West Indies v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Port-of-Spain July 6, 2013

Jolted West Indies look to seal spot in final

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Match facts

Sunday, July 7
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

West Indies' horror of a match against India on Friday has not only been an eye opener for them, but has also opened up the tournament. India's chances of qualifying for the final looked bleak after two consecutive defeats, but they trounced the hosts by a big enough margin to pick up a bonus point. West Indies are still on top with nine points and a game to play, and a win against Sri Lanka on Sunday will guarantee their spot in the final. A defeat will still give them a chance at qualifying, but it could come down to a three-way net-run rate scenario if the teams are tied on nine points. A win for Sri Lanka on Sunday will tighten the screws as it will at least put them on par with the hosts. It will also make things tougher for India, who are currently on five points with a game to play.

While West Indies are not yet in grave danger of being knocked out, concerns remain. For starters, they will be without their captain Dwayne Bravo, who has been suspended for a slow over-rate. In all likelihood, Kieron Pollard will take over for the second time in three matches. Nothing went right for West Indies on Friday. If looks could deceive, the pitch certainly did. The grass looked inviting enough for both captains to have a bowl, but the decision to insert the opposition backfired on Bravo as his seamers failed to pick up early wickets. The opening partnership was allowed to develop and the West Indies' death bowling was exposed by Virat Kohli. The batting suffered a bigger meltdown than the bowling, and while the afternoon rain may have spiced up the pitch for the Indian seamers to exploit, the hosts were struggling to get the start they wanted even before rain struck. Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo fell to poor strokes and the loss of two early wickets piled the pressure on the middle order, which looked just as inept. Perhaps the hosts lost the game in the mind after conceding 311. Perhaps batting first might not be a bad option if given the chance, going forward.

Sri Lanka have two more games to play, are tied on points with India but have a superior net run rate. They peaked in all three departments in their previous game, losing just one wicket on their way to 348 and all their five bowlers contributed in bundling out India for less than 200. It remains to be seen if they will change their batting order and give players like Lahiru Thirimanne more time in the middle.

In the spotlight

The over-rates in the last two games have been costing the captains and players, literally. On Tuesday, India overshot by 20 minutes leading to Kohli being fined and on Friday, West Indies were worse by one more minute. It was costlier for West Indies, with Bravo now suspended. Changing captains during a tournament could upset a side's rhythm and West Indies especially can't afford too many stop-gap arrangements, at a time when Bravo is establishing himself as a full-time ODI captain.

Sri Lanka's new opening pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga was formed after Tillakaratne Dilshan's pre-tournament pull-out due to injury and that combination could stay at least until Dilshan returns. The question is whether Sri Lanka will be tempted to persist with it in future series, after their 213-run stand against India. Jayawardene has had success as an opener, but he hasn't been a regular at that position; Dilshan is most comfortable at the top and Tharanga will be hard to ignore after his 174. With Kusal Perera earmarked for the future, Sri Lanka might find it hard to settle on one pair, once Dilshan returns. It's a good headache to have.

Team news

Lendl Simmons, the opening batsman, was called in to the squad on Saturday as a replacement for Bravo.* West Indies could either play him or bring back Devon Smith.

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Devon Smith/Lendl Simmons, 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Tino Best

Sri Lanka may retain their winning combination

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Mahela Jayawardene, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kusal Perera, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 Sachithra Senanayake, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Lasith Malinga

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies have the better head-to-head record at Queens Park Oval, winning three out four games

  • Kemar Roach has bowled five maidens in the series so far, the most by any bowler

    Quotes

    "We've got to try and regroup as a batting group and try and figure out where we went wrong. We have a quick turnaround, the next game on Sunday is very important against the Sri Lankans and we can't afford to make the same mistake again."
    Dwayne Bravo

    * - 1815 GMT, July 6 - the story was updated with news of Simmons' inclusion

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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    • on July 8, 2013, 4:44 GMT

      In future Johnson become the best batsman in the world.WI should consider him as batsman only why WI wasting his talent.Lendl Simmons was the wicket keeper previously so use him as wicket keeper and give him batting chance also.Kieron Powell should be included he is good partner for Jonson Charles or Gayle.

