India v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval June 10, 2013

Contest between two batting units


Match facts

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, The Oval
Start time 1030 (0930GMT)

Big Picture

It is a little surprising that these two sides, hugely popular among the expatriate population in England, haven't faced each other in an ODI in England in the last 30 years. When India last played West Indies in an ODI in England, ODI cricket and West Indies were the kings. India upset West Indies that afternoon, became the new kings of ODI cricket, and paved the way for a whole new commercial explosion in the format. Thirty years later, as they face off in England again, India are the world champions and the No. 1 ODI side, but the format itself is fighting for relevance, at least in popular discourse.

West Indies, knocked off their proud perch long ago, will like to believe they have begun the resurgence through Twenty20, the format that is supposed to be the premier limited-overs format. This Champions Trophy provides them a big opportunity to carry that resurgence into the ODIs. And if they can beat India, the only way to keep West Indies out of the semi-finals will be net run rate. If India win, they are through to the semi-finals as only one out of West Indies and South Africa would then be able to secure two wins*.

These are teams built around batting might. The new regulations might have made India sacrifice one of the seven batsmen they loved to play, but they still rely on their batsmen, who racked up 331 against South Africa. West Indies' win might have come in a low-scoring game, but they played with just three specialist bowlers, with captain Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle left to share 20 overs between them. West Indies might add one bowler to the line-up, but it still remains a contest between the mighty batting units.

Form guide

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In the Spotlight

Before Shikhar Dhawan stunned the world with his back-to-back centuries in international cricket, he was discarded because he had failed against West Indies in the West Indies. Going through a phase of supreme form and high confidence, Dhawan now has a chance to set that record straight. Or do West Indies know how to bowl to him better than others do?

India's policy has been clear: play out the initial overs, and the batsmen coming in later can make up for the run rate if there are wickets in hand. Kemar Roach is a man who can put spanners in those works. He did so against Pakistan too, with 3 for 28.

Team news

India had to make two choices going into the Champions Trophy, and both have come off. Rohit Sharma succeeded as opener, and Ravindra Jadeja as allrounder. Don't expect any changes there

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

Denesh Ramdin will not be available for selection after he was suspended for two ODIs by the ICC. Johnson Charles is likely to keep wicket, and either Darren Sammy or Tino Best will play. Charles had good wicketkeeping practice at The Oval on the eve of the game, first standing to Sunil Narine and then having more drills from the fielding coach.

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt.), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren Sammy/Tino Best, 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions

Conditions have been quite unpredictable. On the same Cardiff pitch that India scored 331, New Zealand and Sri Lanka lost 19 wickets for 277 runs. West Indies might have played a low-scoring thriller against Pakistan at The Oval, but you can't surely say this game, too, will be difficult for the batsmen. A cool day with a 10% chance of rain is expected.

Stats and Trivia

  • In 23 matches against West Indies, Suresh Raina has scored just one fifty and averages 19.72 with a strike rate of 77.
  • Chris Gayle, with 734 at 56.46, has scored the most runs in Champions Trophy.


"The Gayle factor will always be there. These are sort of individuals who have a big impact on the game. So it is good to get them out early. Our fast bowlers will have fair chance in the sense they have two new balls and with overcast conditions they will get a bit of help, too."
MS Dhoni is aware of the kind of damage Gayle can do on opponents.

*07.50GMT, June 11: The preview has been updated after the Pakistan-South Africa game

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Manesh on June 12, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, Susantha K. Arachchige, 2nd_Slip, BDforever, Harmony1111 thanks for entertaining us. I would like to post a big LOL at all of you.

  • Lalith on June 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The way WI is batting they should post over 250. That is too much for India.

  • RAVINDER on June 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Amila Kasun Rajapaksha on (June 10, 2013, 16:54 GMT) ..... The word "collapse" is not in the dictionary of these young Indian batsmen.Even if there is partial collapse one or two batsmen always raise their arms and steady the batting for India.But I can guess why this word has stuck in your memory, being a SL fan you have to go through it many times.

  • Yasin on June 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    as a Pakistani Spotter I love Indian batting Indian batting much much better than West Indies but and West Indies on his day they can do something different against any team in the world

  • Vinay on June 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I don't see WI posing India any serious challenge. If you see their team, they have some outstanding players but they often fail to click as a unit.

  • rock on June 11, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Vowww just as I thought.. India are batting second.. more chances of winning..

    Indiaaaaaaa India Indiaaaaa India

  • Lalith on June 11, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Heading of this article is bias to India " Preview - Win over WI will put India in semis" What about WI? Both teams won 1 match each. It should be changed as Win would put India or WI into Semis" Please publish my comment.

  • Harish on June 11, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    What a dilemma! Like most Indian cricket followers, I'm super-fond of this lot of West Indian players. We've come to love Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Smith, Sammy..heck, the entire team! :) Then there's the Indian team, looking intense and hungry for success. Could be a real humdinger! And what's with all the animosity towards the Indian team? If any other team had won all its warm up matches and against SA, they'd enjoy a lot more respect from all these haters. Lol! Just enjoy the games, guys. Ad hominem insults and fighting over opinions are so pointless. If, as cricket fans, India getting knocked out of this tournament is an actual priority of yours, you should probably ask yourself if you're taking sport far too seriously.

  • Sunil on June 11, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Dhawan and kartik gonna rock today

  • Asir on June 11, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    One team (WI) is about to be wold champions for the 2nd time with in a year. Other team is about to get their 4th consecutive knockout within almost a year. LOL