World Cup 2019: Great signs for upcoming matches, says Virender Sehwag after India drubbed Windies
Sehwag hailed the pacers and the tweakers in Blue who beat Caribbeans red and black.
Published - Jun 28, 2019 7:34 am | Updated - Jun 28, 2019 7:34 am
India continued with their dream run in ICC World Cup 2019 on Thursday when they beat the West Indies by 125 runs to go to the second spot in the points table. As the only unbeaten team in the competition now, India have 11 points from six games with five wins and one washout. Only Australia are ahead of India with 12 points from six games. New Zealand also have 11 points but they have played a match more than India along with an inferior net run-rate.
Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat at on a sunny day at Old Trafford where they had thumped Pakistan under overcast conditions some days ago. Though Rohit Sharma fell early to a dubious decision (even by the TV umpire), Kohli top scored for India with 72 – his fourth consecutive fifty in the tournament which also made him the quickest to complete 20,000 runs in international cricket.
MS Dhoni made 56 not out off 61 balls after having a slow start. Opener KL Rahul made 48 while Hardik Pandya made 46. India reached 268 for 7 in 50 overs with 16 runs coming off Dhoni’s bat in the final over. Pacer Kemar Roach was the pick of the Caribbean bowlers with 3 for 36.
The Caribbeans couldn’t handle the heat produced by Indian bowlers
However, the West Indies had no answer whatsoever to the Indian bowling. Mohammed Shami took his second successive four-for after the game against Afghanistan while Jasprit Bumrah took 2 for 9 in six overs. Yuzvendra Chahal took 2 for 39 while Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya took one wicket apiece. Opener Sunil Ambris, who played his first match of the World Cup, top scored with 31 before getting dismissed by Hardik.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 27, 2019
Former India opener Virender Sehwag was elated like million others Indian fans about the clinical performance that the Men in Blue put up in a crucial league match. Posting a moment of celebration of a fall of a wicket by the Indian team, Sehwag particularly praised the bowlers and said the signs were great for the upcoming games.
India play a very crucial game against hosts England at Edgbaston on Sunday. England will have to win that match to stay in the race for the semi-finals. India, on the other hand, will look to clinch the clash to book their semi-final berth. They play Bangladesh on July 2 and Sri Lanka on July 6.