Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
Can India continue the winning streak?
Our prediction is India will win the match!
West Indies campaign fell off the radar after an impressive start against Pakistan. They have very fewer hopes of qualifying for the next stages of the tournament. Carlos Brathwaite scored a breathtaking century last match but failed to take his team home in the chase against New Zealand. Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer scored vital runs with the bat and shared a 122-run partnership in the middle. Andre Russell will miss the remainder of the World Cup due to injury. Sheldon Cotrell bowled a brilliant spell last match and took 4 crucial wickets.
Oshane Thomas and Skipper Jason Holder are not up to the mark in the bowling department and need to take wickets more consistently. West Indies lack a genuine spinner and Ashley Nurse is their only spin option used so far in the 2019 World Cup. West Indies failed to perform in crucial moments in their matches against Australia and New Zealand and lost the respective matches despite in a position of strength.
Indian team is one of the two teams who are yet to lose a match in the ICC 2019 World Cup. India is one of the most complete teams with good batting and bowling attack. Rohit Sharma is in excellent form with 320 runs that include two centuries and a half-century. Skipper Virat Kohli has scored three back-to-back 50+ scores and is looking in great form. The middle order batsmen Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, and Kedhar Jadhav are a bit of worry for India and as they failed to score freely in the last match against Afghanistan.
India ended up with just 223 runs on board after their 50 overs. Jasprit Bumrah has been the go-to bowler for India taking wickets at crucial times. Mohammed Shami took a hat-trick in his first match to seal the match for India. Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya are doing their job with the ball very well and are taking wickets in the middle overs. Kuldeep has been a pale shadow of himself and he needs to find his bowling mojo back.
Shimron Hetmyer – Hetmyer scored fifties in last two matches but failed to put a big score. He is a good player of spin and will be vital middle order against India`s wrist spin duo. He can take away the match in a matter of minutes with his attacking style.
Sheldon Cottrell – Cottrell bowled an excellent first over against New Zealand dismissing both the openers for a duck. He came back to dismiss well set Williamson and Latham in his second spell. He is looking in a good rhythm with the ball.
Chris Gayle– 194 runs, Avg. - 39, Strike rate – 103, HS-87, 50s-2
Sheldon Cotrell – 9 wickets, Economy – 5.8 RPO, BB – 4/56
Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Oshane Thomas
Kemar Roach, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Ambris , Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle
Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli has scores of 82, 77 & 67 in the last three matches and he is due for a big hundred. We expect the Indian captain to continue his good form with the bat and aggressive captaincy on the field.
Mohammed Shami – Shami took 4 wickets in his first match including a hat-trick. His first spell with the new ball was testing the batsmen and he bowled some unrelenting balls in good line and lengths.
Rohit Sharma– 320 runs, Avg. -107, Strike rate – 95, HS - 140, 100s-2, 50s-1
Yuzvendra Chahal – 8 wickets, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB -4/51
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
YS Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, JJ Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami
Manchester is a good batting track and the ball will come onto the bat nicely. The ball might swing and trouble the batsmen until it loses its shine. We can average scores in the range of 300 runs. The weather on the match day looks clear and sunny with no chances of rain as per the weather forecast.
Teams batting first have won all the three matches played here in the 2019 CWC. Teams have posted scores in excess of 290 runs in all the matches and strangled the opposition batsmen with scoreboard pressure
India is playing an impressive brand of cricket with their batting and bowling units performing in unison. West Indies have shown sparks of individual brilliance but failed to put a good team performance and are struggling to win matches from crucial junctures. We expect Team India to win this match.
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