India vs. West Indies
|Date & Time||Thursday June 27, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
West Indies 3.50 India 1.30
West Indies face India at Old Trafford on Thursday with India looking to book their place in the semi-finals. They are unbeaten at the tournament so far with four wins and a draw to their name and are currently sitting in 3rdplace in the table. West Indies have just three points and are down in 8th.
India come into this match as strong favorites. Old Trafford was the scene for England’s thrashing of Afghanistan earlier in the tournament. England scored 397 runs that day and if the West Indies bowlers are not at their best, India could score a big total on Thursday.
In their last match, Carlos Brathwaite took West Indies to within five runs of an astonishing triumph over New Zealand in a thrilling match at the same ground. He was caught as he went for a six his side needed to win. New Zealand set them 291/8 but despite Brathwaite’s brilliant century, West Indies fell short and are now facing elimination from the tournament.
Veteran batsmen Chris Gayle scored his highest total of the tournament so far, smashing 87 from 84 balls and Shimron Hetmyer also chipped in with an impressive half century but their efforts weren’t enough to get West Indies across the line. Sheldon Cottrell bowled well and claimed figures of 4/56 from his ten overs against New Zealand.
In India’s last match, they beat Afghanistan in another close encounter. They only managed to reach 224/8 but bowled out Afghanistan with just a couple of balls remaining to claim the victory by 11 runs. Virat Kohli top scored for India with 67 runs and Kedar Jadhav scored a half century in what was India’s lowest total and the World Cup so far.
Mohammed Shami was brilliant with the ball and finished up with figures of 4/40 from 9.5 overs. He claimed the winning wicket in the last over of the match to ensure India’s unbeaten run at the tournament continues.
India have beaten South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Afghanistan so far and have only dropped points because their match against New Zealand was abandoned due to rain.
One the other hand, West Indies have only won once. They thrashed Pakistan in their opening match but have since lost to Australia, England, Bangladesh and New Zealand and managed to pick up a point after their match with South Africa was called off because of the weather.
West Indies will be without one of their star performers for the remainder of the tournament. Andre Russell will miss the rest of their games due to his persistent knee problems. Sunil Ambris has been called up to replace him but they will miss Russell’s ability with both bat and ball.
India should cruise to victory on Thursday. The West Indies’ players will be extremely low after their most recent defeat and their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals have all but faded.