India beat West Indies by 80 runs –
An outstanding performance Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan guided India to its big victory against West Indies by 80 runs. Winning the toss, the Indian skipper MS Dhoni decided to bat first. India got off to a bad start loosing the Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the very first over of the match, who was caught behind on Ravi Rampual’s delivery. On the other hand, his opening partner Gautham Gambhir and Virat Kohli provided India to a decent start scoring 51 runs in 8 overs. But Gambhir trying to play big shots against Rampaul was caught at third-man scoring just 22 runs from 26 balls. However, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh look the charge and did not allow any of the West Indies bowler to take any more wickets. Both the batsmen scored runs of each West Indies bowlers and did not allow any of them to set. They contributed 122 runs for their 3rd wicket stand. But Rampaul came back into attack and bowled Kohli on a score of 59 runs from 76 balls, leaving India at 173 runs for 3 wickets from 32.2 overs. Yuvraj along with skipper MS Dhoni continued the flow of runs, meanwhile Yuvraj also scored his first century of World Cup 2011. Dhoni trying to play big shot against the spinner Devendra Bishoo was brilliantly stumped by wicketkeeper Devon Thomas on a score of 22 runs from 30 balls. After which non of the Indian batsmen were able to make any good partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals. Yuvraj also was caught and bowled by Keiron Pollard, scoring 113 runs from 123 balls. Indian team were bowled out for 268 runs from 49.1 overs. Ravi Rampaul was the successful bowler to grab 5 wickets, while Andre Russel took 2 wickets. Defending a score of 269 runs the Indian skipper started the bowling attack with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, but the West Indies openers Devon Smith and Kirk Edwards had a decent start scoring 34 runs from 6 overs, before they lost the first wicket in form of Edwards scoring 17 runs from 17 balls to Ashwin. However, Smith along with Darren Bravo continued the flow of runs and did not allow any of the Indian spinner Harbhajan singh and Ashwin to grab any more wickets. They contributed 57 runs for their 2nd wicket stand. But Bravo trying to pulls the short ball down to long-on from Suresh Raina, was caught by Harbhajan, scoring 22 runs from 29 balls. Smith and Ramnaresh Sarwan took the charge and continued the momentum. They contributed 63 runs for their 4th wicket stand, during which Smith knock his half century. As it was looking an easy win for the West Indies side with 154 for 2 wickets in 30 overs. Zaheer Khan came back in attack and removed Smith at 81 runs from 97 balls. Harbhajan Singh also removed the dangerous Keiron Pollard cheaply on 1 run from 3 balls, leaving West Indies 157 for 4 wickets in 32 overs. After which, pacer Zaheer Khan and spinner Yuvraj singh did not allow any of the West Indies player to set on the crease. West Indies lost wickets in regular intervals, Sarwan also got dismissed by Zaheer scoring just 39 runs from 68 balls. In the last 13 overs, the West Indies team lost its last 8 wickets for just 34 runs. They were bowled out for 188 runs from 43 overs. Zaheer Khan was the successful bowler to take 3 wickets for 26 runs, while Yuvraj and Ashwin took 2 wickets each. Yuvraj Singh was named Man of the Match for this Century and 2 important wickets. Indian Team will now face Australia in the Quarterfinals on 24th March 2011 at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad.