Player of the Match
Player of the Match
816dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Dhoni, bowlers extend World Cup streak

India were given their first scare of the World Cup when West Indies reduced them to 78 for 4 and 134 for 6 in a chase of 183, but MS Dhoni shepherded them through to an eventually comfortable win with four wickets in hand and 10.5 overs to spare

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JO Holder
JO Holder
57(64) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
2 2 0 5 7 26 4 11
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
45(56) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
12 7 7 2 5 4 4 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami
O8
M2
R35
W3
Eco4.37
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
RA Jadeja
RA Jadeja
O8.2
M0
R27
W2
Eco3.24
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

10.00pm Phew. Long day, even if we only saw a total of 83.3 overs of play. That's it from all of us. Make sure you join us for the two games tomorrow, and keep sending in your comments. Until then, ta ta!

DM: "Sooo...how would this be for a situation - Pak beat SA, India beat Ireland, WI beat UAE, Zimbabwe beat Ireland & India, Ireland beat Pak. Four teams will be on six points! (technically SA can too if they lose to UAE, but that's not happening)."

MS Dhoni: I think it was a difficult wicket, even initially with the new ball. There was some variable bounce, it was doing a bit. It settled down later, there was some swing for the West Indies bowlers as well, with the new ball. Our bowlers didn't try too much, they stuck to their line and length, it had a bit more bounce, gave quite a few wides bowling bouncers, but we also got wickets with the bouncer, so very happy with our performance. It is a difficult target, because you don't know whether to go and play your shots. It was a good chance to test out lower middle order. Ashwin played well, Jadeja will have to step up, I feel. The last time we were in New Zealand, there were true wickets, we'll have to see what kind of wickets are provided, but generally the ball comes on, there is some bounce. Generally the grounds are small so that is one area where we will have to adjust."

Jason Holder: "No regrets about batting first. Always thought it would be a good wicket. We lost early momentum, and it was difficult to recover. We didn't apply ourselves well enough when we batted and we never really caught up in the game. Batting out the overs was my plan, but I still thought we needed runs to have a chance, unfortunately I gave it away at the end. We need to string together a complete game."

Mohammed Shami is the man of the match. Ian Bishop doesn't interview him, for some reason. Some of you are suggesting it's because of Shami's lack of English proficiency, but how difficult would it be for the Indian team to send someone along to interpret for him? Even generally, it's always rankled me that players aren't simply allowed to speak in the language they're most comfortable in, and take an interpreter along. We always miss out on interesting insights because of this insistence on doing everything in English.

9.45pm That's India's eighth win in a row in World Cup matches. It equals their previous longest World Cup winning streak, achieved in 2003. In the end, bizarre tactics from Jason Holder. Plenty of overs left from his seamers, but he chose to bowl Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Smith with just 20-odd left to get. I don't know if that would have made any difference to the result, but it made things awfully simple for Dhoni and Ashwin. A few wobbles in India's chase, but Dhoni did what he does best, played the percentages, kept things simple, and carried India over the line.

39.1
4
Samuels to Dhoni, FOUR runs, tossed up outside off, and that is the win for India. Goes for a drive through cover, maybe, gets a thick outside edge that runs away towards the fine third man boundary

Malav: "That's because Holder has Smith and Samuels in his fantasy team! :P"

END OF OVER:
39 | 8 Runs | INDIA: 181/6 (2 runs required from 10.5 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 0.18)

  • MS Dhoni41 (55b)
  • Ravichandran Ashwin16 (32b)
  • Dwayne Smith5-0-22-1
  • Marlon Samuels3-0-6-0
38.6
1
Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, full on leg stump, clipped away to long leg
38.5
4
Smith to Dhoni, FOUR runs, short and wide and Dhoni gets on his toes to slap it away to the right of cover. He absolutely loves that shot, swivelling through his hips to get that power
38.4
1
Smith to Ashwin, 1 run, back of a length outside off, dabbed away to third man
38.3
0
Smith to Ashwin, no run, back of a length, angling into off stump, defended back to the bowler
38.2
1
Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length outside off, and Dhoni steers it away towards third man, maybe hit it a bit finer than he intended, off the outside half of the bat

Run drought

4

Number of times in the last five ODI innings that Suresh Raina has been dismissed for less than 25, including 3 single-digit scores.

Consistent.

9

Years since India have bowled out their opposition in four consecutive ODIs. Prior this World Cup, last happened in 2006.

Keeping things quiet

12

Runs scored by India in the first 5 overs, their second-lowest against West Indies (since 2001) and lowest when chasing.

Ten Tumbling Pins

5

Number of times that West Indies have been bowled out in a World Cup match against India, the most against any team.

Quick early strikes

10

Instances of WI losing 4 wickets for 50 runs or less against India. This has only happened more often against Australia (14)

A different choke

8

Runs scored by WI in the first 5 overs. Their lowest 5-over score against India (since 2001) is 6/2 at Bulawayo in 2001.

Is a storm coming?

0

Number of hundreds for Chris Gayle against India in the last 20 ODIs, since 2006