Team India are hoping to keep their unbeaten run intact but will also be looking to strengthen their semifinal spot during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against West Indies at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday. At the same time, the Men In Blue are also eyeing a third consecutive World Cup win against the Caribbeans.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. The West Indian bowlers made the opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul work hard for their runs. Rohit cut loose in no time. It appeared that he will play an impactful knock. Unfortunately, the Hitman could not last for a long time as he was dismissed early in a controversial manner. Skipper Virat Kohli and Rahul then added 69 runs for the second wicket stand. Post Rahul's dismissal, India lost the wickets of Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav. Kohli scored his fourth consecutive half-century of the tournament. He also became the fastest player to reach 20,000 international runs. In the process, he has broken Sachin Tendulkar's record. The Indian skipper achieved this milestone in 416 innings, while Brian Lara and Sachin did it in 453 innings. Virat was dismissed for an 82-ball 72.
After Kohli's dismissal, the onus was on Dhoni and Hardik Pandya to steady the Indian ship. They added a 70-run stand for the sixth wicket. In the end, MSD's superb half-century helped India get to 268/7 in their 50 overs. Mahi remained unbeaten on a 61-ball 56.
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