Following the West Indies at the World T20 2016 Series
With a place in the final of the World T20 tournament at stake, West Indies will need to handle the pressure of a big game and be at their absolute best to beat tournament favorites India. #RallyaroundtheWestIndies
Here’s a review of the West Indies last two matches
South Africa v West Indies: A Snapshot
The bowling continues to come up trumps – much regarded as the West Indies’ main weakness, the bowling and the fielding again delivered against probably the best batting line up in the group. It was started by the brilliant fielding by Andre Russell in the first over of the match that resulted in the run out of the dangerous Hashim Amla, and from then on the performance in the field was brilliant.
- Batting stumbles – the pitch may have been difficult, but the West Indies was well in charge of this chase with 9 overs to go, but inexplicably played some brainless cricket that almost cost them the match. Thankfully, the batsmen kept fighting to the end and got over the line to secure their place in the semifinal and assure themselves of top spot in the group
Afghanistan v West Indies: A Snapshot
This game was almost a mirror image of the previous game: similar score to chase, similar collapse:
- Yet again the bowling and fielding was brilliant, possibly more so than in the South Africagame. However, should Afghanistan been allowed to score 30 runs in the final 3 overs? Definitely not. While the bowling could not be criticized for easing the pressure in any of the games (except perhaps the first game against England), a bit of complacency did seem to creep into this match.
- The batting imploded again but this time the West Indies failed to get over the line, losing by 6 runs. The chase was in relatively decent shape with Bravo and Ramdin at the crease but they collapsed again, failing to rotate strike, running poorly between the wickets and attempting unnecessary big shots. Obviously, they learnt nothing from the game against South Africa as they made the same mistakes in this game.
However, let’s not take anything away from Afghanistan. They threatened to upset each of the other three teams in the group by playing brave and excellent cricket. They were brilliant with the ball and in the field and thoroughly deserved to leave the tournament with a win.
|West Indies v India: A Look Ahead
There is no doubt that India are massively pumped up, having had two “great escapes” against Bangladesh and to a lesser extent against Australia, winning when they probably should not have won either of those games. Nonetheless, they are playing at home against one of the most popular teams in India. This game is sure to be an absolute cracker. Here are some key points which will be vital in the game:
- The pitch – West Indies have struggled on slow, low and turning pitches in their last two games, barely chasing and failing to chase scores of 123 and 124. However, the same could be said for India, who surprisingly have struggled on pitches that should be their bread and butter. Whoever deals with their pitch struggles better will prevail in this game.
- The bowling – West Indies bowling has done brilliantly in the tournament, as has India’s but the key for West Indies is how they play the Indian spinners, something they have struggled to do well in recent times.
- The Indian batting – has failed to truly fire in the tournament as echoed by their captain, and West Indies will need to ensure that they keep that trend going. They will especially need to keep a lid on Virat Kholi who has been single handedly winning matches for India.
- West Indies’ Batting – has been poor in the last two games and will need to improve drastically against India’s high quality spin attack. The team needs to play sensible cricket and rotate the strike much better than they have been doing in recent games.
- West Indies’ History – they have been known to perform below par against India in the past, and therefore, will need to play with the same fire, spirit and passion in this game.
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