India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Kanpur November 26, 2013

Onus on India's middle order

The Preview by Alagappan Muthu

Match facts

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Start time 0900 local (0330 GMT)

Big Picture

It is India's turn to entertain reservations about their batting as they prepare for the series decider tomorrow in Kanpur. The frailties of having an out-of-form Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, who seems uncertain about his role in the batting line-up, and Ravindra Jadeja, who looks more a bowler than batsman, were clinically exposed in the second ODI. All three left-handers were stymied as West Indies were smart with their resources, feeding Yuvraj a diet of spin, something he does not enjoy when new at the crease.

Although West Indies' victory in Visakhapatnam looked like a bonus, their batsmen will have received a boost. Dwayne Bravo's men now know they can score more than the Indians in their backyard, despite assistance from shoddy fielding and dew. The visitors must redress the failures of some of their senior batsmen though. Marlon Samuels, in particular, has had a lean year, managing only one score above fifty, and Dwayne Bravo has appeared confused about mixing attack and defence at No. 6.

The match is a day game, a rarity in India, on what is expected to be a sunny day, fitting weather for Green Park's return to international cricket after a four-year hiatus. However, there is a possibility that the teams will have to contend with overnight dew.

Form guide

India LWWWL (last five completed games, most recent first)
West Indies WLLLT

In the spotlight

Accuracy with the ball and energy in the field has put Ravindra Jadeja in the good books of India's captain and selectors, but with bat, his threat level drops significantly. Though his place in the XI is quite safe, Jadeja needs to rise to the responsibility of finishing an innings.

As unpredictable as West Indies' batting has been, their bowling has looked quite potent. So much so that Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul gagged India in the batting Powerplay in the second ODI. Those 15 runs and two wickets in those overs tilted the balance in West Indies' favour. Narine's faith in his variations returned in the last match, which made his captain employ a second slip in the 45th over.

Team news

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami

West Indies (probable) 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Lendl Simmons, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Ravi Rampaul 9 Jason Holder 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Veerasammy Permaul

Pitch and conditions

Expectations of bat dominating ball should be reined in as a score over 260 was reached only once in Kanpur. The seamers could have an enjoyable first hour, too, given the early morning start.

Stats and trivia

  • India have lost only three out of 11 ODIs played in Kanpur. They lost to West Indies in 1994
  • Lendl Simmons averages 40.50 in eight matches this year, a far cry from his 8.66 from six matches in 2012


"Once he gets a few runs, you'll see a different Yuvraj Singh."
India captain MS Dhoni

"Four, five batters getting good starts and putting the team in a position of strength to win games, I will take that any day."
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo

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  • subra on November 27, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    It is time they give a chance to Rayudu a place in middle order as well as Pujara who can play a sensible miiddle order innings if not explosive -They can rotate Raina in cases of extra bowler is needed. May be they can bring in some new uncapped players ?/ try the new boy Baba Aparajith who seems to be a good player in making.

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    for how long will they make pujara play test match only? he should have been given a chance this series. Take yuvraj out. there are young guys waiting out there to be given a chance. BCCI really need to look into this.

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    best of luck india

  • ESPN on November 26, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Good luck Windies!

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    india shoud stop playing yuvi and play dk.... he proved his worth at the start of 2013. and in chapions trophy. he brought stability in middle order

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    It's boring because of the flat wickets.

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Rayudu should be given some match practice, resting raina is the only option bcoz Dhoni's is not willing to put out Yuvi.

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    very boring series, even though I am hard core cricket fan was not interested in watching last match. my prediction for final match is oneside competition, india will win comfortably and either kholi or rohit will make ton. yeah its that boring :)

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    As rayudu is a part of ind squad for RSA tour, I think he should b atleast givn a chnce in this game in place of either raina or yuvraj

  • Android on November 26, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    good luck ind

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