T20 World Cup, Semi Final: India Vs. West Indies
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Date: 31st March, 2016. Thursday Time: 7.00 pm The heart of every Indian would be thumping vigorously this evening as it is the day for the face off between the Indian Cricket Team and the West Indies Cricket Team for the Semi Final of the T20I World Cup at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It surely would be a tremendous sight to watch Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle battle against each other to proceed to the finals. Chris Gayle who just short of two sixes from being the first player to hit 100 sixes in T20I cricket is definitely a threat to the victory of team India. Though Kohli himself is ranked as the number one T20I batsman, West Indies could be a troublemaker with their strong batting techniques.
Yuvraj Singh who has been ruled out the team due to an ankle injury is known to have been replaced by any one of Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Padey or Pawan Negi. None of the three have been on the pitch for this world cup until now which adds to the advantage of the West Indies Team. On the other hand, Andre Fletcher who has been West Indies’ leading run scorer for this tournament is also removed due to an injury which leaves both the teams with almost equal odds.
Mumbai seems to be the perfect ground for building up a good target so far with an average of one boundary out of every four balls. The lowest being 172 scored by Afghanistan, Wankhede has proved to be quite friendly to the batsmen throughout the tournament. With an overall run rate of 7.22, West Indies, and 6.90, India, both the teams have a strong batting construct yet India might be in a tough situation as the batting takes pace only in the middle overs.
Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are apparently great off-field friends being teammates in Indian Premier League for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. One being a ‘charismatic starter’ for the West Indies team, while the other popularly termed to be the ‘anchor’ of the India team pulling the team through a lot of victorious ends.
The two, adored by a massive population in India, would put forward a great game where two blazing swords would strike each other to step into the final against England.
– Nimisha Bhardwaj