Coming into the tournament as a defending champions, West Indies failed to live up to the expectations that are expected from them. West Indies, simply were silenced by Indian team in their opening match of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 by seven wickets. Right from the first ball of the match, windies seemed to be in state of bother as they looked far from being the defending champions. India, on the other hand had several fielding lapses before cruising home away with the game. With this win, India are a step away from a spot in semi-finals. Once again, Indian skipper Dhoni won the toss, India won the match and Amit Mishra ran away with the Man of the Match honours.
India, chasing a modest 130 were in for a shocking start as they lost the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan early to Samuel Badree. India’s most destructive as well as consistent batsman Virat Kohli in the company of Rohit Sharma took responsibility and saw the total being chased easily. Both the batsmen batted with caution and scored crucial half centuries. Virat got out after scoring 54 but Rohit stayed till the end and took his team home safely.
Once again after put into bat by the opposition skipper MS Dhoni, West Indies got off to a start that won’t be associated to the West Indian batsmen ever in the Twenty20 format. The entire credits should be given to Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was at his swinging best. He kept the dangerous WI openers at bay early on in the innings that piled on the pressure on them to score some runs quickly. India restricted windies to 24 for no loss after the first six overs with Smith struggling to get going. Soon Ashwin accounted for Smith who departed for a 29 ball 11. That piled the pressure on Gayle and Samuels and it prompted Gayle, who is known as a slow runner between the wickets to take a tight single that saw him run out by a mile.
Samuels followed Gayle soon after courtesy, a flashy stumping off Amit Mishra who also accounted for Dwayne Bravo a ball later. That left windies reeling at a 74-4 in the fifteenth over. Lendl Simmons led a spirited fight back to see his team cross the 120 mark with some lusty blows towards the end off Jadeja. Chris Gayle top scored for West Indies with a 33 ball 34 whereas Ravindra Jadeja bowled expensively for his three wickets and Mishra doing the job again with a spell of 4-0-18-2.
Next up for both the teams is the host Bangladesh. West Indies will face them on 25th March and India will lock horns with them on 28th, the match in which a win will put them in the last four.
Brief Scores: West Indies: 129/7 (Gayle 34, Jadeja 3-48, Mishra 2-18) lost to India 130 /3 (Rohit 62*, Kohli 54) by seven wickets.