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Clash of Titans – India vs West Indies Preview

It’s the irresistible force versus the immovable object – Chris Gayle versus Virat Kohli, as India take on the West Indies at the Wankhede in a mouth-watering clash for a place in the final.

When the men in Blue step out onto the pitch, they will know that the West Indies despite having lost to Afghanistan in their previous match – will be no push overs. Sammy’s men steam-rolled the likes of England, South Africa and Sri Lanka on the way to clinching top spot in Group 1 and will be aiming just like India to become the first team with 2 World T20 titles.

With the Wankhede serving up a flat deck thus far this tourney, a run feast is on the cards with Gayle and Kohli going head-to-head. The Jamaican who sat out the last 2 matches due to injury is yearning to have a go against Dhoni’s men, stating, “Chris Gayle will always be positive. It does not matter which bowler is bowling against Chris Gayle. Chris Gayle would attack. That`s the nature of T20 cricket. And that`s the nature of Chris Gayle. No names, just cricket ball, beat it as hard as possible.”

If that doesn’t send a shiver down the spines of the Indian bowlers, we wonder what will. But then again, Dhoni boasts of Virat Kohli in his arsenal who has the ability to counter anything Gayle does.

YUVRAJ & FLETCHER OUT, RAHANE & SIMMONS IN?

Having injured his ankle in the match against Australia, Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with Manish Pandey coming in to the squad as his replacement. It will be interesting to see if Rahane or Pandey comes in as Yuvi’s back up in the playing eleven. While Dhoni will be hoping his top-order fires, reducing the burden on Kohli, the West Indies have been dealt an injury blow. In-form batsman Andre Fletcher has pulled out due to a hamstring injury, with Mumbai Indians’ Lendl Simmons coming in as cover.

On the bowling front Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Badree have been key for the Windies, while for India Ashwin, Nehra and Bumrah hold the key. Hardik Pandya could once again prove gamechanger with jis death bowling. An interesting battle will be the one between R Ashwin and Chris Gayle, with the off-spinner getting the better of the Jamaican in 4 out 9 tussles.

All-in-all this is one battle you will not want to miss- and remains to be seen which of these T20 powerhouses will rampage their way into the final.

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