India v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Friendly foes bank on familiarity

The Preview by Sidharth Monga

March 22, 2014

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Match facts

March 23, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

Big picture

If you put the names of players from both these squads in a hat, pulled them out into four random teams, added a few Indian domestic players, placed a few Bollywood stars and many hangers-on on the sidelines, and changed rules on the fly, you would have yourself an IPL. India and West Indies have played each other only thrice in international Twenty20s, but the players of these two teams are more familiar with each other's Twenty20 skills than any other set of two teams.

West Indies cricketers are the life of the IPL. Nine of their first XI play in the tournament, and this is a side missing Kieron Pollard. All of the Indians do too. They either net with each other or play against each other day in and day out for two months every year. If Virat kohli can share Chris Gayle's weaknesses with the India team, Dwayne Bravo will surely know how to bowl to MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Indian batsmen are the most exposed to Sunil Narine, West Indies know Amit Mishra better than any other batsmen in the world.

Conditions, too, suit both these teams. The spinners love the slowness, the batsmen the short boundaries. Some of the familiarity has flown in how Suresh Raina thinks West Indies batsmen struggle to rotate the strike against spin. West Indies might have a thing or two to say about Raina's general ordinary average against West Indies. What you can't argue about is the fact that this is a match between the ODI champions and the T20I champions with huge implications, which you expect of every league match when two out of five progress. The teams will have to keep an eye towards the skies though; it rained in Dhaka on Saturday and more wet spells are forecast for Sunday afternoon.

Form guide

(most recent first) India WWWLL
West Indies LWWWL

Watch out for

Since he scored 75 in the semi-final of the last World T20, Chris Gayle has had a bit of a lean patch, which features five single-digit scores in eight matches, and no fifty. He began warming up against England, though, scoring 43 and 36. If he carries on for longer, there might not be many singles required against spinners.

Yuvraj Singh has been India's most influential Twenty20 international since the last World T20. No Indian has scored more runs, nor has an Indian taken more wickets. He will not be pleased with his work against Pakistan: a dropped catch, a 13-run over, a poor shot to get out for 1. Write him off at your own peril, though.

Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle celebrate in signature fashion, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL, Bangalore, April 23, 2013
What chance we might similar scenes at the end of the match? © BCCI

Team news

India have said that three spinners hasn't yet become the winning combination that shouldn't be tinkered with, but Amit Mishra is a good bet to play.

India: (possible) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohammed Shami

Andre Russell should take Pollard's place in the XI as he did in the T20s against England unless West Indies want another specialist pace bowler in Krishmar Santokie.

West Indies: (possible) 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt.), 8 Andre Russell/ Krishmar Santokie, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Samuel Badree

Stats and trivia

  • India have played West Indies twice in World T20s, losing both. They won the only other T20I they have played against West Indies
  • MS Dhoni holds the record for most T20 internationals as a captain, 43, even though India have played the least number of internationals among the eight big teams


"West Indies will be a totally different team as they have a lot of players who can hit sixes but they don't have an idea about how to rotate the strike against spinners by taking singles and twos. Therefore, the more pressure we put on the bigger players, the better it will be for us."
Suresh Raina thinks he knows West Indies' weakness

"The good thing in our team is that we don't have to rely on any one person. We have at least five or six potential match-winners."
Darren Sammy knows he has a strong team

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by android_user on (March 24, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

congratulations to India. I feel WI was not upto the mark. they was so scared, they did not even try to hit the. I dont know the reason behind it. so many like me cant believe until now that WI plays with such attitude.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

@mzm149...earlier you told that WI's record is going to India won the match by 7 wickets and opened the account against WI in T20 world cup, but your team is yet to open the account against us.....hope you watched the match...cheers

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

@mzm149...earlier you told that WI's record is going to India won the match by 7 wickets and opened the account against WI in T20 world cup, but your team is yet to open the account against us.....hope you watched the match...cheers

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Its really heartening to see Amit Sharma get his time in the middle and performing so well. The only reason he gets selected for T20Is is because his IPL performances are too powerful to ignore. What is bizarre is that he can be an even better ODI bowler but is not preferred for this format. I hope this changes soon and this could be a bonus move whereby Ishant Sharma is kept out of the 11.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

indian batsmen will fail when the dhoni looses toss..and opposition scores more than 140.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

It is beyond me how Dhoni could prefer a 3 overs 27 runs to a 3 overs 3 runs bowler .Should have brought Bhuvi .Anyways 130 should be simple of we see off narine and badree .I never imagined I would say this but India looks like the best bowling side of the tournament so far .It was the same pitch where pakistan Australia made 170 + runs .Kudos to bowlers really .

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Amit Mishra is on the way to get his second consecutive man of the match....our bowling has tremendously improved....waiting for Aus Vs Ind match...clearly India is the favourite here....

