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India v West Indies, World Cup 2011, Group B, Chennai

Yuvraj stars as India finish second

The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

March 20, 2011

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India 268 (Yuvraj 113, Kohli 59, Rampaul 5-51) beat West Indies 188 (Smith 81, Sarwan 39, Zaheer 3-26) by 80 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Zaheer Khan celebrates after bowling Devon Smith, India v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, March 20, 2011
Zaheer Khan sparked West Indies' collapse by removing the set Devon Smith © AFP

Oh West Indies, they have done it again. For the second match in a row they had a chase all wrapped up but some desperate inspiration from Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh and some mindless cricket from the batsmen who followed Devon Smith ensured that West Indies remained without a win over a Test side other than Bangladesh since June 2009. With Smith playing as well as he has ever played, West Indies almost mocked India for the first 27 overs, getting up to 146 for 2 without a care in the world. Then came a maiden by Harbhajan and a wicked Zaheer slower ball to remove Smith, and West Indies lost the last eight wickets for 34.

That collapse outdid India's own - 7 for 50 - that had threatened to undo Yuvraj Singh's century on a track whose bounce West Indies and Ravi Rampaul exploited, but not to the fullest. Rampaul, the hero of West Indies' last win against a major side, took his first five-for in ODIs on his World Cup debut to hurt the start, the middle and the end of the Indian innings. However, West Indies' insistence on opening the bowling with Sulieman Benn despite the helpful track, and the obvious plan of trying to bounce India out meant they couldn't capitalise on a first over that claimed Sachin Tendulkar. Then there was Yuvraj, with his maiden World Cup century, fighting dehydration, vomiting on the field, and then coming back to take two wickets.

The game might have ended in a whimper, but it began explosively. As they successfully did in the last two World Twenty20s, West Indies came out with bouncers for India. Inside the first 11 overs, two deliveries bounced over the keeper's head for byes, two batsmen got out to deliveries dug in short, one was dropped off another short delivery, but Benn went for 21 off his three overs to ease the pressure. To make matters worse Darren Sammy dropped Yuvraj twice, chances not easy but not impossible, at 9 and 13.

Working with Yuvraj was Virat Kohli, for whom it was almost a homecoming to bat at No. 3 in the absence of the injured Virender Sehwag. In familiar environs of not having to score at a strike-rate of 150, Kohli did just what was required on a tough pitch after a tough start, scoring 59 off 76, letting Yuvraj take the majority of the strike in a 122-run partnership, after the two had come together at 51 for 2.

Even after Yuvraj was reprieved twice, the bouncers still kept coming, the odd ball still misbehaved - especially for the left-hand batsman. He got dehydrated and threw up but nothing seemed to be able to stop the Yuvraj specials in between, shots that kept the scoring rate up in the middle overs. Kohli was smart too: he had played 21 deliveries when Yuvraj came to join him, but so good was the strike manipulation that Yuvraj had played 12 more deliveries than him by the time their partnership ended.

Quarter-final line-up

  • Pakistan v West Indies in Dhaka on 23 March
  • Australia v India in Ahmedabad on 24 March
  • New Zealand v South Africa in Dhaka on 25 March
  • Sri Lanka v England in Colombo on 26 March
  • The winner of the third quarter-final will play the winner of the fourth in the semi-finals in Colombo on 29 March, while the other semi-final will be played in Mohali on March 30

During the partnership, Yuvraj pulled over midwicket, cover-drove for fours along the ground, swept the legspin of Devendra Bishoo, and on-drove Sammy over long-on for a majestic six. It was one of those days when Yuvraj was feeling it, one of those days when he plays one level above the game around him. His mates, though, managed to engineer another collapse from 218 for 3 in the 42nd over.

Buoyed by that good finish with the ball, West Indies came out positive. As Rampaul stood up in the absence of the unwell Kemar Roach, so Smith did in place of the injured Chris Gayle. He cut furiously - almost every bowler got a taste of his trademark shot - he picked singles straight to infielders, doubles straight to those in the deep. However, R Ashwin, who got his World Cup debut at long last, was difficult to hit with the new ball. He used his carrom ball to remove the potentially explosive Kirk Edwards.

Still Smith and Darren Bravo first, and Smith and Ramnaresh Sarwan thereafter kept knocking off the runs calmly. The running between the wickets, and then the odd boundary to break a string of dots, remained a feature. The panic and rush that characterised their effort against England was conspicuous in its absence. With Smith scoring at will, and West Indies needing just 123 in the last 23 overs, only West Indies stood in the way of West Indies.

