India is going from strength to strength as the tournament continues but there are still some injury concerns within their ranks. This match is more important for West Indies than it is for India as they are not still sure of a quarter final spot. Losing to Ireland was a big blow for West Indies and they have to ensure that they do not lose any match hereon. Their last loss against South Africa was quite a big one after they beat Zimbabwe emphatically. This means their run rate has gone down again and another loss to India may put a huge dent in their chances to progress further in the tournament.
Chris Gayle is the best hope for West Indies to put up a good score against a rejuvenated Indian bowling line up. He scored the first double hundred of the tournament but could not do much against the mighty South Africans in the very next match. He is a vital cog in the batting department for West Indies and everyone will look to him to score the bulk of the runs. Gayle has been bowling well too so it should give him some confidence going into the next match.
The wicket at Perth will be suited for fast bowlers as it has a lot of pace on it. West Indies has quick bowlers in the form of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder who have not done badly in the tournament. The key for West Indies would be to rattle the Indians with pace and bounce so that they do not post a big total. Darren Sammy and Andre Russels are very handy all-rounders who will be required to chip in with bat and ball in case the Indian bowlers get some early wickets. This should be a good match if West Indies batsmen play well.
India does not have too much to worry about as both their batsmen and bowlers are in excellent form. Rohit Sharma scored a fluent half century and is back is form as well. Most of the Indian batsmen have good match practice. The bounce and Perth may also help the batsmen to play shots as the ball does not swing much. Things can go either way if West Indies can put in a better performance. However, on current form, India is surely the favorites. A loss for West Indies will also improve Pakistan and Ireland’s chances of getting through to the next round.
India – 1.36 @ Bet365