World Cup 2019 Semifinal, India vs New Zealand…

Can India reach the final?

Two of the most complete and well rounded sides in this edition of the World Cup will be locking horns against each other for a shot at cementing their berth in the final of the tournament.

Sitting on the cusp of making it to the pivotal fixture, India and New Zealand are squaring off in the first semi-final of the tournament in a match which poises to be a jaffer.

The league stage for India was one to remember. With just the sole defeat from their nine encounters, the Asian giants befittingly entered the last four by topping the league, a position which was a testament to the kind of performances they have doled out in the tournament.

Elsewhere for New Zealand, while the first half was a dream start, the second period saw their form waning fast.

From being the only side, alongside India, to be unbeaten in the tournament, the Blackcaps went onto lose three consecutive matches, just about managing to scrape through to the semi-finals by virtue of a better net run-rate than Pakistan.

What particularly impressed us from these two sides was not just their passage into the semi-finals but the kind of performances their worldclass performers has treated the fans to.

Ahead of the clinical contest today, we pick out a combined playing 11 from both the sides based on performances from the league stage.

Openers

There is hardly any doubting our selection of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in this facet with New Zealand’s recent downward spiral stemming from the indifferent form Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill have shown throughout the tournament.

With five centuries to his name, a record in the World Cup, Rohit Sharma has been one of the most dependable players this tournament, finding himself become the highest run getter with the 647 runs in eight matches . KL Rahul is our second opener after his 100 against Sri Lanka.

Middle Order

He’s yet to score a 100 but the five fifties that Virat Kohli has in his kitty have once again reaffirmed the bankability on one of the world’s finest batsman.

The Indian captain has acted as the fulcrum of his side, scoring a consistent 441 runs spreading over the entirety of the league. Not including him in our side will be a foolhardy decision and the world’s best batsman in the world is a unanimous pick for us.

Coming in at No.4 is Kohli’s counterpart, Kane Williamson. His 481 runs in eight innings have been vital to New Zeeland’s cause, singlehandedly guiding his side to victories over West Indies and South Africa.

His innings against South Africa in a tricky run chase for New Zealand where Williamson showed the immense composure he’s held in massive reverence for. He’s spoken of in the same breath as Kohli and sees himself earn a spot in our side.

Picking a No. 5 bat was a little tricky, but we have opted for India’s Rishabh Pant solely due to his clean hitting abilities. The Indian wicket-keeper garnered the runs against Bangladesh, scoring 48 in 41 balls to perfectly close out the Indian innings.

All-Rounders

With 201 runs and 11 wickets, Jimmy Neesham has been an indispensible player for New Zealand. There are two performances from him which stand out in particular.

His five-wicket haul against Afghanistan saw him provide breakthroughs in quick succession at a time when the Black Caps were finding it tough to make inroads, eventually crumbling Afghanistan from 66-1 to being bowled out for a mere 172.

From India, its Hardik Pandya who comes in with the nine wickets in eight matches seeing us wrap up this facet of our side.

Bowlers

The bowling department sees us opt for the three pacers and the sole spin option. We’ll begin with the pacers first and the one player who makes an advent into our side is the exuberant Jasprit Bumrah.

He cantered into the World Cup as the No.1 bowler and the most recent batch of ICC rankings on Monday see India’s spearhead retain his place at the pinnacle.

If the batting department is about Kohli, the bowling mantle without a doubt falls to Bumrah, who has snared up an impressive 17 wickets to sit tied in third place amongst the highest wicket takers in the tournament so far.

The two-man partnership coming in from New Zealand is in the form of Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson. While Boult’s selection here is hardly surprising, the inclusion of Lockie Ferguson comes after he’s delivered some astute performances with the ball.

In a time when the second frontline pacer became a big question for New Zealand to answer, Ferguson has emerged as the perfect partner to Boult, using the short ball effectively to catch the batsmen by surprise. His line and length has seen him pitch the ball in the 6-8 metre length persistently, troubling the batsmen with his sudden deviation and pace.

The spin department is held by India’s Yuzvendra Chahal with the wrist spinner having 11 wickets in seven matches. Despite the lacklustre form of Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal has used his drift, giving the ball plenty of air long with getting it to turn away from the batsmen. 

