India has defeated Pakistan,South Africa and UAE Up next, at the WACA ground on Friday(March 6), is West Indies.
The India versus West Indies clash has all the ingredients of a cracker but the Caribbeans have never really performed well against India since 1992 in Wellington, when they last won the contest at the global event.
Mohammed Shami has been the ace in the fast bowling pack, R Ashwin has been quite brilliant in the middle overs, and the rest have complemented the two strike forces with purpose. Shami had a no-punches-pulled outing in the nets on Thursday to prove that he had completely recovered from the knee injury that necessitated an injection and kept him out of theUAE victory. Having used the bouncer to good effect even on the slower tracks in Adelaide and Melbourne, he should be looking forward to having a go at theWest Indies top order on a strip a lot more responsive.
Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have struck form from the start of the tournament while Suresh Raina made useful contribution in the first match against Pakistan.
Gayle factor can’t be avoided, West Indies do have some capable players. Dwayne Smith has been an asset at the top of the order in that yellow CSK jersey in the IPL, but has often failed to replicate that form whenever he has donned the maroon jersey.
Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Coach: Duncan Fletcher
Squad: Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma.
Beat South Africa by 130 runs
Beat United Arab Emirates by nine wickets .