backward square leg.

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0.2 Russell to Rohit, no run, good length ball, just outside off, dabbed towards short midwicket by Rohit.

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0.1 Russell to Rohit, no run, full and straight ball on middle and leg, defended off the full face of the bat towards short cover.

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Andre Russell will start off with the first over.

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Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are making their way to the centre.

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Alright! We are back with the chase. The West Indian fielders are taking their places in the middle.

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INNINGS BREAK: Full, straight, and through the gate. That's been the story of the innings so far. The West Indies, it seems, arrived in the US with a truckload of runs in their pockets, but perhaps emptied them all in the first match itself. The result is that they have bowled out for 143. Charles' 43 off 25 issued a brief scare, but once he was dismissed by Mishra, the man who replaced Binny, off the very first ball of his spell, there was a downhill curve. There were a few sixes here and there by Russell and Brathwaite, but none of the power-hitters could really make it count for the West Indies. Ashwin and Bumrah picked up two wickets, while Mishra picked up three. This is a tricky total, although, and India would have to bat sensibly to get it. The pitch is a touch slow, not as conducive to batting as yesterday, but still, 140 should be chase-able. Join us for the chase in about 10 minutes.

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19.4 Shami to Badree, OUT! Inswinging delivery pitches on the off stump and moves in, going past Badree's intended hoick and crashing on the leg stump. WI have been bowled out for 143!

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19.3 Shami to Narine, 1 run, full on the stumps, driven to long on.

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19.2 Shami to Narine, SIX! Narine stands tall in his crease and smashes the length ball over the long on ropes. Well, does Narine hit them as well? What is this Caribbean batting made of? The willow itself? Length ball, outside off, clubbed over long on with ease.

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19.1 Shami to Narine, no run, Shami continues the slower ball trend, the ball is bereft of any pace as it goes past Narine's loose slash.

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Mohammad Shami to bowl the last over.

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There were nine power-hitters in the West Indies lineup, and India have dismissed all nine of them. That's some achievement.

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18.6 Bumrah to Badree, no run, gets the yorker this time, it slips past his bat but misses the stumps.

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18.5 Bumrah to Narine, 1 run, short of a length outside the off stump, slashed to deep cover.

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18.4 Bumrah to Badree, 1 run, slower ball outside the off stump, driven to cover.