India romp home against Windies

India romp home against Windies

The plots for the two matches on the day, on the same surface, couldn’t have been any starker.

The match between Australia and Pakistan, on Sunday afternoon, rained sixes and fours almost every ball while the day’s second match, involving India and West Indies, was a sluggish affair. A total of 366 runs were scored over two innings in the first match in 40 overs and less than 100 came in the second in almost the same number of overs.

The India-West Indies clash, contrary to expectations, made for less of a spectacle but the Indian fans weren’t complaining. After another stellar show with the ball that confined West Indies’ total to 129 for seven, India replied with 130 for three in 19.3 overs for their second win in as many matches in Group 2 of the World T20 here at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium on Sunday.

After Friday’s seven-wicket win over Pakistan, it was another command win set up once again by the bowlers and completed by the batsmen. Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced the most economical spell (3-0-3-0) in T20 Internationals up front while man of the match Amit Mishra was magical. His leg-spin and googly that accounted for Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo off successive balls was of high quality and R Ashwin bowled way better than his figures would suggest.       

Once bowlers did their job, Virat Kohli (54, 41b, 5x4, 1x6) and Rohit Sharma (62, 55b, 5x4, 2x6) ensured India’s smooth chase. Barring a few lapses in the field, which they can’t afford to commit repeatedly, India were near-perfect in the execution of their plans. The one minor complaint could be that after racing to 48 for one in the Power Play, Indian batsmen could have tried to finish the match early that would have enhanced their net run-rate. After all there is still plenty of action left in the tournament.

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