New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate India on their four-wicket win over West Indies in Perth. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered the team to victory after the top-order failed against an inspired Caribbean attack today.
Modi took to micro-blogging site Twitter to hail the win and said, “The Men in Blue seem to be having a great tournament!”
Congratulations to the Cricket Team for the win against West Indies. The Men in Blue seem to be having a great tournament!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 6, 2015
Chasing a tricky target of 183 runs, India started the chase on a cautious note but soon found themselves fighting for the match losing four wickets even before hitting 100-run mark at WACA. However, the skipper in company with a sensible Ravichandran Ashwin guided the team home, with 65 balls remaining. Dhoni returned undefeated with 45 runs off 56 balls.
In a low-scoring match, Indian bowlers dictated the terms in the first innings, restricting the West Indies to 182. All five bowlers Dhoni used today performed well, but the two new-ball bowlers in Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were exceptional. They took three and two wickets respectively. Shami was later adjudged Man of the Match for his spell of 8-2-35-3.
With the win, the defending champions are assured of a quarter-final spot. India started their title defence on a rousing note defeating arch-rivals Pakistan, then continued with wins over South Africa and UAE.