Dhaka - India's spinners wreaked havoc on the West Indies batting to rout the
defending champions by seven wickets in the World Twenty20 Super-10
group two match in Dhaka on Sunday.
The West Indies, sent in to
bat, managed only 129-7 as leg-spinner Amit Mishra claimed two for 18 in
four overs, Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin
picked up one.
India strolled past the modest target with two
deliveries to spare as Virat Kohli made 54 off 41 balls and Rohit Sharma
remained unbeaten on a fluent 62.
The pair put on 106 for the
second wicket after left-hander Shikhar Dhawan was trapped leg-before by
spinner Samuel Badree off the fifth ball of the innings.
Singh Dhoni's men, who beat arch-rivals Pakistan on Friday, now need
one more win from their remaining two matches against Australia and
hosts Bangladesh to advance to the semi-finals.
Dhoni said his team was not looking at the semi-finals yet and still needed to work on some weak areas.
take it one game at a time," he said. "There is no point thinking too
far ahead. We could have finished it an over earlier but that was up to
the batsmen in the middle.
"We are playing well, but we still
don't have a bowler who can bowl the 18th and the 20th overs. We are
trying out various combinations to see who is better suited to the job."
Dhoni said he was happy to see Sharma get runs under his belt.
"It was important for Rohit to bat through the innings. He will take plenty of confidence from this game."
Indies captain Darren Sammy said India deserved to win, but remained
confident his defending champions would make the knock-out rounds.
just did not respond well enough to their spinners, it took us a long
time to settle down," he said. "But credit to India, they executed their
"It was good to see our bowlers take the game to the
last over, because run-rate could come into play later. We did not have
enough runs on the board but was happy with the way the bowlers came
"We know what our top order can do. It's just one game down,
we have three more to go. We are not pressing panic buttons, we will
regroup and come back strongly."
The Indian bowlers kept the
normally free-stroking West Indies batsmen in check, allowing them just
74 runs by the 15th over for the loss of four wickets.
hard-hitting Chris Gayle, dropped before he had scored and then again on
19, made a 33-ball 34 with two sixes and a four before he was run out
in the 13th over.
Mishra had Marlon Samuels stumped by Dhoni and
claimed Dwayne Bravo leg-before off successive balls in the 15th over to
open up the lower order.
Lendl Simmons, who was caught off a Jadeja no-ball in the 18th over, celebrated the let-off by smashing the next ball for a six.
Simmons made 27 off 22 balls as Jadeja conceded three sixes in the final over.
Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan bounced back from their loss to India to defeat Australia by 16 runs.
Two teams from the group will advance to the semi-finals.
The other group comprises Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
West Indies: 129-7 in 20 overs (C. Gayle 34, A. Mishra 2-18, R. Jadeja 3-48)
India 130-3: in 19.4 overs (V. Kohli 54, R. Sharma 62 not out)