    • on July 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

      WI may have corrected their weaknesses by replacing Ramdin & inclusion of Simmons. Bravo is out means Sammy will get his full quota of bowling. Holder for Narine means they will short of 1 spinner. WI may be looking for strengthening their batting. As far as Samuels is bowling well then it seems they won't miss spinner in their line-up. Looks like more tough game for islanders than the early league game against WI as they have to bat first. Win against IND may not count other than boosting morale slightly as they are going to face much better attack than IND. Once again more work & dependency on Mahela & Sanga. Let see what will happen.

    • SLC-2020 on July 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

      @ tdslbuwa:S @ lesh: Thirimanne (45-ODIs: 31-innings: 822-runs: 29.35-Av: 71.29-s/r: 1x100 :5x50) is the second best one-down option (next to Sanga) SL has. A Solid opener by reputation, Thirimanne has been highly regarded by Sri Lanka's true cricket elites like Aravinda de Silva! Last month, SL stuttered into a Champions Trophy semi-final thanks to Thirimanne's batting skills at the top. He ad been promoted ahead of Jayawardene at horrible) 20 for 2 (after losing Kusal Perera in the first over and Sanga in the 3rd over, and the switch allowed the senior player to make runs in the later overs against the older-ball under less-pressure, after Thirimanne composed a superb, steady inning of 57. He has proved his proved his abilities in many occasions! He is a young player to be RETAINED !!! Jeevan Mendis is useless in all departments (rpeated failures in middle order) , a bowler like Sachithra or Shaminda Eranga would be a better, more useful choice!

    • mar2000 on July 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT

      Jahbert58, The reason that the WI batsmen have such poor "technique" is mainly due to the Bad pitches that they bat on year after year and no real "fast bowlers' coming at them . In the Caribbean we do have a "few" quick bowlers who refuse to bend their backs on these DEAD TRACKS that are given . All of the Caribbean batsmen are lost any time a ball rise above the waist at a good speed . Also , short outside the off-stump going away from them , again at a good speed . WI batsmen do not have the "sweep" shot , this is due to the fact of the umpires always give them out once hit . Most coaches tell the youth "cut out the sweep shot" . With these "new off spinners" , you must have that sweep shot if you want to last out in the middle .

    • SNIFFLEATHER on July 7, 2013, 10:51 GMT

      Not a fan of the shorter format - although its purpose is certainly served in the wider context of globalisation and revenue, but whilst I wait (and long) for the next West Indies test matches, this tri-nation series has proven interesting, if only to observe the hazardous way that the selectors keep playing around with the captaincy and squad issues. At times, absurd - otherwise questionable to say the least. For today's game against Sri Lanka, it would be wise to finally consign Ramdin to the wings - let Lendl Simmons keep wicket, for he is competent and far more accomplished than his fellow Trinidadian with the bat. Stick with Tino and Roachy with the new ball - go at them hard and fast, for no batsman likes searing pace, whatever the ludicrous stipulations of the format. Mr.Pollard as captain? Oh dear, where on Earth do I begin...?

    • RAYKAY on July 7, 2013, 10:39 GMT

      Bring on Lendl Simmons or Dw. Smith in place of captain Bravo. Go brave captain Pollard and get the Sri Lions. We are West Indians, please don't play that reckless cricket we played against the Kholi men, we can do it.Gayle this is your day.

    • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT

      SL is short of a bowler to bowl few overs. This will be exposed in this game. Bring on Tissara. I do not know who decided to leave Tissara. Tissara should be given more opportunities.

    • on July 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

      its time for Sl to remove all crap T 20 all rounders from ODI s and Test matches..likes of T perera,J mendis ,Lokuhettige etc..are useless just ask them to play crap T 20 s only..we need to have 6 decent batsmans and 5 decent wkt taking bowlers in the side to win matches regularly...otherwise we cant win without luck agnst good opns.select 6 decent bats from Tharanga,mahela(future replacement dimuth),K perera,Sang(Fr thirimanne),Chandimal ,Mathews and 5 bowlers-Eranga,Malinga,Kulasekara,Herath,Senanayake/mendis...this should be the team for SL s future Odis and tests..play 6/5 attacking cricket SL rather than damn boring 7/4 with useless T 20 all rounders ..

