India beat West Indies by four wickets at the WACA Ground in Perth on Friday in an ICC Cricket World Cup day/night match to qualify for the quarter-finals. The Windies were in trouble early as Dwayne Smith was removed by Mohammed Shami for 6. Marlon Samuels was run out by Virat Kohli for 2 after a misunderstanding with Chris Gayle as they found themselves at 15/2 after 7.2 overs.
Gayle smashed some boundaries but lost his wicket for 21 as the Caribbean cricketers were in trouble at 35/3 after 9 overs. Two balls later Umesh Yadav removed Denesh Ramdin for a duck and the batting side was reeling at 35/4. Jonathan Carter and Lendl Simmons tried to build a partnership but Simmons lost his wicket to Mohit Shami for 9 and at 67/5 it looked like there could only be one winner.
The Indian bowlers continued to pick up wickets as Shami took his third when he removed Darren Sammy for 26 and the islanders were 124/8. Jason Holder brought up his 50 but he lost his partner Jerome Taylor for 11 as their ninth wicket partnership of 51 was broken by Yadav. Holder was the last man to be dismissed for 57 as the West Indies were bowled out for 182.
The defending champions lost Shikhar Dhawan for 9 when he was caught by wicketkeeper Ramdin with Taylor the successful bowler. The 30-year old was at it again as he removed Rohit Sharma for 7 when the opener tried to cover drive a ball that was pitched up and India were 20/2 after 7 overs. Kohli was tempted by a short ball from Andre Russell and was caught by Samuels to increase the pressure at 63/3 after 15 overs.
A controversial dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane for 14 left the subcontinent side 78/4 after 17.5 overs and in serious danger. Suresh Raina was joined by Mahendra Singh Dhoni but the pair did not do too much damage before Raina nicked one to Ramdin for 22 off Smith. The Indians were in real trouble at 107/5 after 22.5 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja joined Dhoni as they were looking to cut down the target but Jadeja’s hook shot cost him his wicket as he was caught by Samuels for 13 and India were 134/6. However captain Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin got together and managed to finish off the job for the champions who would win by 4 wickets. When they crossed the line Dhoni was 45 not out and Ashwin unbeaten on 16.