Some excellent bowling from Jason Holder and Kemar Roach was not enough to help West Indies to victory over India in their World Cup match in Manchester. This loss now means that West Indies chances of progression beyond the group stages are over and the rest of their matches will help decide those who will be in the semifinals.
India batted first and West Indies started well with the ball with Roach claiming the wicket of Rohit Sharma early on. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul steadied the ship with a stand of 69 before Rahul fell to the bowling of Holder.
A middle order collapse saw India lose three wickets for 48 runs brought West Indies back into the game, but a steady fifty from MS Dhoni and 72 from Kohli helped India to 268/7, a total that was very competitive.
Things started badly for the West Indies with the bat, with Chris Gayle and Shai Hope both gone to the bowling of Mohammad Shami inside the first seven overs. There was a recovery of sorts as Sunil Ambris, playing in his first match of this World Cup, and Nicholas Pooran put on a stand worth 55 for the third wicket. Unfortunately for the West Indies that was the best stand of their innings and Ambris (31) and Pooran (28) made the highest scores for the their team.
After Pooran and Ambris went within nine runs of each other the West Indies innings fell apart as they collapsed to 143 all out to lose by 125 runs. The bright spark for the West Indies was the returns of Roach who took 3/36 and Holder who took 3/32.
The next game for the West Indies sees them take on Sri Lanka in Durham on Monday 1 July.