India drew a stage nearer to the World Cup semi-finals and finished West Indies’ thin any expectations of qualifying with a 125-run whipping at Old Trafford.

West Indies, pursuing 269 for triumph, were disassembled by India, with pace bowler Mohammad Shami taking 4-16 and Jasprit Bumrah 2-9.

It was a disappointing reaction from West Indies after they were prudent with the ball and clean in the field.

Virat Kohli made 72 as India buckled down before a vociferous group, and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 56, which saw him take 16 keeps running from the last finished, impelled them to 268-7.

West Indies were at last rejected for 143 with 94 balls remaining and will be left to lament an anxious batting execution on a moderate pitch.

India are the main unbeaten group in the competition and yesterday supplanted England – their next rivals – at the highest point of the one-day rankings.

They will go to Edgbaston on Sunday with a lot of certainty, realizing that triumph will verify their semi-last billet and make England’s errand to qualify considerably increasingly troublesome.


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