Turned out they needed a bit of help from India to kickstart the collapse. It came through a maiden from Harbhajan, who came back remarkably after an uninspiring spell of four overs for 23 with the new ball. Harbhajan and Munaf Patel put together a spell of 19 balls for just eight runs before Zaheer was called upon to provide the exclamation mark.

And how he did, with his new knuckle slower ball, where the middle finger doesn't hold the ball tightly, thus taking the pace off without giving any indication to those who are watching from the front. With that slower ball, he removed Smith's off stump after a virtually faultless innings. After that, the procession began. Kieron Pollard holed out to long-on at the first sight of pressure, Sammy was sold down the river by Sarwan, Devon Thomas and Andre Russell fell to the wiles of Yuvraj, and it was all over.

The way West Indies and India collapsed, conspiracy theorists will waste no time in suggesting that both teams wanted to avoid Australia in the quarter-final. As it turned out, West Indies finished fourth in Group B, thus getting Group A leaders Pakistan in Dhaka. And India renew hostilities with Australia in Ahmedabad.

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Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 84 
Posted by prince_prashant on (March 23, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

Before the starting of ICC World Cup 2011, people were suspecting position of Yuvrej in the Indian team but now after the completion of the league stage it is clear to everyone that he has been the most valuable layer in indian side.

Posted by Metman on (March 22, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

It amazes me that because Rampaul got 5 wickets in the last match,he should be in the team against Pak.Also people are calling for Bishoo in place of Benn.People,all because Benn dind't have a good last match,he should be dropped.Why ????Benn and Roach are the two bowlers who got the WI there in the first place.If that was the case,Pollard who also failed in his last 2 innings,should be dropped and Chanderpaul or Edwards included.Sarwan as I said LONG before the WC,should stop play acting on the cricket field,and head straight for Hollywood !Sarwan doesn't have the interest of WI cricket at heart.Just watch how,when, and where he gets out, and his general attitude when batting. Chanders must play,and should open if the WI are batting first,and bat way down the order if chasing,in order to guide the tail.My team,Gayle,Chanders,Smith,Bravo,Sarwan Pollard,Sammy,Russell ,Benn,Thomas,Roach.Of course Sammy and Coach needs to be flexible with this team ,and rearrange the lineup to suit. .

Posted by CricRockSolid on (March 22, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

Dhoni is the only one in Indian team who is not playing his game. He's relying on bhajji and other tail enders to score. I prefers to be on runners end. This is not at all a sign of good captain.

Posted by malik86 on (March 22, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

in 1st QF pak is fav but pak must remember that in 96 with the same format WI were 4th but they went on 2 beat SA. in 2ndQF ind, Sa vs nz, sa wil win and in sl vs eng sl wil win unless swaan makes any heroics but eng batting is a concern n also jimmy is strluging so i mst go wd SL.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

Pakistan and Australia will be facing each other once again in Semi-finals. History is going to repeat itself. In 1992 Pakistan beat New Zealand in a group match and then defeated them again in Seme-finals. Now it is the turn of Australia to lose in group match as well as in Semi-finals. It is a possibility that Pakistan meet England in the Finals again.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (March 22, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

I absolutely agree with you 'Gerry Liljohn' that there is an abscence of a learning curve among WI team SELECTORS including the Capt SAMMY and Coach GIBSON. It's like TRIAL & ERROR. Eg what is going on with the batting line-up? WI started their WC campaign with 5 specialist batsmen which was not bad when Dwayne Bravo batted at 6. After Dwayne's injury Pollard was promoted to 6. Then Gayle was injured but no replacement meant that Pollard batted at 5. That was reckless but they escaped because he scored 94. Against England they again played 4 spec batsmen but paid dearly because England had superior bowling. The selectors apparently learnt nothing from that and played 4 specialist batsmen against INDIA. Again Sarwan was left stranded when from Pollard down collapsed in a heap. WI only have to look at the batting line-up of the major teams to realize their mistakes. To beat Pakistan my team for Qt final:Gayle,Smith,Bravo,Sarwan,Chand,Pollard,Sammy,Thomas,Bishoo,Rampaul,Roach.

