World T20: India beat West Indies by 7 wickets
Posted on Mar 24 2014 | IBNS
Mirpur, Mar 23 : India registered their second victory in the ongoing World T20 by beating current champions West Indies by seven wickets here on Sunday.
After restricting Darren Sammy's side to 129 for seven, India reached 130 runs by losing three wickets and two balls to spare.
India got off to a poor start and lost the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan (0) who returned to the pavilion in the very first over without disturbing the scorers.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma remained the top scorer for India with his unbeaten 62. He smashed five boundaries and two sixes in his 55-ball knock.
Sharma and Virat Kohli (54) added 106 runs in the second wicket partnership and helped India get closer to the target.
India at one point of the game lost two quick wickets of Kohli and Yuvraj Singh (10) to stand at 129 for three after 19.3 overs.
But Sharma and Suresh Raina (1*) comfortably reached the target without any further damage.
After India won the toss and elected to field first in their second match of the ICC World T20, Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled brilliantly and prevented the West Indies batsmen from playing big shots at the beginning of the innings.
Kumar did not pick up a wicket but gave only three runs in his three overs.
Courtesy to some good bowling by Indian bowlers, West Indies openers- Dwayne Smith (11) and Chris Gayle (34) - made a slow start in the match and went past the 30-run mark on the scorecard without losing a wicket.
Off-spinner R Ashwin provided India the much needed first breakthrough as he took a brilliant catch of his own bowling to pick up Smith's wicket.
West Indies scorecard read 38 for 1 after 7.5 overs at that point of the game.
Gayle smashed two huge sixes and a boundary in his 33-ball knock before he was run out in the 13th over of the game to give Indian fans some respite.
Indian fielders had dropped Gayle twice earlier in the innings.
Amit Mishra continued his good form in the tournament so far picked up two wickets of Dwayne Bravo (0) and Marlon Samuels (18).
Lendl Simmons played a handy knock of 27 runs off 22 balls which helped his team as the current champions struggled against Indian bowlers.
Ravindra Jadeja gave away 21 runs in the last over of the innings as West Indies posted 129 for seven on the scorecard.
Jadeja, however, picked up two wickets in the over to finish the day at 48 for three in his four overs.
Mishra was adjudged the 'Man of the Match' for the second time in the tournament,
India had defeated Pakistan in their first match.
West Indies 129-7 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 34, Ravindra Jadeja 3-48, Amit Mishra 2-18).
India 130-3 in 19.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 62 no, Virat Kohli 54, Andre Russell 1-12)