Team India defeated the West Indies World Cup Squad in  a Head-To-Head Match

India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

The W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth saw a stunning game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between India and West Indies, as India has already beaten Pakistan, Zimbabwe and UAE, while West Indies has been beaten by Ireland and South Africa and defeated Pakistan and Zimbabwe, in their previous appearances in the World Cup. West Indies has been considered absolutely no match for India, on paper as well as on current form, especially with India’s almost flawless and professional performance so far in the tournament.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

India’s batting is historically the strongest suit of the team, and has been proven all anew by the scores of 300 against Pakistan, and 307 against South Africa, followed by a dominant chase of 102 of UAE, just last Saturday, at the same venue. This match was the perfect test of India’s batting lineup in the faceoff against West Indies, as they came up against pace and bounce of the fast WACA wicket.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

Mohammad Shami, the speedster of India, had sustained a knee injury, from which he recovered, as he was available team in its process of selection for the next group league match. “Shami is fit and available for selection,” team’s media manager RN Baba told PTI. Their biggest, weapon, however, especially for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, was expected to be the bounce on the WACA track. “The bounce is one of my biggest advantages here,” Ashwin had admitted, adding, “I like challenging attacking players like Gayle.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

As for the rest of India’s fielding, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg had commented that India’s fielding has made them a strong team and they are difficult to beat. Captain M. S. Dhoni, agrees, too, as, after India’s win over South Africa, he was noted saying, “I have time to think more about the strategies rather than trying to use four or five good fielders and seeing what’s really needed, whether I need to stop the singles or I need boundary riders who can stop the twos and the threes.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

On the other hand, a team with Chris Gayle representing is too big a peril to be taken lightly. The towering batsman has already made his presence felt in the tournament, and has emerged as only the fourth player to make a One-Day International double hundred against Zimbabwe. Fresh from his staggering double century Gayle was surely the main man for West Indies in their attempt to compete with India’s batting strength.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

India was enjoying an upper hand over West Indies in their World Cup campaigns, having won four games out of seven games so far. In 1983, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, India had finally managed to end the Caribbean stranglehold on the Cup. Then in another match in the 2011 of World Cup, India faced West Indies for the first time in 15 years. Dhoni was the skipper back then as well, and he chose to bat first against the Darren Sammy-led West Indies after winning the toss. India put a challenging 268 on board, and won by a solid 80-run margin.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

Most of the players of West Indian team are an integral part of the Indian Premier League, and they strted with the advantage of having to face most many of their IPL team-mates with familiar style and gameplay. Jason Holder and Dwayne Smith know Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni up-close, while Virat Kohli is a close ‘buddy’ of Chris Gayle. Sammy said “West Indies have a good relationship with the Indians and we enjoy playing against the Indians. The Indian fans will come out in big numbers but we know the Indians also love us and will support us.”

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first. India beat West Indies by 4 wickets. West Indies scored 182 for 4 wickets in 39.1 overs, while India finished 185 for 6 wickets. The match was a close one, with nervous moments for both the teams. As West Indies played under a young and inexperienced captain, Jason Holder, India lost 6 wickets with just a small run to chase.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

It was a difficult wicket, but despite the drop catches and the bounce on the pitch, India managed to get West Indies out within 44.2 overs at just 182 runs. The top batsmen on their side were Holder who scored 56 off 64 calls, Sammy who made 26 in 55 balls, Gayle, at 21 runs in 27 balls and Carter with 21 runs in 43 balls. Shami took 3 wickets and gave 35 runs in 8 overs, followed by Jadeja who took 2 wickets and gave 27 runs in 8.2 overs.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

Dhoni scored the winning shot, as he finished his own score at 45 off 56 balls as a four down batsman. He was brilliantly supported by Ashwin who scored 16 in 32 balls, thus leading to the best partnership of the innings, at 51 off 64 balls in a 7th wicket partnership. Indian opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had short innings, with 7 runs for 18 balls, and 9 runs for 14 balls, respectively. One down batsman Virat Kohli scored 33 in 36 balls. Taylor took 2 wickets and gave 33 runs in 8 overs, at an economic rate of 4.13.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

Mohd. Shami not only showed great bowling but also remained the last holding star when India was in a perilous situation. Though the battle between him and Dhoni over the Player of the Match award was close, Shami took it home.

After a close but rather predictable match, India earned their fourth consecutive win in the tournament. This win led MS Dhoni to equal Kapil Dev’s tally of the most wins (11) by an Indian captain in the World Cup, marking a new achievement for him as a captain.

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India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

India vs West Indies ICC world cup 2015 Statistics

West Indies Batting First Innings

BatsmanDecisionRunsBallFourSixStrike Rate
Dwayne Smithc MS Dhoni b M. Shami6201030
Chris Gaylec M. Sharma b M. Shami21272177.77
Marlon Samuelsrun out V. Kohli270028.57
Jonathan Carterc M. Shami b R. Ashwin21433048.83
Denesh Ramdinb U. Yadav01000
Lendl Simmonsc U. Yadav b M. Sharma9220040.90
Darren Sammyc MS Dhoni b M. Shami26552047.27
Andre Russellc V. Kohli b R. Jadeja8801100
Jason Holderc V. Kohli b R. Jadeja57644389.06
Jerome Taylorc & b U. Yadav11181061.11
Kemar RoachNot Out01000

India Bowling First Innings

BowlerOverMaidenRunWicketEconomy RateNo BallWide
Mohammed Shami823534.3705
Umesh Yadav1014224.205
Ravichandran Ashwin903814.2201
Mohit Sharma923513.8804
Ravindra Jadeja8.202723.2401

India Vs West Indies Match Report
India Vs West Indies 6th March 2015 Match Report

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India Batting Second Innings

BatsmanDecisionRunBallFourSixStrike Rate
Rohit Sharmac D. Ramdin b J. Taylor7181038.88
Shikhar Dhawanc D. Sammy b J. Taylor9141064.28
Virat Kohlic M. Samuels b A. Russel33365091.66
Ajinkya Rahanec D. Ramdin b K. Roach14342041.17
Suresh Rainac D. Ramdin b D. Smith22252088
MS Dhoni*Not Out45563180.35
Ravindra Jadejac M. Samuels b A. Russell13232056.52
Ravichandran AshwinNot Out16320050
Mohammed Shami
Mohit Sharma
Umesh Yadav

West Indies Bowling Second Innings

BowlerOverMaidenRunWicketEconomy RateNo BallWide
Jerome Taylor803324.1201
Jason Holder702904.1401
Kemar Roach814415.525
Andre Russell804325.3715
Dwayne Smith502214.403
Marlon Samuels3.101003.1500

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MATCH INFO:

Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL)
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Nigel Llong (ENG)
Man of the Match: Mohammed Shami

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