India take Digicel Pearls T20 by 16 runs

Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies left it a little too late in their run chase, falling 16 runs short of India’s 159-6 in the one-off Digicel Pearls Twenty20 International on Saturday.


West Indies bowled well in the first half of the match with skipper Darren Sammy leading the way with 4-16 from his four overs. When they batted, the Windies reached 52-2 at the half-way stage and got another 91 runs in the last 10 overs to close on 143-6 from 20 overs.


Left-handed stroke-maker Darren Bravo top scored with 41 but it required 41 balls while Chris Barnwell’s cameo 16-ball, unbeaten 34 in a stand of 52 with Danza Hyatt (14 not out) raised the Windies hopes of a dramatic victory. Marlon Samuels faced 29 balls for 27 and though he shared 66 for the second wicket with Bravo, the partnership consumed 67 balls and left the hosts chasing the game.


In contrast earlier, India survived an outstanding spell from captain and seamer Sammy to blast 72 runs from their last five overs and make up for a dodgy start after they had been sent in on a slow pitch in front a near capacity crowd at the historic venue.


Subramaniam Badrinath, in his first match on Caribbean soil, stroked 43 from 37 balls while opener Parthiv Patel and Rohit Sharma both got 26. Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan Singh, who both scored 15 not out, energised the innings at the death by adding an unbroken 25 from 19 balls for the seventh wicket.


Needing to score at eight an over, West Indies managed just 10 runs from the first three overs before Andre Fletcher (11) cracked a straight six to lift the tempo. West Indies then lost the in-form Lendl Simmons for nine adjudged caught at slip by Virat Kohli off off-spinner Ravi Ashwin with the score on 22-1 in the fourth over. 


Without a run added, Fletcher followed three balls later in the next over, bowled by seamer Munaf Patel attempting to make room to play through the off-side.


Samuels announced his arrival with a glorious straight drive off his second ball faced and followed up with an aerial cover drive. Trying to up the tempo, both batsmen then perished in the space of three balls in the 16th over. Samuels top edged an attempted big hit off Harbhajan to ‘keeper Parthiv Patel, while Bravo – who struck two leg-side boundaries off seamer Praveen Kumar in the previous over, was bowled heaving at Harbhajan.


Left with 68 runs to get from four overs, Barnwell and Danza Hyatt (14 not out), made a fist of it in an unbroken 50-run, fifth wicket stand off 22 balls. Barnwell smashed two fours and three sixes while Hyatt hit a four and a six off seven balls.


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Scoreboard of the Digicel Pearls Twenty20 International between West Indies and India at the Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday:


+P Patel c Samuels b Sammy 26

S Dhawan c wkp Fletcher b Sammy 5

V Kohli c Hyatt b Sammy 14

S Badrinath st Fletcher b Bishoo 43

*S Raina c Barnwell b Sammy 2

R Sharma b Barnwell 26

Y Pathan not out 15

Harbhajan Singh not out 15

Extras (lb1, w10, nb2) 13      

TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 159

Did not bat: P Kumar, R Ashwin, M Patel.

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Dhawan, 3 overs), 2-48 (Kohli, 6.5), 3-48 (P Patel, 7), 4-56 (Raina, 8.4), 5-127 (Sharma, 17.4), 6-134 (Badrinath, 18.1) 

Bowling: Rampaul 4-0-38-0, Russell 2-0-26-0, Sammy 4-0-16-4, Nurse 4-0-23-0, Bishoo 4-0-31-1, Barnwell 2-0-24-1.


+A Fletcher b M Patel 11

L Simmons c Kohli b Ashwin 9

D Bravo b Harbhajan Singh 41

M Samuels c P Patel b Harbhajan Singh 27

D Hyatt not out 14

*D Sammy c Kohli b Kumar 0

C Barnwell not out 34

Extras (lb4, w3) 7     

TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 143

Did not bat: A Russell, A Nurse, D Bishoo, R Rampaul. 

Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Simmons, 3.5 overs), 2-22 (Fletcher, 4.2), 3-88 (Samuels, 15.3), 4-92 (Bravo, 15.5), 5-93 (Sammy, 16.2) 

Bowling: Kumar 4-1-27-1, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-25-2, Ashwin 4-0-30-1, M Patel 4-0-35-1, Pathan 4-0-22-0.

Result: India won by 16 runs.

Man-of-the-Match: S Badrinath.

Toss: West Indies.

Umpires: N Malcolm, P Nero; TV – J Wilson.

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