Friday will see a battle between two teams that have both won the World Cup twice. India, the leaders of pool B will take on West Indies at the WACA in Perth in their fourth pool B game. India have not lost a single game yet and a win against the Caribbean side will ensure them a place in the quarter-finals. West Indies, on the other hand, face stiff competition from Pakistan and Ireland in the race for the third and fourth position. Let us take a quick look at the chances and possible line up of both the teams ahead of the big game.
Form guide: W W W
The defending champions are in great form and a victory in the India vs West Indies fixture will take them a step closer to a first-place finish in the pool B table. The batsmen are getting the runs and the bowling has been spot on. MS Dhoni’s men are ready to give it their all in their pool B encounter against West Indies. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have been among the runs and a long innings will be expected from the Indian batsmen.
In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin will be Dhoni’s key weapons. Bhuvneshwar’s swing bowling in the early stages of the innings will prove to be lethal against the West Indies’ batting lineup which comprises of the danger man Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels and others.
Probable XI for India vs West Indies:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (C/Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami and Umesh Yadav.
Form guide: L W W L
West Indies began their 2015 ICC World Cup campaign with a four-wicket loss to Ireland. After registering big wins against Zimbabwe and Pakistan, West Indies seem to have lost their way as they fell prey to the South Africans in their previous game. After conceding 408 runs in 50 overs, they were bowled out for a mere 151. West Indies will look to bring their ‘A’ game against India and a win in this game will brighten their chances of qualification.
The power-packed batting lineup needs to be complimented by the bowlers and it will be the responsibility of the West Indian pacers to put India under pressure. Benn is their premier specialist spinner and his inclusion in the playing XI is without a question. Fast bowler Kemar Roach is fit but the West Indian think tank may choose to continue with the in form Jerome Taylor in the team.
Probable XI for West Indies vs India:
Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Jonathan Carter, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder (c), Suleimann Benn, Jerome Taylor
India vs West Indies: Last meeting
Venue: HPCA stadium, Dharamsala, India.
Match: West Indies tour of India, October 2014- 4th ODI
Result: India won by 59 runs.