India almost in semis after crushing West Indies
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.Full Coverage| The match as it happened | Virat mixes calm and aggression, delivers win againindia Updated: Mar 24, 2014 20:24 IST
Mohammad Shami’s quick pick-up and throw resulted in Gayle’s run out – after he was dropped twice -- and the West Indies batting line-up looked listless after that. Their shot selection was poor, and they looked too ambitious with their urge to hit every bowler out of the park. And then they looked lethargic on the field when they came out to defend their paltry total.
Dropping Ravi Rampaul for the inexperienced left-arm medium pacer Krishmar Santokie backfired, and to top it all, the ever-dependable Sunil Narine began his spell with a no-ball and followed it up with a juicy full toss for the free hit delivery to Rohit Sharma, who sent it into orbit.
After Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply to Samuel Badree in the first over of the innings, a 106-run stand between Rohit and Virat Kohli took the match out of West Indies’ hands. Dhawan however would consider himself unlucky as replays showed the ball had pitched just outside leg and would have missed the leg-stump as well.
The only surprising part was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni not bringing Bhuvneshwar back to complete his quota. He instead handed the final over to Ravindra Jadeja, who gave away 21 runs.
India’s sole concern will be the form of Yuvraj Singh. After getting bowled through the gate against Pakistan, the left-hander was dismissed for 10 off 19 on Sunday and once again dropped a straight forward catch of Gayle. And the player who went to RCB for a whopping `14 crore was not called in to bowl on a wicket that offered much turn.
India, however, looked on course to grab a semi-final berth from the group with a seven-wicket win with two balls to spare, having notched up their second consecutive victory in three days.
The start of the India chase was delayed by 10 minutes because of confusion over the West Indies score. The initial tally showed 129 for seven and then it was revised to 130 for seven. Minutes later it was back to 129. Off the last ball of the 18th over, Lendl Simmons had hit Ravindra Jadeja to long-on where Suresh Raina completed a catch and the batsmen took a single. When the umpires referred it upstairs to check for overstepping, it was found that Jadeja had bowled a no-ball. Initially doing the right thing and ignoring the single that was taken by Simmons and Andre Russell, the scorers corrected the total, adding a run.
The rule says, when the umpires refer for no-ball following a dismissal, the ball is considered dead and the run is not counted.
First Published: Mar 24, 2014 01:09 IST