India take on UAE in their third group stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Saturday. The Men in Blue, after having won both of their opening games of the tournament, ought to be buoyant with self confidence on the eve of this Pool B match.
A number of problematic issues had surfaced in India’s preparations for the World Cup, but they have been put to rest in just two weeks!
India Confident of Maintaining Winning Momentum
Shikhar Dhawan appears to have hit a purple patch very early in the World Cup. His return to form has been impressive enough to offset Rohit Sharma’s early dismissal against both Pakistan and South Africa.
Regardless of Shikhar’s form, for India to evolve a sustainable and long term plan for the rest of the tournament, the openers need to come good together. Rohit Sharma must get quick runs up front and complement his in-form opening partner.
A healthy opening stand can also go a long way in solving the problem of India losing their way in the last five overs.
Even though MS Dhoni may be reluctant to break the winning combination, the India vs UAE fixture provides the perfect opportunity to get going with Stuart Binny and Axar Patel. Neither of the two are likely to get a game against the quarter final opponents if they are not given a chance to prove themselves against the lower ranked teams. Stuart Binny, especially, ought to be on the team management’s radar for tomorrow’s game.
The bowlers have hit the right length and have taken wickets when it mattered in the last two games. The pacers have been disciplined up front and the Jadeja-Ashwin spin combo has complemented them well.
The Indians ought to take their good bowling form into this game and make short work of the opposition batting line up. This must be done in order to further bolster their confidence for the upcoming matches. One can realistically expect Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav to come up with awesome bowling figures once again.
UAE – Bowlers Unable to Help Batsmen
Shaiman Anwar has incredibly made his way among the top 10 run scorers in the tournament so far. Amjad Javed has also contributed with a couple of handy innings lower down the order.
The rest of the batting, too, has clicked from time to time.
The real issue with the UAE outfit is their bowling department. The bowlers conceded runs at will against Zimbabwe and could not defend a competitive target of 286.
Against the Irish, they performed better, but could not hold on for any sizeable length of time.
The challenge is bound to be stiff against Indian batsmen, who have already humbled the two best bowling sides in the tournament so far.
Verdict – India vs UAE
Notwithstanding the Cricket World Cup’s tendency to throw up a surprise every now and then, India look to be clear favourites for this game. However, we may be in for some excitement if the UAE bowlers can step up to the mark and the batsmen can repeat the heroics of the past couple of games.
Match Facts- India Vs UAE
Venue – Perth
Start time – 14:30 Local Time, 12 PM IST