London: Shikhar Dhawan struck his second ODI century as India completed a facile eight-wicket win with 65 balls to spare against the West Indies in a group B match of the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval here on Tuesday. A career-best haul of five for 36 by Ravindra Jadeja had earlier restricted the Caribbeans to 233 for nine wickets. (The match as it happened)
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A brief rain interruption was the only hiccup as India become the first team to enter the semifinals with two wins from as many matches. However, India's position in the group will be decided only after their third match against Pakistan in Birmingham on June 15. After successive defeats, Pakistan are out of the tournament. The June 14 fixture between South Africa and the West Indies in Cardiff, will decide the second semifinalist from group B. The Proteas and the Caribbeans have won a game each.
India once again owed their victory to a 101-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma (52) and Dhawan, who remained undefeated on 102 (107 balls, 10 x 4s and a six). The West Indian attack looked loose and stingless on a placid wicket. West Indies pace spearhead Kemar Roach turned out to be the biggest disappointment. Erring in line and length, he let the Indian batsmen free their arms, conceding almost eight runs an over.