London, June 11: India marched into semi-finals of the Champions Trophy 2013 with a commanding 8-wicket victory over West Indies here at The Oval on Tuesday. The win for India knocked Pakistan out of the competition.
Pakistan, however, have one more game in the tournament. India and Pakistan face off on June 15 at Edgbaston. It will be an important one for MS Dhoni and his boys as they look to seal another success and remain on top of Group B.
The second semi-final slot from this group will be decided in the South Africa-West Indies clash on June 14 in Cardiff.
India brought out yet another top performance. First, Ravindra Jadeja proved to be outstanding with the ball. The left-arm spinner took 5/36 in 10 overs.
In the run chase of 234, it was again a left-hander who was the hero for India. Opener Shikhar Dhawan (102 not out, 107 balls, 10x4, 1x6) continued his form from the first game and struck his second successive hundred. Overall, this was Dhawan's hat-trick of tons in international cricket. He had smashed a debut record Test century (187) against Australia in March.
In the tournament opener, Dhawan had hit 114 and today, he added another three-figure score with same impressive display of stroke-play at the top of the order.
Dhawan and Rohit Sharma (52, 56 balls, 7x4) once again provided a superb start. It was the pair's second century stand in as many games. Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 51 (54 balls, 8x4).
There was a brief stoppage in play due to rain with India needing 30 off 89 balls. When the game resumed, Dhawan and Karthik got to their century and half ton respectively and took India home in quick time. India coasted to victory in 39.1 overs with 8 wickets standing.
Jadeja takes 5/36, West Indies 233/9
Jadeja starred with the ball taking 5/36, his career best, but Darren Sammy's late flourish took West Indies to a respectable 233/9 in 50 overs.
Jadeja spun a web around West Indies batsmen to have them in deep trouble. But Sammy's 35-ball 56 not out with 5 fours and 4 sixes gave West Indies a fighting total.
West Indies were 182/9 in 45.3 overs. Sammy and Kemar Roach put on 51 runs in just 4.3 overs for the unfinished partnership for the last wicket.
Earlier, opener Johnson Charles hit 60 off 55 balls with 7 boundaries and 2 sixes. Chris Gayle made 21 off 18 with 4 boundaries.
India win toss, bowl first
India captain Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first in overcast conditions. India retained the same side from their previous victorious game against South Africa.
West Indies were forced to make a change after wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was suspended for 2 ODIs after claiming a catch against Pakistan.
Darren Sammy came in and Johnson Charles took over the wicketkeeping gloves. Virat Kohli is playing his 100th ODI today while R Ashwin won his 50th cap for India.
Both India and West Indies won their opening matches. India defeated South Africa while West Indies beat Pakistan. India and West Indies are playing an ODI in England for the first time since 1983 World Cup final.
If India win today, that result will eliminate Pakistan from the tournament.
India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles (wicketkeeper), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.
Match starts at 3PM IST