DOMINANT INDIA STROLLS TO VICTORY!
Composed and professional, this was an India that hasn’t always turned up in Twenty20 International cricket. Hesitant and completely out of sorts, this was a West Indies that bore no resemblance to the team that displayed such flair on its way to the title 18 months back.
Consequently, Sunday’s (March 23) second match in Group 2 of the Super 10 stage in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 was singularly one-sided. India, having restricted West Indies to a woefully sub-par 129 for 7 – one less than Pakistan managed two nights back – after Mahendra Singh Dhoni continued to hit it lucky with the coin, won as it pleased at a rapidly emptying Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. The commanding seven-wicket triumph kept India at the top of the group standings with an all-win record.
Its second successive victory meant India had also taken a giant step towards making it to the semi-finals of the World T20 for the first time since it won the inaugural title in 2007. This was a win fashioned by the bowling trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spin twins Amit Mishra and R Ashwin, and completed by the incandescence of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, on the back of whose 106-run second-wicket stand India cruised to 130 for 3, even if it took its time getting there after Kohli’s dismissal.