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

@Mihil Ranathunga...i expected this kind of comment from SL fan...its because of pure other reason for this...keep it up...may god bless you....hope you watching match

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

Im not believing Bhuvi is bowling like this to Gayle...3 overs only 3 runs, in the it a change in bowling quality after Dhoni joined the team?....its nice to see Indian bowling attack is clicking in the important tournament...the BEST bowling attack of the tournament gave away 175 runs in 20 overs...whereas the below average bowling attack restricted Pak to 130 and showing the same form in this match also...

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Im not believing Bhuvi is bowling like this to Gayle...3 overs only 3 runs, in the it a change in bowling quality after Dhoni joined the team?....its nice to see Indian bowling attack is clicking in the important tournament...the BEST bowling attack of the tournament gave away 175 runs in 20 overs...whereas the below average bowling attack restricted Pak to 130 and showing the same form in this match also...

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Come on India...lets go for the Holy Grail achievement in Cricket. The Treble. All 3 global titles simulataneously!

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

I'm eagerly awaiting this match...I really hope the weather won't be a deciding factor in this match though. I would love to see 40 overs completed so we can get a chance to see both teams tactics, plans and the ability to execute under pressure.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 23, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

In my opinion the battle of the 2 most overrated teams in world cricket. But for me India are certainly good enough to qualify- hence why I predicted that the 4 semi-finalists would be Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, with New Zealand beating Sri Lanka.

India playing Raina and Yuvraj is a slight risk, especially against teams with good pace bowlers. But without Kemar Roach, against West Indies that certainly won't be a problem. And Raina palyed very well the other day.

Hoping for a good game

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 23, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

Is Gayle friend or foe to Kholi Do DJ bravo friend or a foe for DHONI

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

wish it would be fantastic. innings between the two teams

Posted by Des_65 on (March 23, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

India's problem is their fielding from their young cricketers - NZ, Asia Cup and against Pakistan in this WT20. The trend continues and it is not looking good. I'm not convinced with MSD's reason for not fielding well - ball lost in the crowd. In NZ, there was less crowd except in Auckland.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 23, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

india will win today and the worldcup

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 23, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

I want West Indies win

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

@mzm149....India and WI played in world cups only twice, whereas your team against India played 4 times....4-0, just concentrate on Australia match...Pak is verging on going out of tournament in group Australia will blow up the BEST bowling attack of Pak out of the park...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Friendship forged by money is not a good friendship..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

I am an indian, and a like to see a indian victory, but most of all i love cricket when these two teams play just for spirit, mentality of the players, and friendly manner it will be played, someone also said this is the reason why everyone liked West indies team when they are on top and that is the same reason Aussie didnt get the same number of likers

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Poor form of Gayle and Yuvi cancels out. The biggest difference will be the openers. Dwayne Smith is neither a slow poke like Rohit, nor reckless like Dhawan; but can hit big, really big! Sunil Narain is also a few rungs above the Indian spinners. Between the Captains, in Dhoni, India have an edge.

If Indians play out Narain's overs carefully, and Dhawan plays his natural game (he certainly is not that reckless as Sehwag), India have an edge.Too many if's, though.

Speaking of ifs & buts: Forget "if's". There are too many "butt's" to kick, if either side loses. And good grit for the friends from both sides to indulge in banter during IPL. Fun game, it will be. You can also expect Bravo to give some "batting tips" to the Indian batsmen, when he takes the ball. The tips along with the ball may get carted over the boundary is a different matter!

Posted by wirus on (March 23, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Truth is that after all the talk, you can put all the names of these teams in a hat and pull one and you are as likely to have the winner of this tournament as not. "Favourites" and "underdogs" means nothing in T20, especially at this level. Some very good T20 teams will go home shortly. See what the Netherlands did? Who could have predicted that??!! I say again that we should just calm down and enjoy the spectacle and see who wins in the end. Then when it's all over we can get back to serious cricket.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Andre Russel is a lousy bowler and has not come to the party with the bat. We have enough batters; I would play santokie who is new to the Indians.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

Gayle would be easily taken by RAshwin...

Posted by princejain191 on (March 23, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

For India, GAYLE is not the only danger man , they have a very explosive lineup , DHONI needs to use his bowlers smartly ,India needs to take wickets at regular intervals and never let them going !!!! For Windies , getting KOHLI early is the key , he is the BACKBONE of INDIAN BATTING, if they don't get him early then try to get others out !!!!! #MayTheBestTeamWin #goINDIA

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Anyone but Aus and India!!! May India get thrashed by WI in this game.