World Cup 2019: What has gone wrong for West I…

West Indies v Bangladesh – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

West Indies began their World Cup 2019 with a cracker of a performance against Pakistan, one which saw them register a comprehensive 7-wicket win. It was a clinical display which turned heads; their pace battery in particular made everyone sit up and take notice.

The reason West Indies were touted to go on and achieve massive things at the quadrennial tournament was due to the way their pacers stepped up to the mantle. The bowling department was deemed their weakest department heading into the World Cup, but now that they seemed to have papered over the cracks, they were favoured to achieve a top 4 spot.

However, since then, the team has taken a downward spiral. In the four succeeding matches they have managed to register just the one point, which from a rain-abandoned match against South Africa.

With losses against Australia, England and Bangladesh, West Indies’ losing streak has extended to three matches, which has left them slumped in seventh position after five matches.

Their recent defeat against Bangladesh was one that epitomized everything that’s wrong with the side. Despite having Bangladesh just where they wanted them at 133-3, West Indies squandered their initiative, going on to eventually lose by 7 wickets as they gave away 322 runs in 41.3 overs.

So what exactly has gone wrong for the side? Here, we take a look at the areas which have left them in danger of making an early exit from the tournament:

Wayward bowling and an inexplicable line and length

Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell and Jason Holder – these four pacers together were regarded to be one of the most formidable units in the tournament after their performance against Pakistan.

On that day, it was the bouncers that worked for West Indies. And they continued the game-plan successfully against Australia as well, reducing the side to 79-5, with the entire top-order failing to get under the deliveries that reared up on them.

However, since then, West Indies have stubbornly stuck to the same strategy despite it being clear that the opposition had figured out a way to counter it. They allowed Australia to escape in that match despite being in complete control, letting Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 92 take Australia to 288 – a score West Indies fell 15 runs short of in the end. Against England, the short ball was negotiated safely and West Indies had no second strategy to fall back on, relying solely on their pace to pick up wickets.

Against Bangladesh, the going got even worse as their bowlers were plundered all around the park. In two matches they’ve managed to pick up just four wickets in total, an aberration caused due to a wayward line and length adopted by their pacers.

They’ve sprayed the ball all over the surface and at such speed, any room accorded to the batsmen is plundered for runs.

Lack of a proper spin option

Why West Indies didn’t include a spinner in their side is something we’ll never know. Ashley Nurse was given an outing in the first two matches, bowling a total of 5 overs before being eventually dropped. It’s a decision that left everyone stumped given the fact that spin has proved to be a terrific weapon for most teams at the tournament.

Their failure to address the issue has been a major cause for their poor performances. Against England, as they looked to try something different, the only slower bowler option came in the form of Chris Gayle. He was economical in his five overs there but by no means threatening, with England happy to knock him around and keep the scoring going at the other end.

The problem came to the fore against Bangladesh too with Gayle going for 22 runs in his 2 overs after which he was taken off. West Indies have sorely missed a rank turner in both their previous two matches, someone who can not only take pace off the ball but also leave the batsmen cramped for room with his turn.

World Cup 2019: Predicting India’s lineup agai…

Indian Cricket Team

When the schedule for the World Cup 2019 was announced, most eyes were fixed on one fixture – India vs Pakistan. The numbers are a testament to the stature this encounter holds. With an estimated 1 billion television viewers and 700,000 applicants for the 26,000 seats in Old Trafford Stadium, this is without a doubt one of the biggest matches of the tournament.

Ahead of the clash, here is a look at the best lineup for this encounter. With grey clouds incessantly looming over the stadium and the forecast raising doubts, it could be time for India to shift to a three-man pace attack.

Openers

With Shikhar Dhawan out owing to a thumb fracture, the team management decided that KL Rahul would open against New Zealand. One can expect India to stay with the combination against Pakistan.

Rohit Sharma will be the key as he has been India’s most stable batsman in their two matches so far. Rahul is yet to prove a point as an opener and with this alliance giving rise to a new-look opening partnership, all eyes will be on Rahul and to see how he negotiates the moving new ball.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has been a fulcrum for the Indian side for quite some time now and he’s been brilliant in taking up the massive responsibility accorded for the No 3 spot. He is going to play a massive role for India today against a pacy Pakistan bowling unit.

