West Indies will finish on top of their group if they win their World T20 2016 match against Afghanistan on Sunday. The former champions are already in the semifinals but can’t take the spirited Afghans for granted. (LIVE SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | FIXTURES | LIVE STREAMING | NEWS | VIDEOS)
West Indies and Afghanistan have never played a T20 international before. But by now the West Indians, many of whom like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo ply their T20 expertise around the globe, will be aware of a few Afghan players who are fast learning the tricks of the trade.
West Indies, unbeaten in their last three World T20 matches, will aim to finish on top of their group with a resounding win. This will mean West Indies will play the second semifinal on March 31 in Mumbai.
It was here at the Wankhede Stadium that Gayle smashed that 47-ball century that blew away England in their first match of the World T20. If they top their group West Indies will play the No. 2 team in Group 2. This will be decided after the match between India and Australia in Mohali on Sunday night.
Afghanistan will like the conditions in Nagpur. The slow and turning nature of the pitch has not been great for T20 cricket. The Afghans have played here and won the first round games. If Afghanistan can utilise their spin resources, the West Indies will have a challenge they can’t ignore.