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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Preview: West Indies vs India - Tri-Series 2013

Preview: India vs West Indies - Tri-Series 2013


The second ODI of the tri-nation series, between West Indies and India


Sunday, June 30, 2013


Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

The Teams

West Indies

The hosts may have entered the tri-series on the back of an ordinary Champions Trophy campaign, but they made the best of their home advantage with an emphatic win over Sri Lanka in the first match of this competition. It is no surprise that the IPL stars from the Caribbean – Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo – shone on a slow and low Jamaica wicket a la India. The players’ enhanced knowledge about each other’s game due to time spent together at the IPL makes an India-West Indies encounter an exciting prospect.


The Champions Trophy 2013 winners are high on confidence and eager to meet with their two most familiar opponents in West Indies and Sri Lanka. The fact that India defeated them both en route their title in England, should make them feel positive. The Caribbean wickets will suit their spinners and bode well for their batsmen. The only thing that can pull India down is complacency.

Key Players

West Indies

Chris Gayle sure knows the Indian bowlers and he is in some form after the century against the Lankans. He would want to continue the assault. It will be interesting to see if MS Dhoni deploys his favourite weapon against Gayle – R Ashwin.


Suresh Raina is due for runs and he would feel at home in Caribbean conditions. Expect him to go hard at the spinners, if India’s in-form top order gives him an opportunity to bat long enough. The West Indians will also have a keen eye on Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Form guide

West Indies WTLWW (most recent first, last five completed matches)

Pitch and conditions

Angelo Mathews thought the toss was crucial on Friday, as the Sabina Park pitch eased out in the second innings. Sri Lanka had been put in on what Mathews called a two-paced surface, which had a few dark patches suggesting uneven distribution of moisture. However, there was no alarming swing or seam.

The expected rain didn't arrive on Friday though skies remained overcast for large parts of the game. There is some chance of rain again on Sunday.

Stats and trivia

Amit Mishra's last ODI was in June 2011 against West Indies in Kingston
West Indies lead India 3-2 in completed one-dayers at Sabina Park
Chris Gayle is only the third batsman to hit 200 sixes in ODIs. MS Dhoni is the next current player on the list, and eighth overall, with 152

The Squads

West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith

India: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav


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