India is still unbeaten in this tournament but their batting worries keep widening as it got completely exposed against spin bowlers in the game against Afghanistan. Their former captain MS Dhoni fails to rotate the strike which puts additional pressure on Kedhar Jadhav and also hats the run-scoring opportunity. Today they are facing mighty West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester is going to be yet another challenge because of West Indies unpredictable nature. They are the team to beat on their given. Hardik Pandya’s approach was questioned as he is looking to hit every ball for a six and getting out on a regular basis. Team management is looking for options like promoting Kedhar Jadhav ahead of Dhoni which gives him some time to face more balls and scoring quick runs.
West Indies on another hand has got a heartbreaking defeat against New Zealand. With the chance for semi-final berth getting diminished every time they will look to put up a strong performance that will help them to win the match. Chris Gayle, Nicolas Pooran and Shimron Hetmeyer are all getting starts but they fail to convert them into good scores and their young sensation Shai hope is not at his best as he would like to be. These are the major concerns for them. As far as their bowling is concerned still their fast bowlers are not hitting the right line and lengths at regular intervals which costs them heavily. Jason holder’s bowling form is worrying and he has become a neck and deck bowler these days which is not his strengths.
Overall both teams have met against each other in 128 occasions and West Indies have won 62 times and India have won 57 times each. As far as world cup is concerned both teams have met against each other in 8 occasions and India is clearly taking the upper hand by winning 5 out of them whereas West Indies have won 3 matches. India will look to continue their dominance which also helps them to seal semi-final berth without any hassles.
Expected playing XI:
Virat Kohli(capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal,
Jason Holder(c), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrel
Players to watch out for:
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma is in prolific form this year as he has scored two centuries and a fifty score so far. He got a rare failure last match but the player of his caliber can bounce back at any time. With West Indies having a bunch of quick bowlers will definitely ease the pressure and he will look to score big today.
No one wants Chris Gayle to score a daddy hundred and Bumrah is a right man to keep in under check. He bowled a tremendous spell last match which helped his team to get past the victory mark against Afghanistan. He will look to do the same in this match too.
One of the rising stars in world cricket Shai hope has got a wonderful record against India. With the team needing him today to put a strong performance and he will look to repeat the same performance against the mighty Indian side.
Captain Jason holder has evolved as a batsman but his bowling skills are diminishing day by day. With the new ball in India, he will look to stick to the basics right and keep Indian openers under check.
India will be facing a stiff challenge against might West Indies and their batting cracks are widening. But they can win this match if they played together as a unit like they are doing in the tournament so far.