With the help of Kohli’s match-winning 72 off 82 balls, India got better of Windies by a margin of 125 runs and rise to 2nd spot in the points table. West Indies tasted defeat in this match held at Old Trafford on June 27th in the ongoing Cricket World Cup.
India won the toss elected to bat first on a pitch that looked dry and a true batting surface. Indian openers were off to a cautious start, but when they were about to change gears, Rohit was dismissed controversially. Then Kohli took charge of the innings and scored a well made 72 and built some good partnerships with Rahul and Dhoni. When India was looking good at 180-4 in 38 overs, Kohli’s wicket got Windies back into the attack. But Hardik’s destructive 46 runs off just 38 balls with the help of 5 boundaries along with vintage Dhoni scoring 16 runs off last over took India to a respectable total of 268-7 in their quota of 50 overs.
In reply to India’s 268, Windies’ openers started slowly as Indian bowlers cramped them for room and bowled with great discipline. West Indies managed only 29 runs in the first 10 overs and lost 2 wickets in the form of Gayle and Hope. Both the batsmen were removed by Shami. Ambris and Pooran tried to re-build the innings. They successfully stopped the fall of wickets for almost 11 overs. But with the fall of Ambris’s wicket WIndies’ batting order fell like a deck of cards. West Indies lost its last 5 wickets in a span of 36 runs which highlights the lack of potential in its middle order. Overall, they were bundled for 143 runs in under 35 overs. Mohammad Shami’s 4/16 are the best figures for Ind vs WI in World Cups. With this defeat, WI is officially out of the race.
Virat Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match for his 72(82 balls; 8*4s).
Holder, WI captain: Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us. Batting was too inconsistent. Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting.
Virat Kohli, IND captain: I can’t complain, we just became no. 1 yesterday as far as rankings are concerned, to be honest, we are playing that way for a while, need to continue that way. Things haven’t gone our way with the bat in the last two games, but we have still done well to win, that’s being the most pleasing thing. Happy with my own contribution as well. Today we improved, Hardik played really well and MS finished strongly. When those two play in that way, we always get to a good total. Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games. The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us. We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans. He’s such a keen understanding of the game. Always sends us feedback, that you know 260 is a good score. He’s a legend of the game. We all know that. Just hope he can continue. Last two games, things haven’t gone like we thought they would. These haven’t been massive scoring games. But we’ve found ways of winning. Intensity has been the standout thing for me. Mindset really matters. Nothing is impossible. We feel we can win from any situation.