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#INDvsWI | Heartbreak for India as West Indies enter final of World T20

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:06 IST

India's semi-final against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in the ICC World T20 will be a match that will go down in history as one of the most memorable matches between the two sides in history.

Unfortunately for India, it will be remembered as the match that knocked them out of the T20 World Cup on home turf.

The last time India and West Indies met in a knockout match in a major world tournament was way back in 1983 in the final of the World Cup, which India went on to win while defending a low total of 183. The team went on to be immortalised as 'Kapil's Devils'.

But today, the team was beaten by a West Indies batting performance in the second innings that was dominated by big hitting and clearing the boundary ropes at will. West Indies chased down the target with two balls remaining in the innings, with Virat Kohli volunteering to bowl the last over.

The innings started with a bang for India, with Jasprit Bumrah dismissing Chris Gayle off the very first ball he bowled. But the West Indies always kept themselves in the game scoring runs in every over and stealing the odd boundary from time to time.

But West Indies recovered to mount a determined run chase, without their star man helping them in the cause.

In many ways, this match was Kohli vs West Indies.

It was Virat Kohli who provided the Midas touch, taking a wicket off the first ball he bowled after being brought into the attack by MS Dhoni when West Indies seemed to be running away with the match in the middle of the innings. He dismissed Johnson Charles for 52 runs. You just couldn't keep the man out of the game, after his superb effort with the bat in the first innings.

But towards the end of the innings, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell played the innings of their lives to steer West Indies to victory. Simmons scored 82 off 51 balls, and Russell scored 43 off 20, doing the bulk of their scoring in boundaries.

It was heartbreak for the Indian cricket team, who played extremely well throughout the tournament and looked the more likely side to go into the final at the end of the first innings.

But credit where it's due - West Indies mounted an unbelievable run chase in the second innings.

Where was the match lost? There are a couple of instances that stand out. Simmons was dismissed twice during the course of his innings, only to be told that he could carry on batting after the bowlers had overstepped the mark on both occasions.

The manner in which West Indies scored their runs could also have been the difference in the end. West Indies scored far more boundaries while India did the bulk of their scoring running between the wickets and picking up ones and twos.

West Indies will now meet England in the final of the World Cup at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, 3 April.

First published: 1 April 2016, 12:19 IST
 
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