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CRICKET: WI thrashed by India

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 3:46 PM

West Indies slumped to their third defeat of the ICC Cricket World Cup when they went down by four wickets to reigning World champions India at the WACA today.

Defending a paltry 182, the West Indies failed to produce the magic needed and India eased to their target off 39.1 overs.

The Indians are unbeaten in the competition with four wins from as many games.

There were some anxious moments up front, when fast bowler Jerome Taylor struck twice to leave the Indians on 20 for two in the seventh over.

However, captain MS Dhoni held the innings together with an unbeaten 45 off 56 balls while stroke-maker Virat Kohli hit 33 from 36 balls, to ensure there would be no upset.

The right-handed Kohli led the early revival in a 43-run third wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane on 14, before the cool-headed Dhoni anchored a crucial 51-run, unbroken seventh wicket partnership with Ravi Ashwin, who finished 16 not out.

Taylor finished with two for 33 while fellow pacer Andre Russell picked up two for 43.

Earlier, the West Indies slumped badly after winning the toss and opting to bat, and needed a top score of 57 from captain Jason Holder to get up to their eventual score.

With his side struggling at 124 for eight in the 36th over, Holder struck four fours and three sixes off 64 deliveries, but more importantly, he added 51 for the ninth wicket with Jerome Taylor on 11, which gave West Indies precious runs at the end.