Sunday, March 11, 2007

India beat Windies in warmup game

India completed a morale-boosting nine-wicket victory over the West Indies in their final World Cup warm-up matchhere on Friday.
Chasing a modest 86 for victory, India hit the jackpot with31.2 overs to spare, when Dwayne Bravo delivered a no-ball to Robin Uthappa. Uthappa was not out on 35 and Dinesh Karthik was unbeaten on 38. They added 80for the second wicket, after Virender Sehwag was caught behind off Daren Powellfor a duck in the second over. "It was a really good performance today.
We hadthe opportunity to bowl first and had helpful conditions," said India skipperRahul Dravid."We put the ball in the right areas and took our catches. We willtake a lot of confidence from this into the World Cup."Our body language isgood and we have had some good results behind us. We have key players who arecoming into form and fitness and results like this give us great momentum."
India's seam bowlers destroyed the West Indies' batting on a helpful TrelawnyMulti-Purpose Stadium pitch. Munaf Patel was the most successful Indian bowlerwith four wickets for 10 runs from six overs, Irfan Pathan collected three for25 in six overs, and Zaheer Khan snared two for 22 from six overs.
Only threeWest Indies batsmen got into double-figures after the hosts chose to bat -captain Brian Lara top-scored with 22, and Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Smithboth hit 13. Lara was furious with his team's collapse."I am verydisappointed, no-one in the dressing room is very happy," he said."We need tobat a lot more professionally if we are to win this tournament.
"West Indieswere in trouble from as early as the fourth over, when Shivnarine Chanderpaulwas caught behind down the leg-side for six off Zaheer Khan. Then Chris Gaylewas caught behind for the same score off the first ball of the next over bowledby Ajit Agarkar.
Lara came to the crease and added 39 for the third wicket withRamnaresh Sarwan, but his dismissal in the 14th over, caught and bowled toPathan, triggered a catastrophic batting collapse that disappointed the stadiumwhich was half-filled with scores of eager West Indies fans. The hosts losttheir last eight wickets for 29 runs in the space of 71 deliveries. India havebeen drawn with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Bermuda in Group B of the World Cupin Trinidad.
West Indies tackle Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and Ireland in Group D to be contested at Sabina Park in the Jamaica capital, Kingston.

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