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India drop down many gears to cruise to win against Windies

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Former Champions India continued their unbeaten run at the 2014 ICC World T20 with a facile 7 wicket win against the reigning champions, the West Indies in Mirpur. India were largely exceptional with the ball, ordinary in the field and never really got out of second gear with the bat in what was a very one sided contest.

India won the toss and put the West Indies into bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was completely unplayable with the brand new ball, conceding just 3 runs from 3 overs and beat the bat on numerous occasions. His new ball partner Mohammad Shami was unlucky not to get Chris Gayle in his very first over with Ravichandran Ashwin grassing a regulation chance at first slip. Gayle went on to make 34 and top scored for the West Indies, but it wasn't one of his more explosive innings with his strike rate barely better than a run a ball.

The Indian spinning quartet (yes Suresh Raina is now a officially a member) ran through the middle overs and completely dried up the runs. Had it not been for a final over blitz in which the West Indies scored 21 off Ravindra Jadeja, India may well have been chasing a lot less than the feeble 130 run target in front of them.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan early to a poor umpiring decision from the usually reliable Richard Illingworth, who somehow failed to read Samuel Badree's leg break which was going miles down the legside. A 106 run partnership between Rohit Sharma (62 not out) and Virat Kohli (54) put India comfortably on the course to victory. Both men were fed fodder and drink but some rather wayward Windies bowling and helped themselves to a half century apiece.

India though for the second game running chose not to punish their opponents and give themselves a boost in the net run rate column. In what is clearly a tough group that decision may well come back to haunt the Indian team management. West Indies on their part were delighted to take the match down to the last over with India finally scoring the 1 run they needed for victory with 2 balls to spare.

Yuvraj Singh did get some time in the middle, making 10 from 19 balls, and in addition to his dropped catch (once more for the second game running), cut a rather lost figure on the field. It remains to be seen if this former legend of the limited overs game will benefit from his batting practice and shine in future games, or whether he loses his place in the side due to his obvious lack of form.

Mini Scorecard:

West Indies 129-7 (20 overs, 6.45rpo)

C Gayle 34 (33) R Jadeja 3-48 (4)

L Simmons 27 (22) A Mishra 2-18 (4)

India 130-3 (19.4 overs, 6.61rpo)

R Sharma 62 (55) A Russell 1-12 (2)

V Kohli 54 (41) M Samuels 1-22 (3.4)

India win by 7 wickets