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West Indies commenced their World T20 campaign on a winning note, outplaying England by 4 wickets. © Getty Images

West Indies commenced their World T20 campaign on a winning note, outplaying England by 4 wickets at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. 183-run target set by the English seemed like a cake walk for the marauder from Jamaica, Chris Gayle, as he slammed a record 48-ball century, including 11 sixes and five fours. West Indies, yet again, proved that they possess the mettle to win yet another ICC World T20. Hence, it’s unlikely that captain Darren Sammy will chop and change the players he drafted in West Indies’ first match of ICC World T20 2016.

Top order: West Indies is one of the most destructive T20 batting-heavy teams of the sixth edition of ICC World T20. There are some appalling names at the top of the batting order: Gayle, Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels. Gayle has already alarmed everyone with the fastest century in World T20. Gayle used his blade to annihilating effect and displayed a spectacular performance against the English. So far, the marauder has plundered 61 sixes in World T20—which is the most by any batsman—and is just two maximums away from becoming the first player to hit century of sixes in T20Is. Also read: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 21 at Bangalore, Preview: Pumped West Indians seek to trounce meek Sri Lanka

Charles was dismissed without disturbing the scorecard in the contest against England. Thus, he’ll be itching to make an impact and emulate what his opening partner has been doing for the West Indies. Samuels, another batting stalwart in the line-up, played a 27-ball 37 cameo and built a 55-run partnership with Gayle for the third wicket. Gayle and Sammy could be handy with the ball as well. Given the fact that the tournament has produced rank turners so far, the offies will have a good time turning the ball square.

All-rounders: At no. 4 comes wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin. With Ramdin’s traditional batting style, West Indies can rely on him in crunch situations. At no. 5, 6, 7 and 8 come the T20 superstars: Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite. These names are not new to the Indian cricket fans. Braithwaite was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs. 4.20 crores last month. However, we have seen the other three Caribbean players every summer making headlines with their blistering performances, with both bat and ball in Indian Premier League (IPL). They are the superstars in the slam-bang world of T20 cricket; superstars who every team would want to feature in the line-up. While Bravo needs just 7 runs to complete 1000 runs in T20I, Samuel needs 11 runs. Whoever reaches the 1000-run mark becomes the second West Indian to achieve this feat. Also read: Without Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka’s hopes of retaining T20 World Cup 2016 diminish further

Like we saw in the IPL matches, Bengaluru pitch offers pace and purchase to the seamers. And with Russell and Brathwaite’s ability to clock 145 kmph, they can be useful if they get their line and length right. However, the quality that’s valued the most in the shortest format is the change in pace. Both Bravo and Sammy have deceivable off-cutters in their bowling armoury. Such is the quality of all-rounders West Indies possess!

Bowlers: Having a leg spinner is an added advantage for any team. And West Indies have Samuel Badree in the ranks. Nonetheless, he was not effective against England as he went wicketless, conceding 34 runs in 4 overs. But his remarkable performance in this year’s Big Bash League (BBL) will give West Indies the impetus. Suleman Benn is the only slow left-arm bowler in the side. He took the crucial wicket of the in-form Alex Hales in their previous contest. He will be vital against Sri Lanka’s right-handed batsmen at the top.

Jerome Taylor has been donning the West Indies jersey for over a decade now. The pace spearhead will be play the key role in the batting Powerplay to contain the onslaught from the Sri Lankan openers.

West Indies likely XI (batting order): Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Suleman Benn

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @TheCricKnight.)