Posted by sreeji123 on (March 22, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

Whatz the role of Munaf patel in the team? He wont get any wicket unless the batsman decides to give him any.Still wonder why Dhoni is sticking with him. Ishant or RP was far better than him, atleast with their attitudes.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 2:07 GMT)

With Rampaul on a rampage for wickets....Roach and Tigerpaul fit .....Someone plz tell me how and y Sammy can fit in the team to face Pak.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 21, 2011, 22:59 GMT)

@PottedLambShanks Where have you been? If you have not seen even Bangladesh and Ireland have beaten the English. So this was no easy group. On their day any of those teams(other than the dutch) could give a scare. South Africa was 126-5 against Ireland before Duminy rescued them.

Posted by kitten on (March 21, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

Just a small observation that many of you may have noticed. Edwards was clearly run out by Kohli, who also appealed, but Taufal refused to go to the third umpire to check it out. It was shown on TV numerous times, and everyone saw it was definitely out. Ofcourse mistakes happen, but these can be very costly in the QFs etc. So in future, I feel all runouts and stumpings should automatically be referred to the third umpire, to avoid any problems in the future, and thereby erasing any mistakes that can happen with erroneous umpiring. Fortunately, Edwards didn't last long, and funnily enough, he was given not out by the other umpire, Steve Davis, but overturned on referral.

Posted by rayinto on (March 21, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

Calypso for Sammy: Captain! Captain! Please leave for shore; We don't want you anymore; Your selection will frighten me; Your selection will upset me belly! No selection Please! No selection Please!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

This is a good sign . Whenever yuvraj played well in a tournament , india had won that tournament very comfortably. He will help india to lift cup surely ...

Posted by Mushtanda on (March 21, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

Wi will rout Pakistan. WI and Ind will meet again in the semis.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

I am from Pakistan. Though India did not finish at the top of their group and Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed in the first over but he showed his greatness when he walked without waiting for the umpire's decision. Cry baby Rickey Ponting should take some lessons from him about fairplay. I hope India beat Australia in QFinal and play Pakistan in SFinal. It is a pity that Pakistan-India final is not possible now otherwise it would have been a befitting end to the 2011 Word Cup.

Posted by aclarity on (March 21, 2011, 15:36 GMT)

For some WI fans change is difficult. They still feel that Shiv and Sarwan should be on WI team. I want to remind them that Weekes replaced Headley, Lara replaced Viv, and Shiv replaced Simmonds. In all cases there was a clamor against the replacements. Shiv and Sarwan should do the right thing and retire, particularly Shiv. Do not diminish your record in the eyes of the WI youth today. I remember seeing Sobers at the tail end of his career and thought that he was a joke. My son saw Viv when he was 9 and was very disappointed - Lara was his man. Please Shiv, leave my grandson alone. Let your record stand brightly.

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (March 21, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

Being a Windies' fan, can somebody out there explain to me why Chanderpaul has been omitted for two matches in a row?...if he's not injured, then i simply don't understand the mindset. He might not be in great form, but he's one of the most consistant and reliable batsmen in the Caribbean for the last twenty years. I can understand that they wanted to play a extra bowler, but if the collective effort of the batsmen has not been good enough for two matches in a row and both run chases were just over a run-a-ball, then they'll have to play the extra batsman against Pakistan on Wednesday. It's no coinsidence that two horror-collaspses had Chanders absent in the team. If we're going on current form then it should be: Gayle, Smith (c), Bravo, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Pollard, Thomas, Russell, Rampaul, Bishoo, Roach.

Posted by Sheela on (March 21, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

Indian has taken the power play from last 5 overs 46 to 60 irrespective of the state of the game considering number of wickets fallen, tail enders who are not expected contribute much etc. If by 40th over more than four or more wickets have fallen the wisest mover is to choose batting power plays even after 40 overs so that best/capable Indian batsmen are able to utilise the power plays to the team's maximum advantage.

Hope, the coach, captain and the think tank ponder over this and take suitable corrective action henceforth.

Posted by hellraiser9 on (March 21, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

hahaha..as usual ..whenever india wins.. either the other team didnt play well or it is their coach or some other lame excuse.. come on be real here... india played better that is why they won ... and 80 runs is not a small margin.. and west indies is no push over... not so long ago their bowling attack routed bangladesh for 58 so dont say west indies is not good enough.. west indies were good but india was far better.. this time .. indian team got their selection right in terms of bowling ..both ashwin and raina contributed to the team's victory ... at 153/2 game was heavily in favour of west indies ..but it was brilliance of dhoni to bring back the hero zaheer khan at the right time when ball was reversing ..and after that both zaheer and even munaf bowled really well.. bhajji and ashwin came to the party and pounced all over west indies ... that is why this indian team is dangerous.. dont underestimate indian team ever.. give credit where it is due ..credit goes to INDIAN TEAM

Posted by bMike on (March 21, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

Everybody willing to play with India in quarters because they are the weakest team in all 8 quarter final teams.No doubt India has the weakest bowling attack & their fielding is also not good. Even India thinks their batting is strong their batting is also very poor. India lost their last 7 wickets for 50 runs with WI & also they lost their last 9 wickets for 29 against South Africa. Then what is the strength they have? nothing at all. That's why every team wants to face India & have a easily going to semis. Fortunately Aus is lucky enough to get that opportunity.

Posted by RickyRuns on (March 21, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

Aclarity, why bash Sarwan? Is it that all cricketers have to have a strike rate of 100+, come on, let see. No batsman after #4 got into double figures, if anyone stayed with Sarwan and put on 25 - 30 run partnership, things would have been differant. Now im a Trini but here I go, what happend to Bravo, class batsman and all u can do is throw a short ball into a guys lap and Pollard a great talant (dispite what Holding says) buy U have no brain and u wasting the talent that most ppl wish they had. U dont need to hit everything out the part, build an simple innings for once. Sammy, what are U really doing on this team? U bowl 3-4 Overs (most time expensive, and bad 7-8, If a captain an be drop during the torn.. now is the time, team against Pak; Gayle, Smith, Dravo, Sarws, Shiv, Pollard, Thomas, Bissoon, Russel, Ravi, Roach (if Sammy plays we will again have to leave shiv out, or let Bravo keep wicket and leave out Thomas)

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

I wish India play both Kohli and Raina when Shewaq returns Gambhir has to leave if India wishes to field a good fielding side. Fielding is vital and equally important is running between the wickets.

Posted by khalith on (March 21, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

i think india should take batting power play in 34th over when second new bal taken n also wen wel settled batsmen are in crease if ind do that can avoid losing their last few wickets for cheap totals like 54,29,50 it happened in sa game only bcoz of d bowlers cant get singles when dhoni was at d other end only bcoz of dis PP was taken so we bundled out for 296 if they have taken PP earlier when Sachin & Gambir were playing den d resuld would have been different same was happened yesterday so ind should luk dis issue den india should stick wit Ashwin & YKP in upcoming matches coz they are quality players n they've proven it so if india want to win d cup they should pick these two guys den only v can win d cup al d best guysdo wel in d rest of series

Posted by Samdanh on (March 21, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

With the pitches that were seen in the last two matches, one can expect one of the sub continental teams to win the Title and perhaps two of them in the final. In match Aus Vs Pakistan, the pitch was even for both teams but slow and sluggish. In the match India Vs WI, the pitch started suddenly turning, and bouncing quite awkwardly towards the second half of the WI Innings. It looked unplayable and I think any team would have struglled that time onwards in that pitch which behaved like an underprepared or 5th day, last hours Test Match Pitch. I will be surprised if any team scores 300 or more in any of the remaning matches. In fact one should be surprised if any team scores more than 250 from now on in any of the remaining marches. It is going to be gripping but laborious contests from now on with India, SL and Pak holding the edge.

Posted by Joby_George on (March 21, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

Bring back sreesanth for the aussies match. Munaf looks tired and dont have energy in him to bowl and even to field. Zaheer and sreesanth will be the best combination. Dhoni should bat more responsibly , i think if ind exit in quarter final, dhoni should be removed from captaincy.

Posted by Bytheway on (March 21, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Munaf and Nehra will not trouble batsmen in the tournament from here on. India should play Zak and the three spinners -- their best bowlers. This is not so preposterous because Ashwin was more effective with the new ball than Sreesanth, Munaf or Nehra.

Posted by PrakashSV on (March 21, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

I don't seem to understand or rather it is very frustrating to see why Indian batters are unable to play their required quota of 50 overs...if they have to beat aussies, they need to bat complete 50 overs...come in India you can do it.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 11:15 GMT)


Posted by gmoha on (March 21, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

India and West Indies will have a second chance to play against each other within a week time

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

Check the ODI ICC Rankings - http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211271.html

India has (unconvincingly) beaten only teams belonging to the bottom half of the rankings table. If India wins the quarterfinal, then it will be for the first time in this World Cup they would have beaten someone from the top half of the rankings table. So, the real test begins only now.

Posted by India_Cricket_Fan on (March 21, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Yuvi, one of the best players that India have produced... Continue to rock man....

