India v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 22, 2014

Friendly foes bank on familiarity

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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.

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

Quotes

"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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  • 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.

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    @mzm149...earlier you told that WI's record is going to continue...now 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

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    @mzm149...earlier you told that WI's record is going to continue...now 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

  • 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.

  • android_user on March 23, 2014, 16:08 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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 .

  • 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....

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    @Mihil Ranathunga...i expected this kind of comment from SL fan...its because of pure jealousy....no other reason for this...keep it up...may god bless you....hope you watching match

  • 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 ...is 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...

  • 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 ...is 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...

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