A superlative bowling performance helped India beat the West Indies by four wickets in a World Cup Pool B encounter at the WACA on Friday. They registered their fourth straight victory and qualified for the quarterfinals.
Skipper Jason Holder (57) waged a lone battle as the West Indies were bowled out for 182 in 44.2 overs. During the chase, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (not out 45), Virat Kohli (33) and Ashwin (16) helped the defending champions cross the line with four wickets and 10.5 overs to spare.
Asked to bowl, India obliged by taking 44.2 overs to pack off the former two-time champions with pace spearhead Mohammed Shami (3/35) being the pick of the bowlers. Windies captain Jason Holder (57) offered the only resistance down the order with his highest One-Day International (ODI) score.
Indian pacers Shami and Umesh Yadav (2/42) bowled superbly at the start with accurate line and length, restricting the Windies to only 8/1 in 5 overs. In fact, Chris Gayle (21) struggled and took 11 balls to get off the mark, that too in the sixth over.
Opener Gayle looked a little dangerous when he smashed two boundaries and a six at the start but once he got out, Indian bowlers ripped apart the Windies batting line-up. The burly left-hander gave three difficult chances to India but eventually gifted his wicket when he slashed hard a short ball only to be caught by Mohit Sharma at mid-wicket.
Shami, who did not play in India’s last match against the United Arab Emirates due to injury, and Yadav made perfect use of the pacy and bouncy WACA wicket to take four wickets to reduce the Caribbean side to 35/4 by the 10th over. Some poor shot selection by Windies batsmen also aided the defending champions.
Third pacer Mohit (1/35) was also impressive while spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (1/38) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/27) choked the Windies and consequently the batsmen gave away their wickets.
The Indian fielding proved to be two sides of the same coin. While some fielded brilliantly to stop runs and clinched impressive catches, a few sitters were also dropped by Jadeja and Rohit Sharma which helped the Windies go beyond the 150-run mark.
All-rounder Holder was the only one down at No.9 who offered any kind of resistance. As captain, the 23-year-old showed the WACA wicket was a good one to bat on as he hammered three sixes and four fours in his 64-ball innings before being caught on the last ball of the innings.
Brief scores: West Indies 182 all out in 44.2 overs (Jason Holder 57; Mohammed Shami 3/35, Ravindra Jadeja 2/27, Umesh Yadav 2/42) vs India.
Scoreboard of the India vs the West Indies Pool B match of the cricket World Cup played at the WACA here on Friday:
Dwayne Smith c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 6
Chris Gayle c Mohit Sharma b Mohammed Shami 21
Marlon Samuels run out (Mohit/Kohli) 2
Jonathan Carter c Mohammed Shami b Ashwin 21
Dinesh Ramdin b Yadav 0
Lendl Simmons c Yadav b MM Sharma 9
Darren Sammy c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 26
Andre Russell c Kohli b Jadeja 8
Jason Holder c Kohli b Jadeja 57
Jerome Taylor c & b Yadav 11
Kemar Roach not out 0
Extras (lb 5, w 16) 21
Total (all out; 44.2 overs) 182
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Smith, 4.5 overs), 2-15 (Samuels, 7.2), 3-35 (Gayle, 8.6), 4-35 (Ramdin, 9.1), 5-67 (Simmons, 18.1), 6-71 (Carter, 21.5), 7-85 (Russell, 24.1), 8-124 (Sammy, 35.4), 9-175 (Taylor, 42.6), 10-182 (Holder, 44.2).
Mohammed Shami 8-2-35-3
Umesh Yadav 10-1-42-2
Ravichanderan Ashwin 9-0-38-1
Mohit Sharma 9-2-35-1
Ravindra Jadeja 8.2-0-27-2
Rohit Sharma c Ramdin b Taylor 7
Shikhar Dhawan c Sammy b Taylor 9
V Kohli c Samuels b Russell 33
Ajinkya Rahane c Ramdin b Roach 14
Suresh Raina c Ramdin b Smith 22
Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 45
Ravindra Jadeja c Samuels b Russell 13
Ravichandran Ashwin not out 16
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 19, nb 3) 26
Total (6 wickets; 39.1 overs) 185
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Dhawan, 4.1 overs), 2-20 (RG Sharma, 6.6), 3-63 (Kohli, 14.6), 4-78 (Rahane, 17.5), 5-107 (Raina, 22.5), 6-134 (Jadeja, 29.3).
Jerome Taylor 8-0-33-2
Jason Holder 7-0-29-0
Kemar Roach 8-1-44-1
Andre Russell 8-0-43-2
Dwayne Smith 5-0-22-1
Marlon Samuels 3.1-0-10-0
Toss: West Indies, chose to bat
Points: India 2, West Indies 0
Man-of-the-Match: Mohammed Shami
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Nigel Llong (England)
TV umpire: Billy Bowden (New Zealand)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: Michael Gough (England)