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  • 10:37 PM IST

    That’s it from all of us. We hope you enjoyed an India victory, their sixth consecutive win in the tournament so far. Until next time then, it’s good night!

  • 10:35 PM IST

    The winning moment

  • 10:34 PM IST

    Talk about making a statement!

  • 10:33 PM IST

    More from Virat Kohli, the winning captain: “Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games. The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us. We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans. He’s such a keen understanding of the game. Always sends us feedback, that you know 260 is a good score. He’s a legend of the game. We all know that. Just hope he can continue. Last two games, things haven’t gone like we thought they would. These haven’t been massive scoring games. But we’ve found ways of winning. Intensity has been the standout thing for me. Mindset really matters. Nothing is impossible. We feel we can win from any situation.”

  • 10:30 PM IST

    Time for the captains now to speak. The losing captain Jason Holder first: “Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us. Batting was too inconsistent. Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting.”

  • 10:27 PM IST

    Virat Kohli is the Player of the Match for his fabulous 72: “I can’t complain, we just became no. 1 yesterday as far as rankings are concerned, to be honest, we are playing that way for a while, need to continue that way. Things haven’t gone our way with the bat in the last two games, but we have still done well to win, that’s being the most pleasing thing. Happy with my own contribution as well. We were in a similar situation today (150 odd for 4), but getting to 270 was crucial. Last game, we didn’t calculate well, we lost two quick wickets, but today we improved, Hardik played really well and MS finished strongly. When those two play in that way, we always get to a good total. To get to 270 was good, that put pressure on their batting and was very very difficult to chase. I don’t need to tell anything to my batsmen, they have to adjust according to their strengths and weaknesses and play according to the pitch. That’s my game plan, I look to play in my own way, happy to take the ones and twos which I think is a big factor in ODI cricket. Two difficult pitches, I’m happy with my contribution and look forward to doing more of the same in the future.”

  • 10:15 PM IST

    Few pictures from West Indies’ innings

  • 10:15 PM IST

    IT’S ALL OVER VERY FAST! West Indies have been bowled out for 143 in 34.2 overs (Shami 4/16, Bumrah 2/9, Chahal 2/39), India win by 125 runs

  • 10:10 PM IST

    Another edge goes to the boundary, this last West Indies pair not going down without a fight. 34 overs gone, West Indies 143/9

  • 10:06 PM IST

    Live score India vs West Indies, 32.2 overs gone, West Indies 134/9

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 34 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and West Indies at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester on Thursday.

IND vs WI MATCH PREVIEW

They may be undefeated in the tournament but suddenly, there’s a bit of creakiness about India. As exposed by the Afghanistan spinners in the previous game, the muddle surrounding India’s middle order came to the fore. The issue isn’t alarming but against a side like West Indies – their next opponents – who have the tendency to surprise teams (look no further than the game against New Zealand), India would have to rectify that little vulnerability.

West Indies don’t have spinners of Afghanistan’s calibre. There’s Ashley Nurse and the now-rarely used off spin of Chris Gayle, and besides, it’s all up to the fast bowlers. The pace battery that dismantled Pakistan for 105, rocked Australia’s top order and reduced New Zealand to 7/2. That said, India’s batting, in fact, their top three is far superior than any other. But the ones who follow, not quite you’d say. ALSO READ: Jasprit Bumrah, Kohli’s go-to man

With Australia becoming the first team to qualify for the semi-final, and England’s consecutive losses making the tournament interesting, India, currently with nine points, would be eager to take another step closer to the top four. West Indies, meanwhile, are almost out of the tournament, but virtually stay alive if they win this and till the time the teams in the top bracket of the points table don’t advance. A loss however, and West Indies will join Afghanistan and South Africa on the way out. Such is the nature of the format. ALSO READ: Brathwaite the berserker surprises, stings and almost stuns

If India and West Indies’ previous games are anything to go by, there are no favourites. Afghanistan gave India a scare and West Indies almost pulled off a miraculous chase against New Zealand. India still have the edge though, mentally. Not only because they are yet to taste defeat, but because of the terrific success they had against West Indies in 2018 – one of West Indies’ worst years in cricket. India won the five-match series 3-1 led by Virat Kohli‘s hat-trick of centuries. But besides winning the one game, West Indies also tied one. That is what India need to avoid, West Indies’ ability to deliver a wake-up call.

India though aren’t the only team with middle-order woes. West Indies have been constantly bogged down by the failure of their. Against New Zealand, three top-order batsmen combined for two runs and the other three accounted for 242. Against a formidable bowling attack like India’s, West Indies batsmen have a mountain to climb.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.