Posted by prakash_mishra on (March 23, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Well If jinx are supposed to be so powerful in an India-Pakistan encounter then it is also going to have its say in this encounter. West-Indies have beaten India in both previous encounters and in my views are better T-20 unit compared to team India. Their batting strength and boundary hitting capabilities give them superior edge over weak India bowling attack. India needs to beat West-Indies to advance into Semis as I am pretty sure they are going to lose to Mighty Aussies.If India looses today,I am afraid but it shall be end of the road for them. Indian batting is not very strong either,with Dhawan playing loose shots now and then, Rohit not capable at all, Yuvi totally out of form. If Windies bat first, I think they will post a target in excess of 200. This will not be an easy one. If India bats first, even 150 looks bleak and Windies giants will acquire that in 15 overs. Its a huge gap as I see. Sorry Indian fans,but no India as champions this time too.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Good news, weather is fine

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

Indian will repeat last performance. Spinner will have high impact in this game. I hope India will play with XI.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

vkias - Well, Pakistan has always managed to go to the final 4 so even they exit early, it doesn't matter. Other teams should also get some "honor" of qualifying for the final 4. About Australia destroying the best bowling attack, I don't know about that. But it is not Indian bowling we are talking about. Check the last T20 WC Australia's games. You will see whose bowling was blasted and which bowling attack suffocated their chase.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

I think Polard's absence is a Big blank for West Indies....,

west indies have a lot of power hiter But most of them doesn't feel too easy to play with spinners Like Ashwin & Mishra.....

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 23, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

West Indies always has been a mercenary team, who are hired for money and who will only perform for money. guys like Chris Gayle, Kireon Pollard, Sunil Narine are players who only perform in IPL for money. Mercenary team with mercenary players however thrash India this time

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

There will be no match because of the rain at dhaka

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

I am from Pakistan but I am a big fan of WI. In my point of view, WI are favorites for this world cup. With a nice aggressive batting line up, great T20 specialist spinners like Narine & Badree and a fabulous fielding side, I think India would be an easy task for them. Santokie should be preferred over Russel bcoz Russel can't handle the spin bowling and even his own bowling is a dream for every batsman to hit anywhere for runs.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

If India is to go all the way and lift the world T-20 cup Yuvraj has to find his form soon..with him performing India can post 190+in every match. Of late he is consistently getting bowled by yorkers and every bowlers will try to exploit this..I doubt he can overcome this today.I can suggest a sure remedy for this but it won't be free!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 23, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

@mzm149....India and WI played in world cups only twice, whereas your team against India played 4 times....4-0, just concentrate on Australia match...Pak is verging on going out of tournament in group Australia will blow up the BEST bowling attack of Pak out of the park...

Posted by aravind077 on (March 23, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

All are saying that openers are giving slow start.Is people don't know that dhawan and rohit are opening first time in T-20.Against pakistan they batted very well and opening stand.Finally don't forget Rohit's performance in 2007 world cup..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

I am from Pakistan but yet i am in huge fan of Kholi and Dhoni. India have good chance to win this game only if they stop WI below 150, 150+ is also not a big problem for India because they have some good finisher like Dhoni and WI have only 1 main thread that is Sunil Narine otherwise no worries for India. Best of luck both of teams. May best team win

Posted by harnav5 on (March 23, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

It would be riveting contest between Windies Power hitters & Indian spinners. Getting Gayle & Samuels out early would be key for India. If Santokie plays, he could be the X factor, Indians are always vulnerable to new bowlers.Indians should bat first if they win the toss & get at least 160 & put windies under pressure by picking Gayle early.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

I agree with sandip, thanks for making a valid point abut yuvi....he is our best t20 player with bat and ball since start of t20 cricket in India....plzz give confidence to him, he will be fit and fine for this format... India will rock today...waiting for this exciting match....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

I never knew the WI and Ind were friends.. :O. Anyway. Here's hoping for a great match. Hoping WI win it!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

All the best team India. Absolutely no change required in playing 11. Yes Yuvraj had a bad day on field against Pakistan. But it is a part of the game. Everybody faces the phase. May be today Yuvraj's day. Rohit, Shikhar, Virat, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, everybody is a match winner. No need to worry atall. The only and the biggest worry for India is fielding. Against Pakistan too our fielding was not upto standards. The story of 2014 for India is not batting failure, but fielding failure. Just Remember three names. Williamson ( 1st test droped by Vijay on 31, made 119 ), Maccullum ( 2nd test droped by Kohli on 9, made 302 ) and Sangakara ( got life on 29, made 102 in Asia Cup ). If Indians had not missed theses opprtunities.... Anyways. The only thing for worry is fielding. India must improove their fielding. We servived against Pakistan as dropped catches didnt prooved costely. But some other day like before it may cost us match. Rohit & Shikhar I hope will give flying start as Pak. ATB.

Posted by Damian123 on (March 23, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

I think with the fire power they have, WI will thrash India for sure!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

I think West Indies have got many match winners, I would like to see Gayle get a big score and if is able to then I dont see India have any chance to win.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

People who think that Indian spinners are good enough to control WI big hitters has only less cricket knowledge. Windies is not SA or NZ or ENG, to struggle against spinners.. Check out Dwayne smith Chris Gayle, Samuels or Sammy performance against spinners, they have been monsters against them.. Just because Ashwin picked Gayle wicket in 1 or 2 matches doesn't mean that they are vulnerable against spinners.. In 2010 WC Windies were destroying spin attack of Jadeja n Raina in spin favoured conditions.. So it is India who is going to struggle against these world class t20 spinners.. I think Raina is playing a mind game who is going taste his medicine by end of today.

