India beat West Indies by 80 runs at Chennai

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  • India beat West Indies by 80 runs at Chennai

India beat West Indies by 80 runs at Chennai

West Indies once again showed how prone they are to crumbling under pressure when it comes to chasing down a target. With both team having already made it to the quarter finals of the World Cup, this game was to decide who will play who in the final 8. India being the host nation knew that regardless of the result they will be playing in their own country when it comes to the quarter finals, but a win ensured that they will take on Australia at Ahmadabad. There were few big names missing from both line ups. India rested Virendar Sehwag and West Indies had former captain and opener Chris Gayle and bowling spearhead Kemar Roach both on the sidelines.  Batting first India were led with the bat by a brilliant hundred by the inform Yuvraj Singh, but once again the Indians lost their last few wickets in a heap and lost a good chance of making a big total. West Indies in reply looked to be on track to get the target, but they also have a habit of falling like a pack of cards and a good chase ended in a one sided win for the Indians.

 With Sehwag out of the side Gautham Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings for India. Tendulkar did an Adam Gilchrist in the middle, that means that the great man decided to walk off following an appeal for caught behind. The umpire was shaking his head, but Sachin was not bothered and showed that he is not just the greatest batsman ever but also holds the spirit of the game in high regard. Tendulkar walked off after edging one to the keeper for just 2. Virat Kohli came in at number three and looked in good nick. Gambhir and Kohli made good use of the fielding restrictions and played with freedom. The pair added 43 runs for the 2nd wicket before Gambhir was dismissed for 22 runs. Yuvraj Singh and Kohli put on a solid stand of 122 runs for the 3rd wicket and India looked on target for a score beyond 300. Kohli was dismissed for 59 but Yuvraj went on to complete a scintillating hundred. After Kohli’s dismissal MS Dhoni came in but was dismissed for just 22 runs. Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan were dismissed for 4 and 11 respectively, and India’s hopes of posting a big total started fading away. Yuvraj was eventually dismissed for 113 runs and the whole Indian team folded for 268 runs in the final over. Ravi Rampaul claimed 5 wickets for West Indies.

West Indian reply  started decently, the openers Devon Smith and Kirk Edwards took the score to 34. Edwards was dismissed by R Ashwin for 17 runs. Darren Bravo came in at number three and started the innings with authority. Bravo and Smith added 57 runs for the 2nd wicket . Bravo was dismissed for 22. Ramnaresh Sarwan joined Smith and the two looked to be taking the innings in the right direction. But with the score at 154 for 2 the collapse began. Smith was dismissed for well made 81 runs, and Sarwan on the other end just went into his shell. Kieran Pollard , Devon Thomas, and Darren Sammy were all dismissed in quick succession for 1,2,and 2 respectively. The Windies just did not recover from there and Sarwan was their only hope standing on the other end. But as he tried to go for the big shot, he was also dismissed for 39 and the whole team was dismissed for 188 runs. India won the match by 80 runs, and Yuvraj Singh was named man of the match for his hundred and two wickets. 


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