Group E| Super 8
Date: June 12, 2009
Time: 10:00 PM IST
TV Coverage: On Star Cricket in India
Venue: Lord’s, London
Weather: High: 19°C, Low: 11°C, Partly Cloudy, Mostly Bright, Humidity: 52%
In chronological order from left to right
India registered comfortable wins against Bangladesh and Ireland at the group stage but today is the big first test of the tournament for them. With Zaheer coming back to the form, Indian team looks very complete and the formidable batting order adds on to opposition’s worry.
West Indies: WLWWL
West Indies is as predictable as ever in the recent times. If it is Gayle’s day, he can win any match on its own. Bravo had a good time in the IPL and is capable of playing winning knocks.
Rohit has filled in Sehwag’s place pretty nicely and there seems to be no problems as such at the top of the order. Dhoni continues to stick to the 3rd position to play an anchor’s role, while others to follow him can hit big boundaries.
There have been ups and downs with the Indian fielding. Dhoni has shown his concerns in this area and scope of improvements. Bowling in the death overs is again an area where Dhoni needs to give a serious thought.
Gayle is slotted to be back in the team in today’s match after he missed out playing against Sri Lanka.
Lendl Simmons, who was included as Gayle’s replacement, impressed all with his bowling and batting against Sri Lanka. Team management would like to keep him in the playing eleven in today’s match.
Looks like Dhoni will stick to the team that won both the group matches. Though Irfan Pathan looks like a weak link in the bowling attack but his ability to score quick runs in the death overs brings in good balance to the team.
- Gautam Gambhir
- Rohit Sharma
- MS Dhoni (capt./wk)
- Suresh Raina
- Yuvraj Singh
- Yusuf Pathan
- Irfan Pathan
- Harbhajan Singh
- Pragyan Ojha
- Zaheer Khan
- Ishant Sharma