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India out of T20 WC as Windies win by 14 runs

Zeecric Bureau

Barbados: India’s T20 World Cup campaign virtually came to an end as West Indies keep their contention alive after claiming an easy 14-run victory in the Group F Super Eight encounter here on Sunday.

West Indies ruled the entire match since very beginning. After being asked to bat first by the Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the home team started their innings on a very steady note.

It was Chris Gayle and his boisterous 97 runs that helped his team post a competitive 169/6 against India.

Gayle showed no signs of exhaustion in the entire first innings as he, along with his opener partner Shivnarine Chanderpaul, gave a very stable start to their team’s batting campaign by making sure that they do not lose wickets early and keep adding runs through boundaries time and again.

The modest show turned pompous in the latter overs as Gayle hit some almighty skiers to almost single-handedly help West Indies post a cutthroat 169.

In the 12th over, however, India missed a vital chance of getting rid of Gayle. Gayle miscued a delivery by Ashish Nehra and send the ball high. Both, Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan went for the catch but due to a heavy miscommunication, dropped it. This, indeed, was a lifeline for Gayle, who had scored his half-century by then.

After that, the Indian bowlers could find no key to unlock Gayle’s form until in the last over, when he was dismissed as a result of an unfortunate run-out, that also left him three runs short of his century.

A solid start that was given to the West Indies crumbled in second half of the innings. First Chanderpaul (23) lost his wicket in the 12th over, then Darren Sammy (19) got dismissed in the 16th. Later Kieron Pollard (17), Dwayne Bravo (1), Ramnaresh Sarwan (0) and Gayle lost their wickets in the last 2 overs, thus ending the Windies innings at 169/6.

Nehra remained the star for India as he picked up three crucial wickets of Chanderpaul, Bravo and Sarwan.

If it was Gayle in the first innings, then it were the Windies bowlers in the second who did not give India even a little bit of breathing space.

Chasing a competitive target of 170 runs, the Indian team looked out of sorts since the very beginning as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.

Starting on disastrous note, India lost both their opening batsmen very cheaply within the first five overs itself; while Murali Vijay (7) lost his wicket in the fourth over, Gautam Gambhir lost his in the next for 15 runs.

India never really revived from this early loss as there was no stopping to their loss of wickets later on. The wickets of Rohit Sharma (5), Suresh Raina (32) and Yuvraj Singh (12) fell like a pack of cards.

Later, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (29), Yusuf Pathan (17) and Harbhajan Singh (14) made some significant contribution with their occasional boundaries, but they too could not last long.

The Indian innings wrapped up at 155 all out.

Teams:

India: Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra

West Indies: Chris Gayle(c), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Wavell Hinds, Denesh Ramdin(w), Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach

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