World Cup 2019: India close in on semi-finals with thumping win over West Indies

first_imgJasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami led another sterling bowling effort as India crushed West Indies by 125 runs at Old Trafford on Thursday to inch one step closer to the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.The massive Indian victory was also highlighted by Virat Kohli who top-scored with 72, MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 56 and useful contributions from KL Rahul (48) and Hardik Pandya (46).India now have 11 points while West Indies with 3 points from 7 matches are out of the semi-finals race.Mohammed Shami started the damage with 2 early wickets before Bumrah picked 2 wickets in 2 balls to send West Indies crashing out of the World Cup. Between those two bursts from India’s star pacers, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal did serious damage to ensure India remained the only unbeaten team in the World Cup so far.Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, West Indies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first 7 overs and the Windies never recovered from that early jolt. Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran looked to put their team on the road to recovery but Hardik Pandya dismissed Ambris to trigger a typical West Indies collapse.Kuldeep Yadav next struck to snare Nicholas Pooran and at 80 for 4 in the 21st over on a pitch offering turn, all West Indies hopes had been dashed. In the 24th over, Yuzvendra Chahal removed Jason Holder and India knew they were on the verge of a huge win.But the dangerous Carlos Brathwaite was still in India’s way. Only a few days back, his barnstorming hundred had almost taken West Indies across the line against New Zealand in a high-scoring thriller. Against the best bowling attack in the world, there would be no Brathwaite magic.advertisementBack for his second spell, Bumrah removed Brathwaite and Fabian Allen off consecutive deliveries before Shami struck again to see off Shimron Hetmyer as India marched towards a comfortable victory.Earlier after winning the toss, Virat Kohli decided India would bat.Rohit Sharma was controversially ruled out by the third umpire Michael Gough who certainly did not rule the popularity charts among Indian fans on social media. But KL Rahul (48) and Virat Kohli (72) kept pressing forward against a disciplined West Indies bowling attack.KL Rahul fell to another poor shot, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar failed but Kohli was a class apart. He timed the ball better than anyone else and was the real threat as West Indies looked to keep India under 300.MS Dhoni struggled to get going once again and with Hardik Pandya, he could not even rotate the strike well. Pandya did try to up the ante but Dhoni was unable to get going at the other end.The Dhoni-Pandya partnership was slow but the pair made sure India had the services of two big-hitting batsmen for the death overs. Pandya eventually perished for 46 but Dhoni set himself up to hit 2 sixes and 1 four in the final over of Oshane Thomas. He brought up his 72nd fifty in ODIs as India finished with a competitive total.India next take on hosts England on June 30.Also Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso Read | Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to score four successive fifties in World CupsAlso See:last_img read more

BJP mulling noconfidence motion against Karna Assembly Speaker if he doesnt resigns

first_imgBengaluru: A day after it came to power in Karnataka, the BJP is contemplating bringing a no-confidence motion against assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, if he does not voluntarily vacate the post, party sources said Saturday. The message has been discreetly conveyed to Kumar to give up the post, which is conventionally held by a member from the ruling party, they said. “We will move the no-confidence motion against the Speaker if he himself does not resign,” a ruling BJP MLA told PTI requesting anonymity. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The legislator added, “Our first agenda is to win the confidence motion and get the finance bill passed on Monday. We will wait and see whether the speaker steps down on his own.” The MLA sought to know how there could be a Speaker from the opposition party. “Once we win the confidence of the House, we will go ahead with moving no-confidence motion,” he said. In a sudden turn of events, the BJP led by B S Yediyurappa came to power Friday, barely 24 hours after Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified the three MLAs, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli from Congress and independent MLA R Shankar. The Speaker had even indicated that in a couple of days, he would take decision regarding rest of the MLAs including three from JD(S). The raft of resignations by the rebel MLAs had brought down the coalition government in Karnataka and put the BJP on the straddle.last_img read more