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HindustanTimes Sun,19 Oct 2014
World T20: Kohli, Rohit bat West Indies out of the match
Agnibesh Das, Hindustantimes.com
New Delhi, March 23, 2014
First Published: 18:47 IST(23/3/2014)
Last Updated: 22:58 IST(23/3/2014)

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's 106-run stand and man of the match Amit Mishra's 2/18 helped India register a comfortable seven-wicket victory over West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan early in the World T20 tie. Spinner Samuel Badree, who opened the bowling for the Caribbeans, got one to skid on to Dhawan's pads, catching him in front of the wicket.

Replays suggested the ball was going down the leg. But Dhawan had to leave for a duck.

Kohli (54) came in next. After a slow over from rookie Santokie, he hit Badree for a four and a six in his next over. Santokie got the same treatment in his next, conceding 11 runs.

Rohit (62*) joined the party soon, and the two put up a flawless batting display. Even veterans Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo were not spared. The two never shied away from stealing tricky singles either.

Kohli finally left in the 15th over, when he dragged an Andre Russell delivery on to his stumps. But, it was too late for the Windies to make a comeback.

Yuvraj Singh (10) failed to impress again. He was not able to see it through to the end, falling to a soft dismissal.

In the Windies innings, another brilliant outing from Amit Mishra saw India restrict West Indies to 129/7. Mishra scalped two for 18. Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, though he was a bit too expensive, conceding 48 in four overs.

Mishra's first victim was Marlon Samuels (18), who gave the charge to a tossed up leg-break and was miles out of his crease when Dhoni whipped the bails off.

The very next ball, Dwayne Bravo was done in by the googly and had to leave for a golden duck, trapped LBW.

With India bowling first, Bhuvneshwar Kumar set the stage with a brilliant exhibition of seam bowling, getting a bit of lateral movement off the pitch, cramping openers Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle for space.

On the other hand, Mohammed Shami, his new ball partner, had a bit of trouble controlling the swing and gave away far too many wides.

He will feel disappointed, however, with R Ashwin dropping a regulation catch at first slip off the bat of Chris Gayle.

Gayle drove hard at a full-length delivery outside off. The thick edge went to Ashwin at head height, but he failed to hold on to it. Gayle was yet to open his account.

India's bad day on the field continued as Yuvraj Singh dropped an easy catch in the deep after Gayle missed a googly and skied it. Gayle was at 19.

Ashwin finally got a breakthrough when Smith hit one straight back to him, taking a sharp diving catch to remove the opener at 11.

On the last ball of the 13th over, Gayle finally ran out of luck when Shami's throw found him short of his crease. Samuels had pushed for a cheeky single and the slow Gayle was way too far. He had to leave on 34.

Ravindra Jadeja kept the pressure on, removing Darren Sammy at 11 in the 18th over. Sammy tried to slog it out of the park but did not time it well, finding Rohit Sharma in the deep.

The over also saw another wicket with Lendl Simmons mis-hitting one only to find Suresh Raina's safe hands. A third umpire review found Jadeja overstepping. Simmons came back and thanked Jadeja with a massive six.

Jadeja then came back to bowl an eventful last over. The first ball removed Andre Russell (7), whose mistimed slog found Virat Kohli at deep mid-wicket.

Simmons then hit the next two balls out of the park. The next delivery, he was finally caught at backward point for 27. The next ball, Sunil Narine hit another six, taking the total runs scored in the over to 20.

Earlier, Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dhoni reckoned the dew factor would make batting second easier.

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