World Cup 2015: India Clinch Nervy Four-Wicket Win over WI to Confirm QF Berth

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015 | 0

World Cup 2015: It was a tensed atmosphere at the vivacious WACA stadium in Perth on Friday. Chasing a paltry 183-run total, defending champions India were struggling at 134-6, before skipper MS Dhoni exhibited nerves to survive a scare.

Earlier, West Indies decided to bat first after winning the toss. It, eventually, proved to be an erroneous decision, as a lethal Indian bowling unit ensured that the Caribbean side get bundled out for 182 in the 45th over itself.

Captain Jason Holder (57) was the top-scorer, who played a pivotal acquittal to take his team to a legible total. Mohammed Shami (3/35) was the wrecker-in-chief, while Ravindra Jadeja (2/27) and Umesh Yadav (2/42) also chipped in crucial contributions.

In response, India lost both their openers – Rohit Sharma (7) and Shikhar Dhawan (9) – cheaply. Subsequently, wickets of Virat Kohli (33), Ajinkya Rahane (14), Suresh Raina (22), and Ravindra Jadeja (13) saw the Asian side in a precarious situation, before Dhoni (45*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (16*) held their nerves to pull off the target within 40 overs.

By the virtue of this win, India have assured their place in the quarterfinals, and are likely to finish off at the top of Pool ‘B’ standings.

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