India crush West Indies by seven wickets
India crawled nearer to a World Twenty20 semi-final place after half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma secured a seven-wicket win over West Indies in a super 10 level game on March 23. The 2007 title holders limited their big-smacking West Indian rivals to an under 129 for seven on a slow path and returned to follow down the goal with two balls remains for their second consecutive victory. Opener Shikhar Dhawan fell in the first over to a uncertain leg before result but Sharma (62 not out) and Kohli (54) marked in a 106-run second wicket partnership to capture the game away from West Indies. Kohli again presented a smooth touch, scoring effortlessly to emphasize his growing height as one of the most talented batsmen in the match, and he got excellent support from Sharma who batted until the end. India, who beat Pakistan on Friday and take on qualifiers Bangladesh next Friday, top Group Two with four points.
Other side Pakistan defeated Australia by 16 runs. Umar Akmal banged 94 runs off 54 balls as Pakistan bounced back after a loss next to India to crush Australia by 16 runs in the World Twenty20 in Dhaka on March 23.