The match panned out totally in India favor, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan 2nd repeated ODI century and Ravindra Jadeja maiden 5-wicket haul, and was decided with 65 balls to spare as MS Dhoni team chased down the 234 target with chase, becoming first into the Champions Trophy semifinals.
But the overpowering verdict, by 8 wickets, was also a fair indicator of how much had changed in the thirty long years since Kapil Dev and his men transformed their own and the lives of innumerable others on a sun-kissed evening at Lord’s pitch.Jadeja strikes
Soon after Charles reached his fifty, Jadeja spun into action, starting with a maiden and then taking a wicket in each of his next 3 overs. Charles was trapped in front with a flatter delivery Marlon Samuels (1) was finished in on the decision review, while Sarwan (1) patted the left-arm spinner down the leg side and into Dhoni gloves.
Darren Bravo had all this while was trudging clearly through, as if mired in thick bog and clingy marshland; his agony ended with an Ashwin beauty. flight and turn and a swift stumping curtailing his 83-ball 35.The other Bravo – Dwayne – was caught at deep mid-wicket trying to pull Yadav, bringing the Windies down from a rosy 103/1 inside 20 overs to 163/6 in almost 38.
Dhawan & Karthik
After the Caribbeans were confined to 233/9, despite Darren Sammy brave late hitting, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma (52) added 101 in about 15 overs for a solid start. Rohit and Virat Kohli (24) - playing his 100th ODI - fell to the guile of Sunil Narine, but Dhawan held one end steady.
He was dropped on 37 by Kemar Roach and then partner Dinesh Karthik (51*) in another big alliance (109) that brought India the big win. For a second it appeared that rain would deny Dhawan of a century, but play soon resumed and the Delhi southpaw reached 102 balls with a scintillating six cut off the bowling off Dwayne Bravo.
West Indies- 233/9 (50)
J Charles (†)-60(55)
D Sammy -56(35)
D Bravo -38(83)
S Dhawan -102(107)
R Sharma -52(56)
D Karthik -51(54)
Player Of the Match-R.Jadeja (India)