    • on July 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT

      West Indies will have to come very good against Sri Lanka this rounds because it appears the captaincy is causing them headaches adjusting to yet another inexperience captain when they have 3 previous and presently Pollard is struggling right now I don't think that extra pressure of being a captain is doin him good. They should of ask Sammy to stand in because you can see the body language on the feel of play with certain players. And Darren Bravo stop kicking the ball after taking a catch please.

    • JustIPL on July 7, 2013, 8:19 GMT

      D/L made it difficult to chase 7 runs an over while initial rate was around 6.4 things would became difficult as windies lost wickets after the resumption. So, WI should keep patience. Also Bhuvi came back to bowling attack and he is regularly taking couple of early wickets giving few runs so he made impact. SL have bowlers of good quality certainly better then india pacemen and to face them is WI test.

    • on July 8, 2013, 4:44 GMT

      In future Johnson become the best batsman in the world.WI should consider him as batsman only why WI wasting his talent.Lendl Simmons was the wicket keeper previously so use him as wicket keeper and give him batting chance also.Kieron Powell should be included he is good partner for Jonson Charles or Gayle.

    • on July 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

      WI may have corrected their weaknesses by replacing Ramdin & inclusion of Simmons. Bravo is out means Sammy will get his full quota of bowling. Holder for Narine means they will short of 1 spinner. WI may be looking for strengthening their batting. As far as Samuels is bowling well then it seems they won't miss spinner in their line-up. Looks like more tough game for islanders than the early league game against WI as they have to bat first. Win against IND may not count other than boosting morale slightly as they are going to face much better attack than IND. Once again more work & dependency on Mahela & Sanga. Let see what will happen.

    • SLC-2020 on July 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

      @ tdslbuwa:S @ lesh: Thirimanne (45-ODIs: 31-innings: 822-runs: 29.35-Av: 71.29-s/r: 1x100 :5x50) is the second best one-down option (next to Sanga) SL has. A Solid opener by reputation, Thirimanne has been highly regarded by Sri Lanka's true cricket elites like Aravinda de Silva! Last month, SL stuttered into a Champions Trophy semi-final thanks to Thirimanne's batting skills at the top. He ad been promoted ahead of Jayawardene at horrible) 20 for 2 (after losing Kusal Perera in the first over and Sanga in the 3rd over, and the switch allowed the senior player to make runs in the later overs against the older-ball under less-pressure, after Thirimanne composed a superb, steady inning of 57. He has proved his proved his abilities in many occasions! He is a young player to be RETAINED !!! Jeevan Mendis is useless in all departments (rpeated failures in middle order) , a bowler like Sachithra or Shaminda Eranga would be a better, more useful choice!

    • mar2000 on July 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT

      Jahbert58, The reason that the WI batsmen have such poor "technique" is mainly due to the Bad pitches that they bat on year after year and no real "fast bowlers' coming at them . In the Caribbean we do have a "few" quick bowlers who refuse to bend their backs on these DEAD TRACKS that are given . All of the Caribbean batsmen are lost any time a ball rise above the waist at a good speed . Also , short outside the off-stump going away from them , again at a good speed . WI batsmen do not have the "sweep" shot , this is due to the fact of the umpires always give them out once hit . Most coaches tell the youth "cut out the sweep shot" . With these "new off spinners" , you must have that sweep shot if you want to last out in the middle .

    • SNIFFLEATHER on July 7, 2013, 10:51 GMT

      Not a fan of the shorter format - although its purpose is certainly served in the wider context of globalisation and revenue, but whilst I wait (and long) for the next West Indies test matches, this tri-nation series has proven interesting, if only to observe the hazardous way that the selectors keep playing around with the captaincy and squad issues. At times, absurd - otherwise questionable to say the least. For today's game against Sri Lanka, it would be wise to finally consign Ramdin to the wings - let Lendl Simmons keep wicket, for he is competent and far more accomplished than his fellow Trinidadian with the bat. Stick with Tino and Roachy with the new ball - go at them hard and fast, for no batsman likes searing pace, whatever the ludicrous stipulations of the format. Mr.Pollard as captain? Oh dear, where on Earth do I begin...?