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (March 23, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Not sure if anyone noticed de Kocks wicket over 4.3 was a throw ball by Melinga. The angle was way more than 15 deg. Don't understand why referee failed to pick up. That wicket cost Safa the match

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (March 23, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Is India playing for country or helping RCB to become strong in IPL. If yuvi is not in the form, then give chance to Rahane or Binny. They are better batsman than out of form Yuvi. Mr Dhoni WC in not the stage to inclide out of form players. Shikhar is not in the form. Yuvi also. Rohit some what paying. Indian batting in mainly lies on Virat, Raina and Dhoni. Pls include Binny or Rahane and make Rahane as oppener and play Shikhar in 5 Down

Posted by byc89 on (March 23, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

India must not only look to out Gayle but also other WI batsmen as most of them are capable of scoring a good number of runs at a very brisk pace. Taking wickets at regular intervals shall work for India. I do not think there is any need to comment on Indian batting as this is the area India shall be least worried about except for the slow start being provided by the openers. They shall know that in a T-20 match, one really do not have the time to set his eyes.

WI team appears to be almost invincible in T-20 and it looks that they have adapted themselves better to T-20 environment than any other team's player. WI team too shall not be over-dependent on Gayle. WI team has many all rounders and this is the department where the role of a captain gains more importance. WI captain has many resources and he shall use them judiciously according to the match situation.

Both teams will also have to look for a win with better margin as NRR can play judge's role in this group.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

Team India to give a chance to Kholi as opener with Shikker. Surely he will perform better than Rohit with best chance to win the match and the necesary boost. On Rohit, he will do wonder in 2Down. Keep Raina in 1D like CSK. The momentum will never fail throughout the innings. All the best Team India.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 23, 2014, 6:06 GMT)


Selection is a thankless job & only players can justified with the performance on the field. It'is senseless to discuss on it. Uthappa is more answerable than me & you why being not selected. You must understand that team with having better plans would make a day. Here we have to bet for best possible 11 among 15. Role for each of them have to be specified. Law of average puts breaks on our opening stand whose effects seen on the results of last few months' series. Apart from power hitting, you must acknowledge the controlled batting for better impact on the game. Rahane & Sanju Samson are the best performers right now in T20 unfortunately one is missing. Bowlers must stick to their jobs but sad to see most of them have a tendency to do extra things thus losing control of the ball. Yuvi is 2 way burning candle, the team revolves around him in good days but when he struggles in team's bad days, everyone jumping on him as scrappy. Such a Pity!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 23, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

@amit i think pakistan beat lanka in the world cup final in eng so

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Yuvi... You are great when you go well. But at difficult times if your mind do not work with you instincts on how you want to phase your innings then let your mouth instruct your mind prior to facing ball (mean murmur yourself for few times). It works someone especially who is on tough times. All the best Yuvi and Team India. Expect MoM for you on Indian winning note.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

@amit sharma england beat australia and not west indies so plzzz get ur stats right

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

@Amit Sharma: your stats are incorrect.. Here are the last 4 WC final teams.. IND-PAK, PAK-SL, ENG-AUS & WI-SL.. Not sure where u got this strange stats

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 5:53 GMT)

@amit sharma Pakistan beat srilanka and england beat australia. Get your facts right.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

here is an interesting stat about T20 final India beat Pakistan 2007 Pakistan beat England England beat West INdies West indies Srilanka the winner of each cup is the runner up of last tournament what are the odds of SL this time

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 23, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

I think Indians bowlers are weak..the spinners actually bowl straight,they have one batsman who can actually bat which is koli I really don't think he will make much runs thought..the Indian batsman to look out for is suresh. West Indies is a power house in t20 the only person in the West Indies squad looks a bit of a problem to the side is Russell with his bowling but he can hit the bowl and India knows that very well more that anyone else. India is weak in t20..if anyone can tell me any other Indian player who actually shines in the IPL besides koli then India will win tomorrow..West Indians have been talking best batsmen or bowler in the IPL most of the time etc. Sunil and bravo..tomorrow will be a one sided game I think it will be more of another warm up game for West on

Posted by GreatAshwin on (March 23, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

we all no West Indies are poor players off spin.we have the Best t20 Spin Bowlers in the world.this match will be one-sided. Easy win for india.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

we have seen how mendis got clobbered for 40+ runs against saffas, no bowlers is strong when it comes to t20... its just the mindset of batsmen that does the trick.... just like that india should go with clear mind and either attack naraine or just play him safe.... if you are playing him safe , make sure you take at least 20-25 runs from his four overs and samuel badree should be looked after.... hopefully indian fielding picks up their standards...... and i will be encouraging for both team... both are like a own team for indians.... go india go WI... a tie will be awesome result :D

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

mr.cullinan. .. amazingly senseless coments.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

dropping Uv will be disastor for india... india needs UV and will prove why he is called warrior in coming days.... coming to this match... none are favarouites herte.. both are equally good and both are equally bad.... although my team is india, but WI is like 2nd team for most of indians... a friendly fight with lots of fireworks is on the way... key will be mishra and bhuvi in bowling... bhuvi will and should cramp gayle early and mishra should be able to get some help ( WI are not known as the best players of spin ) .... and indian batsmen either should play safe with naraine or attack him from beginning... should not be in two minds .... we have seen how saffas attacked mendis and he went for 40+ runs.... you either play safe and try other bowlers to attack or just attack their main player... going to be interesting match this....

