India rout West Indies; face Oz in quarters
Chennai: India stamped a comprehensive 80-run victory over West Indies in their last Group B World Cup match at Chennai, placing them on the second place in the points tally.
West Indies batsmen simply could not handle the conditions and pressure, crumbling in front of a disciplined home team effort.
Indian bowlers made early inroads into the Windies camp, getting Kirk Edwards lbw for a score of 17 runs. Soon after a small partnership was building up, Darren Bravo was claimed by Suresh Raina at a score of 22 runs. From there on, it was just a matter of regular wickets falling with the run-rate building up.
In the first half, a mini-collapse at the end of the innings saw India bundle out at a score of 268 runs, failing to complete their stipulated 50-overs yet again.
Ravi Rampaul had discovered form against India as he claimed his first World Cup five-wicket haul, claiming key players like Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan Singh.
Kieron Pollard got the prized wicket of Yuvraj Singh (113) with a good caught and bowled as the death overs brought the final powerplay into action.
Yuvraj had slammed his maiden World Cup century to put India in a commanding position against West Indies. Skipper MS Dhoni (22) was stumped soon after the feat, bringing out Suresh Raina to the crease.
Rampaul clean bowled Kohli (59) with a swinging delivery to get his third victim of the day. Yuvraj Singh and Kohli had forged a handy partnership after the loss of openers in the early part of the match.
Gambhir had found a pair of safe hands to give Rampaul his second scalp, bringing an end to his innings at a score of 22 runs.
West Indies made early inroads into the Indian camp with the all important wicket of Tendulkar (2) in the first over. He was claimed by Rampaul to bring an end to the fans’ dream of watching his 100th international ton in Chennai.
The win would give Dhoni’s men some much needed confidence going into the quarter-finals. They face title holders Australia in the high octane match in Ahmedabad.