    • RAYKAY on July 7, 2013, 10:39 GMT

      Bring on Lendl Simmons or Dw. Smith in place of captain Bravo. Go brave captain Pollard and get the Sri Lions. We are West Indians, please don't play that reckless cricket we played against the Kholi men, we can do it.Gayle this is your day.

    • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT

      SL is short of a bowler to bowl few overs. This will be exposed in this game. Bring on Tissara. I do not know who decided to leave Tissara. Tissara should be given more opportunities.

    • on July 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

      its time for Sl to remove all crap T 20 all rounders from ODI s and Test matches..likes of T perera,J mendis ,Lokuhettige etc..are useless just ask them to play crap T 20 s only..we need to have 6 decent batsmans and 5 decent wkt taking bowlers in the side to win matches regularly...otherwise we cant win without luck agnst good opns.select 6 decent bats from Tharanga,mahela(future replacement dimuth),K perera,Sang(Fr thirimanne),Chandimal ,Mathews and 5 bowlers-Eranga,Malinga,Kulasekara,Herath,Senanayake/mendis...this should be the team for SL s future Odis and tests..play 6/5 attacking cricket SL rather than damn boring 7/4 with useless T 20 all rounders ..

    • on July 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT

      West Indies will have to come very good against Sri Lanka this rounds because it appears the captaincy is causing them headaches adjusting to yet another inexperience captain when they have 3 previous and presently Pollard is struggling right now I don't think that extra pressure of being a captain is doin him good. They should of ask Sammy to stand in because you can see the body language on the feel of play with certain players. And Darren Bravo stop kicking the ball after taking a catch please.

    • JustIPL on July 7, 2013, 8:19 GMT

      D/L made it difficult to chase 7 runs an over while initial rate was around 6.4 things would became difficult as windies lost wickets after the resumption. So, WI should keep patience. Also Bhuvi came back to bowling attack and he is regularly taking couple of early wickets giving few runs so he made impact. SL have bowlers of good quality certainly better then india pacemen and to face them is WI test.

    • tdslbuwa on July 7, 2013, 8:10 GMT

      Mahela,Upul,Kushal,Sanga,Chandi,Mathews,Thiri,Nuwan,Sachi,Rangana/Mendis,Mali ...this should be the team for this game..but the problem is Thirimanne is not the most suitable player for number 7 position...he is a no.3 batsman like Sanga and if Sanga is here then there is no place for Thiri...We all know who is the ideal man for that position...one and only Tisara Perera...Sadly he is at home now and we have to go with this lineup..Captain has to ball 10 overs of his and that shows the value of Tisara...he can be a strike bowler and as we all know he is a very good late order power hitter...Inclusion of Kushal Janith is a very good move and he should come at 3 no matter what..he can counter attack and murder any opposition in his day..He will be our long term opening batsman along with Upul...Good luck SL....

    • on July 7, 2013, 7:14 GMT

      Bring in Kusal Perera at no.3 spot.It wil work wonders for S/L team. He is inexperienced to be a opener, but for now he should do well at no.3.He could Blast any attack to pieces, trust me.

    • .......junk on July 7, 2013, 7:13 GMT

      the equation at the moment says , who ever looses today will have very dim chance to the finals . an resurrected indian team is definitely one team in the final rest depends upon who wins today and has a good run rate at the end .. win for sl against india was one off day for india it was the after effect of success of champions trophy and an eye opener ..when india is back it is highly impossible for either wi or sl to match their onslaught and the game is decided there and then ..i still feel wi will make it ..

    • PeterJerome on July 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT

      @Kenbene: Gayle is quite an imposing personality in the WI team. He could turn out to be an asset or a liability for the team, bcos of his big hitting and the lack of running betw the wkts respectively. It in a way sets the tone not only for the match but a full series. U c everyone trying to follow the Gayle mode and thus hampering the progress and consistency of the whole team in the long term. I think the WI team mgmt should mandate a fitness standard for all its players. I personally see Gayle as a person who doesnt want to work hard and thus lacking in commitment. That easily rubs off on others. On a funny note, ask Gayle to start bowling medium pace. That will atleast make him ...Run.

