Fol­low­ing the West Indies at the World T20 2016

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The West Indies are play­ing with flair and pas­sion and are now being con­sid­ered as gen­uine con­tenders in the tour­na­ment. As long as they keep play­ing like they are, there is no rea­son they should not be a final­ist in this com­pe­ti­tion. Michael Vaughan for­mer cricket tweeted

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Tell you what… @westindies might take some stop­ping at this World Cup … #Uni­verse­Boss #ICCWT20

South Africa v West Indies

With vir­tu­ally one foot in the semi­fi­nals, West Indies will look to secure that spot when they play South Africa on 25th March.South-Africa-vs-West-Indies-460x2501 This game was always billed as the tough­est for the West Indies, given South Africa’s all– round strength. How­ever, West Indies have arguably played bet­ter than South Africa so far in the tour­na­ment and will be on a high fol­low­ing their two vic­to­ries. For the West Indies, they ironed out the kinks from the Eng­land game to put in an all-​round per­for­mance against Sri Lanka, and there­fore, they would be hop­ing for more the same.

The most glar­ing weak­ness of the South African side is their bowl­ing which was pum­meled to all parts of India by Eng­land and Afghanistan. How­ever, great sides have great “bounce-​back abil­ity”, and the West Indies must be wary of this.

High­lights

Match 1 Eng­land v West Indies

From ball #1 in the West Indies chase, it was the Chris Gayle show. Play­ing an innings of 14581512419061respon­si­bil­ity mixed with brute power, Gayle scored an unbeaten hun­dred to lead West Indies to a com­fort­able vic­tory. Many said the dew got to Eng­land, but truth­fully, the Gayle fac­tor was more telling than the dew. His knowl­edge of the con­di­tions in India will be a mas­sive asset for the team.

Sulie­man Benn. He was an unsung hero in this game. Despite his very expen­sive bowl­ing late in England’s innings, his first two overs were impec­ca­ble and helped stem the flow of runs dur­ing the mid­dle overs of England’s innings.

Mar­lon Samuels’ has had his strug­gles over the past year or so, but came back with a bang on Wednes­day seem­ingly return­ing to form. The West Indies would hope that this continues.

West-Indies-bowler-Samuel-Badree-2R-celebrates11The Team it seems that pas­sion and com­mit­ment has returned to the side. This is some­thing that seems to be lack­ing at times in West Indies cricket, but it is evi­dent that these boys, despite the off field issues with the board, are here to play.


Match 2 Sir Lanka v West Indies

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As with the first game, the toss was won by Dar­ren Sammy, and he chose to field first. This is a pat­tern that is expected to con­tinue (field­ing first after win­ning the toss), as it is a pre­ferred for­mula by the West Indies.

The bowl­ing and field­ing was excel­lent and was a mas­sive improve­ment from the first game. Despite play­ing with­out a notable strike bowler and instead opt­ing for Andre Fletcher, the West Indies bowlers and field­ers applied sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure on the Sri Lankan side. Spin­ners Samuel Badree and Sulie­man Benn were impres­sive, and were well sup­ported in the field.

Andre Fletcher came into the side at the expense of Jerome Tay­lor and bat­ted bril­liantly at the top of the order.andre-fletcher-20031 There were whis­pers that the bat­ting may have come under pres­sure due to the fact that Gayle, the match win­ner from the first game, would not open due to a tweak in his ham­string, but Fletcher dis­pelled those notions with a fire­cracker innings of 84 not out.

The inten­sity of the team – the spirit of the team was lauded after the first game and it was evi­dent again in this match. At no time did the West Indies release their vice grip on Sri Lanka and they applied con­stant pres­sure on their batsman.

Poor offi­ci­at­ing – Sri Lanka could pos­si­bly feel hard done by, as some key deci­sions went against them when they bat­ted and fielded.

The talk after the Eng­land game was about the one man show Gayle, but this game showed that there is more to the West Indies team than one man. As tweeted by an observer:

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West Indies win with Chris Gayle to spare

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