India started their ICC World Twenty20 contest as favourites. India entered into semi-finals by defeating Australia, Bangladesh and Pakistan, unfortunately their campaign started with a 47 run defeat against New Zealand. (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)
On the other side West Indies in Group 1 ended up as table toppers defeating South Africa, Sri Lanka and England, while losing their last match to Afghanistan by six runs.
India play West Indies in the second semi-final on March 31st at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
These two teams have played each other thrice in World Twenty20 competitions.
Group Match at Lords in 2009
MS Dhoni led side were the defending champions. India were undone by Fidel Edwards’ pace and Dwayne Bravo’s variations. Despite Yuvraj Singh’s half-century, India achieved a total of 153 at a loss of seven wickets. Indian bowlers were able to dismiss Chris Gayle cheaply (22 runs off 28 balls) but on the other side Dwayne Bravo scored 48 runs off 28 balls . West Indies won the match by seven-wickets with eight balls to spare , and had left India in a position where they had to win their remaining matches against England and South Africa to remain in the contest.
Group Match at Barbados in 2010
In the second World Twenty20 tournament, India won the toss at Barbados and chose to field. Chris Gayle scored 98 runs of 88 balls which took West Indies’ score to 169, giving their bowlers a strong target to defend. In response Suresh Raina scored the highest runs with 32 of 38 balls whereas MS Dhoni contributed 29 runs from 30 balls with two fours and two sixes. But these runs were few and far between as West Indies won the match by 14 runs. It was a must win game for India to continue their journey in the World Twenty20 contest.
Group Match at Mirpur in 2014
Their second meeting was in 2014 in more favourable conditions of the sub-continent for India. India won the toss and once again elected to field first. West Indies managed to put a mere 129 on the board. In reply India chased the total with two balls to spare but seven wickets in hand. Virat Kohli(54) and Rohit Sharma(62) scored half centuries apiece.
Their upcoming match up at Wankhede will settle the score between the two heavyweights in what is expected to be a packed stadium.