India vs West Indies match, World Cup 2019: West Indies speed vs India's batting class, Virat Kohli vs Chris Gayle

India vs West Indies Key Faceoffs: Virat Kohli is just 37 runs away from becoming the fastest to score 20,000 international runs.

Jun 27, 2019 11:43 IST
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India vs West Indies match, World Cup 2019: India is all set for its clash today with one of the World Cup’s most unpredictable teams. India vs West Indies is scheduled to go LIVE at 3 pm from the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. India vs West Indies will be a clash to look forward too despite the fact that both teams are at the separate ends of the world cup points table. While Virat Kohli-led India is two wins away from qualifying for the semi-finals, West Indies is nearly almost out of the semi-final race.

The West Indies desperately need a win today against India to keep a glimmer of hope for semi-finals alive. However, even if West Indies manage to win all their remaining 3 matches, they will have to bank upon England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to lose all their remaining matches, which seems unlikely.

With only a few hours remaining for India vs West Indies clash, it would be interesting to see how the Indian batsmen and bowlers will fare up against unpredictable yet destructive West Indies team. Here are some of the key battles to look forward to:

1. Virat Kohli vs Jason Holder

Virat Kohli and Jason Holder, the two captains will be facing one of their biggest tests, as Virat Kohli is in a great form even though he hasn’t made a century yet and Jason Holder will be looking to get Kohli out early. Virat Kohli is also just 37 runs away from becoming the fastest to score 20,000 international runs. If Holder will allow him to settle, then Kohli would make it very difficult for West Indies.

2. Chris Gayle vs  Jasprit Bumrah

It would be interesting to see what will happen when one of the world’s most destructive batsmen will face one of the world’s fastest bowlers. Chris Gayle is known for his big hits, if he sticks, he could mean serious trouble for India. So it would be the top priority of the Indian bowlers to get rid of him early, especially Jasprit Bumrah. The interesting fact is that Jasprit Bumrah has never faced Gayle in a 50 overs match, only in T20 format.

3. Rohit Sharma vs Sheldon Cottrell

Sheldon Cottrell has been extremely fast for the West Indies and has been able to strike early with the new ball. India’s Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, has been in outstanding form throughout the world cup with the only exception being his one run against Afghanistan. So Sharma and Cottrell’s face-off would be definitely interesting to watch.

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