Middle-order

This is where things start getting a tricky for India. With Rahul moved to the opening slot, India need to fill the No 4 position once again with someone who can hold fort and ensure the death overs are fruitfully utilised.

Vijay Shankar is probably the best option. With Hardik Pandya unable to make a big impact in the first two games, Shankar can add to the team in this aspect as well. He’s steady as the fifth bowler and is a reliable bat as well with a good 30-run innings almost a certainty every time he steps out to bat.

At positions five and six should be MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. These two can come and up the run-rate for India in the final 10 overs, something which will hold India in good stead on a surface where every run will count. The middle-order can be shuffled around according to the circumstances of the match, with either coming before Shankar if India are in need of quick runs.

At No 7, Ravindra Jadeja should be a better fit than Kedar Jadhav. With no left-armers in the unit, Jadeja brings that dimension to the line-up and is more than articulate in bowling a restrictive brand of spin.

Bowling Order

Talking about the Indian seamers, Mohammed Shami could be a value addition if the conditions are conducive and the rain makes an early foray before the match. It’s the best gameplan for India, especially against a Pakistan side known to be troubled by fast bowling.

In Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami, India have three pacers who have the variations to work Pakistan over. The lone spinner can be Yuzvendra Chahal, who can be supported by Jadeja/Jadhav. Pakistan play spin well and Jadeja can compensate for Kuldeep Yadav’s 10 overs of spin.

World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan – 3 key enco…

Jasprit Bumrah

There is perhaps a bigger and more revered rivalry in not just cricket but the entire sporting fraternity which accords a higher stature than India vs Pakistan. The most competitive and feisty rivalry by some distance, this clash between the two fierce Indian rivals always makes the world stand up and take notice.

And when these two sides are squaring off against each other on the grandest stage of it all, the stakes and intensity are going step to be stepped up a notch. Facing off today in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India and Pakistan are set to regale us in a humdinger of an encounter, one where the tempers will fly and no stone will be left unturned to get the better of the other side.

Ahead of this engrossing and enthralling encounter, we take a look at the key battles which will subsequently shape up the match. From Jasprit Bumrah, Babar Azam to Virat Kohli, we take a look at how these worldclass performers will play a key role for their side.


#1 Virat Kohli vs Mohammad Amir

India v Pakistan – ICC Champions Trophy Final

We begin our key battles with two players who are not only quintessential to their team’s performances but arguably the finest players in their facet at the showpiece tournament till now. In Virat Kohli taking on Mohammad Amir, we have on our hands an extremely enticing battle, one which will determine how the match takes course for either side.

At number 3, Kohli is the fulcrum of the Indian side and in such a high octane match, the level of his performance is only going to go up. He loves taking the pressure on himself and emerging as the match winner for his side and the identity this encounter holds is only going to make him hungrier to deliver a momentous knock for his coveted bat.

If anyone can rile up Kohli, it’s going to be Amir. He has undoubtedly been Pakistan’s best bet in the pace department, a bowler who has tried his best despite having no support from the other end. Ranked second in the list of wicket takers, Amir who was a last minute pick by his board has shown just why he’s regarded so highly.

His 5 wicket haul against Australia was one befitting of his superior skill set, reaffirming how treacherous a bowler he is to come up against.

Against Kohli, Amir knows the only area he can target is his helmet or peg away at a fifth-stump line with his over the wicket angle. The Indian captain has just the slightest chink in his artillery, his aberration towards the ball which grows up suddenly at him and is directed towards his legside, or ones that consistently move away from him.

#2 Rohit Sharma vs Wahab Riaz

England v Pakistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

He’s been India’s highest scorer at the quadrennial tournament till now with a century and a half-century to his name and with Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out, the onus on Rohit Sharma to hold fort only increases. Under conditions which promise to see the ball move in the air, batting is going to be a tedious task and Rohit needs to ensure he is at his steady best for the side.

In Wahab Riaz, Rohit will be probably up against his toughest test from Pakistan. The pacer has endured a hot and cold tournament, showing glimpses of what he’s capable of but by no means imbedding the much needed consistency to help his side make massive strides up the ranks.

