Perth: On a roll with a hat-trick of victories under their belt, a rampaging India will look to continue their winning run against an inconsistent but dangerous West Indies in their fourth group league encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup, here on Friday.
Live Score: West Indies: 117/7 (33.2)
Mohammad Shami opening the proceedings for India. Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle in the middle.
Smith whacks Shami in the second ball, falls short of the fielder.
First runs for the Caribbeans, boundary for Smith.
Gayle on strike, and that’s a close one. He almost edged it.
Good start from Umesh Yadav too. Only one off the over. Team India is keeping it tight.
West Indians are not able to score off the Indian bowlers. Also, the Men in Blue are keeping up to their fielding standards.
WICKET! And that’s the first wicket for India, Shami strikes. Smith edges to Dhoni. He departs for 6.
The pacers are making full use of the bounce and managing to swing the ball too.
After seven overs, Yadav 3-1-3-0, Shami 4-2-9-1
Oops! Gayle dropped by Yadav. A tough one, good try.
WICKET! Mix-up between Gayle and Marlon Samuels. The ball was in the air, but fell short of Mohit Sharma. Samuels, while following the ball, fails to make ground. He goes for 2. Brilliant work by Sharma and Virat Kohli.
SIX! Gayle cuts loose.
WICKET! The Caribbeans are in tatters now, Gayle departs for 21. Mohit takes the catch off Shami.
WICKET! This time, Yadav joins the party. Denesh Ramdin (0) plays on to his stumps. West Indies in trouble.
WICKET! Sharma removes Lendl Simmons (9), well caught by Yadav.
In the meanwhile, look how the fans have turned to cheer for their favourite team.
WICKET! It seems West Indies won’t be able to cross the 150-run mark. Shami catches Carter (21) off Ashwin.
WICKET! Andre Russell mistimes Ravindra Jadeja, balls in Kohli’s safe pair of hands. It seems the Windies are in a hurry to give it away.
Captain Jason Holder has walked in. Can he turn the tide?
A lot depends on Sammy now to take Windies forward. He is batting sensibly on 13.
DID YOU KNOW? Jadeja’s best-bowling performance is also against West Indies, 5/36 at The Oval in the Champions Trophy, 2013.
The Indian juggernaut has rolled with such speed that it has crushed arch-rivals Pakistan, a pretty solid South Africa and minnows UAE under its wheels while being firmly perched at the top and inching towards the pole position in the group B points table.