Ahmadabad, October 26:
Shivnarine Chanderpaul smashed a half century in his 200th limited-overs international and Ian Bradshaw chipped in with three key wickets on Thursday as West Indies survived a
late Indian charge to record a thrilling three-wicket win and qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.
West Indies restricted India to 223-9 off its 50 overs and then kept its nerve to score 224-7 off 49.4 overs. West Indies was cruising along nicely at 212-3 before India claimed four wickets in the space of seven runs. Marlon Samuels kept his cool and he sliced Ajit Agarkar to third man boundary that took the defending champion to victory.
West Indies took its points tally to four after its stunning 10-run win over No 1 ranked team Australia in the first group match. Thursdayâ€™s victory was the West Indiesâ€™ sixth win against India in the eight limited-overs games this year.
India now has to beat Australia in its last group game on Sunday at Mohali to qualify for the semi-finals. West Indies could finish on top of Group A if it beats England â€” winless in two games â€” at Ahmadabad in its last group game on Saturday.
Ramnaresh Sarwan (53) and Runako Morton (45) combined in a 92-run partnership before India hit back and took four wickets in 13 deliveries. Agarkar trapped Morton lbw;
Brian Lara (5) was bowled by Irfan Pathan and Sarwan was run out. With West Indies still needing five runs, Agarkar clean bowled Dwayne Smith off the first delivery of the 50th over before Samuels got the West Indies home.
Chanderpaul (51) â€” who had missed the game against Australia due to food poisoning â€” took charge once Chris Gayle hammered a quickfire 34 off 37 balls with seven boundaries but mistimed a pull shot and skied a catch at long off in the 10th over. Chanderpaul hit eight fours and faced 72 balls before he edged part-time spinner Virender Sehwag in the slip with West Indies still 124 runs adrift of target.
Indiaâ€™s top-order batsmen earlier struggled to negotiate Bradshawâ€™s left-arm seam bowling on a slow wicket after West Indies captain Lara won the toss and chose to field first. Mahendra Dhoni scored 51 off 65 balls, giving the Indian total some respectability with his first half-century in 12 limited-overs internationals before he was run out in the last over.
Bradshaw (3-30) removed Pathan for nought and then switched ends to get the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (29) and Yuvraj Singh (27). Tendulkar added 42 runs with captain Rahul Dravid (49) but dragged a wide delivery from Bradshaw back onto the stumps as India was reduced to 69-3 in the 17th over.
Dravid continued with Yuvraj in a 61-run stand off 80 balls before Bradshaw once again returned and broke the partnership. Dwayne Bravo scooped an easy catch at cover off Yuvrajâ€™s uppish drive and, four balls later, Dwayne Smith brought up a stunning run out of Dravid with a direct hit at the strikerâ€™s end from square leg.
The lower middle-order Indian batsmen gave good support to Dhoni as India blazed 42 runs in the last five overs, but in the end it didnâ€™t prove enough for the home team.
V Sehwag lbw b Taylor 17
S Tendulkar b Bradshaw 29
I Pathan b Bradshaw 0
R Dravid run out 49
Y Singh c Bravo b Bradshaw 27
M Dhoni run out 51
S Raina st Baugh b Samuels 19
H Singh b Taylor 15
A Agarkar run out 1
RP Singh not out 0
Extras: 15 (3lb, 11w, 1nb)
Total: 223/9 (50 overs)
FoW: 1-22, 2-27, 3-69, 4-130, 5-131,
6-164, 7-213, 8-223, 9-223
West Indies bowling: Taylor 10-2-33-2,
Bradshaw 10-0-30-3, Smith 10-1-37-0,
Bravo 7-0-51-0, Samuels 9-0-35-1,
C Gayle c R Pratap b Patel 34
S Câ€™paul c Dravid b Sehwag 51
D Bravo lbw b Harbhajan 16
R Sarwan run out 53
R Morton lbw b Agarkar 45
B Lara b Pathan 5
M Samuels not out 5
D Smith b Agarkar 0
C Baugh not out 1
Extras: 14 (lb2, w12)
Total: 224/7 (49.4 overs)
FoW: 1-43, 2-100, 3-120, 4-212, 5-218,
India bowling: Pathan 5-0-34-1,
Patel 8-2-29-1, Agarkar 9.4-1-52-2,
R Pratap 4-0-29-0, Harbhajan 10-1-27-1, Sehwag 10-0-36-1, Yuvraj 3-0-15-0