2019 World Cup 34th Match: Kohli, Shami help India demolish West Indies

Virat Kohli 72 India West Indies World Cup 34th Match Manchester cricket

Virat Kohli struck eight boundaries during his knock of 72

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Captain Virat Kohli scored 72 and Mohammed Shami took four wickets as India crushed the West Indies by 125 runs in their World Cup clash in Manchester.

India’s victory leaves them as the only unbeaten team in the tournament as they won have five of their six games, while their match against New Zealand was washed out.

Electing to bat first, India lost opener Rohit Sharma early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach for 18.

Kohli and Lokesh Rahul made up for the loss of Rohit with a 69-run partnership before Rahul was clean bowled by West Indies skipper Jason Holder for 48.

Vijay Shankar only made 14 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Roach, while Kedar Jadhav suffered the same fate after mustering seven runs.

Kohli ended up making an 82-ball 72, which included eight boundaries, before he was dismissed by Holder.

Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni came to the rescue with a 70-run partnership before Pandya was caught by Fabien Allen at deep cover off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell for 46.

Cottrell removed Shami three balls later, but with Dhoni going on to score an unbeaten 56, which came off 61 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, India finished on 268/7.

Roach was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Cottrell and Holder chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Chasing 269 to win, the West Indies were dealt a massive blow in the fifth over as opener Chris Gayle was caught by Jadhav at mid-on off the bowling of Shami for six runs.

Shai Hope only scored five runs before he was clean bowled by Shami, while Sunil Ambris made 31 runs before being trapped lbw off the bowling of Pandya.

Nicholas Pooran was the next to go, while Holder only scored six runs before he was sent packing by Yuzvendra Chahal.

Carlos Brathwaite failed to have an impact as he was caught behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for one run.

Shami then took out Shimron Hetmyer for 18, while Cottrell was given out lbw off the bowling of Chahal for 10 runs.

The West Indies ended up being bowled out for 143 when Oshane Thomas was dismissed by Shami for six runs.

Shami was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Bumrah and Chahal took two wickets apiece. As for Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav, they claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was named Man of the Match.

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