What former cricketers said before the World Cup final
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If we can contain the West Indies, restrict them to a score of 240 we can get those runs. Anything over 250 would be very difficult to beat. No sense in saying we have 40/60 or 60/40 chance. We have beaten the West Indians twice, once recently during the series and once again during the Prudential. An initial breakthrough will put them under pressure and a win will be possible.
It is very difficult to say. We have a 50/50 chance of winning because both teams have put in good performances.
On paper, the Indian team does not look good against the West Indians. But we have beaten them before so why not again? Whatever anyone might say, we are playing as a team. If Kapil and Sandeep manage to stay for 90 minutes at the crease, we will do it.
England had a smooth sailing into the semis. Yesterday, they got a jolt. Similarly, the West Indies have relied heavily on Marshall and Richards. Once these are contained, we are through.
The West Indies are susceptible under pressure. If Sandeep repeats his aggression, they will crack. If India can beat England on their home soil, a victory against the Caribbeans is not beyond their reach.
It depends on how India utilises the toss. In normal conditions we should bat first and put up 250 plus, but in unsuitable conditions, fielding first and getting Richards and Lloyd out cheaply would give us an edge.