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

@mzm149 ; yeah you predicted pakisthan will score 200 and afridi will score hundred.. what happened??? lol... and yeah india layed WI in WT20 in only one match... compared to pak's 9-0 .... you should better watch out for warner and finch destroying your mediocre bowlers... even rohit hit sixes to junaid... warner and finch will destroy these so called "best bowling attack " ... lol

Posted by AnoMaLy on (March 23, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

I'm not a fan of dropping a player based on one game but we're not playing some friendly t20 series here this is the WC!! Dhoni should avoid picking Yuvraj and Dhawan and instead of playing Rahane and Binny. Rahane can partner Rohit and Binny can come in handy with his nagging medium pace. Should be a really good game both sides have their gamechanging players. Would be interesting to watch how Ind batsmen perform against Badree. Oh and I really hope the Indians have been practicing their catching.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

West Indies are a good team but they lack consistency ala Pakistan cricket team.. Santokie won't be any threat to Indian batsmen as Indian batsmen are used to face slingers and are better against them..for example look at Malinga's record against India.. Gayle isn't a threat too cz he's vulnerable against off-spin bowling right at the start.. If India bats first then surely India will win as Windies are very poor chasers.. And Raina is right abt their vulnerability in running between wickets.. Someone here said 6s and 4s beat 1s and 2s anyday..My friend you are wrong..6s and 4s help you accelerate but 1s and 2s helps to build an inning.. Dot balls are like curse in t20 cricket and 1s and 2s help you eliminate thise dot balls.. If you hit just one six in an over rest all dot balls then It's just 6 runs in an over bt if take 3 singles and a 6 in an over then It's 9 runs in an over and my friend 9 runs beat 6 runs everytime.. India should win this easy..

Posted by ButchiReddy_TimmaReddy on (March 23, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

Today we can see Mishra Vs Narine, RoHIT Vs Gayle, Sammy Vs MSD.... I gained so much confidence from win over Pak.. They r unstoppable now.. Gayle wkt ll be taking by Bhuvi.. and remaining WI line up will give up thr wkts to Ash nd mish.. roHIT will make odd 80+ runs today.. ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

WI will win. India will show dump bowling today if match happens.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

As a die hard indian cricket fan I would pray for an Indian win. But the fact remains that Windies are the most affable and loved cricketers world over for the mere joy of watching them play. I agree with Sammy that they have half a dozen players who are potential match winners - variety in bowling and big hitting.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

india vs west indies i thin wi has more chans to win over india.misra will be key for india.otherwise no good balling attak.from srilanka

Posted by vikumsd007 on (March 23, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

I think West Indies Bowling Attack is not so lethal as Pakistan and the same goes for India. Whereas we have very good spinners in Ashwin,Mishra and Jadeja though West Indies have Narine and Badree , Only Narine is the wicket taker and economical whereas I have not seen much of Badree, his stats show that he is only economical not a wicket taker So playing Narine carefully without losing wicket to him could win us 25% of match. As far as Gayle is concerned he struggles with Bhuvneshwar and Ashwin who will open the bowling the only threats are Sammy, Simmons,Bravo and Samuels

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

Samuels is dangerous than any other batsmen on his day

Posted by Vikum72 on (March 23, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan I wish India the best of luck to win this game and the other group games, so they could meet SL in the semi's or the final.

Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

Cullinan should worry about South Africa's travails and stop being a prophet of doom for India.

Posted by Nampally on (March 23, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

@SandipManjrekar:You say India is relying on 2 !/2 batsmen & 2 bowlers. Yes I agree Kohli, Raina & Dhoni are performing right now. But the more dominant ODI batsman Dhawan is yet to show his 2013 form from IPL. The real problem is with the squad & XI selection. To start with India have their most experienced & aggressive Opener in Uttappa. Why is he omitted from a squad which has a converted opener in Rohit Sharma? Similarly, Yuvraj has no defence at all. His footwork & positioning of bat is way off. If he plays forward, his bat & pad should be close to leave "Zero gap". He plays half cock- neither forward nor back foot but on the crease, with bat-pad gap as wide as Kybher pass . Why are the team Batting Coach, Manager & Captain not correcting this? He got out at least 4 times bowled by a fast bowler this way during the past 12 months. No wonder he keeps failing. In the present team I would promote Ashwin to open the innings, drop Yuvraj & send Rohit #5 + incl. Rahane or Binny in XI.

