India crush West Indies to continue unbeaten run

India remained as the only unbeaten team in World Cup 2019 as they thrashed the West Indies by 125 runs to move closer to securing their place in the semi-finals. A win in the next game against hosts England will be enough to book a last four berth.

India brought their A game with skipper Virat Kohli leading from the front and found support from MS Dhoni as the team posted 268 for seven after electing to bat. This was followed by a brilliant bowling performance, which saw the West Indies being skittled out for 143 in 34.2 overs.

Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 16 in 6,2 overs while Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal chipped in with two wickets apiece.

In two successive matches now, the bowlers have more than covered up for a mediocre show from the batsmen, save skipper Kohli. Shami (4/16 in 6.2 overs) was at his best in the first spell as he first bounced Chris Gayle out and then bowled an off-cutter to remove Shai Hope.

In his second spell, he got Shimron Hetmver, while new ball partner Jasprit Bumrah (2/9 in 6 overs) was fast and accurate getting two wickets of successive deliveries.

Kuldeep Yadav (1/35 in 9 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/39 in 7 overs) were too hot for the Caribbean batsmen on a track, where run scoring became increasingly difficult with passage of time.

The last seven wickets fell for 63 runs in a space of 14 overs, which indicated the Caribbean plight.

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