On a slow wicket, India showed why they are a superior T20I unit by restricting West Indies to 95 for 9 in 20 overs. Despite having rested Jasprit Bumrah, India found new bowling heroes on Saturday as Navdeep Saini shone on debut with a 3-wicket haul. India lost wickets at regular intervals but the asking rate was never a problem.
Tournament hosts India made it through from Group 2 thanks to a victory over Australia on Sunday that was inspired by batsman Virat Kohli. West Indies, meanwhile, topped Group 1. However, they finished the Super 10 stage with a shock loss to Associate nation Afghanistan.
Now they go up against opponents they have not faced in the shortest format since Temperatures will be around 27 degrees Celsius, making for excellent conditions for cricket. Overview West Indies will want to bounce back from a shock loss to Afghanistan. They looked set for an early exit on home soil when Bangladesh needed just two runs from the final three balls in Bangalore, only for their opponents to lose their heads when it mattered.
The Tigers lost three wickets in a dramatic finish to somehow lose by one run.
India looked in serious trouble against Australia in the winner-takes-all showdown, too, as they needed 47 from the final four overs in Mohali. The right-hander hit an unbeaten 82 from 51 deliveries to secure a six-wicket triumph, sending India through to the next round while Australia flew home.
West Indies struggled to cope against the Afghan slow bowlers, and they can expect a further trial by spin against India. But the men from the Caribbean will be happy to be back playing again at the batting paradise that is the Wankhede Stadium.
They have already played there once in the tournament, easing to a six-wicket win over England thanks to an unbeaten hundred from opener Gayle. Skipper Sammy admitted after the loss to Afghanistan that it is crucial someone in the top order makes a telling contribution with the bat, per Karthik Krishnaswamy of ESPN Cricinfo: At the end of the day, we just didn't play smart enough.
We backed ourselves. The games we have won, every match somebody took responsibility to bat through.
Chris [Gayle] did it in the first game, [Andre] Fletcher did it in the second game, Marlon [Samuels] did it in the third. This time nobody did it. Nobody took responsibility, just left it for the next man to come. He did return to the crease against Afghanistan but was clearly in pain.
According to Zee News , Lendl Simmons—who had to withdraw from the initial squad due to a back injury—has flown out to India. Make use of every opportunity! RallyHard Dew can be an issue under the floodlights in Mumbai, so expect the captain who wins the toss to field first. While the tactic brings the pressure of chasing for a place in the final, England showed what can be achieved at the venue when they reached a target of against the Proteas with two deliveries to spare.
Key Players India It's Kohli, of course. After his stunning knock against Australia he scored 32 from the final 12 deliveries he faced the batsman has amassed runs in the tournament at an average of He also made 54 in a seven-wicket victory over West Indies in the last meeting of the teams in the format, at the World T20 in Bangladesh.
West Indies Gayle will return to the top of West Indies' batting order hoping to repeat his unbeaten against England at the same venue.
The left-hander hit 11 sixes and five fours as he became the first man to score two centuries at the World T20—his other came against South Africa in the very first match of the inaugural tournament in Facebook Logo.