Posted by b4u8me2 on (March 23, 2014, 0:37 GMT)

I realize for some reason Rampaul gets first choice over Santokie in the final 11. I am baffled as to why this is so. How can the toss up be between Santokie and Russell while Rampaul gets a secured spot in the final 11? It is time WI realise that Santokie is their best seam bowler in limited over cricket and start making him a permanent player in the final 11. We do not need Rampaul to play when we already have nine bowlers in Narine, Badree, Santokie, Bravo, Sammy, Russell, Samuels, Gayle and Smith. Russell's econ rate is 9.83. Rampaul's econ rate is 8.68. If the only diff in econ rate is 1 run and Russell is gonna cost u 4 more runs while bowling but saves 10 runs in the field and makes a quick 30 with the bat then he is a better pick than Rampaul any day.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

India - WI equally talented for today's game - Toss will decide winner unless weather interfere like Eng-NZ game.

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 22, 2014, 23:04 GMT)

Finally, some real action. WI is the most unpredictable team in this format, on their good day they can topple any giant. Not sure who's playing but Sammy, Gayle, Narine, Pollard are a combination for death for the opposition. India are pumped up with their last win, with Raina back in form and the pitch behaving in spinner's favor, it will be one hell of a match.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 22, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

I know the WEST Indian team will win. Raina is sort of right about the strike rotation struggles but its only a issue for those who can't hit out effectively.

Gayle, Smith and Sammy are the cleanest hitters of the ball in the squad and when in doubt they charge the bowler, use the slog-sweep, play straight down the ground, or employ all of these tactics.

Simmons and Samuels can go big but they struggle to middle the ball at times in addition to their below-par dot ball percentages. But what makes these guys special is that they are very hard to get out and will eventually improve their timing. Importantly they're in form at the moment.

Bravo and Ramdin, while a little more containable than the others, are masters at strike rotation and turning ones into twos. They are smart enough to go big when the situation requires it.

WI will be very hard to beat if they bat first. 170 is enough to beat India. India, batting first, need 160 runs plus early wickets for a chance.

Posted by TRAM on (March 22, 2014, 22:58 GMT)

One thing for sure is the WI big guns will smash Shami & BK to all parts. India can as well put Binny & Rahane in those places. Rahane will add to the fielding especially, and will create diret-hit runouts chances since WI are not good at running. Binny/Kholi/Raina/Yuvraj/RSharma/Rahane(!) can share the 8 overs of the bowling of Shami & BK.

Posted by TRAM on (March 22, 2014, 22:37 GMT)

>>"Write him off at your own peril, though" No, no one is in peril. He does NOT have it any more. He knows how to play. Earlier he knew and he could, because his eye and muscles reacted fast. Now they dont. We know a fit player by his fielding standard.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 22, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

west indies look like a very good side, but there problem is the same old one, they are overconfident and are not as good as everybody thinks.

Posted by kc69 on (March 22, 2014, 22:01 GMT)

All depends on getting Chris Gayle out early because if he starts no team in entire world can stop him.

Posted by wapuser on (March 22, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

Cracker to watch, WI will be very dangerous team. Indians need to bowl very well, may be they will look to contain and not attack the WI.

Posted by anton1234 on (March 22, 2014, 21:35 GMT)

WI should go for pacemen and fast bowling allrounders as Indian batters are better against spinners.

1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt.), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Santokie

I would leave out Badree and play both Russell and Santokie. Russell can be used as a floater in the batting. He could come in anywhere from 5 to 8 depending on match situation.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (March 22, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

Russell will be in the 11 it will be out of Santokie or Rampaul for final spot. I hope to see Santokie get a shot v India due to the factor none of them have ever played him before and he's in great form leading up to this tournament.

Posted by victortrumpet on (March 22, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

After some characteristically poor overseas tours, India is looking good in this format with the aging blasters Dhoni and Yuvraj back in the fray, along with the three spinners, Shami and Bhuvaneshwar. This pool is slightly more competitive with nothing between the top four teams. But India definitely looks like a well balanced side and should be favourites with Pollard absent. Go the Windies!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 22, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

India invited WI for the 200th test of Sachin shows the intensity of the friendship between the two teams...their 9 players are playing in IPL is one more reason for they know each others weaknesses and waiting for the competition between Gayle Vs Kohli (RCB), Bravo Vs Dhoni (CSK), Smith Vs Rohit sharma (MI), Sammy Vs Dhawan (SRH) it will be a good game.....good luck for both teams...

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Be careful Mister Raina with your words. Do the math : 6s and 4s beat 1s and 2s any and all the time ! Go Windies Go !!

Posted by SachinRao on (March 22, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

I think WI have a slight edge on India. India: I don't see any change by MSD. I would wish that Binny comes in for Yuvraj, but as he didn't bowl in the warm up matches, i dont think that is going to happen. Bhuvi swung the ball a bit more and he along with Shami have to fire for us to do well. WI: Santokie is the 2nd bowler i would pick after Narine, so would be a huge shocker if he doesn't play. They have a dangerous side. I think India has to make Badree's overs count along with 4th, 5th and 6th bowlers. Spinners will be the key to the match.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 22, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

India never lost to Pakistan in world t20 and the record was not broken this time. India never won against West Indies in world t20 and the record will not be broken this time too.

