Cuttack: After being at the centre of the nerve-shredding draw in Mumbai, R Ashwin wouldn't have gambled on being run out in the very next game, in incredibly similar fashion. Rohit Sharma steered a slow offcutter to third man, for what seemed like a straightforward couple. Like in Mumbai, Ashwin wasn't running to the danger end, but for some reason decided to refuse the second. The noisy crowd meant Rohit probably heard the call late and Ashwin was eventually forced to leave the crease with his partner almost beside him, for the second time in two innings. Things are looking up for Ashwin with bat and ball, but running is another matter altogether.
Lendl Simmons came into the game with seven half-centuries and a ton in his last 12 innings, and the confidence was evident in the flourish accompanying his strokes. But the placement and timing took a while to make an appearance. He played out 15 balls against India's nifty new-ball pair, without managing to find a gap and the pressure was building on West Indies. Simmons eventually broke free off his 16th ball, moving out of the crease to punch Vinay Kumar powerfully for a four down the ground. The next ball, he sashayed out again and picked up a length ball to deposit it for a six over midwicket, and suddenly looked a completely different batsman.