Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi finished with four wickets for five runs and was awarded the Player-of-the-match after India completed a comprehensive 10 wicket win against minnows Japan in Bloemfontein.
The game was a complete mismatch with Japan playing a major ICC event for the first time.
Put into bat first, Japan folded very quickly and were bowled out for 41 in 22.5 overs. Five batsmen failed to get off the mark with Shu Noguchi (17 deliveries) and Kento Dobell (39 deliveries) top scoring with 7 each.
However, Extras totaled up to 19 runs for Japan.
Kartik Tyagi picked three wickets, Akash Singh returned with two and Vidyadhar Patil finished with one.
After the break, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Kumar Kushgara wasted no time in chasing down the small target, finishing the game in 4.5 overs.
Jaiswal smashed five fours and a six and remained unbeaten on 29, while Kushgara hit two boundaries to add 13 runs from his end.
India captain Priyam Garg, however, said his fast bowlers could have done a better job.
“Very happy with the performance. The spinners were good, but the lines and lengths could have been better from the pacers. There’s no pressure as such. We want to do well, we take every game as it comes," said Garg.
Japan captain Marcus Thurgate said the team will head back home a lot richer in experience.
“I knew it was going to be a really tough game. We didn’t do our best, specially with the batting. We could have done better. We learnt a lot. We can go to Japan and say that we’ve played against some of the big guys," he reflected.
“We’ll take a lot of positives from this game. We need to learn from our mistakes and keep getting better," said Thurgate.
India, who beat Sri Lanka in the first game, now have two wins from as many games and are on the cusp of qualifying for the quarter-finals. India will play New Zealand in their final Group A fixture.
(With PTI inputs)