Posted by wapuser on (March 22, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

As of now india is the only team having bunch of unsettled players and unpredicted team if everything goes well then india will win otherwise it is going to wi game.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 22, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

West Indians are favorites for the game. Imagine all the clean hitters of IPL gathered in one team facing a poor bowling attack. All these batsmen are made for this format. I am sensing a 200+ game here.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 22, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

@ Nancy Catherine - I am sure we will see throughout the tournament, most mishits will definitely be caught on the boundary. You can check todays games and see how Albie Morkel and Moeen Ali got out. In previous world cup in SL or WI or Eng those were sure sixes. And I will be very surprised if Gayle is effective tomorrow. Indians have seen too much of him to let him succeed. Ashwin will open the bowling and keep skidding the ball onto the stumps. Even if he does survive that spell, I am sure Raina will get a bowl at him after the power play and keep doing the same. Don't expect anything in his arc from the faster bowlers. There is only a 10% chance that Gayle will have any impact on the match. But if he has, it will be fun to watch. Sammy will be a bigger threat to India.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 22, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

WI are certainly a strong team in T20s. If this was an ODI, I would say India would win. But in T20, any team can win and WI have good players to do just that. Still, India are very strong and will be confident after a convincing win over Pakistan the other day. This will be a close game and hopefully India will come out victorious. COME ON INDIA !!!!

Posted by huffpost on (March 22, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

For me , India is a slight favourite to win...the reason being Indian batting is more stable and reliable..though windies possess an explosive batting lineup, that can also be their weakness..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

Raina must play at 4 and yuvi should play at 5. Otherwise evrything okay for india.. They should continue with three spinners and ashwin bowled really well in powerplay and tomorrow he should bowl to gayle and dwayne smith early ..

Posted by NP_NY on (March 22, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

The only time the Indian fans won't/cannot support the West Indies is when they play against India. India should play this like it is a quarter-final because winning this will almost mean India is in the semis.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 22, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

As against WI which looks in great touch apart from AUS, MS need to be focused on one to one merits. Strong points of WI are lying in Gayle & Smith as openers, followed by more reliable Jr. Bravo, sturdy Marlon, best T20 player Simmons and big Golfer Sammy. Their bowling is well equipped with Badri & Narine who are more effective on BD pitches. MS should penetrate WI openers & Simmons most. He must have special plans for them same as against PAK we had seen yesterday. Let's see how he handles the bowlers with having some traps for them in his mind. He must avoid experimentation as he did ask Yuvi to bowl in last game. Thanks to PAK if other team was there, it would have been backfired very badly. It's all about mind game & WI are fearless in nature. Binny as a bowling option would be disastrous as he is not familiar with international pressure & even with the bat. All in all, MS has to keep 2 paper-sheets in his pocket specifying

1. to do

2. things to avoid.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Yuvraj came back well. But one game and. .talks. compare to rohit who has only failed over 3 month and people forget funny game

Posted by TSJ07 on (March 22, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Surely Indians will be playing Narine safe and will target Badree big time.this should be good contest.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Let's hope the weather gives us a break tomorrow.

Posted by Vikram_Rathore on (March 22, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

We beat Pakistan the other day, mostly because Pakistani Team performed below their talent and potential; besides Pakistani openers let their team down. With Gayle in the WI side, we can't expect a similar scenario! I expect a relatively close game, that WI will win! Heart says India, but mind says WI.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 22, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Let's be realistic that IND is banking on 2 1/2 batsmen (Virat, Raina & 50% of MS) & 2 spinners(any 2 among Mish, RJ & Ash on a day). Dhawan/RS/ Yuvi are looking vulnerable on any day. If 1 of them play half of their individual potential, we show better result as a team. MS is still looking beyond options even if he chooses 5 bowlers. T20 can be won only on batsmen's merits. And we don't have that much lethal bowling attack. Some of outsiders lamenting them as a mediocre but they are showing more effective performances than so called best. MS is sticking to his old successful formula of RS as a opener but here one could understand that RS is carrying same role as of 50 overs or someone would have asked to do so. When Yuvi looks short of magic touch, some one should carry the same role at no.4 & RS is the best option with change in opening slots by inclusion of more technically sound batsmen like Rahane who can able to rotate fast leaving 1 seam option (bhuvi) out.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Nancy is on the spot about Santokie , it's a no brainer Santokie in Russell out !!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 22, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

@pitch_curator: big boundaries?? r u kidding?? 70-75 odd meter boundaries gonna stop Gallery, Smith, Samuels or Sammy.. even their mishits would cross the. boundaries comfortably

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

For people who have not heard about Krishnan Santokie, please go and check his stats on the Caribbean premier league.. He is an awesome extra ordinary sling bowler who can accurately bowl in block hole every time.. Most of his wickets were lbws and bowled. He could be a big threat for India in tomorrow's game as he never allows batsman to settle.. Along with 2 greatest spinners Narine and Badree, inclusion of Santokie will put West Indies a best bowling or even a more balanced side than any other team in this tournament