    • on July 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT

      I was delighted to see many readers favourably commenting on Sammy. I have seen Gayle, Bravo & Pollard (from among the existing team) captaining. Compared to these three, Sammy is way ahead in management of the human resources under his command and tactically, not at all inferior to any of the three. Sammy can bring all disparate elements together and manage most of the prima donnas, with his disarming charm and simplicity. Limited player resources among the islands is a problem ( if it is true) is not Sammy's fault. Just like Dhoni is my man to lead India's team into the future, Sammy is my man who can do it for West Indies. I pray for success for both.

    • Vilander on July 7, 2013, 6:22 GMT

      I think Bravo needs to be removed as captain and Sammy made captain again,Bravo's game is also getting affected. But Sammy is not really affected by captainsy

    • Slesh on July 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT

      Surely we we(SL) wont have a game like thier last game everyday.Mathews wont be a success in bowling everyday/if that hapens in this game we will lack a fast bowler.look at WI they have three specialist fast bowleres + sammy who is more than just a bowler.we need to bring in another fast bowler instead of useless place of Thirimanne.he is not a ODI material either specially someone like Sanga is there, there is no room for Thiri. better bring in Lokkuhettige as he will ad the strength to the batting dpt. too.whats the point of benching him all the time.atleast give him a chance now.we don't need to worry because non like J Mendis there is a specialist batsmen now in the middle order that is Kusal.that will give two power hitters + Kulasekara.it should be worth trying. Good Luck!!

    • cricpanther on July 7, 2013, 5:20 GMT

      Dont understand, what makes D Bravo to be a captain?? Strange choice, there is Chris Gayle, or Marlon Samuels or Pollard or Roach or Some one who is good, Bravo's choice to lead the side is a winning lottery by him!!!!! Sri Lanka has great chance to win this match and India can again beat Srilanka, then it would be interesting equation, West Indies can be out of Finals!!!

    • on July 7, 2013, 4:57 GMT

      Thirimanne's spot should go to a bowler...preferably Eranga. Magic opening partnership will not repeat and if it comes down to thirmannes spot to save as a batsman... well rather than going through the agony, might as well as take the defeat and jump off the bridge. Thirimanne is not ODI material and with someone like Sanga (take a long time to get that motor running) still in the eleven, it won't be a wise decision to pick him.

    • gnanzcupid on July 7, 2013, 3:08 GMT

      I see windies winning this match. The next match in this series will be interesting though. Again the job for the windies will be to get sanga and mahela out cheaply. If they do that, the youngsters wont be capable of a decent fight back. Tharanga will be confident after the knock against india. But windies bowling is better than the improving indian seamers. If the lankans lose here badly,they will lose again to their usual conquerers.

    • TeamSelector on July 7, 2013, 2:40 GMT

      Devon Smith ??? you must be joking. The guy is a walking wicket. Him, Pollard & Bravo must be fighting it out to see who will get the 'worse' player of the series award ...

    • pealivi on July 7, 2013, 1:44 GMT

      All has been said about this WI selection. Time to prove the critics wrong. Hear me Gayle, hear me Pollard, hear me Ramdin. So far Charles has been the most technically sound batsman. Keep your focus Charles, put your head down Darren. Time for you to shine, Samuels! All will be well guys! 50 overs is one hell of a lot of overs guys. No point in hitting two fours and a six and then out next ball. That's SLOGGING!!

    • SLC-2020 on July 7, 2013, 1:09 GMT

      The opening pair of Mahela Jayawardene & Upul Tharanga is NOT a new combination for SL, as you have indicated in your article. This pair has been prolific in the six innings they have batted together as opening partners - three stands of 200-plus and one 50-plus they have achieved were something special!. Upul Tharanga's feat of reaching 5000 in 157 innings is the 2nd fastest by a SL player in ODIs (Marvan Athapattu took 152 innings to achieve that). He is the ninth SL player ( 64th overall) to complete 5,000 runs or more in ODIs -- 5153 at an average of 34.81 in 164 matches. Just 28yrs of age. .he is the best SL opener to carry forward for the future. No one can deny that fact! Kusal Perera & all other youngsters are way behind and cannot be compared with Upul's achievements, experience or track record..!!! They have a long way to go proving themselves with a solid track record at international level with some consistency.

