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The T-20 World Cup 2014 - India Vs West Indies

India had put on a great show yet again, to win their second match of the tournament.

After a majestic win over Pakistan, India had put on a great show yet again to win over the defending champions West Indies. Once again the Indian bowling was much appreciated especially Amit Mishra who is turning out to be the best bowler for India in this world cup t-20. Dhoni had won the toss yet again and opted to bowl first, it was an unusual start by the West Indies openers as Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith felt difficult to face Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami first up. When Bhuvi posed problems for the right hander Smith, Shmai made things difficult for the left hander Chris Gayle and at a point of time Chris Gayle was even dropped twice, one at slip by Ashwin and another by Yuvraj along the boundary ropes. Chris Gayle(34) made use of these chances and started to score,on the other hand Dwayne Smith had played out 3 overs himself and scored just 2 runs and over all the right hander scored 11 runs of 29 balls he faced and Ashwin provided the first break through, Dwayne Smith Caught and Bowled. The first 10 overs West Indies had hardly scored 50 odd runs and things looked difficult and the only hope was Chris Gayle. Chris Gayle is never a good runner between the wickets and a single from Marlon Samuels proved too costly for the west Indies, Gayle was run out and disappointment for West Indies. Soon Samuels was stumped by Msd in Mishra’s bowling. Bravo, Sammy and Andre Russel did not make much impact and were back to the pavilion for low scores. Indian bowling was spot on and did not give away easy runs and score over 100 runs looked difficult for West Indies, Lendl Simmons made sure his team went past the score of 100 runs when last over from Ravindra Jadeja yielded 20 runs and West Indies had scored modest total of 129 for the loss of 7 wickets. Amit Mishra had picked up two wickets for 18 runs in his 4 and Bhuvi gave away just 3 runs in the 3 overs he bowled, Ashwin had picked a wicket for 24 runs in his 4 and Shami gave away 27 in his 3, part timer Raina bowled couple of overs for 8 runs and Jadeja went for plenty in his 4, he picked 3 wickets for 48 runs.

Easy chase on the cards for the Indian batsmen, Dhawan was unlucky to be given a leg before and India had lost the first wicket for a run and Badree had picked up a wicket. Virat Kohli who had been in tremendous form walked in, he along with Rohit Sharma added 106 runs for the second wicket and this duo made sure the defending champions never came back into the game after losing Shikar Dhawan so early. Rohit Sharma was in good touch and his form was much needed for India to carry on for rest of the games. Both the  batsmen played out  spinners especially Narine with ease and West Indies were running out of wicket taking options since the Indian batsmen did not allow and used every opportunity of scoring runs. Virat Kohli reached his first half century of the tournament and he carried  his good form and soon Rohit Sharma too reached the mile stone, a half century from the opener and a much needed one. India lost Virat Kohli(54) soon after he scored half century and the chase went on till the last over and there was a twist when Yuvraj was caught by Chris Gayle on Marlon’s bowling for 10 runs, India still needed a run to win with 3 balls to go, Suresh Raina hit a boundary to ensure India chased the target with two balls to spare, Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 62. India now, lead the points table with 4 points followed by Pakistan. Keep Cheering!

Man of the match was again Amit Mishra ( 4 overs 2/18)

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SSIN on 26 Mar 2014, 01:24 PM