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 22, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

think both teams are equally talented at the moment and end of the day better team will win. BDW the picture select for the article is very interesting and i like though.. :)

Posted by ViratDevilliersFan on (March 22, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

clash of titans of the group of death..bring it on.. go men in blue go

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 22, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Looks even on paper but I think India will rout the WI. I dont think WI batsmen have any kind of consistency and I don't see any of them making decent runs against these Indian spinners on tracks which are helpful. The other key thing in this tournament is that the boundaries are big which makes sure that the mishits don't go for six. This factor is vital and we will see a lot of the sloggers get caught within the last 10 yards of the boundary off their mishits.Wont be surprised if WI get routed tomorrow. Their only chance is if India bat first.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Indian bating is not in prime form. Shikar, Rohit, Yuvraj seem a bit off color. Rohit seems to be getting into groove. Maybe play Rahane for Shikar. Lack of 3rd seamer is telling. They won't let Binny play or pick Irfan or groom a pace-bowling allrounder. 5 spinners is too much - 3 regulars and 2 par-timers...

BTW BD should be playing their first game while Ind is plating their 2nd.

Posted by android_user on (March 22, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

a match that promises a lot. excited, can't wait!

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 22, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

I dont think Ind will tinker with the playing XI - mostly we will be seeing the same XI that bet Pakistan. I think WI & Ind are two top friendly sides that know each other well on the park and off it as well! It will be a fun game to watch as familiar friends stand up against each other on the field!

If Ind spinners come good, its fine, but otherwise WI will smoke everything out of the park! Interesting contest on the cards!

Posted by Nampally on (March 22, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

T20 World champions face ODI World Champions-Eh! No better match up. WI is without Pollard who launches his hits almost into the outer Orbit. However the second most powerful SIx- Hitler will be at the crease. For India to have a fighting chance of winning, they must get Gayle out early. Other batsmen are powerful but not Dominant destroyers of Bowlers. If Dhoni still insists on playing Yuvraj despite his weak batting against Pace, then he needs to go #6 after Dhoni at #5. Yuvraj should play the role of the "Finisher" with aggressive batting. Getting out each time defending with an "absent technique" is hurting India! Honestly I would prefer Rahane as a batsman or Binny as an all rounder. Dhawan & Rohit need another 50 run partnership for India to hoist 200- a competitive total! Indian spinners should be as accurate if not better than they were against Pakistan. WI has strong hitters even without Pollard & focus on getting each bat is so critical. WI bowling relies heavily on Narine.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

NZ, SL, Aus, Ind in semis Ind vs Aus Final Ind wins T20 WC 2014

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

NZ, SL, Aus, Ind in semis Ind vs Aus Final Ind wins T20 WC 2014

Posted by theRule19 on (March 22, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

The Indian bowling and fielding needs to step up along with their batting..Saw some of the fielding problems in the game against Pakistan. The bowlers dont seem to be good fielders like Ashwin, Shami and Kumar to name a few. The batters need to score big as well against the WI superstar batting lineup especially in T20 format.

Posted by wirus on (March 22, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Both sides and all the others for that matter need to calm down and have fun. It's only T20. A few years ago when this was all in its infancy it used to be refreshing to see players have a bit of banter with each other, joke with the opposition and even with the umpires and generally look as though they were enjoying it. Then big $ arrived!! Now it's stony faced men puffing out their chests and bragging, men who seem to think that if they lose the sky will start falling. Chill!!

Posted by theRule19 on (March 22, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

The WI are a fantastic T20 team..The Indians are regaining their winning touch and are bubbling with confidence. This promises to be another great game. Good luck to both the teams.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 22, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

Yeah and Raina hasn't got a clue how to play a bouncer! Should be a good game, my money is on the T20 champs!!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Win the match, qualify for semis rightaway scenario for India, so its a very important game for us.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 22, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

I think West Indies will win this match. I did back India against Pakistan. This match is going to be very tough, because India have 3 very good spinners in the team. But, West Indies' all-round skills should get them through this match. It is a bit hard to bet against the likes of Gayle, Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Darren Sammy, Bravo, Andre Russell and co. Add to that the spin of Narine. This team is way too fantastic. One gets the feeling that they can only lose any match if they lost their mind and threw away wickets in the 20 overs ( may be against the Australians and their sledging) or if there was a Super hero performance from an opposition batsman to chase down the 180 + score they are likely to score batting first.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 22, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

I like the windies team too. I would like them both to qualify for semis

Posted by scklnka on (March 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

good luck to both the teams, wi is really a champion team in t20 ,these guys can turn the match in a single over ,well we all know about Gayle when he starts hitting then he brakes all laws of physics,gravity ,force,power,energy ,so India must get rid of him early, our opening is still look like a test match opening in first 3-4 over,may the best team wins tomorrow,good luck India good luck wi , cheers from india

Posted by Jalz007 on (March 22, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

Good Luck to Indian Team!!!

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