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An unbeaten "Men in Blue's" Indian cricket team will face the mighty West Indies in the 34th match of the tournament at Old Trafford, Manchester today.
India have 9 points from five games while West Indies, after a painfully close loss to New Zealand have just 3 points from six games.
A win for India will virtually seal a semifinal spot for them while West Indies will be gunning to create an upset on the day.
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.
Virat 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.
Pitch report: A dry, crusty surface can be expected at Old Trafford with decent amount of pace and bounce on the wicket. The wicket will however, be more conducive to the spinners with the ball set to turn a lot.
Weather Forecast: It will be a dry and mostly sunny day with warmth and humidity seems to be a complete game.
Head to head in World Cup: 5-3 in the favour of "Men in Blue's" Indian cricket team.
Overall - 128
India - 57
West Indies - 62
No Result - 3
Abandoned - 2
Tie - 2
Cancelled - 2
India vs West Indies Match Predictions:
As we know that, it could be a tougher test for Indian cricket team than Afghanistan but the "Men In Blue" remain favourites to win the contest considering their recent form.
Team News: West Indies made two changes in their line-up Sunil Ambris comes in for Evin Lewis and Fabian Allen comes in for Ashley Nurse. While India playing with the same team as in the previous match against Afghanistan.
Players to watch out for
Virat Kohli (India) - The Indian captain has scored fifties in each of his last three innings to give enough evidence of his batting form. Kohli, who already has 41 one-day international hundreds to his name and averages 70.77 against West Indies, will eye for another three digit score to guide his team to a position of strength.
Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies) - The tall left-arm pacer from Jamaica has been a strike bowler for West Indies in this tournament, producing an excellent performances worthy of a 'Salute'. Cottrell, who dismissed both the New Zealand openers in the first over and finished with figures of 4/56 against New Zealand, could be a key weapon for West Indies.
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, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, , Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas
Live streaming details:
Date and Day: June 27, 2019, Thursday.
Place: Old Trafford, Manchester
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:30 am local time
The ICC World Cup India vs West Indies match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 India vs West Indies match will be available on Hotstar.