India have beaten the West Indies by four wickets despite some nervous moments in their ICC Cricket World Cup game at the WACA in Perth.
After bowling the West Indies out for 182 in the first innings, India had their first scare of the tournament as they were reduced to six for 134 in the seemingly easy run-chase, before a captain’s knock from MS Dhoni got them over the line.
The Indian bowlers were on fire early, drawing many play’s and misses from the West Indian openers and creating many chances.
Though Chris Gayle was dropped twice, Dwayne Smith didn’t have the same luck, being caught behind off Mohammed Shami for six.
The start didn’t get any better for the West Indies, with Marlon Samuels (two) being run-out as Gayle skied a pull shot and watched it fall short of the fieldsman rather than taking an easy single.
After that, wickets fell at regular intervals as the West Indies collapsed to seven for 85.
However, an innings of 57 from captain Jason Holder saved them from complete disaster, before they were all-out in the 43rd over.
Man of the match Shami was the best of the Indian bowlers, taking three for 35.
The second innings got off to a similar start to the first, with both Indian openers being dismissed by Jerome Taylor (2/33) inside the first seven overs.
Again, the batting innings failed to improve with the Indians also collapsing to 5-107.
Luckily for the Indians, Dhoni (45 not out) and Ravi Ashwin (16 not out) steadied and guided their team over the total in the 40th over.
The unbeaten Indians are now firmly placed on top of Pool B, while the West Indies upcoming game against the UAE is a must win if they are to make the quarter finals.
Written by Kirralee Thomas @kirralee_thomas