London (United Kingdom), June 11 (ANI): Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja proved to be the wrecker-in-chief for India as he bagged a fifer to restrict the West Indies to a tricky in-between 239 for 9, in an important ICC Champions Trophy group B match.
Johnson Charles top scored with 60 off 55 balls. Chris Gayle departed early. The others never looked settled in the middle. In the fag end of the innings Sammy's cameo of 56 off 35 balls helped Windies push the total past 200. The Indians were outstanding on the field and were backed by their bowlers.
West Indies seemed to lose the plot once Dhoni decided to introduce his spinners. It became immensely tough for the batsmen to accelerate as the spinners managed to put a lid on scoring. The West Indies lost a cluster of wickets in the middle overs.
Earlier in the day, after winning the toss, Dhoni said his decision of fielding first is because it is currently overcast which could help his bowlers.
West Indian skipper Dwayne Bravo after the toss said he would have bowled first as well, but wanted to forget the conditions and get a good total.
"It is not a bad track to bat first. Ramdin is out, Darren Sammy comes in and confirmation that Johnson Charles will keep," he said.
When asked whether the Ramdin issue has affected the side, Bravo took time to choose his words and talked about having to look beyond that.
The last time these two teams played an ODI in England, was back in 1983, when India's victory kicked off a boom for ODIs.
This will be a crucial encounter as both the sides are brimming with confidence.
The final line-up:
INDIA: S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli, KD Karthik, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*+, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, I Sharma, B Kumar, UT Yadav
WEST INDIES: CH Gayle, J Charles+, DM Bravo, MN Samuels, RR Sarwan, DJ Bravo*, KA Pollard, DJG Sammy, SP Narine, KAJ Roach, R Rampaul (ANI)