Date & Time: Thursday, June 27, 15:00 IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
World Cup moves into the phase of margins.
Both the teams have been at the opposite ends of the spectrum in their respective last matches, in which the result could have gone either way. The loss meant that the West Indies have to win all the remaining games to stay alive in the tournament and on the other side a win here for India will take them closer to the semi-finals. There is a lot at stake for both the teams. The case with most matches in the second half of the tournament is that a negative result might knock teams out of the tournament.
India is likely to stick with the winning combination as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is yet to recover fully from the hamstring injury. The West Indies have a few decisions to make, with Russell being ruled out and with Evin Lewis struggling to find himself fit. If he is unfit for the clash they have two options, to either go with Sunil Ambris at the top or Darren Bravo in the middle order.
Manchester is likely to be geared up for another high scoring contest as it is the case here in the tournament. Weather-wise a beautiful sunny day is up in store for the clash.
Apart from a low score in the opening game against South Africa, the Indian captain has been consistent throughout with scoring 3 half centuries in a row. Adding to his present form his recent record against the West Indies is phenomenal. He was the leading run scorer of the recent ODI series between these two sides with 453 runs and he got dismissed only once in the last 3 games of the series. The above factors make him a must have player in Dream11 fantasy cricket teams for today’s match.
He is leading the run charts of India in the tournament with 320 runs which includes two centuries and a half century. He also has a great record against the West Indies over the past few years. He used to score runs with ease against them, even in times when he was not in his prime form. Now that he is in commendable form, one can expect him to be his best. In addition, the venue Old Trafford would aid to him scoring the bulk of runs as this is where he had scored 141 against Pakistan a few days ago.
He has announced himself at the international stage by scoring brisk knocks against India a few months ago. Since then he has become a regular player for the West Indies ODIs. His skill to counter-attack spinners will be crucial on Thursday against India, who bank on their spinners to get the job done in the middle overs. The contest against India couldn’t have come at a better situation for him, as he has found his grooves in the last few matches.