Semi-Final Berth At Stake

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Chris Gayle is the highest scorer in the history of the Champions Trophy. Image courtesy of AP/heraldsun.com.au
The winner of Tuesday’s Champions Trophy showdown between India and the West Indies  is likely to secure a berth in the semi-finals of the tournament, after both teams opened their campaigns with wins.

India are unlikely to make an changes to the side that beat South Africa by 26 runs in the tournament opener, where Shikhar Dhawan  led the way with 114 from just 94 deliveries. He combined with Rohit Sharma  for an opening partnership  of 127 and that pair will again look to lay a platform for their side’s powerful middle order.

Like their opponents, the West Indies got off to a winning start after beating Pakistan by 2 wickets at The Oval. Hard hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle  top scored for them in London, to take his tally of runs in ICC Champions Trophy events to 734. He has scored more runs than any other player in the history of the event and is just one of a host of players from the Caribbean capable of clearing the pickets .

Remarkably, these teams having done battle in England since the 1979 World Cup when Gordon Greenidge and Michael Holding led the Windies to a 9 wicket win. India has dominated recent matches between the pair however, winning 10 of the past 13 completed matches between the pair.

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