India’s big hitters will have to bring their A-game against a West Indies side out to prove a point in today’s second World T20 semifinal on batsman’s track in Mumbai (3.30pm).
The Wankhede wicket has seen three scores of over 180 in three games at the tournament and the hosts will want to put the skids on Windies like Afghanistan did in their last game.
With the Indian batsmen struggling with form, skipper MS Dhoni says: “You can’t rely on one batsman, yes the others have contributed, but still at the same time, if we can do a bit more with the bat at the top of the order and the middle overs, I think we will feel the pressure slightly less.”
The hosts will need to lift their game even more with big-hitting middle-order Yuvraj Singh ruled out with an ankle injury.
The Windies rested star batsman Chris Gayle and captain Darren Sammy hopes his return can boost a line-up that failed to chase down 124 in Nagpur.
Sammy says: “We have to leave this game in Nagpur. We’ll leave this game here and see it as the blip in the tournament.
“Now we have two knockouts to play. Two more steps.”
Sammy adds: “The issues before the tournament, the lack of respect for our T20 team… a lot has been said about this team and, as a group, that brought us closer together.
“We think it’s us against the world. And that’s the way we have gone out and played.”