India vs West Indies, Highlights: ICC World T20 2016, Warm-up Match: India Thrash West Indies by 45 Runs
India began their preparation for the World T20 in great style. Rohit Sharma smashed an unbeaten 98 off 57 balls as India posted 185-6. The Indian bowlers made short work of the West Indies batsmen and bowled them out for 140 in their warm-up match in Kolkata. Catch all the highlights of the India vs West Indies warm-up tie here.
India won the toss and elected to bat. Rohit Sharma proved why he is regarded as one of the most dangerous batsmen in T20s by smashing 98 off 57 balls that helped India post 185-5. Yuvraj Singh also played a solid hand by smashing 31 off 20 balls while Shikhar Dhawan chipped in with 21 off 17 balls. Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each as India romped home to a 45-run win.Â (SCORECARD | SCHEDULE | NEWS | VIDEOS | GALLERY)
22:34 hrs IST: WICKET!! Harbhajan dismisses Benn and wraps the match for India. West Indies are bowled out for 140. India win their warm-up against the West Indies by 45 runs.
22:32 hrs IST: Harbhajan Singh to bowl the last over.
22:27 hrs IST: WICKET!! Shami gets his second wicket of the match. Ashley Nurse is gone for 8 off 7 balls. West Indies are 129-9 after 18 overs.
22:25 hrs IST: Jason Holder gets two more boundaries for the Windies. But its a little too late now. West Indies are 123-8 after 17 overs.
22:17 hrs IST: WICKET!! Pandya strikes back and removes the dangerous Russell. West Indies are 106-8 after 15 overs.
22:15 hrs IST: Russell launches counter-attack and smashes Pandya for back to back fours. Some respite for the West Indians.
22:13 hrs IST: WICKET!! Windies are just falling away now. Pandya takes a wicket in his first over. Darren Sammy is gone for 5 off 3 balls.
22:10 hrs IST: Double strike for Negi!! He has two in one over. First Bravo and then Brathwaite. Windies are crumbling badly here. West Indies are 84-6 after 13 overs.
22:00 hrs IST: WICKET!! Jadeja gets another one. Marlon Samuels is clean bowled by the left-arm spinner. West Indies are 77-4 after 12 overs.
21:56 hrs IST: Bravo smacks Jadeja for back to back fours. But the left-armer has done well to limit the damage. Nine runs come of that over. West Indies are 70-3 after 10 overs.
21:50 hrs IST: WICKET!! Jadeja dismisses Ramdin, who manages only 6 off 13 balls. West Indies are 59-3 after 8 overs.
21:45 hrs IST: West Indies are finding the going hard now. Negi gives away just four of his first over. West Indies are 55-2 after 7 overs.
21:38 hrs IST: WICKET!! Shami gets a wicket! Charles is caught behind for 18 off 13 balls.
21:35 hrs IST: Great over from Bumrah!! Just 4 runs from the over and a wicket. West Indies are 39-1 after 4 overs.
21:33 hrs IST: WICKET!! Bumrah strikes for India. Gayle is cleaned up by the Indian pacer for 20 off 11 balls.
21:30 hrs IST: Shami has bowled his first over for India after a long time. Gayle smashes him for two boundaries. West Indies are 35-0 after 3 overs.
21:20 hrs IST: Windies are off to a flyer courtesy Johnson Charles and Chris Gayles. West Indies are 26-0 after 2 overs.
21:00 hrs IST: Good finish by Taylor, Denies Rohit Sharma a deserved century. He is unbeaten on 98 off 57 balls. India post 185-6 after 20 overs.
20:57 hrs IST: Four!! Rohit moves to 98.Â
20:53 hrs IST: WICKET!! Jerome Taylor dismisses Pawan Negi. The diminutive all-rounder returns to pavilion after scoring 8 off 7 balls.
20:51 hrs IST: Four!! To make matters worse for Russell, Rohit smacks him for a boundary to finish the over. India are 179-4 after 19 overs.
20:49 hrs IST: Six!! Negi is not one to be left behind. After three dot balls, he has smashed Russell over the boundary.
