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ICC World Cup 2015: Shami stars in tense win over West Indies

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India’s bowlers once again impressed as Team India registered their fourth win in as many games to confirm their place in the quarter-finals. Mohammed Shami led by the way with three crucial wickets, and was well backed up by Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma, as India never allowed the West Indian batsmen to settle into any sort of the rhythm at the WACA, Perth. India’s batsmen however weren’t as impressive. Many of them played poor shots to put India in trouble, and it again needed the cool head of skipper MS Dhoni who took India home in the company of Ravichandran Ashwin, as a duo featured in a crucial seventh wicket partnership.

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Above photo: India’s Mohammed Shami (2nd-L) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of West Indies batsman Darren Sammy (not in photo) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between India and the West Indies in Perth on March 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD / GETTY IMAGES

Indian bowlers continued their golden run in the tournament, and restricted the West Indians to 182, to set up what seemed was going to be an easy victory after bowling first. Shami got off to an excellent start sending back the out of form Dwayne Smith caught behind. But, his most important scalp was that of Chris Gayle. The dangerous opener was looking good on 21, having hit a couple of big boundaries. But, a well-directed short ball saw him hitting one straight up in the air. Earlier, India had dealt West Indies with another big blow when a brilliant fielding effort resulted in a mix up between Gayle and Marlon Samuels, and saw the later run-out.

At the time of Gayle’s dismissal, West Indies were struggling at 35 for 3, and it soon became 35 for 4 as Denesh Ramdin dragged one on to his stumps first ball. West Indies were hoping for the lower order to stand up, but the in-form Lendl Simmons managed only 9. Darren Sammy hung around for a while after being reprieved early on. But, when on 26, when he was caught behind off a snorter from Shami. It was left to skipper Jason Holder again to give West Indies something to bowl at. Holder batted with purpose for his 64-ball 57. Shami finished with 3 for 35 while Yadav and Jadeja claimed two wickets each.

Chasing 183, India lost both their openers cheaply to some wonderful bowling by Jerome Taylor. Virat Kohli eased his way to his 33 before being undone by an Andre Russell short ball. Things got tougher as Ajinkya Rahane was caught behind for 14, and Suresh Raina played a loose shot when on 22. And, when Ravindra Jadeja fell to another short delivery from Russell, India had collapsed to 134 for 6. Dhoni though kept his head, and his unbeaten 45 took India home by four wickets, in a match that ended up being closer than anticipated.

 

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