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Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury, it appears a bit of concern since Kohli, Dhoni and Yuvraj have been the key batsmen from the Indian side during this series. Manish Pandey is most likely to replace Yuvraj for today, it would be noticeable to watch if the top-3 batsmen of the squad Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina perform today.
West Indies has been performing really well, and other batsmen apart from Gayle have performed when required, their bowling attack also has been considerably good.
Let’s have a look at the teams:
India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra
West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite, 10 Suliemann Benn, 11 Samuel Badree
Talking about the Wankhede pitch, the lowest score by far this tournament has been Afghanistan’s 172 against South Africa. So the toss and who bats first are going to be really crucial.
So, let’s hope that the Men in Blue beat the Windies today and enter the final match with England at Eden Gardens on 3rd April.
It would be a sort Lagaan match again :-)
Article by Rohit Jha