Five reasons why West Indies can win against India in ICC World T20 2016 semi-final

India will take on West Indies in the second semi-final of ICC World T20 2016, which will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. No doubt, it is going to be a high scoring contest between these two giants as Wankhede is known for producing batting friendly pitch and also the outfield lightening quick. Ahead of this thrilling semi-final match, Abhishek Kumar comes up with five reasons on why the Caribbean side can win against India.

1.  Excelled in subcontinent conditions: Barring the first three World T20 tournaments, West Indies are the only team to qualify for semis in three back to back editions (2012, 2014 and 2016). So far, they have played 16 T20Is in subcontinent venues in World T20, winning 10 and lost five. They are the third team in the list with most wins in World T20, when it comes to subcontinent conditions. Also, many Caribbean players are quite favourable to the Indian conditions because of Indian Premier League and their three main players — Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo have been consistent and amongst the top performers in the tournament.

2.  India’s inconsistent batting line up: Throughout the tournament, Indian batting line up has been inconsistent. Except Virat Kohli, no other batsmen have managed to inspire confidence. They do have a very strong batting line up but they lack form, which is going to play a key factor in this match.

3.  Indian batting struggle against spin: Indian batsmen have not been able to handle good spinners, though it’s a fact that Mumbai pitch will be favourable for batting but if one remembers the match in super 10 stage between South Africa and England, spinners picked key wickets and were very economical. For England, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid followed by Imran Tahir’s run a ball spell of four over for South Africa. Well, one will surely say that India have Ravichandran Ashwin but he was hammered against Australia in India’s last super 10 match, while Caribbean spinner Suleiman Benn and Samuel Badree have been very consistent throughout the tournament and they also bowled well against England at the same ground of Mumbai.

4.  Variety all-rounders in West Indies team: Barring Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher and Denesh Ramdin, almost all the West Indies players can hit hard and bowl as well. It starts with Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite. Their deep batting is their strength and variety of all-rounders will add up to it.

5.  Gayle threat: For Gayle, it never matters on what kind of pitch he is playing. Throughout the tournament, he has been very relaxed and when he is in such mood, then he is the most dangerous batsman in T20Is. In the super 10 match against England, Gayle scored a century in a quick time as he completed in 48 balls. If he plays more than 20-25 balls, then there is no stopping for him from there.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)