Cricket: West Indies finally profit from India's reckless run chase

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West Indies 229-6

India 188

West Indies win by 41 runs

England face a high-profile practice run for their Caribbean tour when they play the West Indies in Sharjah's Champions Trophy final on Friday following yesterday's self-destruction against the West Indies by India.

Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammed Azharuddin ran themselves out as India, trying to overhaul the West Indian total of 229 for 6 inside 45 overs - to qualify for the final on run-rate - slid wretchedly to 188 all out.

The West Indies' triumph was based on an unbeaten 105 from Stuart Williams and then some fine bowling by their spinners Rawl Lewis, Carl Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

After their Test series humiliation in Pakistan, Courtney Walsh's side will be determined to beat England, so that they can return home with at least some pride restored. England beat West Indies by four wickets on Saturday, but that will not count for much in the final.

Hooper finished with 4 for 37 and Chanderpaul 3 for 18, both cashing in on the Indians' increasingly desperate attempts to get to their target. The leg-spinner Lewis had earlier played a vital role, removing Navjot Sidhu and then providing the accurate throws to run out Tendulkar and Azharuddin

Saurav Ganguly made 70, but Rahul Dravid appeared at the fall of the first wicket, Sidhu, and it was not until the 29th over that Tendulkar came in at No 4.

CHAMPIONS TROPHY (Sharjah): West Indies 229 for 6 (S C Williams 105no); India 188 (S C Ganguly 70; C L Hooper 4-37).