About the Match
The defending champions lead Pool B with 6 points from 3 matches and will try their best to continue with their winning momentum when they go up against West Indies, who have 4 points from 4 matches and are placed 3rd, on 6th March at the WACA Stadium, Perth. India has experienced three consecutive wins and is jubilant at the moment with the top players being in good form; on the other hand West Indies lost two matches out of four but their recent performances displayed their strength to fight against any odds and move ahead. It needs to be seen if India can continue on their winning spree or will the hard-hitting Windies halt the men in blue on Friday.
India recorded their third straight win against UAE by 9 wickets as they easily chased down the target of 104 under 19 overs itself; Rohit Sharma played a wide array of shots to compose a fine 57 off 55 balls while Virat Kohli started cautiously and scored 33 off 41. Ravichandran Ashwin was the player of the match for his excellent figures of 4-25; he troubled UAE batsmen throughout and suffocated them while Ravindra Jadeja displayed good control and picked up two wickets. The pacers, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma bowled with good discipline as well while their fielding was impressive once again. Against South Africa, the team displayed all-round brilliance and their fielding was outstanding. With the help of Shikhar Dhawan’s 137 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 79 India posted a massive 307, which was defended perfectly by the bowlers, who continue to take wickets with precision. Overall the Indian team has experienced batsmen like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni who are capable of posting a huge score, no matter what the situation. The bowlers are also good in form, taking wickets regularly and they definitely have the necessary fire-power to surge ahead and defend the title convincingly.
West Indies lost their last match against South Africa by a huge margin of 257 runs as the batsmen failed to chase down the humungous target of 409, with all of them getting bowled out for just 151. Jason Holder scored 56 off 48 while Dwayne Smith scored 31 off 34 but the others failed to deliver. On the bowling front, Chris Gayle picked up 2 wickets for 21 runs, Andre Russell also took 2 wickets but Jason Holder earned the dubious record of being the second most expensive bowler in this World Cup so far by claiming 1-104. Their last match against Zimbabwe was a record fest with Chris Gayle becoming only the fourth player in ODI history to score a double century; he and Marlon Samuels annihilated Zimbabwe with a record 372-run stand. Overall, they have the strength and experience to bounce back against India in the upcoming match provided they stick to a positive attitude on the field. They have match winners in the team and are surely strong, tough and confident contenders to win the upcoming match.
Both teams are in great form so the match will surely be very exciting; however, India has gained greater confidence with three consecutive wins and with better performance in all departments of the game compared to the opponents, we feel that India is better placed to win the game.
India, 1.57 @ Bet365