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India beats Windies by 7 wickets

Associated Press

Posted: Oct 01, 2009 at 1259 hrs IST

Johannesburg: Virat Kohli hit 79 not out Wednesday to lead India to a seven-wicket win over West Indies, but his team still failed to advance to the Champions Trophy semifinals.

After Indian opening bowlers Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra each took three wickets to dismiss West Indies for 129 in 36 overs at Wanderers Stadium, Kohli struck nine boundaries and two sixes in 104 balls to steer India to 130-3 in the 33rd over.

It began as a must-win game for India, which needed Pakistan to beat Australia to have a chance of going through. But Australia eked out a last-ball victory to end India's chances of advancing.

In the semifinals, Australia will play England on Friday, and New Zealand will play Pakistan on Saturday.

Kohli was supported by Dinesh Karthik, who made 34 from 79 balls with four boundaries.

Darren Sammy made 23, David Bernard 22 and Devon Smith 21 after India had won the toss and sent West Indies in to bat.

Kumar claimed 3-22 in nine overs and Nehra took 3-31 from eight.

Kumar struck on the sixth ball of the innings to remove Andre Fletcher for a duck with the team yet to score. Nehra took two wickets in his fourth over, getting rid of Kieran Powell for 5 and Smith.

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