England face Sri Lanka after India win
England will face Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-finals after India defeated West Indies by 80 runs in the final group match of the tournament at the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
A sparkling 113 from Yuvraj Singh helped India to 268, despite the efforts of Ravi Rampaul, who recorded the first five-wicket haul of his one-day international career.
West Indies appeared well-placed to record victory when they reached 154 for two after 30 overs of their reply, but the departure of Devon Smith, bowled by Zaheer Khan for 81, sparked a spectacular collapse that saw the final eight wickets fall for just 34 runs.
India’s victory ensures they finish second in Group B and they will now take on defending champions Australia in a mouth-watering clash in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
West Indies will play Group A winners Pakistan in Dhaka on Wednesday, with South Africa’s match against New Zealand taking place two days later at the same venue and England’s meeting with Sri Lanka in Colombo rounding off the quarter-final schedule on Saturday.
“The game really changed once Zaheer gave us the breakthrough,” said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “Until then Devon was batting really well. After that we could put pressure on both sides."
Asked about their quarter-final opponents, Australia, Dhoni added: “They are a very good side, they play tough cricket and also are quite expressive on the pitch. We’ll give our best and it’s not about the result, the process is important.”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said: “We lost eight wickets for 30-odd runs, that’s a concern. But we’re in the knock-out stage and anything could happen.
“We have to tighten up and tighten up quickly. We have to bring our A game against Pakistan.”
Yuvraj had recorded half-centuries in three of his previous four innings in the competition and maintained his fine form today to put India on course for a substantial total after Rampaul, playing in place of the unwell Kemar Roach, had accounted for openers Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir.
Tendulkar edged a back-of-a-length delivery through to wicketkeeper Devon Thomas in the first over and admirably walked after umpire Steve Davis had initially rejected an excitable appeal, while Gambhir made 22 before picking out Andre Russell at third man.
Yuvraj was twice dropped by Sammy - on nine and 13 - and made the most of his good fortune by thumping 10 fours and two sixes in his 123-ball stay at the crease.
He shared a valuable partnership of 122 for the third wicket with Virat Kohli, who was content to play the anchor role and sensibly provided his partner with much of the strike.
However, after Kohli was bowled by Rampaul for 59 in the 33rd over, India’s innings gradually lost momentum and they were dismissed with five balls unused.
Dhoni was stumped off a looping leg-break from Devendra Bishoo and Suresh Raina swept Sammy to Rampaul at short fine-leg.
Yuvraj, who suffered from dehydration in the latter stages of his innings, did manage to reach three figures courtesy of some breathtaking strokeplay, but he departed soon when he provided Kieron Pollard with a simple return catch.
The remaining batsmen offered little resistance and Rampaul produced two wonderful yorkers to dismiss Yusuf Pathan and Zaheer, either side of Harbhajan Singh chipping Russell to a diving Pollard at mid-on, with the fielder appearing to dislocate the little finger on his left hand in the process.
Russell then delivered the final blow as he bowled Munaf Patel, via inside edge, with the first ball of the 50th over.
West Indies debutant Kirk Edwards thumped 17 from as many balls at the top of the order, but he was unable to deal with a carrom ball from off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was playing his first game of the tournament.
Edwards was rapped on the pads as the ball pitched on leg stump and straightened, although India did require a review to overturn umpire Davis’ initial not out verdict.
Darren Bravo cruised to 22 before pulling a Suresh Raina long-hop straight to mid-on, but West Indies remained on course as Smith and Ramnaresh Sarwan joined forces in a composed partnership of 65.
With India’s attack posing little threat, Smith seemed likely to register the second one-day international century of his career, only to be bowled through the gate by a cleverly disguised slower ball from Zaheer.
A procession of wickets duly followed, with the dangerous Pollard chipping Harbhajan to long-on and Thomas being stumped off Yuvraj before skipper Sammy was run out following a mix-up with Sarwan.
Yuvraj picked up his second scalp when Russell carved a wide delivery straight to Yusuf at backward point and Zaheer, who finished with 3-26 from six overs, accounted for both Sulieman Benn and Sarwan before Ashwin wrapped up the innings by bowling Rampaul.