Two-time champions India stood on the cusp of securing a spot in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after they stretched their unbeaten run in the tournament with a clinical 125-run victory against West Indies that eliminated the Caribbeans on Thursday.
Opting to bat first, India’s middle order did not exactly cover themselves in glory but skipper Virat Kohli’s elegant 72 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s laboured 56 not out helped them to a competitive 268-7 at Old Trafford.
Mohammed Shami and his bowling colleagues then returned to skittle out West Indies for 143 in 34.2 over as India jumped to second place in the standings after registering their fifth win in six matches with one no result. They lie one point behind holders Australia, who have played one more game.
West Indies became the third team -- after Afghanistan and South Africa -- to be eliminated after their fifth defeat in seven matches.
“In the last two games, things haven’t gone as we thought it would, but we’ve found ways of winning,” Kohli said referring to their last two batting efforts.
“The intensity in the field in the first 15 overs is something really good... We feel we can win from any situation.”
Earlier, Kohli continued his prolific run in the tournament but West Indies twice made smart use of the review system to reduce India to 140-4 in the 29th over.
After a quiet start, Rohit Sharma had nonchalantly pulled Kemar Roach (3-36) for a six before the quick sneaked one through his bat-pad gap and appealed for caught-behind but was turned down.
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