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World Cup 2019, Match34- IND Vs WI, Preview: High-Flying India Up Against Struggling Windies

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to be rested for this match.”

In the 34th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza, Virat Kohli’s Team India will be squaring off against the Windies at the Old Trafford in Manchester on June 27, Thursday. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results unfold in their respective outings. West Indies suffered a heartening defeat at the hands of New Zealand and are almost out of the race to qualify for the semi-finals, while India are unbeaten so far in the tournament and recorded a jail breaking win against Afghanistan in the previous match.

After a few resounding wins, Team India was given a run for their money by Afghanistan in Southampton. However, Virat Kohli and Co won the game by 11 runs. More than their batting, it’s the bowlers, who have put forth a collective effort owing to which the Men in Blue are unbeaten in the World Cup.

On the other hand, the Windies team has gone into a slump after their seven-wicket win over Pakistan at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Carlos Brathwaite almost pulled off a spectacular triumph versus New Zealand in Manchester itself. The Windies are still in with a glimmer of a hope to make the semis, but for that to happen, a lot of permutation and combinations need to work in their favour.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

India

Windies

Tied

No Result

Overall (126)

59

62

2

3

In World Cup (8)

5

3

 

 

India’s likely Playing XI

Even after the scare against the Afghans, India would not want to tinker with their combination. KL Rahul hasn’t blazed away but has looked determined in the middle, opening that batting. Rohit Sharma succumbed to his first failure of the tournament, failing to read Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and he’ll yearn to make amends. Virat Kohli scored 67 in the last game on a tough wicket but a player with his conversation abilities stopping short of a century is a disappointment.

Kedar Jadhav, scoring a gutsy half-century in trying conditions, is also a positive sign for the Indian team. MS Dhoni and Vijay Shankar are yet to flourish with the bat in hand. In the bowling department, the onus will be on Bumrah and Shami to tangle the batsmen with their pace and variations. The spin-bowling duo of Chahal and Kuldeep are key components as well. Not to undermine Hardik Pandya- the bowler.

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.

Windies’ likely Playing XI

Evin Lewis pulled his hamstring while fielding in the last game and came out to bat at number eight. If he doesn’t get fit, then Sunil Ambris is likely to get a look in. Ambris came in as Andre Russell’s replacement. Ambris has been in good form, having gotten his highest ODI score of 148 against Ireland last month. Chris Gayle and Shai Hope are most likely to open if Lewis misses the encounter.

Carlos Brathwaite with his knock against the Kiwis showed how dangerous he can be provided they blend caution with hostility. In the bowling department, Sheldon Cottrell has given early breakthroughs to his team on almost all occasions. Oshane Thomas has also spit venom, trying to use the bouncer to good effect. Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse are yet to get a wicket and they need to step up.

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.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.