Dhawan, Jadeja heroes as India crush West indies, enter Champions Trophy semifinals
Chasing 234 for victory Shikhar Dhawan scored a second successive century, and was ably supported by Dinesh Karthik 51*. Ravindra Jadeja too returned with career-best figures of 5/36.
After being put in to bat, Johnson Charles scored 60 of 78 balls to lay the foundation for the batting to follow. His dismissal though - by Ravindra Jadeja - was followed by a middle-order collapse. (All images: AFP and AP)
Chris Gayle started his innings in ominous fashion, scoring 21 off 17 balls with 4 boundaries. However, he edged a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery to R Ashwin at first slip.
Darren Bravo played an extremely sedate knock of 35 in 83 deliveries, before perishing to R Ashwin.
Ravindra Jadeja was the star of the show taking the wickets of Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul for a career-best 5/36.
The Indians, as in their first game, were excellent in the field. Many runs were saved as the young crop of Indians fielded with gusto and intent.
Ishant Sharma was excellent with the ball conceding just 22 runs in his first 9 overs. However Darren Sammy took him for 21 runs in his final over, spoiling Sharma's figures.
West Indian hopes were pined on their newly appointed skipper Dwayne Bravo. But the captain failed to deliver with the bat and ball scoring 25, and ending with figures of 0/36.
This was Jadeja's first fifer in ODI cricket. After the match, skipper MS Dhoni said the team was 'discovering a new Jadeja'.
Darren Sammy was left out the opening game against Pakistan. He all but cemented his place to a side with a 35-ball 56 to take West Indies to a respectable 233/9.
In the chase, Rohit Sharma hit back-to-back fifties to justify his promotion as an opener. Rohit was dismissed for 52, but by then the damage had already been done.
Shikhar Dhawan is in the form of his life, with his second successive century. Dhawan, with 216 runs at an average of 216.00 in two games, is the top run-getter in the tournament thus far.
A brief rain interruption was the only hiccup as India become the first team to enter the semifinals with two wins from as many matches.
Dhawan reached his 100 with a six towards third-man, reminiscent of Virender Sehwag. Dhawan has made the opening slot his own.
Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik (51 not out) quietly went from strength to strength as the duo posted an unbeaten 109-run third-wicket stand to steer India to the shores off victory.