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Champions Trophy Preview: India Vs West Indies
After winning their first matches against South Africa and Pakistan respectively, India and West Indies would clash today (Tuesday) in their second game of the tournament at Kennington Oval in London. The winner of the match could inch closer to the semi-finals stage of the Champions Trophy.

India comprehensively defeated South Africa, West Indies, on the other hand, managed a nail-biting finish against Pakistan, defeating them with only two wickets remaining while chasing a paltry total of 170 runs.

Carribeans are aware of the threat from the Indian batsmen, who posed a huge score of 330 runs in their first match. India, once again would be depending on their batsmen to win the game, irrespective of whether they bat first or second. Players such as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma have been in good form to make life difficult for the West Indies bowlers.

But, with the Indian batsmen known for their weak handling of fast bowlers, Kemar Roach, the West Indies quickie could come in handy and make some early inroads with his pace. Else, it might be a long day for the Carribeans, who don’t comprise any other threatening bowlers. Pollard and Bravo can best be summed up as medium pace bowlers, which Indians are good at playing.

Chris Gayle holds the key for West Indies with the bat. If he gets going, there is no ground in world cricket which is big enough to stop his flow of sixes. This Indian bowling line up does not have any bowler, who can put a lid to his batting exploits when he is in devastating form. So, it is imperative for the Indian team to dismiss the player early on and bring things to normal in case he is going berserk right from the outset.

To be fair, India also does not have a good bowling attack, which can be justified from the initial match, where South Africa managed to score more than 300 runs while chasing 330 odd runs. Though the pitch at Oval may assist seamers, it is the Indian slow bowlers such as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who hold the key in the bowling department as West Indies are not good players of spin bowling.

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