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India could not get going with the bat after their skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first against West Indies in the 34th match of the World Cup at Old Trafford, Manchester. Men in Blue were able to post 268 runs after their batsmen struggled to hit the ground running.

West Indies got off to a good start when Kemar Roach was able to send back Rohit Sharma. The on-field umpire had turned down the appeal but the third umpire went on to overrule it after there was a spike in the ultra edge.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts As India Posts A Fighting Score On Difficult Pitch
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However, replays had shown that there was not enough evidence of ball hitting the bat. In fact, the ball had made contact with both the bat as well as the pad at the same time, which led to the confusion. But Rohit Sharma was disappointed with the decision as the on-field umpire’s call was not-out.

KL Rahul got off to another cautious start and looked good for his 48. But the flamboyant batsman was not able to convert his start into big score when West Indies skipper Jason Holder was able to find the gulf between bat and pad to hit the top of off-stump.

Vijay Shankar once again could not get going after he scored 14 runs. Furthermore, Kedar Jadhav was also dismissed by Kemar Roach when he nicked the ball to the keeper.

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts As India Posts A Fighting Score On Difficult Pitch
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Virat Kohli once again looked good for his knock of 72 runs. In fact, Kohli was the only batsman who was able to get going on a difficult pitch. However, Kohli was flummoxed by Holder when one of the short-pitched deliveries didn’t bounce as Kohli expected it to.

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MS Dhoni struggled to get going but showed the resistance. Dhoni had the rub of the green on his side when Shai Hope could not take a clean take to miss the stumping chance. Dhoni went on to score 56 from 59 balls to help India get past 260. Hardik Pandya was able to add the finishing touches with 46 runs.

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