India enters quarter-finals of World Cup by defeating UAE by 9 wickets
Perth, Nirapad News : India stormed into the quarter-finals of World Cup in style. Having demolished Pakistan and South Africa in their first two matches by dishing out clinical performances, the defending champions India bagged a 9-wicket victory against minnows UAE in Perth on Saturday.
Riding on Ravichandran Ashwin’s four-wicket haul, India bundled out UAE for 102 and then chased down the total at ease in just 18.5 overs. Even though, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan (14) early, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stood firm to guide India to a easy victory. While Rohit remained unbeaten on a well-crafted half-century (57), Virat too played a knock of 33.
With this win, India topped the group and ensured a spot in the quarters, but also showed what their spin department could do.
Bowling first, Ashwin and Jadeja put up a spin web as UAE crumbled for just 102 in 31.3 overs. Ashwin scalped 4, while Jadeja claimed 2.
After beating Pakistan and South Africa, India were eyeing a hat-trick of victories, and on Saturday it looked that the defending champions were in a hurry to finish things off quickly.
On the field as well as on paper, UAE had no chance against the world champions, and on Saturday they surrendered meekly under pressure. With none of their batsmen failing to show signs of steel, Ashwin and Jadeja had a walk in the park.
After winning the toss, UAE opted to bat first but their move backfired. Umesh Yadav removed the openers early, and UAE were never in the game and they showed that they are still miles away from making a mark in the international arena. Mumbai boy Swapnil Patil, who has played with Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma at the club level, too could manage just four runs.
Despite being without the services of pacer Mohammed Shami due to a knee injury, Indian bowlers ensured that they were well on target. And with Ashwin and Jadeja striking form, captain Dhoni would be satisfied. After all, he will have to rely on his spin weapon in the days to come!