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T20 World Cup 2014: Back-to-Back Victories Make India Lead the Group Chart with 4 Points; Thrash West Indies by 7 Wickets

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T20 World Cup 2014: Back-to-Back Victories Make India Lead the Group Chart with 4 Points; Thrash West Indies by 7 Wickets

March 24
13:57 2014

rohitBangladesh, Monday, March 24 – With a solid batting and bowling line up, India registered another victory on Sunday, defeating West Indies by 7 wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. Position of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s squad is highly robust in the World Twenty20 tournament now being a team with a deep batting line up and magic of spin bowling. With a seven-wicket win over defending champions West Indies yesterday, the winning side leads the group chart with 4 points. Indian skipper was lucky once again during the toss and chose to field first.

West Indies are popular worldwide for their destructive batting style, especially by the Chris Gayle. However, story was slightly different a day ago as opening batsman Dwayne Smith lost his wicket only after scoring 11 runs. Gayle (34 runs of 33 balls), who was anticipated to struck massive hits, was made to walk back to the pavilion after being run out by Mohammed Shami & Dhoni. Though he hit a couple of sixes and a boundary, yet the cricketer failed to exhibit an awesome innings what his team really required.

The new batsmen Samuels and L Simmons contributed 18 and 27 runs before succumbing to Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja, respectively. DJ Bravo lost his wicket in 14.4 over to Mishra, who performed literally well against Pakistan also, making them to get crumbled at the score of 130 runs. D Sammy and A Russell had to depart at 11 and 7, correspondingly. Sunil Narine and Denesh Ramdin remained not out at 7 and 0, correspondingly, putting an achievable total of 129 runs after 20 overs.

Jadeja was the leading wicket taker from India with 3 wickets. Right arm leg break bowler Mishra got two wickets, while Ravi Chandran Ashwin had to satisfy with 1 wicket. West Indies could have done far better than what they showed on March 23, but perhaps with the pressure of defending their crown, their batting line faltered. To chase the total, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came in on the crease. On one hand, Sharma played a not out inning of 62 runs (4 x 5 and 6 x 2), while Dhawan departed on Zero when Samuel Badree bowled a beautiful spell in the first over.

Virat Kohli did a good partnership with Sharma, who was eyeing a stable knock with potential teammates, hitting 54 runs of 41 balls. Five splendid boundaries and a six add charismatic attraction to the innings of 25 year old Delhi boy. Though his dismissal in 14.4 overs by Russell made Indian audience worried as Yuvraj Singh seemed a tad unconfident. In 19 balls, the left-handed middle-order batsman scored 10 runs and lost his wicket when his team just needed 1 run.

Then arrived Suresh Raina, who got his good form back in the current series. Still degree of tension can be understood from the fact that Dhoni put his pads on in the anticipation of another fall of wicket. But with two balls remaining, India won the match. Amit Mishra was awarded with ‘Man of the Match’ title. Crushing Pakistan in their initial game at the ICC World T20 2014 and now, West Indies, India will be confident heading into their encounter against other teams of the group. Recording second straight victory in opposition to Caribbeans, confidence of India is at cloud nine.

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