Preview - India v West Indies - Eyes On The Semi-Final
India v West Indies
ICC Champions Trophy Group B, The Oval
Preview by Amy Nicholson
With eyes set firmly on the semi-finals, a confident India will be hoping to keep their momentum going as they take on an unpredictable West Indies side in the third Group B match of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval tomorrow (11th June).
Both teams started their campaigns with a win and know that a win tomorrow will almost guarantee a spot in the semi-finals.
Reigning world champions India defeated an injury-struck South Africa side by 26 runs in Cardiff, after scoring an impressive 331 for seven.
One day later, the West Indies beat Pakistan by two wickets in a low-scoring game on Friday.
The clash between these two teams will also be a battle between many players that have a strong knowledge of each other's games. India and the West Indies are filled with key players who are very aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo are Chennai Super Kings team-mates while Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle played together for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kieron Pollard plays alongside Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma for the Mumbai Indians.
West Indies could be forced into a late change of wicket-keeper following Denesh Ramdin's two-match ban, Johnson Charles being the most likely replacement having kept wicket before for Windward Islands. Dwayne Bravo could be used as an emergency replacement, but this is unlikely given he will be expected to lead the side and bowl 10 overs.
India: Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo (capt), Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith.
bet365 make India 8/13 favourites to win the game with West Indies available at 13/10.
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1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies