Chennai: MS Dhoni, the India captain, identified Zaheer Khan's dismissal of Devon Smith in the first over of his second spell as the turning point of the match at Chepauk. Zaheer had only bowled two overs in his first spell and was, presumably, being saved for when the ball got a bit older and reverse-swing came into play. He struck with the older ball, in the 31st over, with a slower ball that bowled Smith, who had anchored West Indies' chase with a well-compiled 81.
"The game really changed once Zaheer gave us the breakthrough; until then Devon was batting really well," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation. "After that we could apply pressure from both ends, and eventually we got more wickets than we needed and we seized the game in the end."
Prior to Zaheer's strike, West Indies had eased their way to 154 for 2 with first Darren Bravo and then Ramnaresh Sarwan building fifty partnerships with Smith. The game seemed to be slipping away from India, but the fall of Smith's wicket allowed Dhoni to attack - at one point he had three close-in fielders for Harbhajan Singh - and West Indies crumbled under the pressure.