Posted by hotcric01 on (March 21, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

Semfinals may be 1.India vs Pak 2.SL vs SA !India should learn to release their pressure at large crowd.Otherwise SA,SL or PAK will take the title!

Posted by stormy16 on (March 21, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

India were good in patches as were the Windies but the Windies were really poor when they werent good and India's class was enough in the end. India would have concerns I would have thought going in to the knock out stages having fumbled the batting power play twice and the apparent inability of the bowlers to defend - This Windies threw it away but in a knockout that may not be the case. I get Dhoni's tactic of holding back the seamers but surely on that wicket with a bit of bouce I would have imagined both Munaf and Zak would have got a few with the new ball. All is well if its end well but this was more the Windies inability to get much right than anything else.

Posted by Ellersliepresidents on (March 21, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Still this worl cup start in the semi finals quarter finals we know the results Pakistan/Australia/Soth Africa/SriLanka cake walk Like playing the Machans

Posted by Ellersliepresidents on (March 21, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Still this worl cup start in the semi finals quarter finals we know the results Pakistan/Australia/Soth Africa/SriLanka cake walk Like playing the Machans

Posted by NALINWIJ on (March 21, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

COLLAPSO CRICKET BY THE CALLYPSO CRICKETERS. This game highlighted the lack of finishers in both of these sides or are we seen batting becoming difficult as matches progress? I could not understand why Dhoni did not use his pace bowlers early when Rampaul of all people got 5 wickets.If there is anything in the pitch for pace bowlers at least 6 overs in the first 10 should be given while you have slip fielders.I am wondering whether the batting powerplay is worth the taking early unless you are chasing a big score like Sth. Africa and using it when you are behind the asking rate.This sets up a fascinating contest between INDIA and AUS and can Indian spinners throttle AUS and set up a semi with PAK. PAK v.WI QF is a contest between The UNPREDICTABLE[PAK] versus UNRELIABLE. Unless Gayle and Pollard do something freakish I will back Pakistan. SA are favorites over NZ. SL V. ENG match could be influenced by who bats first at Premadasa but i favor SL to win and play SA in semi.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 21, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

Aussies, here we come! The prospect of facing five spinners 3 frontline(Bhajji, Yuvraj Ashwin) and two part-timers(Raina, Yusuf). It should send Icy chills down Ricky Ponting's spine!

Posted by PottedLambShanks on (March 21, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

I am very, very, very, very disappointed to see the Mighty India only finish second in such an easy group...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

India should play 3 spinners against Australia as they are not good in playing spin.I mean harbhajan,piyush n aswin should be picked in the game against australia.Only Zaheer is taking wickets in the pace department.Cut Munaf as he is hopeless as a bowler,fielder and batsman.

India could win only if they play with their strengths. The strengths are batting lineup and quality spinners.That Australians and proteas doesnt have. Against S africa and Australia,They should add an extra spinner.

I know there are lot of part time spinners. But as the situation demands,You need Piyush also

Posted by Aussasinator on (March 21, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

The Indians I thought were ridicuously incompetent and absolutely lucky to win this match. The batting always remains a one man show. Each match is turning out to be stroke of fortune.

Posted by prmm on (March 21, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

Well, Darren Bravo is a good player but it seems he dont know what is required of him. He plays the game with the Lara attitude wanting to look like Lara and forgetting the needs of the team. Darren Sammy captain, is like "hiring a high school student to be a director & hiring a man with a PHD to be a washroom cleaner." Having Sammy in the team would mean that u r playing with a batsman or bowler short. Its good to see the reality kicking in n I am surprise Bishoo was not in the original squad n would not have been there had Samuels gone, despite he was the best bowler in the 20/20 competition. Its good to see the bowling comming arround n I do believe WI have player that can win this WC. Shiv is the most responsible batsman in the team n the rest cannot bat under pressure. The right payers in the proper order can beat any team ie 1 Gayle 2 Smith 3 shiv 4 Bravo 5 Sarwas 6 Polard 7 Thomas 8 Russel 9 Bishoo 10 Roach 11 Rampaul and rest sammy for the sake n interest of winning The WC

Posted by prmm on (March 21, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

