World T20: India topple listless West Indies
A commendable effort by the bowlers helped India cruise past a lethargic West Indies, as they beat the defending champs by 7 wickets at Mirpur on Sunday.
The Windies were awful to start with, after MS Dhoni won his second successive toss and elected to bowl. Dwayne Smith looked clueless against some top-notch outswingers from Bhuvneshwar Kumar before succumbing to spin, while Mohammad Shami kept things tight at the other end. Chris Gayle was run-out after playing his slowest possible T20 knock, (34 off 33 balls) and despite being dropped twice in his innings, failed to take advantage. The spinners were once again at the forefront, particularly Amit Mishra, whose leg spin rewarded him with yet another noteworthy performance.
West Indies were 46/1 in 10 overs, and it only got worse after Mishra struck twice to remove Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo in consecutive deliveries. With the top order back in the hut, pressure mounted on captain Darren Sammy, who couldn't find an opening. Ravindra Jadeja then capitalized, dismissing the skipper, followed by Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell to finish with figures of 3/48. In spite of the impressive bowling, sloppy fielding and unwanted extras from India pushed the Windies total to 129/7 in 20 overs.
India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan early, after being wrongly adjudged LBW but that didn't affect the tempo of the chase. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma strung a solid 106-run partnership for the 2nd wicket, whilst calmly getting to their respective half-centuries. Kohli (54) fell in the 15th over, with India still needing 20-odd runs. Yuvraj Singh's antics in the last over initiated some late drama, but Suresh Raina walked in to seal a comprehensive win for India as Rohit finished unbeaten.
With two wins in as many games, India are now placed atop the Group 2 table. They take on host nation Bangladesh in their next game on March 28 at Mirpur.
India 130 for 3 (Rohit 62*, Kohli 54) beat West Indies 129 for 7 (Gayle 34, Jadeja 3-48, Mishra 2-18, Bhuvneshwar 0-3) by 7 wickets