    • PAPABEAR1359 on July 7, 2013, 0:55 GMT

      The W.I weed to drop Ramdin and Smith Play Simmons and have charles wicket keep, bring in Dwane Smith.

    • on July 7, 2013, 0:51 GMT

      West Indies is guaranteed of a win on Sunday. The main reason for this is that Dwayne Bravo would not be the Skipper, Dwayne is a bad Skipper and a Jinks. If West Indies needs to continue to win thwey have to remove him as Skipper.

    • on July 7, 2013, 0:07 GMT

      First of all Dwayne Bravo should not be captain Darren Sammy has done a far better job and under his leadership the WI team were a bit more consistent.

      Pollard is an overrated batsman with very little to show he has failed over and over he should be dropped.

      Ramdin is only good with the gloves but that is not enough for him to be on the team he is another failure and he should be dropped as well. Bring Darren Sammy back!

    • mar2000 on July 6, 2013, 23:54 GMT

      It will be a STRUGGLE for WI in the match against SL . Captain Bravo just do not care about WI cricket , he is all IPL so the team won't miss him . WICB and the selection group made an error by removing SAMMY from the short version of the game .There is a PARADIGM shift .

    • on July 6, 2013, 23:51 GMT

      The three teams are captained by three "trainee captains", all of whom are still "work-in process"; and not "finished goods". So, we need to show some patience, before delivering harsh judgements. What all the three "rookie" captains lack are experience and maturity; attributes which will be acquired with time.

    • on July 6, 2013, 22:56 GMT

      If SRI Lanka looses both of their next 2 matches, India comes in final with WI.If Sri Lanka win against WI in next encounter then they will be in Final with WI and India will be out of the Tri-Series even if india win against Sri Lanka.Thus we have to depend on Sri Lank Loosing To WI on 7th July.

    • 214ty on July 6, 2013, 22:45 GMT

      Why is Ramden batting before Sammy? Ramden is one of the most unproductive wicket keeper the WI ever had and its disgusting he's still batting at No. 7 ahead of Sammy. He has never contributed to a WI win while Sammy is always among the runs. That is our problem with WI cricket. We remain stagnant and don't want to make the absolute necessary changes. Ramden should not even be on the team. Is that all U have?

    • jahbert58 on July 6, 2013, 21:18 GMT

      It's time to revamp this WI team. over a decade of mediocrity. First dependent on Lara now if Gayle don't score big WI sub power scores is under 250. This WI coaches leave a lot to be desired. From top to bottom NO discipline, all about individual cricket. e.g I've watch a lot of cricket and WI players have the worst defensive technique in cricket. with all that protection seems like they are afraid of getting hit. We have to get over this calypso approach to cricket and learn to play with maturely like adult and not like school boys. GUYS BE PROFESSIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Naresh28 on July 6, 2013, 21:08 GMT

      Sri Lanka showed good signs in that last match. It will give them confidence going forward. They were very determined not to lose against India that last time. Now all three teams are doing well and has injected life into this series. Jaded India did well to recover in their last game.

    • mohitsamant on July 6, 2013, 20:35 GMT

      From India's point of view, they will have to beat Sri Lanka in the next game to stay alive.

    • on July 6, 2013, 20:33 GMT

      Ultracoach's comment of seeing advertising hoarding showing Inidan products and therefore India needs to be in the final shows what level the game has gone to. This is what money and commercialization does, instead of looking at genuine cricket - it is money that dominates the game and BCCI rules the game which is not the right step forward. Good or bad all things have to come to an end and so will this be.

      As few comments rightly say that WIndies need a right balance I too feel the same, without MSD India is looking for that inner strength which was evident in the match against the WIndies but was totally out of sort against SL.

      Chances are it will be either a SL India final or a SL WIndies onel

    • chidhu2 on July 6, 2013, 20:32 GMT

      Hard time 4 west indies & sri lanka, India will definitely make it for finals.

