In the 34th match of the World Cup, India defeated the West Indies by 125 runs in Old Trafford in Manchester. This is India's biggest victory in terms of runs against the West Indies in World Cup history. Team India reached 11 points in 6 matches. He reached the second place in the points table India's next match will be against host England in Birmingham on June 30.
Virat Kohli (72), MS Dhoni (56 *), KL Rahul (48) and Hardik Pandya scored 46 runs off Team India. At the same time, Mohammed Shami top-wicket takers with four, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuswendra Chahal, two each and Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket each in the bowling. Virat Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant and struggling innings.
Kemar Roach took 3 wickets for the West Indies. In reply, West Indies were all out for 143 runs in 34.2 overs. For him, Sunil Ambris scored 31 runs. West Indian opener Chris Gayle did not play a big inning in this match. He returned to the pavilion by scoring 6 runs. Kedar Jadhav took the catch of Shami on the ball. Gayle could only make a check in his innings. Shami then sent the Shai Hope to the pavilion (5) too. Sunil Ambrish (31) was dismissed by Hardik.
Kuldeep sent the pavilion to Nicholas Puran. Puran scored 28 runs. He made a 55-run partnership with Sunil Ambrish for the third wicket. Chahal sent West Indies captain Jason Holder (6) to the pavilion. Team India has not lost any matches in the current World Cup. It is the fifth consecutive victory for Team India, while one match was washed out against New Zealand due to rain.
Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, on being asked about Dhoni's batting, says that the latter knows what he is doing. Adds that everyone has off days and the change room backs him. Further says that when one needs 10-15 runs at the end, Dhoni knows how to get those with the tail, something which boosted the team today, as they were aiming for 250. Stresses that the unit has guys who play positive and have their brand of cricket but Dhoni is one person in the middle who stands there and sends out a message as to what is a par score on any wicket. Calls him a legend of the game and hopes that he continues to perform similarly. Looking at India's last 2 wins, Kohli reflects that the matches have not gone according to plan, but they have found ways to win. Cites the excellent fielding which demonstrates excellent body language. Firmly states that the team believes that it can win from any position.
West Indies captain, Jason Holder, lauds his bowlers for restricting India and laments the poor show with the bat. On Dhoni's missed stumping, Holder admits that they did not seize the moment but adds that they would have taken 268 on any day. Adds that the team has let itself down significantly and feels the bowlers did their best but the fielding was very poor and the batting was very inconsistent. Agrees that the West Indies need to improve in this format, though stresses that there are plenty of positives in the dressing room. Praises the youngsters for giving it their all when asked of them.
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
The league round is moving towards its end and India will want to make its place in the semi-final with another win. At the same time, the West Indies would like to get their lost confidence by winning this match. In the semi-final race, the West Indies team is almost out, if they win matches with big margins against India and the opponents of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England lose all their remaining matches can be expected, but this is not possible.
After the West Indies, India will play against hosts England (June 30), Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6). Of these, Team India wins 2 matches and will make it to the semi-finals. It can also understand that for India to reach the semi-finals, currently, 3 points required. At present, he has 4 matches to earn them.
Old Trafford's wicket has been good in the tournament so far, both batsmen and bowlers have got help. Any more than 300 scores on this pitch will be challenging. The toss winning team will want to bat first because as the game progresses here spinners can get help.
When: 27th June, 2019 at 10:30 AM Local time
Where: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
India (From): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja
West Indies (From): Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Evin Lewis, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Sunil Ambris, Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel