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The Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli takes on inconsistent West Indies cricket team in ICC World Cup 2019 in the 34th match at Old Trafford, Manchester today. Windies came into this match after a heart-breaking five-run loss to New Zealand - a game that seemed all but over before Carlos Brathwaite almost produced an unimaginable result. Such has been the story of Jason Holder-led West Indies cricket team in this tournament so far. The Indian cricket team will look to continue their unbeaten run in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.
Kohli and his team-mate the Hitman Rohit Sharma being superb horizontal bat players and they both are looking in great touch in the tournament so far. Also Indian cricket team have the best bowler in the world named Jasprit Bumrah - a death over specialist, has shown tremendous potential with the ball with his swinging yorkers as most of the batsman couldn't play him. Also Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, India have the best spin-bowling duo in the world and both have been terrific in the tournament so far. Both bowlers put pressure on the opposition from both ends.
West Indies, on the other hand, will look to finish on a high after being knocked out despite a great start against Pakistan. Andre Russell being ruled out due to a hamstring injury has been another big blow. The West Indies cricket team especially the fast bowling department, has shown tremendous potential with their young pace battery in the form of Sheldon Cotterell and Oshane Thomas.
Rohit Sharma becomes the automatic choice for the first-choice opener with the Indian vice-captain having scored 320 runs in the five matches so far at an average of over 106 with two hundred and fifty. Chris Gayle should be the next one in your team for sure. The big-hitting West Indian opener hasn't been at his best in the tournament so far with 194 runs from six games. At no. 3 Virat Kohli is the perfect player with three fifties already, the Indian captain has so far scored 244 runs in the four innings he has played. So picking the best batsman in the world in your Dream11 team without any hesitation.
Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran would be a good choice at the middle-order as the young West Indians has all the talent in the world and both are dangerous on their day.
MS Dhoni was trolled a lot for his poor strike rate in the game against Afghanistan but he is still the best wicketkeeper from either side for Thursday's game. Dhoni has the fastest hands in the business but has been struggling for form with the bat which is why he should be preferred over Shai Hope as the wicketkeeper in your team.
Hardik Pandya is an automatic choice for the all-rounder's slot as he has been in terrific form with both ball and bat for India. He has four wickets so far in the tournament and has broken partnerships with the ball at crucial junctures in the last two games. Also, Carlos Brathwaite should be the other all-rounder in your team as he showed his class with the bat in West Indies' last game against New Zealand when he almost pulled off a miracle with his maiden hundred but sadly his knock went in vain. He also picked 2 wickets in that match to take his tally to 5 in the tournament.
Jasprit Bumrah walks into any ODI side with him being the top-ranked bowler in the format. He hasn't picked a lot of wickets till now but the ones that he has so far, have changed the complexion of the game in India's favour. Bumrah has 7 wickets from 4 games at 26.71 so far. Sheldon Cottrell on the other hand, has been fast and furious for the Windies and provided a lot of wickets for them with the new ball. He is taking 9 wickets from 6 games at 25.55 which also includes a four-wicket haul against New Zealand in the last game.
Also Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, India have the best spin-bowling duo in the world and both have been terrific in the tournament so far. Both bowlers put pressure on the opposition from both ends.
India vs West Indies Dream11 Prediction team: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Chris Gayle (vice-captain), Shai Hope, MS Dhoni, Nicholas Pooran, Hardik Pandya, Jason Holder, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Sheldon Cottrell
West Indies Playing XI: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Ambris, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Darren Bravo, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas
India vs West Indies match details:
Date: 27th June(Thursday)
Time: 5:30 AM(West Indies), 3:00 PM(IST) and 10:30 AM(England)
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester