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West Indies in Champions Trophy

West Indies in ICC Champions Trophy had its ups and downs. There were times when West Indies crashed out of Champions Trophy in pool games. They peaked in cricket Champions Trophy in 2004 when they became the Champions.

1998 - Bangladesh
West Indies reached final of the cricket tournament defeating the Asian tigers India and Sri Lanka. The Caribbean team trounced Pakistan by 30 runs in the quarter-finals after posting a huge total of 289 runs. In the semi-finals, they met India. The Asian giant was restricted to 242 runs, and when the Caribbean side reached the figure in 47 overs, India crashed out of the tournament. But South Africa beat them in final by four wickets to bag the trophy, and the Philo Wallace ton was rendered useless.

2000 - Kenya
Sri Lanka defeated the Caribbeans by 108 runs. Avishka Gunawardene slammed 132 in 146 balls thrashing the West Indies bowlers all around the ground. Mahela Jayawardhane supported him with his well-made 72. Batting second, West Indies was able to post only 179, losing by 108 runs. Overall the event was disappointing for Sri Lanka.

2002 - Sri Lanka
Their only victory was against Kenya by 29 runs, helped by a Brian Lara century. However, they lost against South Africa despite a four and three-wicket haul by Mervyn Dillon and Carl Hooper respectively. The difference was two wickets. They were unceremoniously pushed out of the tournament.

2004 - England
This was the best cricket Champions Trophy tournament for West Indies so far. They snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against England. Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw made unbeaten 71 for the ninth wicket to humble the English. Caribbean bowlers had worked hard earlier to dismiss England for 217. Prior to the final, West Indies defeated Pakistan when they reduced them for 131 in the semi-final. South Africa was crushed by seven wickets while Bangladesh was pushed aside by 138 runs.

2006 - India
Australia defeated the West Indies in the final under the Duckworth-Lewis method by eight wickets. However, West Indies had defeated Australia in the group stage in a closely fought battle. Chris Gayle, the West Indies opening batsman, became player of the tournament.

West Indies defeated South Africa in the semi-final by six wickets when they scored 262 runs in response to the Proteas' 258. Chris Gayle made swashbuckling unbeaten 135-ball 133 runs. They beat India by three wickets, thanks to the half-centuries of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul posted half-centuries. However, England defeated them in pool matches by three wickets.