West Indies will face India in Match 34 of the World Cup 2019 at Manchester, which is a must-win game for the former. The Caribbean side will know that even to have an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals, they will have to win all their remaining matches, starting with the game against India.
They will miss the services of star all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of the tournament due his long-standing knee injury. West Indies are also sweating over the injury of opener Evin Lewis.
They will have to come up with something special to beat Team India, who are unbeaten in the World Cup so far. After getting a massive scare from Afghanistan, Virat Kohli's men will know that no team can be taken lightly in this tournament.
The team will be buoyed with the form of Mohammed Shami, who took a hat-trick on his return to the team. However, they will be concerned with the form of KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar.
It will also be interesting to see how MS Dhoni goes about his business, especially after receiving criticism from none other than Sachin Tendulkar for his slow batting against Afghanistan.
Sheldon Cottrell vs Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul
Sheldon Cottrell has provided West Indies breakthroughs with the new ball more often than not in the World Cup. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will have their task cut out against the left-arm seamer.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal vs Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer had an upper hand against the Indian spinners last time the two teams met. Hetmyer took Chahal and Kuldeep apart in the 5-match ODI series that was played in India last year. He will look to attack the spin duo right from the outset.
Who will win today's match?
West Indies faces an uphill task against an in-form Indian side and it will take a Herculean effort from them to even make the match close. Expect India to continue its winning run in World Cup 2019 with a convincing victory over West Indies today.
Also read – World cup head to head statsPublished 27 Jun 2019, 00:08 IST