With 520 runs in 15 innings against Pakistan, this is a team Rohit loves coming out and registering the big knocks against. The only way Wahab can perturb him is by targeting his offstump and getting the much needed swing onto the ball he’s capable of generating. Rohit is tentative in the early part of the innings and anything a little outside his offstump channel can induce a false edge from his bat.

#3 Jasprit Bumrah vs Babar Azam

India v Australia – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Jasprit Bumrah headed into the World Cup as the number one ranked ODI bowler in the world and he’s taken no time in hammering down just why he’s so deserving of all the plaudits directed his way. India’s spearhead, the scintillating spearhead has been a real force to reckon with at the tournament, leaving batsmen flummoxed time and time again.

Kohli used him in bits and pieces against Australia and expect the Indian captain to do the same against Pakistan. He’ll be saving Bumrah up for Babar Azam, the only batsman who offers some kind of fortitude in Pakistan’s dwindling batting unit. With the middle-order known to tumble down, Azam is the only piece holding together the top and middle order and India know if they send him back early, they’ll expose a middle-order they can wrap up cheaply.

Be it the inswinging deliveries, outswinging ones, yorkers or slower ones, Bumrah has it all. Expect him to send down the kitchen sink and more at Azam in a deadly show of pace bowling, where he’ll be looking to keep the bowling wicket to wicket and cramp Azam up for room.

World Cup 2019: How India can line up their ba…

MS Dhoni At Number 4?

After their comprehensive win against Australia, the Indian cricket team were hit with a massive setback after it emerged that opener Shikhar Dhawan could plausibly be out for the entirety of June. Tests on his thumb injury sustained during his century against Australia revealed a fracture, an injury which would need a minimum of three weeks to recuperate from.

Ever since then, the side have been left with a massive void in their squad. The BCCI were quick to send wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant as a backup to Dhawan but didn’t name the player in India’s 15 man squad, a move which would curtail Dhawan’s campaign.

Ahead of their invigorating clash against Pakistan, one of the biggest questions for India is how do they work around this massive loss. Whilst KL Rahul is set to open alongside Rohit Sharma, something the team management had affirmed for the side’s contest against New Zealand, the move leaves India with a gaping hole in the middle-order. We take a look at the possible combinations for India’s new look middle-order for today’s match.


#1 Opening Stand

India v Australia – T20I: Game 1

KL Rahul is almost certain to be called up to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. With a dearth of specialist openers in the current squad, the Rahul is set to be asked to hold the brunt of this responsibility and try to play the perfect partner to an exquisite Rohit, perhaps the way he supported him in the opening match against South Africa.


#2 Number 4 slot

New Zealand v India – International T20 Game 1

What Rahul’s elevation up the order does is leave the side with another question to answer and perhaps an even more important one than the opening slot. Who do they look to rope into the number 4 spot, a position which has for quite some time now been the side’s biggest headache?

In conditions where batting might go on to be an arduous spot, this rile becomes all the more pivotal and India need to ensure they come up with the perfect answer to the impending question.

#1 Vijay Shankar to come to the fore

Before Rahul’s 100 against Bangladesh in the warm-up match, the number 4 slot looked all but set for Vijay Shankar. The selectors had cited his abilities as both a batsman and a bowler for picking him for the World Cup and given Shankar’s recent showings in the role, the spot was his to take up.

It looks like he could finally be accorded playing time at the World Cup in this position. Shankar is someone who knows how to see past the treacherous moving ball, unfazed by a trajectory aimed at perturbing batsmen. He’s always good for a 30 run innings as well, something which could prove to be useful for India especially if the overcast weather renders batting difficult.

#2 Elevate MS Dhoni up the order

Another move India could look to indulge themselves is moving MS Dhoni up a spot to the number 4 position. He batted here against South Africa and managed to successfully get India past the finishing line without any jitters with a well made innings of 34.

He’s looked in good touch this World Cup, constructing well aware and patient innings, just the kind needed for this role. Shankar, Pandya and Kedar Jadhav can succeed him, adding the much needed stability to India’s batting unit.

