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
denesh-ramdin-and-carlos-braithwaite1The 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.

afghanistan-pti-m11How­ever, 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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