Sport

Windies seek to make best of 'slim chance' in tough India test

Sanjay Myers
Sport Reporter
@ ICC Cricket World Cup
In England & Wales

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


MANCHESTER, England — Win or bust. That's the West Indies mindset as they lock sights on unbeaten India in today's Cricket World Cup clash at Old Trafford.

Game time is 10:30 am (4:30 am Jamaica time).

West Indies, captained by Jason Holder, are eighth on the 10-team table with three points from six games.

They still have a mathematical chance of advancing to the semi-finals, but will have to win today, as well as their remaining two contests, and enjoy favourable results elsewhere.

Virat Kohli-captained India, sitting pretty in third with nine points from five games, will have to suffer an incredible collapse to miss out on a top-four position.

“We need two points, definitely. It's an important game for us,” star batsman Christopher Gayle said during yesterday's press conference at the match venue.

“There's still a slim chance for us to actually qualify. But anything's possible. And going up against India, it's always going to be a challenge,” the added.

The 39-year-old player noted that the team lost significant momentum after beating Pakistan by seven wickets in the opening game.

“It's very disappointing. That start against Pakistan, everybody with the collars up, and the fans saying West Indies are actually a threat in the World Cup. We still have a self-belief,”

Regarding India's strong start to the tournament, Gayle said: “They [India] have been playing good cricket as well. I'm actually looking forward to it. And everyone knows India's style of cricket and hopefully we can actually conquer that tomorrow and get the better of them.”

India bowling coach Bharat Arun expressed respect for the West indies but said his side has plans in place to thwart the challenge.

“They're an outstanding side and they play real positive cricket. We are aware of the challenges that exist in this game. And I think our plans are pretty much in place and we are up for the challenge,” he told reporters.

“But whenever batsmen come after you, if you're willing to look at it deeply, there is a chance for it — in it for the bowlers, and I think that's what the bowlers would be looking to do,” Arun added.

The West Indies' next two games are against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on July 1, and Afghanistan at Headingley on July 4.

India's remaining games after today are against England and Bangladesh at Edgbaston on June 30 and July 2, respectively; and Sri Lanka at Headingley on July 6


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT