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India knocked out despite victory

ICC Champions Trophy, Wanderers, Johannesburg:
India 130-3 (32.1 ovs) bt West Indies 129 (36 ovs) by seven wickets

Match scorecard

By Pranav Soneji

Virat Kohli in action at the Wanderers
Virat Kohli enhanced his credentials with a confident 104-ball knock

India were sent crashing out of the Champions Trophy despite a resounding seven-wicket win over West Indies.

Australia's narrow two-wicket win over Pakistan sealed India's fate as they finished third in Group A.

Asked to bat on an erratic Johannesburg pitch, West Indies were dismissed for 129 as Praveen Kumar (3-22) and Ashish Nehra (3-31) utilised the conditions.

Quick wickets saw India reduced to 12-2 before Virat Kohli (78) and Dinesh Karthik (34) guided them to safety.

But the subdued atmosphere at the Wanderers encapsulated India's dissatisfaction having come so close to reaching the semi-finals, only for Australia to claim a tense win in Centurion a few hours earlier.

India required arch rivals Pakistan to beat the defending champions as well as beat a below-strength West Indies side by a sizeable margin with a favourable run-rate.

But despite a stirring Pakistan fightback, Australia sneaked a last-ball bye to subject India to their second successive exit from a major tournament in four months.


India were dealt a significant setback before the start of the match when star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was ruled out because of food poisoning, while fast bowler Ishant Sharma made way for Abhishek Nayar.

The all-rounder was only required to bowl three overs as seamers Kumar and Nehra tore into West Indies, reducing the top order to 31-4 inside 11 overs after Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field on yet another erratic, seam-friendly Wanderers pitch.

A sixth-wicket rally between David Bernard (22) and Darren Sammy (23) took West Indies closer to three figures, but their innings was over in the 36th over when Gavin Tonge chipped an easy catch for Kumar.

India's response began badly as Gautam Gambhir played on to his stumps before Rahul Dravid was run out for four.

But a steady - albeit slow - third-wicket stand of 92 between Kohli and Karthik ensured India suffered no further hiccups on the way to their first - and only - victory of the competition.

Kohli enhanced his claims for further one-day honours with a composed 104-ball knock, featuring nine boundaries and two sixes.

These guys are the future of West Indies cricket

West Indies captain Floyd Reifer

Dhoni admitted India's exit was largely down to a poor bowling performance in the 54-run defeat by arch-rivals Pakistan.

"We made quite a few mistakes in this tournament," he said. "Of course, giving width to the batsmen is one of the areas. At the same time, I don't think it's such a serious problem that can't be solved.

"Apart from that, I think the fielding department. We can definitely put in a little more effort with that. Every guy can get better by 10 to 15%."

Despite losing all three of their matches, West Indies captain Floyd Reifer said his team should be proud of their performances.

Denied their star players because of a pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, the Caribbean islands were represented by players with little or no international experience.

"Our bowlers did really well through the tournament. (Kemar) Roach bowled quickly, Gavin Tonge had a very good tournament as well," said Reifer.

"(Nikita) Miller bowled well and our fielding was really good and as a team I thought we performed fairly well in the tournament.

"These guys are the future of West Indies cricket. This is only their sixth game as a team and the most important thing for us is to keep improving."

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