About the Match
The Champions Trophy winners would be put to test once again as they face West Indies at their home ground. India would take on the Caribbean team on 30th June 2013 at Kingston at 14:30 GMT. India would have to forget the Champions Trophy glory and move ahead to play yet another game. West Indies too would love to forget their early exit from that recently completed competition. Both the teams were up against tournament in Champions Trophy and India emerged victorious quite comfortably. This time, however, it is expected to be closer and a tough battle between the two is surely on the cards.
West Indies has already played one game in this tournament against Sri Lanka. West Indies won quite comfortably and got the bonus point as well. First bowlers played a vital role in restricting Sri Lanka to a modest total and then batsmen played their part. Chris Gayle was finally able to repeat his IPL abilities on the international stage as well. Johnson Charles struggled in his innings, but proved to be a perfect partner to Chris Gayle while chasing a small target. Darren Bravo was brilliant before he was involved in a mix-up. Sunil Narine was once again difficult to pick as he caused a lot of trouble among Sri Lankan batsmen who are known to play spin well. West Indies plays with a lot of flair and flamboyance and this flamboyance is reflected in their performance. If they continue to play like that, they would be difficult to face even by a strong Indian side.
Who would have thought Indian side to win the Champions Trophy with an irregular opening pair and an inexperienced new ball attack? However, that irregular opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan proved to be a headache for most of the teams in Champions Trophy. In addition to that, the swing of Kumar along with pace of Sharma and Yadav proved to be lethal enough in helping English conditions. They have a new look team which fields well, bats well and bowls well. The turning deliveries of Ashwin and Jadeja would be difficult to face on slow and low pitches of West Indies. India, as it proved in Champions Trophy, would again prove to be a stern test even for home team.
India and West Indies have an interesting history in ODIs cricket beginning right from the final of World Cup 1983. With both teams looking in fabulous form, it promises to be a thrilling game of cricket. Can West Indies stop the rallying India at their home ground? India is looking to be in fine form and so is West Indies. In their most recent encounter, India outplayed the Caribbean team. Considering form and the team balance, I expect India to prevail in this important encounter.
India, 1.61 @ Bovada
Indian openers, despite being irregular, did pretty well in Champions Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan is striking the ball brilliantly and Rohit Sharma has finally managed to carry his form into international scene as well. Similarly, West Indian opening pair has done pretty well as well. They managed to put on a match winning partnership in the last game. Regardless of which team bats first, due to the form of their opening pair, I think the first wicket would fall after 25 runs.
Runs at Fall Of 1st India Wicket:
25 & Over, 1.80 @ Bet365