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India, West Indies trample through!

The West Indies secured a place in the Super 8s round of the World Cup with comfortable six-wicket win yesterday over Zimbabwe. Captain Brian Lara slammed a four and a six off successive balls to secure the win with 13 balls to spare.Lara finished 44 not out off 68 balls as the West Indies reached a winning total of 204 for four off 47.5 overs. Dwayne Bravo supported with a fluent, unbeaten 37 and shared a match-winning, unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 75 with Lara.

West Indies openers Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul built the platform for the win with a first-wicket stand of 73. After its upset over 1992 champion Pakistan and tie with Zimbabwe, Ireland still has a chance to make the Super 8s.

Gayle took some time to settle in the West Indies’ reply before lashing three sixes and three fours in 40 off 48 deliveries. The powerful Jamaican struck his three sixes off the first three balls from Tawanda Mupariwa’s fifth over to accelerate the pursuit.

And he admitted he had visions of equaling Hershelle Gibbs’ record 6 sixes in an over against The Netherlands a few days ago but the bowler hit back well.

Zimbabwe: 202-5 / West Indies: 204-4

West Indies win by 6 wickets

In the other match between India and minnows Bermuda, India emerged voctorious in a record rout that saw them setting the biggest-ever World Cup winning margin of 257 runs.

The previously out-of-sorts Virender Sehwag last night exploded back into form in the most emphatic fashion with a century that led India on a record rampage – the team scoring a World Cup record total and chalking up the biggest ever winning margin in one-day international history against minnows Bermuda in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Sehwag belted 114 off 87 balls, hitting three sixes and 17 fours in a 202-run second-wicket stand with Sourav Ganguly (89) that steered India to 413 for five and erased Sri Lanka’s previous mark of 398 for five made against Kenya in 1996.

India’s win would have been even more emphatic had it not been for the Glamorgan batsman David Hemp, whose defiant 76 not out for Bermuda put celebrations on hold until the 44th over.

India: 413-5 / Bermuda: 156 (all out)

India win by 257 runs

Today, Scotland will take on South Africa (Group A) at Warner Park, St Kitts and Kenya will play against New Zealand (Group C) at Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia

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