So wi, having to score 4 runs per over & sending a pinch hitter at 3 didnt work against England. Is it a team plan or a selfish act to give the individual a chance to look good. Its amazing to see the best batsman dosent have a righted place in the team sending shiv at 7 and 8 to slug in the final overs and then drop him when he fail. The 3 games that shiv played he give his wicket away for the cause of the team as he has been doing for the past 15 yrs. People are HYPING up players too much for a few good performances. Too much emphasis is placed on Gales n Polard, its as if they are the only 2 batsman in the team. Well Gayle with an average of 33 in 20 world cup matches is not that special n hit or miss polard will struggle against the better teams, did anyone notice that Polard cannot hit the ball wen its back of a lenght. We will see, hope he dont end up like Powell after his inability to play spin was exposed n Dwayne Smith always hitting across the line n miss it full n straight

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

well played west indies but you will still meet australia or india in the semis beat them all because the harder they come the harder they fall

Posted by ponnu_KKR on (March 21, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

India will loose in quarter final. Poor bowling and final over performance

Posted by Percy_Fender on (March 21, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

West Indies are just about turning the corner I feel.With Roach,Rampaul and Russell in full flight, Benn and Bishoo close by and Gayle,Smith Sarwan, Chanderpaul,and Pollard flexing their unquestionable muscles,I feel this team could just make a beginning very soon.That they are due to meet Pakistan in the Q/Fs makes it very interesting because Pakistan has probably playing at their best now.West Indies were the undisputed champions of this game not so long ago. Even in the 50s and 60s they were very good but were recognised for the first time only in the famous Tie drawn series against Australia in1961.Then it was up and down despite them having some of the most remarkable athletes in their ranks. The world can see the potential they are brimming with in their present team. The way they have dropped matches against England and now India is reminiscent of the West Indies of some years ago. Inexplicably unable to handle pressure. I hope all that is behind them as they seek glory again.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

Best one-liner of the World cup: Tony Cozier on the West Indies Score card, "Sarwan 39 and after that one, two, two, zero, three, six, one.... Hello...."

Posted by jatheesh on (March 21, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

Well done India. But the huge task of knocking out Australia, 4 times world Champion, from the tournament has fallen on India's shoulders. Mmm.....wish you all the best team india.

Posted by ksrajavel2887 on (March 21, 2011, 3:32 GMT)

hi gud luck india... pls continue this form in qf

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

Now balling seems little settled... Need the best performance from all 11 players whoever against aussies..

Still raina seems to be good choice for gambhir

Posted by explorer18 on (March 21, 2011, 2:40 GMT)

India made progress in solving their batting problems and bowling problems in this game. Having Kohli at #3, and Yuvraj at #4 worked really well for India today. Bringing Ashwin also improved the balance, but at the end of the day, we really need Zaheer to continue to fire on all cylinders for this bowling unit to succeed.

Here is a thought that selectors should look at when picking the team for next game, hopefully when Sehwag is back.

Keep Kohli at 3, and Yuvraj at 4. They are the best fit there right now. Move Gambhir to #6. Dhoni should bat at 5, and Yusuf at 7.

Moving Gambhir down will also help stabilize the lower order. Will lend stability and provide better shepherding of the tail. Gambhir is a leader who is familiar with that.

And why Yusuf over Raina? a) Yusuf is explosive. Raina is not nearly as good. b) Yusuf is best #7 in the past year for India with 2 centuries.

Good luck India!

Posted by PaddyRasta on (March 21, 2011, 2:27 GMT)

Not a lot positive about that Windies performance, except I was happily wrong about Rampaul - Great bowling spells. Smith continues to prove doubters wrong. He has been the most consistent and now has shown that he can bat against good opposition. The selectors will have a headache deciding who to leave out if Gayle and Roachy come back in - Probably Edwards and Russell.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 0:59 GMT)

Time has come for player like Sachin to take the backseat and allow junior players to bat early in the inning like Virat Kohli. This would do lot of help to our indian cricket team as there is no new feat for Sachin to achieve other than ton of tons. If he is more concerned on our country, which i am sure he is, he should do this otherwise there will be a big vaccum when he announces retirement and we will have an inexperienced batting line up. He should do what Aravinda De silva did for Sri lanka during his last days of cricketing career.

Posted by happycric on (March 21, 2011, 0:53 GMT)

sachin walks even umpire said not out. I think he is really stupid. I saw the replay and it seems ball didn't touch the bat.