    • Herath-UK on July 6, 2013, 20:25 GMT

      Sri Lanka's problem is to get a settled side as they still keep tinkering the team. Kusal did not get a chance to show how good is he batting lower down. However I 'm sure they are confident in beating WI which they usually do. Ranil Herath - Kent

    • everfaithful77 on July 6, 2013, 19:39 GMT

      POLLARD has to do better with the bat in this game. He is batting within the first 6 and therefore is expected to contribute much more in runs. He is in the team primarily as a BATTING allrounder but so far has failed with the bat in this series neither has he contributed much with the ball. I think his position in the Windies ODI team will become questionable if this run drought continues. This is why when I heard him being touted as a possible test player I disagreed since he has not yet established himself as a reliable or consistent ODI batsman. There's not much to shout about in his bowling unlike fellow allrounders Bravo & Sammy who are heavy contributors to Windies bowling effort in ODI's. Also Ramdin must contribute more in runs even as he performs the glovework. Although Kemar Roach did well batting in the last match his bowling left a lot to be desired. SHORT & WIDE or just WIDE is bad bowling in any limited overs cricket. ROACH must learn from the past and try to avoid this.

    • ultracoach on July 6, 2013, 19:35 GMT

      Watching the match on Tele, and seeing the advertising hoarding at the ground dominated by products from Indian market, one needs to be constantly reminded that the tournament is held in West Indies and not in India. One wonders how the tournament will be profitable the moment India gets ousted from the tournament (if it happens). So my prediction is India will be in the finals, and the other two teams will have to fight it out for a position in the finals.

    • Htc-Android on July 6, 2013, 19:19 GMT

      WI weak link is their WK batsman. I hardly see Ramdin scoring more than 15 runs in ODI match. India used to have the same problem before the emergence of MSD. I remember they even asked Dravid to keep wickets. I guess the same issue is happening with WI. They couldnt find a good WK batsman after Jacobs. Also Pollard too. He doesnt deserve a spot in this team. All he does is hit or miss slogging and his bowing is average. WI should look to find more technically correct batsmen like Darren Bravo and Samuels

    • on July 6, 2013, 18:37 GMT

      Dwayne is not captain material at all, Ramdin is a liability and Pollard is a match winner in the most hypothetical sense. Gayle's form in ODIs has gone done since his T20 exploits. Sammy, the most under-rated player, yet the most consistent one in the last couple of years, should be made captain again. Atleast he was producing some results.

    • on July 6, 2013, 18:27 GMT

      idk..why WI is playing with Ramdin???he is not a player to me...please bring some new keeping batsman who can win u matches....n i heard actually sl has to play test match with wi but coz of financial they made it tri series with india...so if it is true then would obviously like to ind.vs wi....

    • on July 6, 2013, 18:22 GMT

      Our (West Indies) cricket is still in trouble. Gayle is a glorified slogger and when it comes off it is a wonderful spectacle particularly in the T20 format. But, like the current crop of batsmen he is not consistent and is too limited for Test Match competition. Marlon Samuels could be a future leader and appears a wonderful batsman. Darren Bravo appears to have talent but is failing too often -why? Johnson Charles looks good for the future and for all the ridiculous criticism of Sammy he still has great character. Pollard, Dwayne Bravo et al are just "big hitters" suitable for Indian premier League as entertainers. Our bowlers work hard and can improve. I wish our boys the best but sadly they are currently not in same league as the Top 5 teams.

    • on July 6, 2013, 17:44 GMT

      suggest me a fantasy team for srilanka vs windies

    • sweet2hrme on July 6, 2013, 17:42 GMT

      WI looks good side on paper OnLy. I hv strong complain agaist the playing XI of WI. What is the use of Ramdin, he hardly score any runs. When u know charles can do wicket keeping than please allow him to trained atleast in ODI or T20 format. In place of Ramdin you can pick one additional bolwer or batsman. Samuels & Pollard form is very poor. N Pollard is bowlling lollypop bowling in slog overs does make sense either. Considering the form of sammy he shld bat up the order, may be after 2 down. For Mr. Cris Gayle i want to say he shld take more resposibility its does not make any sense you score hundred in one match than for next 10 match you simply become burden for team.

    • supadupamonk on July 6, 2013, 17:06 GMT

      Gayle storm is going to hit SL...and they will be clueless...

