India Defeat Ends Poor ICC Trophy Showing for West Indies

Mark BatemanCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2009

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 13: A  West Indian supporter watches the match between West Indies and Bangladesh at The Wanderers Cricket Ground during The ICC World Twenty20 Championship on September 13, 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

The only fans feeling worse than those of the West Indies in this year's ICC Champions Trophy are their Indian counterparts, after this final Group A match in Johannesburg.

Despite India's crushing seven-wicket win against a below-par West Indies side, they missed out on a place in the semi-finals and a chance to play Andrew Strauss' rejuvenated England after Australia secured a slender two-wicket win over plucky Pakistan.

The West Indies have had a torrid tournament in South Africa, losing all three of their group matches against Australia, India and Pakistan.

The India game was particularly disappointing for the Caribbean team, after being asked to bat first on an erratic pitch at the Wanderers, they posted only 129 runs.

Twenty-five-year-old all-rounder Darren Sammy top scored with 23, but the West Indies batting order was ripped apart by the excellent bowling of Praveen Kumar (3-22) and Ashish Nehra (3-31), who utilised the conditions to the maximum.

West Indies managed to make the game look exciting by taking the early wickets of Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir, but Virat Kohli (78) and Dinesh Karthik (34) guided India to safety.