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Live WT20: Kohli, Sharma take India to emphatic win over Windies

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March 23, 2014


India: 130-3 (19.4 overs)
West Indies: 129-7 (20 overs)

Andre Russell strikes in his first over, getting through the defence of Kohli (54). 

Kohli's 41-ball innings was inclusive of five boundaries and a six and helped Rohit add 106 runs (off just 83 balls) for the second wicket. 

Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman. He begins with a boundary to midwicket. 

He is caught by Gayle in the third ball of the final over by Samuels. 

India win it in the last over, courtesy a boundary by Suresh Raina. Rohit Sharma remains unbeaten 62.

It is the second straight win for Dhoni and Co in the tournament. 

India: 104-1 (14 overs)
West Indies: 129-7 (20 overs)

Badree ends his spell with figures of one for 28. 

A single off Santokie helps Kohli complete a well-deserved half century. India reach the 100-run mark in the next ball. 

Rohit completes his fifty in the next over, with a single off Narine.

India cruising here.

India: 64-1 (8 overs)
West Indies: 129-7 (20 overs)

Rohit Sharma cuts loose in the fifth over, getting successive boundaries off Badree. 

Sunil Narine is introduced into the attack in the sixth over, replace Santokie (2-0-14-0). He starts with a no ball, Kohli smashing the resultant free hit for a huge six. 

It's a twin bowling change for West Indies as Dwayne Bravo replaces Badree (3-0-24-1). Kohli hits the first ball to the midwicket fence, the shot helping raise the 50-run partnership for the second wicket. 

India: 28-1 (4 overs)
West Indies: 129-7 (20 overs)

Samuel Badree to start the proceedings for West Indies. He strikes fifth ball, having Shikhar Dhawan (0) out leg before. 

Krishmar Santokie to bowl the second over. He gives away three runs.

Virat Kohli is the new batsman. He eases the pressure with a boundary and a six in successive balls in Badree's second over.

The Indian vice-captain helps himself to successive boundaries in Santokie's second over.

West Indies: 129-7 (20 overs)

Jadeja strikes twice in his third over, first having Sammy (11) caught by Rohit Sharma at long-on and then watching Raina snap up Simmons (14). 

Oh! Hold on. Jadeja has oversteeped. So Simmons survives and gets a free hit. Andre Russell smashes the same for a maximum.

Mishra's excellent spell (4-0-18-2) comes to an end in the penultimate over. 

Jadeja to bowl the final over. He has Russell (7) caught by Kohli at deep midwicket first ball. 

But Simmons hit successive sixes thereafter. Jadeja has Simmons (27) caught by Dhawan off the fourth ball. 

Sunil Narine also clears the fence to ensure the West Indies total a semblance of respectability, even as 21 runs come off that final over.

West Indies: 96-4 (17 overs)

Mishra makes twin breakthroughs in his third over, getting Samuels (18) stumped and Dwayne Bravo out leg before off successive balls.

West Indies have completely lost the momentum.

Rohit Sharma puts down Lendl Simmons (on 10) at cover, Shami is unlucky again. 

India's catching has been horrible on the day.

West Indies: 62-2 (13 overs)

Marlon Samuels is the new batsman. Surprisingly Suresh Raina has been handed the ball, replacing Mishra in the ninth over. He bowls two good overs. 

Ashwin ends his spell with impressive figures (4-0-24-1).

Gayle (34) has so far not been able to cut loose the way he is expected to. And the pressure tells as he is run out.

West Indies: 38-1 (8 overs)

R Ashwin is introduced into the attack in the sixth over, replacing Shami (2-0-14-0). Smith welcomes him with a boundary as six runs come off the over. 

It's twin spin for India as Amit Mishra replaces Kumar (3-0-3-0). Gayle welcomes him with a huge six over long-on. 

Gayle (on 19) has his second reprieve of the day as Yuvraj puts him down at midwicket off the next ball.

However, Ashwin strikes in his second over catching Smith (11) off his own bowling.

West Indies: 16-0 (4 overs)

Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith open the batting for West Indies and it will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar first up for India. Just one off the over.

Mohammed Shami to bowl with the second new ball. Gayle (yet to open) is dropped by R Ashwin at first slip off the last ball. 

Kumar bowls an excellent second over, putting Smith in all sorts of trouble. However, Gayle eases the pressure with a massive six off Shami. Two balls later he finds the fence again.
India won the toss and MS Dhoni had no hesitation in asking West Indies to bat first. 

The Indian captain admitted his team is relaxed following the win over arch rivals Pakistan on Friday. 

India has named an unchanged squad.
18:29  -Scorecard

Pakistan bowlers held their nerve to beat Australia by 16 runs. 

After posting a competitive 191-5, Pakistan bowlers withstood an assault from Glen Maxwell and Aaron Finch to dismiss Australia for 157. 

Australia in the chase were off to a poor start losing two quick wickets in the opening over, but then Finch and Maxwell decimated bowling attack to give Australia hope. 

But Afridi in his comeback spell provided the much-needed breakthrough to see Pakistan cross the line and keep their hopes alive in the tournament.

18:08  -Scorecard

Pakistan bowlers have managed to fightback with some quick strikes. 

Firstly it was Shahid Afridi, who dismissed Glen Maxwell, then he castled George Bailey for 4. 

Umar Gul brought back for second spell then had experienced Brad Hodge walking back after he was caught brilliantly in the deep by Saeed Ajmal. 

Australia at the end of 17 overs were 161-5, still needing 31 runs from 18 balls. 
17:46  -Scorecard

Shahid Afridi now broughtback into the attack. Hafeez is looking out of sorts. 

