Dhoni holds steady as India scrape win

2015 World Cup

The West Indies put up one helluva fight in Perth on Friday, having done poorly with the bat, but they were unable to defend the 182 they posted as India won by four wickets on a bouncy WACA deck.

The Windies could not deal with the pace and bounce supplied by India's bowlers, with only Jason Holder's half ton seeing them to a nearly-defendable score of 182 all out. India then struggled too, but skipper MS Dhoni's 45 not out saw them home with six wickets down.

The West Indies won the toss and chose to bat, and very soon regretted that idea. They lost Dwayne Smith first, to Mohammed Shami, and Marlon Samuels was run out soon afterwards, for two.

Chris Gayle tried to get the runs flowing, and was dropped an astonishing three times in four deliveries, but one catch eventually stuck as Mohit Sharma held on, off Shami, to get rid of the danger man for 21.

Denesh Ramdin was out for a duck to Umesh Yadav, while Jonathan Carter looked very out of his depth though managed 21 as well. Lendl Simmons fell for nine, while Andre Russell was removed for eight.

Holder's 57 was the only knock worth discussing, as the skipper showed the top order how to get things done. He struck three sixes and four fours, while Darren Sammy made the next best score of 26 to save some serious blushes.

A target of 183 seemed a cake walk initially, but suddenly India lost Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma cheaply to Jerome Taylor and were two down for just 20 runs. Virat Kohli made his way to 33 before being caught by Samuels, and Ajinkya Rahane was out for 14.

An easy chase suddenly became a tight one, and the departures of Suresh Raina for 22 and Ravi Jadeja for 13 made things all the more intriguing. India needed 50 runs off 20 overs with four wickets in hand.

But Dhoni was on hand to be his usual cool finishing self, as he and Ravi Ashwin made sure of the final runs with 10 overs to spare. The skipper took all the time he needed to maintain their spot at the top of the table, hitting just four boundaries.

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