After starting the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a 3-0 in pool play, India will look to continue their strong run of play against the West Indies in Friday’s match at the WACA Ground in Perth, Australia. India has defeated arch-rival Pakistan and major competitors South Africa to put their squad in first place in Pool B.
The West Indies are aware of the tough task ahead of them. India appear to be in top form entering the match, and have looked like the clear favorite to take the whole tournament.
“It's another cricket match but India is playing well at the moment,” said West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy to reporters.
“You give each and every opponent the respect that they deserve. We have always had good matches against India and we have to bring out our 'A' game to beat India.”
West Indies have won twice and lost twice thus far in the World Cup. They beat Zimbabwe and usual competitor Pakistan, but suffered defeats to South Africa and Ireland. India have looked like the team to beat and will look to remain atop Pool B with another convincing win over West Indies after they were hardly challenged in an easy victory over United Arab Emirates in their last game.
Behind stellar batting performances, India came up with impressive scores of 300 against Pakistan and 307 versus second-place South Africa, but their bowling was equally on display after defeating UAE by nine wickets.
Led by captain Jason Holder, West Indies haven’t put up such lofty numbers as India, but they moved into striking distance of first in the pool by also dropping Pakistan by 150 runs and Zimbabwe by another 73, and squeaked by Ireland by four wickets.
West Indies did lose Darren Bravo to injury, but have several talented batsmen to make up for his absence in Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons.
Match time: Friday, 2:30 p.m. local time, Friday, 1:30 a.m. EST.
TV channel: DISH Network, Mediacom and Time Warner Cable subscribers can watch the match via pay per view. More info here.