India vs West Indies Match Preview
India and West Indies meet in a clash for the second place in Group B
India take West Indies in the last league game of this editionâ€™s ICC World Cup 2011. The game will be played at Chepauk in Chennai and will have both the sides entering the quarter-finals, irrespective of the result.
As things currently stand, it is a fight for the second spot in the group. South Africa have 10 points from their six games and are at the top of the group. On the other hand, the Indians have seven and West Indies have six. England have six.
If West Indies win this game, they will go up to eight points and on to the second spot in the points table. If they crush India by a huge margin then the Indians may even slip to the fourth position and play Pakistan in the quarter-finals.
If India lose by a small margin, they will remain at the third position and take on Sri Lanka. On the other hand, if India go on to win the match, India will end up second and play the third-placed Australia in the quarter-finals.
The form for the two sides point towards a good game. West Indies have won three games but all three wins have been against the Associate nations and Bangladesh. India have tied with England and lost to South Africa, with the same three wins â€“ which means that there isnâ€™t much to choose from between the two.
Of course, on paper, the Indians are far ahead in terms of their batting and the bowling is at par with the West Indian bowling. However, where West Indies can run away with the game is with the prowess of Kieron Pollard, who can dismantle the worldâ€™s best bowling attacks without too many issues.
This is also a pitch that will see the team batting first left with many advantages given that it becomes slower as the game progresses. To add to that both the games played here in the World Cup have been won by the teams batting first.
India will look to make a change or two in the playing eleven. For one, R Ashwin will play in the side and that will mean that one of the other bowlers will need to go â€“ either Munaf Patel or Ashish Nehra will be rested for this game. Then, with the kind of form that Yusuf Pathan is in, Suresh Raina could be brought in given his fluent batting in these conditions and the ability to bowl some spin as well.
An interesting game in the offing!
India vs West Indies Match Report
India brush West Indies aside to play Australia in quarter-finals
Scored a century
India beat West Indies in the last league game of the ICC World Cup 2011 to enter the quarter-final in fine style. India scored 268 in their allocated overs and then bowled West Indies out for 188 after it had once looked like the side will end up getting there.
Batting first, Sachin Tendulkar got out in the first over itself to the bowling of Ravi Rampaul, who later went on to take five wickets in all. It was a superb performance with a good chance of winning the man of the match had the West Indian side won the game. unfortunately, the West Indians dropped Yuvraj Singh very early in his innings and that allowed him to get to his first World Cup century.
Virat Kohli made 59, even as the Indians collapsed once again towards the end of the innings for 268. The last seven wickets had fallen for 50 runs and that would have spelt doom for the side, which had already lost nine for 29 against South Africa.
In reply, West Indies started off well enough with a partnership of 34 in the first six overs before R Ashwin stuck early. However, the batting of Devon Smith and his partnerships with Darren Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan took the score on to 154/2 in the 31st over â€“ with a good chance of winning the game.
However, the collapse ensued when the wicket of Smith fell for 81, bowled off a reverse-swinging ball from Zaheer Khan. Khan took a couple more wickets, even as the spinners made scoring very difficult and in the end, the side lost 34 runs for eight wickets to lose the game.
Yuvraj Singh was the obvious man of the match with his century and the two-wicket haul.
The win put India to the second place in the points table behind South Africa in the Group B. England ended third with seven points and West Indies had six. In the other group, the Pakistani side topped the group whereas Sri Lanka were second. Australia and New Zealand followed at the third and the fourth position.
This means that in the first quarter-final, Pakistan will play West Indies at Mirpur, followed by India v Australia at Ahmedabad, South Africa v New Zealand at Mirpur and Sri Lanka will take on England at Colombo.
The semi-finals will be played on March 29 and 30.