WI vs IND Match Prediction: The Sportsrush present before you Match Prediction of 2019 World Cup Match 34 between WI and IND.
We were asked to show patience with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 taking time to set-off but the biggest stage in world cricket has rewarded everyone who ardently stuck by it. Heading into the business end of the showpiece event, the World Cup has blown right up, sending our way some absolutely riveting matches in the space of the next week.
And this is something which will be visible when India and West Indies clash against each other in the land of the dramatic tournament yesterday as well. Both the sides are coming off edge of the seal thrillers, matches which went right to the last ball to really light the tournament up and bring it to life.
While India showed the much needed perseverance to keep Afghanistan away in a nerve-wrenching match, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite’s efforts went down the drain after he made a calamitous mistake of opting to go for the big hit rather than taking a single.
West Indies vs India – What numbers suggest?
The two countries have till date played a total of 126 matches on the international circuit in ODIs with the equation standing extremely close. While West Indies dominated the 1970-2000 period, ever since the turn of the century, it’s been the Asian side who have turned the contest around on its head.
West Indies slightly lead India with the 62 wins to India’s 59 while we’ve had the 2 draws and 3 matches being curtailed without giving us a result. The last time the two teams had met was last year in India. India had taken the series 3-1 after the one encounter had ended up in a draw.
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West Indies vs India – Key Battles
Chris Gayle vs Jasprit Bumrah
He’s talked off in the breath as any of the world’s finest pacers and Jasprit Bumrah only justified the high status accorded to him after his excellent spell against Afghanistan the last time around. And the team will turn to their spearhead once again come West Indies, a team known to clean apart sides once they settle into their grove.
The main battle in this match will be Jasprit Bumrah running in to bowl to Chris Gayle. Gayle hates anything pitched on his middle-stump channel and moving away from him and this is exactly Bumrah’s stock ball. He pummeled Quinton de Kock with it and he’ll be eyeing the same strategy against Gayle.
Sheldon Cottrell vs Virat Kohli
In a pace battery which has dwindled massively since their emphatic showing against Pakistan, Sheldon Cottrell has continued waging a lone battle for his side from the one end. Up against India, Cottrell and West Indies know the prized wicket is that of Virat Kohli.
And fully aware of that, the Indian captain has been seen draining it out in practice sessions with the shorter length deliver being paid particular attention to by him. Fully knowing the area Cottrell will target against him, Kohli was seen working on his technique when facing anything near his chest and leaving balls outside the off-stump.
Cottrell needs to execute these exact two delivers and get the ball to rise ominously into Kohli, a delivery which leaves him perturbed.
West Indies vs India – Match Prediction
With the surface bound to be a good batting one given the way it has played up till now at the marquee event, the onus lies with India to win this. Although they were a little shaky in the middle-order the last time around, the ability to sow composure and dig themselves out of a situation of no return shows the immense depth India posses in both the batting and bowling departments.
The West Indians on the other hand were themselves extremely unfortunate to lose an incredible run-chase after managing to overturn things incredibly against New Zealand. Their biggest strength on this wicket will be their pacers who’ll be looking to send Kohli and Rohit back early on but we see these two sticking it out in the middle on course colossal innings and winning it for their side.