Posted by Dashgar on (March 21, 2011, 0:30 GMT)

Does anyone else think West Indies wanted to play Pakistan and not Australia. Nothing else explains why they rested their two best players and then lost 8 wickets for nothing when they had all but won.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 0:26 GMT)

I have said it before the team is a good one, but i have a problem with the chemistry of the eleven we should never go up against a test playing nation with four front line batters for my money Pollard is not a front line batter therefore with the absence of the other Bravo Shiv must be included in the batting line up it is difficult for one to accept the fact that with the uncertainty of our batting we wuold go up against India with four front line batters . No one knows what side of Pollard will turn up so we cannot depend on him to cover with the bat for more often that not he does not. Benn is serving no purpose, with Bishoo showing that he can bowl with so much control Benn should not play in the quarters, my team for Pakistan is Gayle Smith Bravo { wk} Shive Sarwan Pollard Sammy Russell Bishoo Ramphal Roach I did not include Thomas because at this stage he is not ablb to score runs we cannot play a keeper on the assumption that he can bat Pakistan can be beatten right 11 we win.

Posted by Pa1reddy on (March 21, 2011, 0:16 GMT)

India 268 (Yuvraj 113, Kohli 59, Rampaul 5-51) beat West Indies 188 (Smith 81, Sarwan 39, Zaheer 3-26) by 60 runs

Typo. Win margin is 80 runs, not 60.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 21, 2011, 0:00 GMT)

Srilanka IS IN FULL SQUAD NO INJURY CONCERNS.India doesn't have likes of PK and IRFAN, but still reasonably doing well.SANGA is the MAN for SL.IF SANGA GETS OUT SL IS OUT OF THE GAME.SO BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!LETS hope and pray IND VS PAK in semis.We guys SHOULD BE UNITED TO SUPPORT OUR SUBCONTINENT TEAMS..COME ON!!!! I don't care which team wins unless its ASIAN be it IND SL or PAK but NO AUS/SA/ENG /WI please....They don't deserve to win in our subcontinent conditions.Hope curators understand this and prepare pitches to the likes or Harbhajan/Aswin/Murali/Mendis/boom boom king AFRIDI/Ajmal.GL..and please support subcontinent teams and be united.

Posted by athentik on (March 20, 2011, 22:01 GMT)

I am West Indian and sorely disappointed by this West Indies team. In psychology, there is the concept of self sabotage which explains a person's inclination to paradoxically relish disaster. Self sabotage afflicts this team- they simply must do everything possible to botch their fortunes even when victory is easily attainable.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

From an aussie fan in Dublin, bring 'em on, we don't fear anyone !!!!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

If WI wants to put up a good fight against PAK, their team should read:Gayle, Smith, Bravo Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Pollard, Thomas, Russel, Rampaul, Bishoo, Roach. Either Smith or Sarwan captain. Sammy committed, energetic etc, but is not a match winner.

Posted by tariqksami on (March 20, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

Awesome Zahir Khan provides the biggest threat. Again India will win it has better batsmen. I did not think the WI had their heart in this game maybe it was a tactical plan for the QF.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 20, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

India was lucky to win. WI were going in great guns with 150-2. Munaf is useless. Now onwards there is no freebie. if sehwag gets out early , india worldcup dream over.

Posted by pan_vtm76 on (March 20, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

I think, MSD should stop talking of those extra 20 runs par score. In their desire to score those extra runs batsman give away thier wickets. Playing to the merit of the ball bowled will give easily the good score.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

I am supposed to post a minimum of 25 character- how ridiculous. But here goes- INDIA ROCKS =)

Posted by Trini42 on (March 20, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Congratulations to Ravi Rampaul for an exceptional performance, you finally got a chance to play and you excel with a career best bowling effort. We as WI fans thought our batting was our strenght and our bowling an area of concern. However our seamers are out-performing all expectations, even out-performing the spinners in this WI team. Our batsmen better get it together now because some of them will not be in the team in another four years. I say play all three specialist seamers RRR (Roach, Ravi and Russel) and drop Benn for the next game.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

INDO-PAK Semi final at Mohali, Punjab would be one perfect thriller match of the tournament!

Posted by aclarity on (March 20, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

WI Selectors should trim the experience losers and Go Young. Do not listen to Cozier who did not see Bishoo and believes that Sarwan was digging in today when he was the milestone around our neck. Against England Sarwan made 31 in 68 balls and today in the same 68 balls he made 37. In effect over the last two matches if he had scored 100 runs each he would have taken 197 balls leaving 103 balls for the rest of the team - at a run a ball our total score would be 203. That score can't win any games. Drop Sarwan and keep Edwards - his rate was 100 today. Sarwan now can not play spin; he has always been susceptible to pace and bounce. WI Selecttors: Do the smart thing - Leave Shiv and Sarwan on the bench. Thank you!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

West Indiez Wanted to avoid Ausies but they will fell prey to Men in green ,,Inshallah

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

well india qualify on a high note....but hey they shouldnt expect the same performance of windies from aussies...the aussies r hurt and they will surely come back hard......as they say..."A WOUNDED TIGER IS MORE FURIOUS!!!"