Maxwell clobbers one throught midwicket -- good fielding from Shehzad keeps it down to a single.

Finch rotates the strike with a single. 

Maxwell then steals a brace courtesy of a legbye and some poor backing up by Pakistan fielders.

Afridi finally manages to provide the breakthrough as Maxwell looking to smoke one out of the park is holed out at midwicket for 74. 

Maxwell's 33-ball innings included seven boundaries and six sixes. 

At the end of 12 overs Australia were 126-3. Australia need 66 runs from 48 balls. 
17:32  -Scorecard

Glen Maxwell struck a brilliant 18-ball half-century to decimate Pakistan bowlers. 

The bowlers were under the hammer from Maxwell who mainly dealt in sixes and boundaries. 

Bilawal Bhatti was at the receiving end of it as Maxwell hit two sixes and two boundaries to make it a 30 runs and over. 

Finch wasn't far behind as he hit Shahid Afridi out of the park with scenes of Hafeez looking out of sorts on the ground.

At the end of 10 overs Australia were 117-2. Maxwell is going strong on 70, while Finch is on 34.

Aaron Finch and Glen Maxwell are looking dangerous in the middle as they are looking to counter punch Pakistan bowlers. 

Maxwell hit consecutive boundaries off Umar Gul and then at the other end, Finch took on Saeed Ajmal hitting him for a boundary and six. 

Afridi was not spared either as he was smoked for two sixes off his opening over. 

At the end of 7 overs, Australia were 72-2.
17:11   -Scorcard

Zulfiqar Babar, who replaced Junaid Khan justified his selection as he struck in his opening over, removing David Warner and Shane Watson. 

David Warner tried to cut the ball, that was too close to cut and ended up chopping it back onto his stumps. 

Watson, meanwhile went for a heave and was caught by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal for four.

Australia at the end of 3 overs were 20-2.
16:39  -Scorcard

A brilliant 54-ball 94 from Umar Akmal powered Pakistan to a really competitive 191-5 after being asked to bat first by Australia. 

Pakistan were in a spot of bother when they lost Mohammad Hafeez, but Umar Akmal counter punched Australian bowlers. 

Umar along with his brother Kamran put on a brilliant 96 runs stand for the fourth wicket.

Shahid Afridi joined the party with some lusty blows towards the end of the innings. 

Umar Akmal was dismissed in the final over of innings, after sking one to Glen Maxwell off Mitchell Starc.

For Australia, Doug Bollinger was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1-28 off his 4 overs.  
16:24  -Scorcard

Umar Akmal is smashing the bowlers to all corners despite wickets falling around him. He has got a perfect partner in the form of Shahid Afridi, who has just come onto the crease.

Afridi made his intentions pretty clear when he smoked Shane Watson off the fourth ball he had faced. 

He then chipped one over mid-off for the boundary off the over. 

Pakistan at the end of 16 overs were 162-4. Umar Akmal is on 77, while Afridi is on 14.
16:05  -Scorcard

Nathan Coulter-Nile strikes for Australia as he removed Kamran Akmal for 31.

Kamran latched onto a wide, but rising delivery from the pacer and looked to clear the point boundary, but couldn't get enough elevation and was caught by David Warner.

The Kamran-Umar duo added 96 runs for fourth wicket, thereby reviving Pakistan innings to some extent, which was wobbling at one point. 

At the end of 13 overs, Pakistan were 123-3. Umar is going strong on 61 and he is joined in the middle by Shoaib Maqsood, who is yet to open his account. 
15:59   -Scorcard

First five overs belonged to Australia. Since then it's been Akmal brothers show -- specifically Umar. 

Umar targetted Watson and Brad Hogg, smashing them to all corners of the park. Australia have also been guilty of dropping catches. 

Kamran took on Hogg smashing him for consecutive boundaries. While Umar smoked Watoo for a massive six towards midwicket.  

The junior Akmal soon brought up his half-century with a massive six off part-time spinner Aaron Finch. 

Umar achieved the feat in just 28 balls, which included five boundaries and three sixes.

Pakistan at the end of 11 overs were 96-2. Umar is on 36, while Kamran is on 29. 
15:27  -Scorcard

Shane Watson now into the attack.

Watto strikes off the second ball as he castles Mohammad Hafeez. 

Loose shot must say from the skipper as Hafeez looking to slog everything gets an inside edge back onto the stumps, much to the delight of Aussie. 

Akmal brothers now in the middle as junior Akmal gets a brace to get off the mark. 

Pakistan at the end of 5 overs were 29-2.
15:12  -Scorcard

Doug Bollinger now into the attack. Seeing Douggie after a long time in international scene. 

Akmal slices one towards third man for a single. 

Bollinger tests Shehzad with a short one as he gets caught in middle. Shehzad ends up slicing a simple catch back to the bowler. 

Pakistan 9-1 after 2 overs.

15:05  -Scorcard

Pakistan openers Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal walk out in the middle. They will have a tough task on hand with Australian pacers all in good form. 

Mitchell Starc will open the proceedings for Australia. 

Shehzad gets underway with a cracking boundary through point region -- good start this for Pakistan.

Strac checks his line as Shehzad gets a leg bye. 

Starc is getting some bounce off the surface as the ball thuds into Brad Haddin's gloves. 

Kamran Akmal gets off the mark with single towards third man. A dot to end the over as Pakistan were 6-0 after 1st over.
14:42  Welcome to the updates of match between Pakistan and Australia here in Daka.

Pakistan lost their first match against India, while Australia has been in fine form. 

The news from the middle is that Australia have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.

Pakistan  have dropped Junaid Khan and have brought in another spinner in Zulfiqar Babar.