India recorded their second consecutive win at the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh with a seven-wicket victory over defending champions West Indies in Mirpur.
India, who won the toss and elected to field, restricted the 2012 winners to 129-7 in their 20 overs at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
The winners of the inaugural tournament in South Africa in 2007 reached their target with two balls to spare.
After their opening victory against Pakistan, MS Dhoni’s side top Group 2 and they could seal a place in the semi-finals with victory over Bangladesh on Friday.
Dwayne Smith struggled at the top of the order and used up 29 balls to make just 11 and, despite a couple of lusty sixes, Chris Gayle was similarly mooted before being run out in the 13th over for 34.
Marlon Samuels also failed to score at more than a run-a-ball, and Dwayne Bravo was trapped lbw first ball by Amit Mishra, who picked up two wickets in the 15th over.
Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets but Dhoni may have regretted the decision not to bowl out Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who conceded just three runs from his three overs, as the slow left-armer was hit for three sixes in the final over.
|West Indies: 129 for 7 (20 overs)|
|Dwayne Smith||c and b Ashwin||11||32||29|
|Gayle||run out (Shami)||34||49||33|
|Samuels||st Dhoni||b A Mishra||18||21||22|
|Simmons||c Dhawan||b Jadeja||27||29||22|
|Dwayne Bravo||lbw||b A Mishra||0||1|
|Sammy||c Ro Sharma||b Jadeja||11||12||7|
|Russell||c Kohli||b Jadeja||7||7||5|
|Extras||1nb 12w 0b 1lb||14|
India’s reply started badly, as Shikhar Dhawan departed for a duck with Samuel Badree picking up a fortunate lbw decision.
However, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli milked the bowling around with ease, bringing up their half-centuries from 44 and 34 balls, respectively.
Kohli went for 54, from 41 balls, with India just 23 short of their target but Sharma carried on and finished unbeaten on 62 from 55 balls with Suresh Raina hitting the winning runs.
|India: 130 for 3 (19.4 overs)|
|Ro Sharma||not out||62||77||55|
|Yuvraj Singh||c Gayle||b Samuels||10||19||19|
|Extras||1nb 2w 0b 0lb||3|
West Indies will look to bounce back from their opening defeat on Tuesday as they face hosts Bangladesh.
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