Amit Kumar

In the ballistic hustle and bustle at Chennai, when Team India take on West Indies in the last Group stage match on Sunday, they will eye to take revenge of the Nagpur defeat.

India has already stormed into Quarters, but a winning spree in the last league match on Sunday will give it mental boost for the upcoming battles.

Besides, also need to perform well to heal the Nagpur’s wound and to improve their net run rate in Group B stats.

India has played five matches so far in the tournament, out of which they have won three, lost one and one resulted as tie against England. They are on second position after South Africa with 7 points in their bag.

Let’s have a look on the records between India and West Indies:

Head-to-head record: West Indies lead 54-38 (Tied: 1; NR: 2)

In the World Cups: Tied at 3-3

In the sub-continent: West Indies lead 32-22 (NR: 1)

India openers Virender Sehwag (327 runs) and Sachin Tendulkar (324 runs) have been very successful but the middle order has so far failed to click in the games.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to decide whether to play Suresh Raina or Yusuf Pathan.

Devon Smith (212 runs) has been the most successful West Indian batsman so far, while Kieron Pollard (178 runs) has been destructive. India needs to fear the hard hitting opener Chris Gayle, who can be hitch for India. If Indians would be able to scalp these two batsmen, then nobody can stop their winning voyage.

With Kemar Roach (13 wickets at economy of 3.88) and Sulieman Benn (12 wickets at economy of 4.69) in the top 10 wicket takers, along with India's Zaheer Khan (12 wickets at economy of 4.31), the Caribbeans has a much better wicket taking abilities than India. But, as Chennai pitch known for turners, so India has Bhajji and part time spinners like Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan who can be a trouble for Caribbeans.

India's biggest problem has been the absence of any spinner among the leading wicket takers, with Yuvraj Singh providing some respite with seven wickets but at a rather expensive economy rate of 5.09.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar can achieve another milestone on Sunday by hitting his 100th international hundred, where the 38,000 fans at the Chidambaram Stadium will be anticipating his feat.

The Indian star moved to 99 centuries. The legend has scored 51 tons in Tests and 48 in one-day internationals in his dazzling and sparkling career.

Pitch Report: Chennai’s M Chidambaram Stadium pitch is considered to be bowling friendly, where runs are hard to come and toss will be a deciding factor for Mahendra Singh Dhoni. If Dhoni wins the toss then he should opt for field and obstruct the rivals at an achievable total.

Star Players to watch: India have devastating opening batsmen—Virender Sehwag and master blaster Sachin Tendulkar—who can give a massive opening start to the team.

The middle order failed in the last two games, but we can expect a constructive batting from the middle order players—Yuvi, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir—who can play crucial role and can give strength to acquire a burly score for team.

The vandaliser—Yusuf Pathan—may play a vital role and has the ability to take the modest run rate to a muscular one.

But Sunday's match is taking place on spinner R Ashwin's home ground, who has not been given a chance yet, so Dhoni should take the advantage of young turner R Ashwin, who will get good turn on the pitch and can trouble the batsmen.

Dhoni can take help of experienced Bhajji who will get good turn and has a good statistics on Chennai’s pitch.
Besides, the team has the advantage of having part-time spinners like Yusuf Pathan and Yuvraj who make the possibilities of taking wickets.