India will look to keep their winning streak intact when they take on West Indies – hanging by the wire in this ICC World Cup 2019, on June 27 (Thursday) at the Old Trafford in Manchester. It is a must-win game for Jason Holder & Co while the Mein in Blues will look to take a step closer to the semifinals.
India’s middle-order in focus
India have played good cricket in the marquee event barring the game against Afghanistan where some quality spin bowling exposed their middle order. Virat Kohli & Co will look to strengthen their middle order before the business end of the tournament. The bowling; meanwhile, has been of high-class with Jasprit Bumrah leading the pack. Mohammed Shami, who is in the playing XI in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, will look to make another scintillating performance to give the management a headache of plenty.
On the other hand, West Indies have lacked to produce team efforts which have hurt them badly in this World Cup. Their chances of making it to the top four still hang by the wire and will aim to pull off a complete performance against an in-form team India. However, they will miss all-rounder Andre Russell who will miss the remainder of World Cup with a knee injury.
Date and Venue: India vs West Indies, June 27 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM IST, at the Old Trafford, Manchester
Rain has had a bigger impact on this tournament than any of the previous World Cup. Three matches were a complete washout without a ball bowled including India’s game against New Zealand. The Pakistan match also saw rain playing a spoilsport as the umpires had to reduce the overs. However, as the weather forecast, there are no chances of such things during Thursday’s match.
The forecast is for a clear day which augurs well for the game. The temperatures hover around 18 degrees Celsius at the start of the encounter and will gradually increase to 22-23 degrees. It will be a humid out there at Manchester, but overall it will be pleasant weather for a game of cricket. There are no chances of rain at all, and the fans can come for a full 100 overs of action.
Both India and West Indies will look to put their best feet forward to grab two crucial points from this tie.