Shikhar Dhawan is a big reason why India is still undefeated.
India managed to stay undefeated and now has ensured itself a spot in the next round after coming out victorious over the West Indies on Tuesday, 236-233. India would win by eight wickets for its second win of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Once India got going, there was no way that the West Indies was going to stop its second-fixture opponent.
With India taking home the victory, Ravindra Jadeja was named the Man of the Match. This was because Jadeja was a fantastic bowler opposing the West Indies all match long. He recorded 10 outs while allowed just 36 runs for a 3.60 economy rate. He also took five wickets.
Needless to say, he was a big part why India was so successful against the West Indies.
It was somewhat surprising that Shikhar Dhawan wasn’t named the Man of the Match, though. While there’s no doubt that Jadeja was a feared bowler, Dhawan was nearly unstoppable as a part of India’s offense.
In the match, Dhawan scored 102 runs, capturing his second century of the tournament, according to the official Twitter account of Cricket ICC:
With 216 runs through a pair of matches, bowlers have had a tough time stopping one of India’s top players, and their lack of ability to halt him might continue to be a problem. If Dhawan can keep playing like he has through the first two fixtures of the ICC Champions Trophy, there’s no reason why India couldn’t make a very deep run as the tournament progresses.
India and the West Indies both won their first matchups of group play, defeating South Africa and Pakistan, respectively. India won by 26 runs whereas the West Indies won by two wickets.
With both clubs successful in their openers, the winner of Tuesday’s fixture was bound to show the most dominant team in Group B.
India prevailed and now sits in the driver’s seat going forward. The team will go on to face Pakistan on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. ET, but the result of that fixture won’t matter. Since India has won its second game and Pakistan has already lost twice, there’s no way that India will not advance.
The West Indies, however, must come away with a win over South Africa in order to stay alive in the ICC Champions Trophy. The two teams will face off on Friday at 5:30 a.m. ET in a must-watch fixture.
The winner will advance and all title hopes for the loser will be squashed, as they’ll be sent home.
ICC Champions Trophy Points Table