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Shirin Sadikot & Rajneesh Gupta in Mumbai 22 March 2014 - 01:31pm IST

Preview: World T20 – India vs West Indies

IPL familiarity promises intense battle between crack T20 teams

What

Match 17 of the ICC World Twenty20, 2014

When

Sunday, March 23, (13:30 GMT | 19:30 Local | 19:00 IST)

Where

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The Teams

India

The win over Pakistan was something India needed desperately after a series of disappointments in the last few months. The comprehensive nature of the win should act as a further morale booster for the team. MS Dhoni and his men will need all the positivity they can conjure up in their next match, against the defending champions. West Indies’ major representation in the IPL makes their players highly familiar with their Indian counterparts’ games and the subcontinent conditions.

India’s team composition is unlikely to go many changes. Besides the logic of retaining the winning combination, the fact that they’re playing at the same venue, will also come into consideration. The absence of dew in Mirpur in Friday’s game might induce Dhoni to stick with the three-pronged spin attack.

Since most of the batsmen look in good touch, Dhoni might give Yuvraj Singh another game despite the lack of runs from his bat.
West Indies

The defending champions have begun their Bangladesh sojourn well by defeating England and Sri Lanka in the warm-up matches. The men from Caribbean had two perfect games with rather huge margins of victory. All the usual suspects – Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo – are in good nick, making West Indies one of the strongest teams in the tournament.

While there is little to ponder over the batting, it will be interesting to see West Indies’ bowling combination. They played their second warm-up, against Sri Lanka in Mirpur, where Sunil Narine picked up four wickets. If they decide to play three spinners, Krishmar Santokie (who picked 3 for 24 against England) and Samuel Badree could join Narine. In that case, Dwayne Bravo might play the second pacer to Ravi Rampaul. If they decide to play two spinners, either of Sheldon Cottrell or Andre Russell could get a game.

Key Players

India


India’s win over Pakistan was set up by the spinners and they will continue to be crucial to the team’s fortunes in the rest of the tournament.

With Ashwin’s off-spinners and carom ball, Mishra’s leggies and googlies and contributions from the part-time slow left-armers, Dhoni has incredible variety at his disposal in the spin-friendly conditions of Bangladesh.

West Indies

While there is little doubt over Sunil Narine’s effectiveness in T20 cricket, his various IPL encounters with the Indian batsmen will make this contest further interesting. If West Indies borrow Pakistan’s strategy of putting an off-spinner upfront against Shikhar Dhawan, the battle will be intense and so will the contest between him and the spin-relishing Indian batsmen like Virat, Raina and Dhoni.

Statistics

Result summary in Twenty20 Internationals

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

India

47

27

19

1

57.45

West Indies

58

28

29

1

48.28


 India-West Indies in Twenty20 Internationals

Date

Venue

Batted 1st

Batted 2nd

Result

12-06-2009

Lord's

Ind 153-7

WI 156-3

West Indies won by 7 wickets

09-05-2010

Bridgetown

WI 169-6

Ind 155-9

West Indies won by 14 runs

04-06-2011

Port-of-Spain

Ind 159-6

WI 143-5

India won by 16 runs


Note:
West Indies have beaten India in both the matches in World T20.

Last 5 matches (Most recent listed first)

India: W W W L L

West Indies: L W W W L

Captaincy records

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

MS Dhoni

43

23

19

1

53.49

Darren Sammy

28

16

11

1

57.14


 Trivia

The last time Chris Gayle batted against India in a Twenty20 International he made 98 off 66 balls with five fours and seven sixes.

Yuvraj Singh has hit more sixes (59) than fours (53) in Twenty20 Internationals.

Amit Mishra is three short of completing 150 wickets in Twenty20 cricket.

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ravindra Jadeja.

West Indies: Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

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