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Preview: World T20 – India vs West Indies

IPL familiarity promises intense battle between crack T20 teams


Match 17 of the ICC World Twenty20, 2014


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


Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The Teams


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’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.


Result summary in Twenty20 Internationals












West Indies






 India-West Indies in Twenty20 Internationals



Batted 1st

Batted 2nd




Ind 153-7

WI 156-3

West Indies won by 7 wickets



WI 169-6

Ind 155-9

West Indies won by 14 runs



Ind 159-6

WI 143-5

India won by 16 runs

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






MS Dhoni






Darren Sammy







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.


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.

Shirin Sadikot & Rajneesh Gupta

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Attacking instincts pay for Mishra

Leggie says flight, spin and bowling for wickets has made him a better T20 bowler

In the format where spinners prefer to contain the flow of runs by bowling a flat trajectory, Amit Mishra is a rare exception. The leg-spinner has achieved recent success in the Twenty20 format by sticking to his attacking instincts, which is to bowl to pick wickets.

"I am not afraid of flighting the ball because I always think about taking wickets and not restricting the batsmen,” Mishra said after bowling India to a win against Pakistan in Mirpur. “I believe you can never succeed trying to stop the flow of runs instead of trying to take wickets. If you try to take wickets, you can put pressure on the batsman," Mishra said after his Man of the Match winning performance of 4-1-22-2 in India’s first game of the World Twenty20.

Mishra said his belief also got the approval from his captain, who encouraged him to bowl to his strengths. "The captain (Dhoni) always tells me that I should try to spin the ball as that is my strength,” Mishra said. “He tells me that I have the ability to beat the batsman in flight. That`s how I got Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik out today. In T20 cricket, more variations you have, the more advantageous position you are in.

The recent successes, including that in the Asia Cup, have come Mishra’s way after a tough year and a half or so of warming the bench. The leggie insists he never let his confidence level drop during that period.

"I was never down on confidence when I was not playing. The key is to remain positive and I tried to shut out negative things. In our team, the good thing is that everyone is told to remain ready as anyone could be called. When you get your chance, you need to grab it with both hands," he said.

Mishra was a stand-out bowler in India’s Asia Cup encounter against Pakistan with figures of 2 for 28, and that, he said gave him the confidence of doing well in this match as well.

"It`s always a special feeling to perform against a side like Pakistan,” he said. “I bowled well against them in the last Asia Cup and that also helped. There is always a pressure of playing against Pakistan but I would never say extra pressure. That is always there when you are representing your country,

while Mishra has played only a couple of T20 internationals, he has ample experience in the format itself with 117 matches. Mishra credited IPL, where he has gained most of his experience in the shortest format, for his improved show.

"Obviously, IPL has helped a lot to improve my bowling having competed with the best batsmen in the world. In fact, most of the talent in Indian cricket is coming through IPL as it is providing an ideal platform to the talented players,” he said.

BCCI Staff

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