WI Into Knockouts

Play began in muggy conditions and prospects of a shower or two – heralds of Cyclone Pam – could not be ruled out in the afternoon.

Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, did his bit – win the toss, choose to bowl and put the UAE top order into a shredder – to set his team a target of 176 in 36.2 overs to ensure a place in the quarter-final. His batsmen did it in 30.3.

COLUMNJohnson Charles, brought in for the injured Chris Gayle, has been on ice for over a year in ODI cricket. Jonathan Carter was playing his second tournament for West Indies. Neither man showed themselves as such and took West Indies past the target without much incident.

Marlon Samuels had played 13 of their last 16 completed matches, but today he was so rusty touching him might have cut your skin. He was 1 off 11 balls, had a couple skirt past his outside edge before eventually tapping a short delivery into point’s hands. This was not the innings West Indies wanted on an important chase, not from a senior player. And worse his nervous 9 off 18 came after the early wicket of Dwayne Smith. Had the bowling been a little nippier than UAE’s, West Indies might have been in trouble.

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