West Indies vs. India will go to be an exciting battle as on one side Jason Holder and men will be eyeing for a win to keep their hopes alive. Meanwhile, on the other side, Virat Kohli’s troops will be eager to give their best and get one step closer to semi-finals.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Total Matches played: 29
Matches won batting first: 11
Matches won batting second: 18
Average scores in both innings
Average 1st innings score: 213
Average 2nd innings score: 206
The pitch here is usually seen as bowler-friendly, but the modern-day pitch will have something in it for everyone. In the recent matches played here, the batsmen looked comfortable, but spinners got a little more help, and the same is expected in this match.
Reports are coming from England that good sunshine will be there in the entire game, no rain prediction is there. The temperature will be hovering around 24 degrees Celsius and humidity will be approximately about 54%.
Captain winning the toss is expected to bat first because spinners will get more help from the pitch in the second half of the match.
After registering a comprehensive victory against Sri Lanka in their opening match, Jason Holder and his troops have wholly lost the momentum. In their last five games, with one being called off, Windies has lost all their four games. Currently, the team is placed at the eighth spot in the points table.
Andre Russell, who did not play in the last match against New Zealand has been ruled out of the entire tournament following a knee injury. His absence will hurt the team a lot.
26-year-old batsman, Sunil Ambris has been confirmed as his replacement, and he will join up with his team in preparation for his side's match against India.
The team will be expecting the senior players to showcase their best performance. The team might bring experienced left-handed batsman, Darren Bravo in place of Evin Lewis.
Probable Playing XI: Jason Holder(C), Shai Hope(wk), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
The Indian team has given some masterclass performances in this World Cup so far. With four wins, Virat Kohli led team is placed at the third spot in the points table. Apart from one thoroughly washed out match against New Zealand, Men in Blue has been unbeaten in this tournament till now. Their World Cup 2019 campaign started with a win over the mighty Proteas followed by a victory over Australia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar remains unfit for this match. So Mohammad Shami will play in place of him. Virat Kohli will not like to do any alterations in the team that played against Afghanistan in the last match.
The top order batsmen have scored runs in almost every match, but the middle order batsmen have not been consistent. So, against Windies whose bowlers have given an early breakthrough in nearly every game, the likes of MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, and Hardik Pandya’s role will be crucial.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been bowing very well and are almost always able to pick wickets in the middle overs.
Probable playing XI: Virat Kohli(C), MS Dhoni(wk), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Windies came into this tournament with lots of expectations, but the Caribbean giants have failed to dominate in the competition so far. On the other hand, India is still unbeaten in this tournament. Thus, Windies will have to play their hearts out to make a statement.
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