#3 Use the experience of Dinesh Karthik the batsman

Although this is one of the unlikeliest scenarios, given Dinesh Karthik’s turbulent form in recent times, however, if Karthik decides to bid his time out in the middle, he can turn out to be a wise pick. The initial part of the innings is where Karthik struggles but once he has his feet set at the crease, he can not only play a big, long innings but also seriously find the boundaries in the 45-50 over period.


#2 Playing Ravindra Jadeja at the number 7 position

India v New Zealand – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up

What Dhawan’s injury also does to the Indian side is leave them without a left-hand bat at the moment. The right hand-left hand combination is India at the moment will be traversing for and Ravindra Jadeja is the man to end their scrimmage. He was seen getting an extended batting session in India’s practice session as well, something which alludes towards his pick today.

He showed in the warm-up encounter against New Zealand that he’s regained his touch with bat and can be banked upon to more than just heave the bat in the death overs. If India see themselves caught in a predicament where wickets fall early, Jadeja can be asked to come up above Jadhav as well and play out a patient and determined knock to take his side to a respectable total.

He can replace Kuldeep Yadav and bolster up both the batting and bowling ranks for the side.

World Cup 2019: Three things India need to do …

India At The ICC ODI Cricket World Cup

A rivalry more colossal than any other, India vs Pakistan on the cricketing field is more than just a cricket match. To the ardent cricket lovers of the two countries, this an encounter which can’t be lost at any costs, being held in equal reverence to the final of the tournament.

Having faced off against each other six times till date at the prestigious tournament, India have completely dominated this thrilling clash. With a 100% winning record, India have gotten the better of Pakistan in all the previous matches the two countries have played till date on the big stage.

And come Sunday, the effervescent Indian side will be looking to keep their exemplary record against Pakistan intact. On current form and going by the squads of the two teams, India are firm favourites to be in complete control and emerge from this fixture on the greener side of the rub.

We take a look at the three things India need to get right and the periods which they need to win to step out of this face off with the two points.


#1 Not lose Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli in the opening 10 overs

Bangladesh v India – ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final

India’s immense success over the course of the past year has been determined by how the side has batted in their opening 10 overs. They’ve opted for a gameplan which has paid massive dividends to them, seeing off the new ball cautiously before eventually upping the ante after the first powerplay.

With Shikhar Dhawan out though, India’s strategy is massively hampered. The left hand-right hand combination of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma has been broken and in KL Rahul and Rohit we have an opening partnership which has never featured for the Indian setup till date.

Under potentially thick cloud cover, the opening 10 overs become all the more crucial for India. Mohammad Amir will come hot off the blocks, particularly eyeing Rahul whose adversaries against the moving new ball are well documented. He’s known to throw his wicket away against anything that deviates, failing to show the acumen needed to watch out the faster bowlers when he’s been elevated up the order.

With Rahul’s performance an uncertainty, India need to ensure that they don’t lose more than one wicket in the fifth 10 overs. The wicket of either Rohit or Virat Kohli will leave them crumbling, something the side might find difficult to comeback from.

#2 Play three fast bowlers

Mohammed Shami’s addition can prove the key to beating Pakistan

Theclamor for India going with three pacers under these wet conditions has increased and speaking on Saturday in the build-up to the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke on how the side was looking at the proposition as well. These are conditions conducive for fast bowling and with Pakistan’s plight against the fast bowlers coming to the fore this World Cup, India need to bring in Mohammed Shami into the unit.

What the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar offers the Indian side is one of the most versatile pace attacks in the world, a pick of bowlers who have drilled into them the know-how of how to extract the most from any wicket.

They, in particular, will love plying their goods in the typical English setting, getting the ball to ominously deviate away and into the batsman and with the way these three get movement both in the air and after the ball pitches onto the surface, Pakistan’s batting unit could be rendered obsolete by this alluring pace attack.

#3 Drop Kuldeep Yadav for Ravindra Jadeja

India v Australia – ODI Series: Game 5

The one clear cut fact which has emerged after India’s two encounters against South Africa and Australia, it is that Kuldeep Yadav is still well short on confidence. Although he hasn’t been berated around by batsmen, his inability to pick up wickets has left the entre brunt of the responsibility on Yuzvendra Chahal.

