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World Cup 2015 India vs West Indies: First-half report

India bowled the West Indies out for a paltry 182 in 44.2 overs in a World Cup Pool B match at the WACA here on Friday

WorldCup2015 Updated: Mar 06, 2015 17:45 IST
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India bowled the West Indies out for a paltry 182 in 44.2 overs in a World Cup Pool B match at the WACA here on Friday.

The West Indies innings never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Jason Holder (57) waged a lone battle for the two-time World Cup winners.

For India, Mohammed Shami (3-35), Ravindra Jadeja (2-27) and Umesh Yadav (2-42) put up an impressive show. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and medium pacer Mohit Sharma took a wicket each.

44.2 overs | R. JADEJA TO J. HOLDER
OUT! Finally Holder goes! Tossed up, Holder tries to heave it over long off into the stands. He however does not connect it well and Kohli at the fence does well to take the catch. Finally a boundary rider holds onto the catch and WEST INDIES INNINGS END AT 182.

42.6 overs | U. YADAV TO J. TAYLOR
OUT! Back of a length on middle, Taylor tries to pull it but only manages to get a top edge up in the air. Yadav runs to his right and takes a simple return catch. A good partnership is broken as Yadav strikes on the last ball of his spell.

35.4 overs | M. SHAMI TO D. SAMMY
OUT! Partnership broken! Back of a length in the channel just outside off, Sammy pushes at it and gets a nick to the keeper. Dhoni behind the stumps takes a simple catch and West Indies lose another wicket.

24.1 overs | R. JADEJA TO A. RUSSELL
OUT! Gives it aways! Pitched up on off, Russell goes after it but only manages it to get it till long off. Kohli does well at the fence and takes a good catch to send Russell back to the pavilion. Another one goes for the Windies and Jadeja strikes on his first ball of the match

21.5overs | R. ASHWIN TO J. CARTER
OUT! Ashwin gets his first! Flighted on middle and leg, Carter sweeps this one but gets a top edge to fine leg. Shami comes running in from the fence but is blinded by the sun coming in his eye. He however does well and takes a good catch to land Ashwin his first wicket of the match.

18.1 overs | M. SHARMA TO L. SIMMONS

OUT! Another one goes! Very well directed short ball from Mohit, Simmons tries to pull it from outside off but does not get enough on it. Yadav at fine leg settles under the catch and takes an easy catch. West Indies now have lost half their side.

9.1 overs | U. YADAV TO D. RAMDIN
OUT! India are in command here! Full outside off, Ramdin tries to drive it but gets an inside edge onto the stump. The ball cracks the off stump and West Indies lose another one.

8.6 overs | M. SHAMI TO C. GAYLE
OUT! Gayle perishes! Short on middle, Gayle pulls it but does not get enough to it. Mohit Sharma comes running in from deep square leg and settles down under it. Mohit does not miss it and Gayle's cameo ends.

7.2 overs | U. YADAV TO C. GAYLE
Presence of mind! Short on middle, Gayle mistimes his pull just short of mid on. Mohit does brilliant to first stop the ball and then had great presence of mind to throw it to Virat Kohli as both the batsman were at the striker's end. Kohli runs and flicks the bails off and Samuels is run out.wicket.

4.5 overs | M. SHAMI TO D. SMITH
One down! Length delivery outside off, nips in a tad after pitching, Smith tries cutting it but is beaten for room. He only gets thin outside edge that flies to the keeper. Dhoni behind the stumps takes a simple catch and West Indies lose their first wicket.

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Back story

On a roll with a hat-trick of victories under their belt, a rampaging India will look to continue their winning run against an inconsistent but dangerous West Indies in their fourth group league encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The Indian juggernaut has rolled with such speed that it has crushed arch-rivals Pakistan, a pretty solid South Africa and minnows UAE under its wheels while being firmly perched at the top and inching towards the pole position in the group B points table.

On the eve of the match, India would hope that the off-the-field controversy surrounding vice-captain and team's batting mainstay Virat Kohli's conduct doesn't turn out to be a distraction in an otherwise smooth campaign so far.

The India versus West Indies clash has all the ingredients of a cracker but the Caribbeans have never really performed well against India since 1992 in Wellington, when they last won the contest at the global event.

On paper as well as on current form, West Indies are no match for India, who were near flawless in their three matches with thorough professional performances.

All the Indian top-order batsmen have contributed in some form or the other in the first three matches while the bowlers have silenced their critics with some solid show which makes them clear favourites against the young Jason Holder-led team. Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have struck form from the start of the tournament while Suresh Raina made useful contribution in the first match against Pakistan.

Rohit Sharma missed out in the first two games but against UAE, got a decent hit out there in the middle with a half-century. The performance of the specialist batsmen have in fact covered the grey area which is skipper Dhoni's indifferent form.

Among the bowlers, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been the best with eight wickets and a mean economy rate under present field restrictions.

Mohit Sharma has been the surprise package for India in the tournament while Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and a half-fit Bhuvneshwar Kumar have come up with more decent performances.

There is a 'Chris Gayle Factor', which makes it an intriguing battle as the big Jamaican can change the complexion of a game in a matter of five overs.