The Oval looked like a photoshopped image of a cricket ground on a grey canvas here on Tuesday. Adding life to that image was Team India and the scores of high-decibel fans who had arrived here in the morning to show their support.

MS Dhoni and his boys did not disappoint, putting in a dominating performance with both bat and ball to beat West Indies by eight wickets with 65 balls remaining.

The thumping win gave India an easy passage into the semifinal and also shut out Pakistan's hopes. West Indies's next match against South Africa is now a virtual quarterfinal, while India's next game against Pakistan is a dead rubber.

Shikhar Dhawan (102 not out off 107 balls; 10x4, 1x6) scored his third consecutive international hundred and man of the match Ravindra Jadeja (5/36 off his 10) were the two men who fashioned victory for India. There's little that Dhawan can do wrong these days. And even if he does, expect a Kemar Roach to be there to drop him. Roach did just that, dropping an easy one when the batsman was unbeaten on 41. The left-hander never gave the West Indies another chance.

A six over third-man brought him his second successive ton and he celebrated in trademark style. The target would've been way lower than the eventual 233 set by the West Indies if not for Darren Sammy's unbeaten 35-ball 56, inclusive of five fours and four sixes, that changed the course of the game. Until then, India riding on Jadeja's thrilling five-wicket haul had done very well to restrict the West Indies to 182-9.

The left-arm spinner, who also won a review for Marlon Samuels' dismissal, happens to be in the same zone as Dhawan, hardly going wrong with the responsibility entrusted to him. While remaining the most economical of all bowlers, Jadeja picked 5-36 from his 10 overs, inclusive of two maidens, that set the bar high for the rest of the attack.

Except for part-time bowler Virat Kohli, the other bowlers shared a wicket each. Riding on a disciplined attack and some impressive fielding, India would've enjoyed an easier chase if not for Sammy throwing his bat at anything that came his way.

India began their chase in the manner they began their innings in Cardiff, with Rohit Sharma's finesse complimenting Dhawan's aggression. Sharma reached his 15th half-century before a DRS review suggested a faint nick off the bat.
Incidentally, India twice opted for the decision review and got it right both times.


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