Today, Kolkata hosted the 10th Match of the ICC World Twenty20 Warm-ups between India and West Indies. It was India’s first Warm-Up match in the Marquee event. But a controversy or you can say a confusion prevailed during the commencement of the match. Since, there was no live broadcasting of the game, cricket fans across the globe were glued to the Internet to get all the latest updates about the match.
The fans were left scratching their heads in bewilderment when conflicting news arose about the toss of the Warm-Up encounter. The leading cricket website of the world, Espn Cricinfo reported that there was no toss between India and West Indies and on a mutual agreement it was decided that India will bat first. While as per the official Twitter handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC), India won the Toss and had elected to bat first. The same was reported by ICC’s official website as well.
— ICC Live Scores (@ICCLive) March 10, 2016
In the Match Notes as well, Espn Cricinfo went on to state that, ”There was no toss. India batted first on a mutually agreed decision.” This happening caused uncertainty among the people at large and gave birth to many speculations. It is hard to decide who has given the false information as both the conflicting parties enjoy a great level of reliability and trust among the cricket fans. But by the looks of it, certainly someone has conveyed the wrong information.
While if we talk about the match, the Indian team continued its ascendancy as it defeated West Indies by a big margin of 45 runs. Batting first, India posted a colossal total of 185 runs on the board to warm-up themselves before the main round of the World T20 commences from March 15.
Rohit Sharma was the star of the night as he stroked a flawless 57-ball 98 run knock with the help of 9 fours and 7 maximums. Yuvraj Singh played a vital cameo of 31 runs and provided impetus to the Indian batting.
Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Pawan Negi and Ravindra Jadeja scalped 2 wickets each while Harbhajan Singh and Jasprit Bumrah ended up with one wicket against their name. The disciplined Indian bowlers restricted West Indies to 140 runs and handed over India, a relatively easy win.