With Chahal bowling so articulately, Ravindra Jadeja is the perfect partner to his brand of spin. Over the IPL and in England last year, Jadeja showcased the massive work he’s done on his spin, no longer a slower bowler whose main weapon is the faster delivery. He now gets the ball to turn, getting the ball to skid off the surface to make it a difficult proposition to get under his deliveries.

And with Shikhar Dhawan out as well, India are left without a left hander in their batting order, something Jadeja offers. He can hold it out with the lower middle-order and be more than able batsman, scoring runs in the death overs which will be worth their weight on this track.

CWC 2019: 3 Areas The Indian Cricket Team Stil…

India v Australia – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

For India, the Cricket World cup has gotten off to just the start they would have fathomed. Walking all over South Africa and Australia in their opening encounters, the side is the only country alongside New Zealand to keep their 100% winning record intact at the tournament.

While the Indian team has been exemplary against the other two cricketing countries, putting in complete and well-rounded displays, the side still has a few issues that need ironing out. In a showpiece tournament, the margins for error are next to none, and the Indian contingent will be well aware that they can’t afford to slip up if they are to go all the distance.

Ahead of their impending encounter against a stupendous New Zealand unit, we take a look at the three areas India will be looking to iron out to emulate the same rousing showings from the previous two clashes.

Fifth Bowling Option

Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya have bowled 21 overs in between them in the two matches India have played. They have conceded 129 runs and haven’t picked any wickets. These are figures which point to a glaring weakness that is still prevalent in the Indian line-up and takes preference amongst all the remaining areas of contention.

It was against Australia that Kedar and Hardik were exposed, and so was captain Virat Kohli’s faith in them. Hardik was brought on at a time when David Warner and Aaron Finch were struggling to connect with the ball, miscuing it on several occasions to see the run-rate keep increasing with each passing over. However, Hardik was soon dispatched for 19 runs, allowing Australia’s openers to open their arms and garner the much-needed confidence to play their shots.

Kohli subsequently took Pandya off and eyed Jadhav to fill in his overs, but with Smith taking a particular liking to the uninspired brand of spin from Jadhav, cleaning him out for the 14 runs, that gameplan was soon dropped by India as well.

It’s a lapse which India needs to address quickly. With Kuldeep yet to function at his tangible best, the need for a fifth bowler to come on and pick up wickets at regular intervals becomes a vital proposition for the side.

Ravindra Jadeja’s Selection

With Jadhav being demoted and pushed back in the batting order in the opening two matches, a slew of questions have arisen on Jadhav’s current role in the side. His batting position at the moment shows that the team management doesn’t accord much faith in him as a finisher or as someone who can come in and hit a few heavy blows.

With him being average at best with the ball as well, the clamour for Jadeja’s inclusion has once again increased. He’s a way more dependable pick than Jadhav, more than adept of playing out a flourishing cameo. Jadeja addresses the fifth bowling option with his restrictive wicket to wicket bowling. He invariably comes up with crucial wickets by getting the ball to skid onto batsman at a faster trajectory and also brings to the table the best fielding skills of any Indian player.

Maintaining The Pressure In The Middle Overs

Although there’s hardly any questioning how resolute India have been with the ball, picking up 19 wickets against South Africa and Australia, the middle overs are areas where they’ve allowed sides to break free. 

After the initial ten overs from Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, Kuldeep and Pandya have been guilty of spraying the ball all over the surface, undoing the foundation laid by India’s frontline pacers.

They allowed South Africa to escape from a precarious position of 158-7 to notch on 227 on the board with a 66 run stand for the eighth wicket. The same narrative continued against Australia, where Alex Carey was allowed to score a half-century lower down the middle-order, taking Australia to 316 from 244-6.

After chopping and changing too much in the opening ODI, Kohli was quick to rectify his mistakes and save up Bumrah’s over for the middle part of the overs. It was a wise move from the captain, one which never allowed Australia to have any sniff of getting near the run chase. However, against batting sides like England and West Indies who are packed with clean, power hitters, India know they can’t allow their batsmen to settle into their groove in overs 20-40.