2014 T20 WC Preview: India vs West Indies

India and West Indies have met thrice in T20, West Indies winning twice in World Cups, while losing once at home during bilateral series. While Gayle, Dwayne Bravo have tasted regular success when these two teams met, from current Indian team only Yuvraj Singh can boast of success that too only a half-century in losing cause. Still overall India may win the match if the spinners can cage Gayle and batsmen can silence Bishoo, Narine, Bravo and Sammy. The only match India won against West Indies was played outside World Cup and Dhoni was not the captain too. What is in store for Dhoni and his men now!!

2014 T20 WC Schedule and Results

Results

    2009 WC: Lost to West Indies by 7 wickets.
    2010 WC: Lost to West Indies by 14 runs.
    2011: India won by 16 runs during West Indies tour

Summary of Ind vs WI T20 Records

    Captains: Dhoni (2), Raina (1) for India, Gayle (2), Sammy (1) for WI
    Results: WI 2, Ind 1
    Highest Total: WI 169/6, Ind: 159/6
    Lowest Total: 143/5 WI, 153/7 Ind
    Bowled out: None
    50s: 98 (Gayle), 67 (Yuvraj), 66* (Dwayne Bravo)
    Best Bowling: 4/16 Sammy, 4/38 Dwayn Bravo, 3/24 Edwards, 3/35 Nehra
    Maiden Overs: One each by Harbhajan and Praveen Kumar

2009 WC: West Indies won by 7 wickets.
Captains: Dhoni (Ind), Gayle (WI)
MOM: Dwayn Bravo, Score: Ind 153/7, WI 156/3
Electing to bat, India’s top order of Gambhir (14), Rohit Sharma (5) and Raina (5) put India in trouble as after 4th over score read 3/29. Dhoni’s (11) wicket in 13th over made it 4/66. But Yuvraj Singh (43-ball 67 runs) and Yusuf Pathan (23-ball 31 runs) got the score to a respectable 157 adding 64 runs for 5th wicket. For West Indies, while Phil Edwards (3/24) started the attack, Dwayn Bravo (4/38) made the most of success. with 0/44 Jerome Taylor was the only bowler to be taken to cleaners.
India fought back sending Fletcher on duck and Gayle on 22 runs as score read only 42 runs with the loss of openeres in 7.4 overs. But Simmons (44 runs) provided strength and Dwayn Bravo shone with bat too battering unbeaten 36-ball 66 runs. In the company of Chanderpaul (18 runs in 9 balls), Bravo added unbeaten 56 runs for 4th wicket and West Indies won by 7 wickets with 8 balls remaining.
For India, Ishant Sharma (0/31 in 3 overs), Zaheer Khan (0/26 in 2.4) and Pragyan Ojha (1/29 in 3 overs) were taken to cleaners. Brothers Irfan (1/9 in 2 overs) and Yusuf Pathan (1/27) fought for the win, Harbhajan bowled the only maiden of match but went wicketless (0/31) as India lost the Group E match.

2010 WC: West Indies won by 14 runs.
Captains: Dhoni (Ind), Gayle (WI)
MOM: Gayle, Scores: WI 169/6, Ind 155/9
Electing to bowl first, Indian bowlers bowled well as Chanderpaul (29-ball 23 runs), Sammy (19), Pollard (17), Bravo (1), Sarwan (0) could not bat freely. But Gayle (66-ball 98 runs with 7 6s and 5 4s) was playing on a different pitch. He added 80 runs for 1st wicket with Chanderpaul in 11.5 overs and was run out only with 2 balls remaining. For India Nehra (3/35) was most successful, while Harbhajan (0/16) was miser. But Zaheer (1/36), Jadeja (1/27 in 2 overs), Raina (0/23 in 2 overs), Yusuf (0/28) failed to keep Gayle quiet.
While chasing India also scored 80 runs by 12th over but they had lost 4 wickets in Murali Vijay (7), Gambhir (15), Rohit Sharma (5) and Raina (25-ball 32). After that Yuvraj (12), Yusuf (17), Harbhajan (14) could not contribute much and Dhoni’s (18-ball 29 with 2 6s and 2 4s) run out was the decisive point as India could reach 155 only.
For West Indies all the 7 bowlers grabbed wickets. Roach had 2/38, while Sammy (1/16), Taylor (1/24), Bravo (1/28), Pollard (1/23), Gayle (1/22) and even Benn (1/20) in one over got wickets making West Indies win their 2nd consecutive match against India in the World Cup.

2011: India won by 16 runs during West Indies tour
Captains: Raina (Ind), Sammy (WI)
MOM: Badrinath, Score: Ind 159/6, WI 143/5
At home West Indies won the toss at Port of Spain and elected to field. With 4/16 from captain Sammy, India were restricted to 159 only as Parthiv Patel (26), Rohit Sharma (26) and Badrinath (37-ball 43 runs) contributed decent runs. Dhawan (5), Kohli (14) failed and 6-ball 15 runs from Yusuf and 7-ball 15 runs from Harbhajan took them to decent score.
For WI Rampail (0/38), Russell (0/26), Barnwell (1/24) were taken to cleaners, while Nurse (0/23) and Bishoo (1/31) bowled well.
Eying third consecutive T20 win against India, West Indies faltered against the Indian bowling attack. Except Munaf Patel (1/35), none of the other 4 bowlers were too expensive. Yusuf was the biggest miser with 0/22, while Harbhajan (2/25) was the most successful. Praveen Kumar bowled the only maiden of the game finishing with 1/27, while Ashwin had 1/30.
West Indies openers were back to pavillion by 4.2 overs as Simmons (9) and Fletcher (11) could not keep pace. Samuels (27) added 66 runs for 3rd wicket with Bravo (41 runs). But they took 11.1 overs for that needing 71 runs in 4.3 overs, Sammy went for duck and despite 16-ball unbeaten 34 runs from Barnwell and 7-ball unbeaten 14 runs from Hyatt, West Indies could reach only 143 runs, losing first time to the Indians in T20.

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