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

lol how lame can the west indies be

Posted by just_chill_chill on (March 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

Well done boys. CLASS IS PERMANENT. Pak is waiting in the semi-finals to get their butts KICKED !!

Posted by candyfloss on (March 20, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

Well a good victory in the end,still some issues need to be addressed.The lower middle order is a big concern.Bowling always has been,however ashwin has added a bit of strength to the attack.Hopefully we can send the australian team back home so that they can chill out over a fosters.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Expected, you can't leave Chanderpaul out and play Sammy or Benn. They should be off the squad completely. Poor team selection, poor management. Get it right! Gibson should resign after this. There an absence of a learning curve here, you can't keep making the same mistakes expecting a different result, Einstein said that is the height of stupidity.

Posted by cricketfullness on (March 20, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

India better play with sreesanth instead of munaf to have any chance against Aussies. Play 3 spinners also. 6 batsmen or 7 batsmen wouldn't make any difference for India but having 5 bowlers would make a big difference. Ashvin can bat well also.

Posted by cgtboy87 on (March 20, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

WHERE IS SHIV???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? WHERE IS SHIVVVVVVVVV?????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

Yuvi , the complete match winner for India!!!! He is our trump card against Australia in Quarter Final

Posted by kiddrock on (March 20, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

I like Sid Monga's articles. Not too complicated, yet entertaining. Well done!

Posted by ahura_mazda on (March 20, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

Well done team India!!! For a while I thought both teams wanted lose this game, but winning always helps build momentum. Bowling remains a concern against a better sides.. Best of Luck in your next game.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

india looked a different bowling side.

Posted by FARUQUE8810 on (March 20, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Looks like WI won, since they don't have to face Australia next round. I wonder what was in the players mind playing this game.

Posted by rayinto on (March 20, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

Let history show that Gibson & Sammy were the ones that selected teams doomed to loose in the World cup of 2011. The records will show that Sammy was selected as captain without qualifying as a player thereby taking up someone else's position. History will also show that no one can take away Chanderpaul's record from him.

Posted by sweetspot on (March 20, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

India vs. Australia! Cannot wait. Top two teams in the rankings, one sure to be knocked out on the 24th. This is brilliant. Lee vs. Tendulkar - deja vu! Both in top form. The rest of the Australian bowling though, looks pretty insipid, especially after the first ten overs. Wonder how this Australian side will play spin against one of the better spinning teams in the world. Ashwin vs Watson, Zak vs. Haddin, Bhajji vs. Ponting. All good!

Posted by dilli8890 on (March 20, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

"Oh West Indies, they have done it again." "West Indies needing just 123 in the last 23 overs, only West Indies stood in the way of West Indies." Maybe, just maybe, India had something to do with it. A lot of these reports give the impression that it is entirely within the ability of one team to win, lose, tie, whatever. If Windies played well for the first 27 overs of their innings, so did India when they batted. I am sure the writer knows that it could get harder to bat on certain pitches as the innings progresses.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

If we defeat australia, then no one is taking this world cup from us.

Posted by ChrisH on (March 20, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Perhaps India & WI were trying to avoid Aus, but it seems that WI has a major problem in the form of an off-form Sarwan. Apart from the game against the Netherlands Sarwan has been VERY slow in acquiring runs. In fact it seems more like he is playing test cricket than ODI cricket. Against England he scored at a strike rate of 45 and today he scored at a strike rate of 57. Without making more singles the pressure builds until some of his partners get out trying to ease it and then he himself eventually succumbs to the pressure as against England and India. If a cricinfo analyst were to do a proper article on the strike rates of all the batsmen who have played at the number 4 position, I'm sure Sarwan would have one of the lowest strike rates. In fact doing a quick check this is what I found: All India batsmen save Pathan who batted at 4 had strike rates over 64, Clarke (Aus) had 94.93, Khan (Pak) 75, de Villiers 111.18, Bell (Eng) 80, Jayawardene 93.89, Taylor (NZ) 100, Sarwan 63.28...

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