India defeated the West Indies by 125 runs in the ICC World Cup 2019. This is India’s fifth win in six matches, while one match was canceled due to rain. With this win, the Indian team has scored 11 points and it has reached number two in the points table.
New Zealand also has 11 points but India is ahead because of better run rate. India is just one step away from reaching the semi-finals. If the Indian team beat England on Sunday, they will make their place in the last four. India is the only team in the current tournament which has not lost any matches.
In this match played at Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium, India won the toss and presented the challenge of 268 runs. In reply, the West Indies could score 143 runs in 34.2 overs. This is the fifth consecutive victory for India. Sunil Ambris (31) made the most runs for the West Indies. He hit 2 fours in his innings of 40 balls.
Mohammed Shami has been the best bowler on behalf of India. Shami, who took 4 wickets against Afghanistan, also took 4 wickets in this match. Apart from them, Jaspreet Bumrah and Yuzwendra Chahal got two-two wickets while Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav got one wicket each.
The West Indies started poorly and their two important batsmen Chris Gayle (6) and Shai Hope (5) returned to the pavilion in seventh over. After that, Ambris and Nicholas Pooran (28) tried to handle the team with a 55-run partnership for the second wicket. But in the 18th over, the West Indies’ innings started flaring when Ambris was dismissed, and the batsmen could not even face the Indian bowlers. The West Indies’s poor condition can be judged by the fact that its six batsmen could not score the 10 runs.
India had earlier scored 268 runs in the last 50 overs, losing 7 wickets. For India, captain Virat Kohli (72) scored most runs. Apart from them, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (56 not out), Lokesh Rahul (48), Hardik Pandya (46), Rohit Sharma (18), Vijay Shankar (14), Mohammed Shami (0) and Vijay Shankar contributed 7 runs. Kemar Roach took three wickets from the West Indies while Sheldon Cottrell and Jason Holder took two wickets each.
Bad start of India
Starting of India team was going bad after winning the toss with the bat. Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who started the innings, could add only 29 runs for the first wicket. This partnership was broken by Kemar Roach by Rohit on the last ball of the sixth over. He was caught out by wicketkeeper Shai Hop. Rohit scored 18 runs in 23 balls. During this, he hit 1 four and 1 six.