West Indies met India in their group encounter They won the toss and decided to bat first , much to the surprise as they have not fared well batting first against big teams. West Indies brought in Kemar Roach for Benn, considering the pace on the pitch and India brought back Shami in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Things could not have been worse for West Indies as the Indian bowlers were spot on right from the Word Go. Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith were not even able to put bat to ball and then Smith departed, only to see Marlon Samuels struggle in the middle. Samuels finally was Run Out, thanks to the Mix up with Chris Gayle. Gayle then decided to launch and went after the bowling and was looking to send every ball out of the park, with some success for an over or two. But, luck finally deserted him and he was dismissed by Shami.
West Indies continued to play their own brand of T20 cricket and were 85 for 7 at some time, before the Young Captain Jason Holder and the Former Captain Darren Sammy got some sort of partnership. Sammy was dismissed by Shami for 26 but Jason went on to score 57 runs, just to show his amtes that there were nothing devilish on the pitch and they have themselves to blame to. Finally, they were bundled out for 182, with Holder being the last man dismissed by Jadeja.
The only negative aspect of India’s play was the number of dropped catches, and especially the sitters by Rohit Sharman and Ravindra Jadeja. Luckily, it did not cause much damage.
Indian bowlers showed their class today, like the way they have performed in the tournament so far and silencing their critics. Shami and Umesh were lightning fast with the new ball and accurate too. Mohit chipped in with some good ones and Ashwin continued to impress, bowling slow loopy balls. He did set up Carter pretty well. Jadeja also picked up 2 wickets. Shami picked up 3. Umesh and Jadeja picked 2 wickets each, while Mohit and Ashwin picked one each.