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Bowlers, Kohli And Dhoni Combine Together To Hand India Massive Win

Team India have kept their sensational unbeaten run in the ICC World Cup 2019 well in-tact in a fashionable manner, registering a massive 125-run victory over the Windies at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. On a slow track, India reached a fighting first innings total on the back of brilliant fifties from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Whereas, in the second innings, the bowlers displayed phenomenal collective efforts to rattle the Windies batsmen pretty quickly to hand India an emphatic victory. With this win, India have now climbed to the second spot on the points table.

Dhoni and Virat's impressive half-centuries gives India 268

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the two Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul started off things on a tentative note. However, when Rohit tried to attack, he got out giving the Windies a huge early breakthrough with 29 runs on the scoreboard. After his wicket, the pair of Rahul and Virat Kohli got together and resurrected the Indian innings with an excellent partnership of 69 runs. Rahul once again failed to convert his valuable start of 48 runs into a bigger score. 

The middle-order duo of Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav also got out pretty soon leaving India in a spot of bother at 140 for 4. However, Kohli kept his calm at the other end racking up a fine innings of 72 runs off 82 balls. But he too got out in the 39th over in the form of a soft dismissal. 

After his wicket, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya combined together and stitched a vital partnership of 70 runs to increase the scoring rate at the death overs stage. Dhoni played an excellent unbeaten innings of 56 runs to help India finish with a fighting score of 268 runs on the scoreboard. For Windies, Roach finished with three scalps, while Holder and Thomas picked up two wickets each. 

Indian bowlers collective efforts deflates the Windies team

Chasing a stiff target of 269 runs on a slow track, the Windies team got off to a horrendous start losing the key wickets of Chris Gayle and Shai Hope within the first seven overs with just 16 runs on the board. The pair of Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran then added a stand of 56 runs to bail their team out of trouble. Indian Hardik Pandya removed Ambris in the 18th over to help India stage a definite comeback and after that wicket, the Windies suffered yet another remarkable batting collapse in this World Cup.

After Ambris’ dismissal, Windies lost their next five wickets for just 32 runs, crumbling at 112 for 8. The Indian bowlers delivered brilliant efforts to rattle the West Indies middle-order. The Indian fast bowlers, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah wrapped the Windies tail pretty quickly bowling them out for 143 runs in 34.2 overs. Shami was once again the star with the ball finishing with four wickets to his name, while Bumrah and Chahal picked up two scalps each.

Brief Scores

India: 268/7 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli-72, MS Dhoni-56*; Kemar Roach 3/36, Jason Holder 2/33)

Windies: 143/10 in 34.2 overs (Sunil Ambris-31; Mohammed Shami 4/16, Jasprit Bumrah 2/9)

Result: India won the match by 125 runs.