India moved a step closer to the World Cup semi-finals and ended West Indies’ slim hopes of qualifying with a 125-run thrashing at Old Trafford.
West Indies, chasing 269 for victory, were dismantled by India, with pace bowler Mohammad Shami taking 4-16 and Jasprit Bumrah 2-9.
It was an underwhelming response from West Indies after they were economical with the ball and tidy in the field.
Virat Kohli made 72 as India worked hard in front of a vociferous crowd, and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 56, which saw him take 16 runs from the final over, propelled them to 268-7.
West Indies were ultimately dismissed for 143 with 94 balls remaining and will be left to rue a impatient batting performance on a slow pitch.
India are the only unbeaten team in the tournament and yesterday replaced England – their next opponents – at the top of the one-day rankings.
They will head to Edgbaston on Sunday with plenty of confidence, knowing that victory will secure their semi-final berth and make England’s task to qualify even more difficult. (BBC)
Summarised scores:India 268-7(50 overs) Virat Kohli 72, MS Dhoni 56*, KL Rahul 48, Hardik Pandya 46, Rohit Sharma 18, Vijay Shankar 14; Kemar Roach 3-36, Sheldon Cottrell 2-50, Jason Holder 2-33; West Indies 143(34.2 overs) Sunil Ambris 31, Nicholas Pooran 28, Shimron Hetmyer 18, Kemar Roach 14, Sheldon Cottrell 10; Mohammed Shami 4-16, Jasprit Bumrah 2-9, Yuzvendra Chahal 2-39.