20:46 hrs IST: Six!! Rohit finishes the over with a maximum off Brathwaite. Moves to 90 off 53 balls. India are 168-4 after 18 overs.
20:44 hrs IST: WICKET!! Jadeja is gone for 10 off 7 balls. Caught by Ashley Nurse off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite. Pawan Negi walks into bat.
20:38 hrs IST: WICKET!! Yuvraj is caught by Taylor. Revenge for Sammy. India are 145-3 after 16 overs.
20:36 hrs IST:Sammy has been smashed for two sixes in this over. One by Yuvraj and one by Rohit. India are motoring along now. 18 runs already off five balls.
20:33 hrs IST: Six!! This time its Jerome Taylor, who is in the firing line. Rohit Sharma again dishing out some brutal thrashing. India are 127-2 after 15 overs. Rohit 71 not out off 47 balls.
20:27 hrs IST: Back to back fours!! Yuvraj Singh has joined the party. Sammy is carted for consecutive boundaries as the left-hander is also getting a move on. India are 117-2 after 14 overs.
20:22 hrs IST: Fifty for Rohit!! India are 106-2 after 13 overs.
20:20 hrs IST:Massive two overs for India. Rohit Sharma has gone berserk and the Windies bowlers are on the receiving end of some magnificent batting.
20:14 hrs IST: Yuvraj and Rohit making slow progress. India are 62-2 after 10 overs.
20:13 hrs IST: Meanwhile, in Nagpur Hong Kong Afghanistan are making waves. Hong Kong have already lost their to four with 10 overs. Catch all the live score here.
20:05 hrs IST: WICKET!! Rahane is stumped by Denesh Ramdin and Benn picks up his second wicket. Rahane walks back for 7 off 10 balls.
20:00 hrs IST: Rahane and Rohit are rotating the strike nicely. India are 55-1 after 8 overs.
19:54 hrs IST: Six!! Rohit Sharma deposits Andre Russell over the boundary line for his first maximum. Meanwhile, India have decided to give Rahane some match practice. He has come one down. India are 41-1 after 6 overs.
19:50 hrs IST: WICKET!! Dhawan, who was looking so dangerous, has been dismissed by Sulieman Benn for 21 off 17 balls. India are 33-1 after 5 overs.
19:49 hrs IST: Dhawan has quickly moved to 20 off 14 balls and is looking good at the crease.
19:41 hrs IST:Dhawan first hits a four and backs that up with a six off the bowling of Johnson Charles. The left-hander is looking in ominous mood. India are 22-0 after 3 overs.
19:37 hrs IST: Both openers have a boundary each. But India have started cautiously. India are 11-0 after 2 overs.
19:34 hrs IST: Rohit smashed Russell for a boundary. India 4-0 after 1 over.
19:31 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are opening with Andre Russell starting the proceedings for the West Indies.
19:29 hrs IST: Focus will solely be on evaluating Mohammed Shami's fitness. Otherwise, the Indian team has a settled look.
19:24 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to India vs West Indies warm-up match in Kolkata. India have won the toss and elected to bat.
India's team balance was on show during the recent Asia Cup Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Skipper MS Dhoni raved about his bowlers during the Asia Cup. While the World T20 is expected to remain a batsman's game, Dhoni knows how important the bowlers can be.
India's batting depth is well known. Even through Ashish Nehra or a Jasprit Bumrah has excelled in different conditions, Dhoni wants more options in the pace battery. The good news is that Mohammed Shami, who has won Dhoni a few games, is fit and raring to go.
Mohammed Shami is in India's 15-man squad for the World T20 and the Bengal seamer will use the advantage of home conditions at Eden Gardens to demonstrate that he is alive and kicking. India will play a second warm-up match against South Africa in Mumbai on Saturday.
The West Indies will be desperate to get some match practice. They are a squad full of T20 journeymen who crisscross the world to help teams win tournaments. The West Indies will do well to play as a team, something that has been missing for years now.
Yet, the Calypso charmers like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and skipper Darren Sammy can be match-winners on their day. The West Indies won the T20 World Cup in 2012 in England.