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“Nazar Na Lag Jaaye!” Fans React as Bowlers Help India Beat WI

Traditionally, India has been famous for it’s star-studded batting lineup. Then may it be the likes of Gavaskar, Azharuddin, or the legendary trio of Sachin, Ganguly and Dravid, the batsmen have always taken the centerstage. However, for a change, it seems that the players at the opposite end of the 22-yards would be writing the history of the modern Indian cricket.

At least that is what was has happened in the country’s 2019 ICC World Cup campaign so far. And it was on full view in Thursday’s World Cup game, when India hammered poor West Indies by 125 runs to move closer to Knockout qualifications (they are just 1 point away from achieving it). After yet another under satisfactory batting performance, the bowlers again came to the rescue of the team to put what may arguably be one of the best performances this season.

The Game

The Men in Blue started on a nervous note after Rohit Sharma was adjudged out in a controversial decision. The incoming Virat Kohli then stitched an impressive 69-run partnership with KL Rahul before the latter departed after scoring 48 runs. Having missed his century in the last four games, it felt that THIS was the innings the Indian skipper had been waiting for to score a ton. But, unfortunately, he had to again satisfy himself with a score of 72. Nonetheless, he may have found consolation with the fact that he became the fastest to 20,000 runs in international cricket. After yet another middle-order collapse, MS Dhoni (56*) and Hardik Pandya (46) played appreciable innings to see India post 268/7.

The second innings was a treat for bowling lovers, with wickets flying from literally everywhere. It was Mohammed Shami, who seems to be in the form of his life, who started the West Indian downfall. He plucked out Chris Gayle with a short ball. Shami struck again in the seventh over with a beautiful good-length delivery to hit Shai Hope’s timber. The bowler would go on to scalp two more wickets to end the innings at 4/16. Jasprit Bumrah (2/9), on the other hand, was literally unplayable, and that reflected in his outstanding economy of 1.5. Yuzvendra Chahal also bagged a couple of wickets.

India ultimately ended West Indies’ misery in under 35 over, bowling them for 143. In the process, they also became the World’s No.1 ODI team.

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