Mohammad Shami stars as India crush West Indies at Manchester

Pace bowler Mohammad Shami picked up four-wicket haul as India beat West Indies by 125 runs in 34th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Thursday. The day started with Indian captain Virat Kohli winning the toss and opting to bat first.

West Indies made early inroads with the new-ball and removed opener Rohit Sharma in the sixth over of the match.

However, a 69-run partnership between captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul for the second-wicket put India back on track.

Rahul departed in the 20th over, but Kohli remained on the crease and made sure his team post competitive score on the board. He scored 72 off 82 balls with the help of eight boundaries. Captain Jason Holder dismissed Kohli to see India placed in a precarious position at 180 for 5 in 38.2 overs.

Wicket-keeper MS Dhoni scored splendid 56 off just 61 with the help of three fours and two sixes, whereas all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored 46 off just 38 balls, including five boundaries.

For West Indies, Pace bowler Kemar Roach was the most successful one of the lot, as he claimed three wickets and gave away just 36 runs in his 10 overs. Mohammad Shami clean up Shai Hope with inswing delivery to see West Indies lose two wickets with just 16 runs on the board.

In reply, West Indies had an horrid beginning as once again veteran opener Chris Gayle’s poor run with the bat continues and he departed after just scoring six runs.

A 55-run partnership between Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran kept West Indies provided a glimmer of hope for West Indies and kept them in the hunt in the game, but the introduction of wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal turned the game in favor of India.

West Indies capitulated badly in the chase and were dismissed for 143 runs in 34.2 overs.Ambris finished with the top score of 31 off 40 balls with the help of two fours, whereas Pooran scored 28 off 50. For India, Shami was the standout bowler on display as he picked up wickets in the game.

For his splendid batting performance, Kohli was named player of the match.

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