India vs West Indies: After Pakistan’s emphatic win against New Zealand, India remains as the only nation to stay unbeaten in this world cup so far. They will look to continue their streak and will be hoping to extend it by another match as they play against West Indies in the 34th ODI of the ICC world cup. While India will look to seal their semi-final berth with a win tomorrow, while West Indies most likely are out of the semi-final contention.
The two-time world champions West Indies have had a dull world cup campaign, after setting the expectations high with their first match. However, that was the only match that they tasted victory as all of the next fixtures saw the team lose in 4 matches, with 1 game getting washed out. Well, with a glimmer of a hope of making it to the semi-finals, Windies will look to give a tough fight to the title-favourites, India.
India, on the other hand, have had a phenomenal run in the world cup so far. Though they have maintained an impeccable record of winning all games played, there are still some concerns that surround the team, as they head on to play the big semi-final league next. MS Dhoni’s batting, the confusion over finding the right middle-order batsman and the choice to make between hattrick star Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, are the major concerns for the Indian management.
West Indies team is loaded with a host of fast-bowlers and that could be a relief to MS Dhoni, who hasn’t looked comfortable facing the spinners. Though Windies couldn’t create an impact in the tournament, there is one area where they have shown positive improvement, which is bowling. India will be wary of this fact and will look to evade the threat by all means.
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India and West Indies have played 126 matches altogether, in which India takes a backseat with 59 wins, while West Indies boast 62 wins to their name. However, the stats reverse if we look at both the team’s performance in the last 4 years. In a total of 10 matches played since April 2015, India have won 6 games, while Windies have won 2 with the other two matches getting abandoned and tied. Even If we look at their world cup encounters, India leads the tally with 5 wins out of 8 matches, with West Indies winning 3.
|OVERALL||LAST 4 YEARS||IN WC|
|Matches Played||126||Matches Played||10||Matches Played||8|
|West Indies||62||West Indies||2||West Indies||3|
The weather report confirms zero chances of rain on Thursday. Going by the weather report, the match will take place with no interruptions and thus a complete 50-overs-per-side game can be expected. What’s more, is that the sun will be out i open, shining bright, with clouds finally taking a break from their constant dominance of the skies. The temperature is expected to hover between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius, making for ideal conditions for the game. The humidity will range between 50 and 60 percentage.
The pitch at Old Trafford in Manchester has been a great one for the batsmen. Runs, on this pitch, have been scored at great pace and bowlers were punished for even their minutest of errors. The pitch has provided a great advantage to the team batting first. Three matches have been played at the venue so far and, all the games were won by the team batting first. Hence, it may be no major surprise to see the team winning the toss, electing to bat first. The will need to put a 310-plus score on the board to be confident of defending it.
The big question awaited from the West Indian locker room is the confirmation of Evin Lewis’ inclusion in the playing eleven. The left-hander, pulled a hamstring injury while fielding in the last game. He, however, came out to bat at number eight. If he is deemed unfit for the game, he may make way for Sunil Ambris, who had replaced Andre Russell earlier in the tournament. In Lewis’ absence, Chris Gayle may open the innings with Shai Hope.
Carlos Brathwaite has demonstrated his class in the game against Kiwis; he will look to replicate the same. Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas have been consistent in instilling fear in the opposition through their bowling. Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse are will look to open their wicket tally.
PROBABLE XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis/Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Although India narrowly won against the team, which is at the points table, they wouldn’t look to fidget with their playing eleven. KL Rahul is yet to perform to his full abilities. Rohit Sharma has been very consistent for his side, apart from one failed performance against the Afghan team. Virat Kohli was the highest scorer in the last game, adding 67 runs to the board, at a strike rate of 106.35. Kedar Jadhav followed in the list of top scorers in the last game, with his handsome half-century in pressure situations.
MS Dhoni and Vijay Shankar have been criticised for their low strike rate in the last game. They would want to come back strong in this game. India’s bowling department is in safe hands of Bumrah and Shami. Shami will come into this game with a lot of motivation owing to his recent hat trick in the last game. Chahal and Kuldeep will play a pivotal role as the spin duo in the team. Hardik Pandya has delivered well with the bowl too, and hence he is no longer a part-time bowler for the team; he forms the core bowling attack.
PROBABLE XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Chris Gayle – Windies | Virat Kohli – India
TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local
The prediction is for India to win.
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