#CWC15: Shami books India into World Cup quarter after West Indies win

Mohammad Shami was the star with the ball as India beat West Indies by 4 wickets to book their place in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals.

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“I am very happy with this performance,” said Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the match. “I thought it was a difficult wicket, it was doing a bit and had variable bounce.

“There was swing and our bowlers did well not to try to much and stuck to their line and length, using the bouncer well. Our lower middle order had not been tested in the tournament so far so it was good to show that we are very difficult to contain.”

West Indies required a win to keep their hopes of progressing out of Pool B alive. It was a pacey pitch that Caribbean sides of old would have relished.

It was however India that made the most of the conditions with Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma building up challenging heads of steam.

West Indies innings stuttered from the off and only reached a modest 182 after a captain’s knock from Jason Holder who scored a fifty.

Dwayne Smith has endured a woeful World Cup so far and again lost patience against Shami, while Marlon Samuels was run out after a mix-up with Gayle which saw both batsman at the same and with the ball at the other.

465323540 (1)Gayle managed one six before, was dropped twice, before being pulling to deep midwicket. Denesh Ramdin dragged Yadav on to his stumps first ball and West Indies was 35 for four.

West Indies were 85 for seven when Holder joined Darren Sammy as both reined themselves in, accumulating streadily, until Shami returned in the batting powerplay to bowl Sammy.

Holder realised he had to up the ante to add 51 for the ninth wicket with Jerome Taylor in 44 balls of which Taylor faced just 18. Holder reached fifty in 56 balls before being the last man out. West Indies did not have enough on the board, but sailing was far from plain for India in reply.

India equalled the ICC Cricket World Cup record of eight consecutive wins after Mahendra Singh Dhoni played his customary finisher role to secure a victory with 65 deliveries to spare.

Jerome Taylor had Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma caught behind. Virat Kohli batted beautifully to recover India’s challenge under the lights until he and Ravindra Jadeja were dismissed on the pull.

Rahane was caught behind off Kemar Roach, Suresh Raina played at a wide one from Dwayne Smith. It was Dhoni (45 not out) and Ashwin who did the business for India with a stand worth 51.

Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, said: “I have no regrets about batting first, it was a good wicket. Our batsmen didn’t bat long enough and going forward we need to adjust to conditions quicker, fortunately I got some runs at the end. We need to put together a complete game and then we will do well in the last game.”

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