Group 2 of the World Twenty20 Super 10 stage continues on Sunday as India face current holders West Indies in what should be an intriguing match.
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date: Sunday, March 23
Start time: 1.30 p.m. GMT
Live on: Sky Sports (U.K.), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India), SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)
Weather: According to Weather.com, conditions don’t look ideal in Mirpur, as thunderstorms are threatened on what promises to be a humid day.
India have already played once in this World T20 while it is the West Indies’ first game, so this could be an interesting encounter in Mirpur.
The Indians started well as they comfortably overcame Pakistan by seven wickets thanks to some restrictive bowling and some solid batting.
With their explosive batsmen and cunning spin bowlers, they may well present a stern test for their opponents and will want to start their title defense with a victory.
India (from): MS Dhoni (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron
West Indies (from): Darren Sammy (capt.), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
Last time out against Pakistan, Mishra returned the superb figures of 2-22 from four overs with one maiden and will want the same again.
The leg-spinner has had something of an interrupted international career, so he will be determined to stamp his authority on this game.
On Bangladesh’s slow, turning pitches, Narine will be relied upon as the West Indies’ biggest spin threat.
Having proved himself in the Indian Premier League and international cricket, Narine is a tremendous asset and may well find himself taking the new ball at times.