Continuing his good form, Dhawan scored an unbeaten 102 as India thrashed West Indies by 8 wickets in the rain hit clash with 10 overs to spare at Oval on Tuesday.
West Indies attack appeared toothless against Indian top order. Barring Sunil Narine, who broke the solid 101-run opening stand by dismissing Rohit Sharma and sent back Virat Kohli, no other bowler made any mark in the crucial encounter.
Narine gave West Indies first breakthrough by getting Sharma caught behind after his gritty 52-run knock that came off 56 deliveries and were studded with seven boundaries.
Soon after Sharma’s dismissal, Dhawan got his 50 in 45 balls.
However, in the 20th over, Narine struck again to send back Kohli (22), reducing India to 127/2.
Dinesh Karthik then joined Dhawan and didn’t allow West Indies any further success. Karthik stayed unbeaten after scoring 51. Earlier, Darren Sammy’s fiery cameo outshone Ravindra Jadeja’s fiver and guided West Indies to a challenging 233/9.
Sammy slammed a quick-fire 56 off 35 balls and shared unbeaten 51-run stand for the tenth wicket.
Jadeja finished with a career best figure of 5/36, making things look easier for India before Sammy’s onslaught revived West Indies.
Despite a formidable start and gritty second wicket stand, West Indies lost plot as they collapsed against the disciplined Indian attack. Asked to bat, Windies opener Chris Gayle tried to dominate Dhoni’s boys with his quick hits.
West Indies: C Gayle c Ashwin b Kumar 21, J Charles lbw b Jadeja 60, Darren Bravo st Dhoni b Ashwin 35, M Samuels lbw Jadeja 1, R Sarwan c Dhoni b Jadeja 1, Dwayne Bravo c Jadeja b Yadav 25, K Pollard c Kumar b Ishant 22, D Sammy not out 56, S Narine c Karthik b Jadeja 2, R Rampaul b Jadeja 2, K Roach not out 0;
Extras: (b-4, lb-2, w-2) 8;
Total (For 9 wickets; 50 overs) 233;
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-103, 3-105, 4-109, 5-140, 6-163, 7-171,
8-179, (Narine, 43.4 ov), 9-182;
Bowling: Kumar 8-0-32-1, Yadav 9-0-54-1, Ishant 10-1-43-1, Ashwin 9-2-36-1, Kohli 4-0-26-0, Jadeja 10-2-36-5.a
India: RG Sharma c Charles b Narine 52, S Dhawan not out 102, V Kohli b Narine 22, KD Karthik not out 51;
Extras: (b-4, w-5) 9;
Total: (2 wickets; 39.1 overs; 183 mins) 236;
Fall of wickets: 1-101, 2-127;
Bowling: KAJ Roach 6-0-47-0, R Rampaul 6-0-28-0, SP Narine 10-0-49-2, DJG Sammy 4-0-23-0, DJ Bravo 5-0-36-0, MN Samuels 4-0-17-0, CH Gayle 1-0-11-0, KA Pollard 3.1-0-21-0.