London - India have beaten the West Indies to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals, eliminating Pakistan in the process.
Shikhar Dhawan's classy unbeaten 102 led India to an emphatic
eight-wicket victory on Tuesday and a place in the
Champions Trophy semi-finals.
Dhawan continued his impressive form
to guide his team to their target of 234 with more than 10 overs to
spare in the Group B match at the Oval and confirm Pakistan's
elimination from the tournament.
West Indies made 233 for nine
thanks largely to an explosive innings of 56 not out off 35 balls by
Darren Sammy who smashed four sixes and five fours in the last four
overs to lift his side to a respectable total.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and put West Indies into bat in overcast conditions.
Gayle struck four powerful boundaries but the West Indies dangerman was
out for 21, well caught at first slip by a leaping Ravichandran Ashwin
off pace bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
Johnson Charles started timing the ball sweetly and dominated a second-wicket partnership of 78 with Darren Bravo.
hit eight fours and two towering sixes, reaching his fifty from 46
balls before being deceived by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and
trapped lbw for 60.
Jadeja then removed Marlon Samuels lbw and had
Ramnaresh Sarwan caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni down the leg side to rip
the heart out of the West Indies batting order.
Bravo made 35 and
his half brother Dwayne 25 but West Indies lost wickets at regular
intervals and looked likely to be bowled out for under 200.
was joined by Kemar Roach with the score on 182 for nine in the 46th
over and the former captain launched a withering assault on the Indian
He bludgeoned a succession of boundaries mainly straight
down the ground and the pair added 51 with Roach not contributing a
Jadeja claimed two more wickets to complete excellent
figures of five for 36, his first five-wicket haul in one-day
India started quickly in reply and openers Dhawan,
who made 114 in the opening match of the tournament against South
Africa, and Rohit Sharma shared a fluent century partnership in just 16
Sharma reached his 50, including seven fours, but he was
out for 52 edging spinner Sunil Narine to stand-in wicketkeeper Charles.
Kohli struck four sweet fours before he was bowled by Narine for 22 but
Dhawan, who survived two dropped catches, batted beautifully, punishing
short balls with wristy cuts and pulls and driving smoothly through the
After a brief interruption for rain with India on 204 for
two, Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik extended their third-wicket partnership
to 109 to steer India home.
Dhawan reached his second one-day
international century with an extravagant cut for six off Dwayne Bravo
and Karthik hit the winning boundary to finish unbeaten on 51.
West Indies must beat South Africa in their final match to join India in the semi-finals.
West Indies: 233-9 in 50 overs (J.Charles 60, D.Sammy 56 not out, R.Jadeja 5-36)
India: 236-2 in 39.1 overs (S.Dhawan 102 not out, R.Sharma 52, D.Karthik 51 not out)
India: S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli, KD Karthik, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (capt. & wkt), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, I Sharma, B Kumar, UT Yadav
West Indies: CH Gayle, J Charles (wkt), DM Bravo, MN Samuels, RR Sarwan, DJ Bravo (capt.), KA Pollard, DJG Sammy, SP Narine, KAJ Roach, R Rampaul