    • shashikumar.d.27 on July 6, 2013, 16:57 GMT

      we are now in a good time of this series,as india beat windes by an bouns point. it made the contest open for all the 3 teams.as windies are going to play their last match in the group aganist srilanka on sunday at Port of Spain.a win for srilanka or windies it is going to be intersting for india.as on the other hand srilanka growing in confidence as their win aganist india,with out bravo in the side. it is going to much fancy for lankans.

    • BRUTALANALYST on July 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT

      W.I are stronger without Bravo, Dev Smith should also come into side to boost batting in place of Ramdin give Charles the gloves and replace Bravo with a real bowler let Sammy captain

    • on July 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT

      The finals would be West Indies vs ?. First of all India has to beat Sri Lanka and that too convincingly. So chances of India qualifying is slim. Sri Lanka cannot lose two matches in streak in my view, either they will beat West Indies and India or lose to WI and win against India or the other way around. So the danger of WI eliminating can happen if Sri Lanka wins against them and lose to them. WI can put all permutations and combinations off by winning their last match against Sri Lanka.

    • PracticalGuy2013 on July 6, 2013, 16:00 GMT

      It would be gr8 if Sl win tomorrow & Ind win on Tuesday. That would mean that all the 3 teams would have beaten each other once & that would be gr8 for the final as there would be no out & out favourites. As an Indian fan however, I would want India to be one of those teams. So hopefully whatever happens tomorrow is beneficiary to India in some way or atleast doesn't hurt their chances.

    • on July 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT

      I like to watch Johnson Charles. The way he grip the bat, hammers & swings his bat with 360 degrees is pleased to see.I feel he looks more reliable than Gayle while hitting. But I don't understand why pollard can't justify himself. He is better batsman we saw many times in IPL. Why does not he click? Though WI are not playing to their capacity, WI cricket board should not tamper with this selection. I feel this is the best team that WI have since long time.

    • gsingh7 on July 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT

      rooting for wi win. then it will be knockout between india sl' .past record shows india leads sl 28-7 in past 4 years. lets see who goes through. but any logical persons best bet wud be wi- india finals.

    • DILEEPMJOHN on July 6, 2013, 15:45 GMT

      WI NRR is -0.208 and India NRR is -0.524. If WI wins against SL they are through to final and winner of Ind-SL match will meet them in final. If SL wins against WI, NRR of WI will further drop and India will know exactly what margin they need to win to cross NRR of WI(may be 20 run lose by WI and 20 run win by Ind ( high approx guess) may put India above WI in NRR.) A comprehensive win by Sl against WI also may need only a win by India against Sl (however small) to reach finals.

    • Vishal_07 on July 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

      I think best bet for India is for WI to win, and then Ind-SL will be the semi-final, win and you are in!

      If not then India would have a really one sided affair so that NRR for one of the teams will fall giving better chance to the Indian team. Worse case would be for SL to win and have a close contest, WI and SL would both have superior NRR and would be tough to beat!

    • lukecannon on July 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

      I d wary of gayle and Charles if i were the SL bowling attack. The way to get them is with some quality spin. I suggest they bowl Senanayake somewhere in the first 15 overs to tighten the runs and hopefully draw a false stroke. All this is if Kula and Mali cannot break the opening stand that is. I pleaded Mathews to bat early in that last game in the comment section. and it worked. Congratz Mathews. Tharanga and Mahela should set the platform once again with "smart" batting. Dont be overagressive. Use the pace (Off Best and Roach). must see off Narine. A MUST. Good luck SL. And some fielding brilliance should be about enough. Win this one and the Indians will be on the verge of being knocked out. Good luck. Win the toss Anjelo.

    • on July 6, 2013, 14:54 GMT

      Nothing will be happened even bravo is ruled out west indies is better side now in the world so they need the better captian must give chris gayle a new chance to captian and lead team once again,...... so they can proved the better side in the world

    • on July 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT

      who cares if dwayne bravo is not in the side ,all he has been able to do so far is offer solid fielding options ,he has been grossly underperforming for a while now ,and i hope he takes no further part as captain

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    • on July 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT

      who cares if dwayne bravo is not in the side ,all he has been able to do so far is offer solid fielding options ,he has been grossly underperforming for a while now ,and i hope he takes no further part as captain

    • on July 6, 2013, 14:54 GMT

      Nothing will be happened even bravo is ruled out west indies is better side now in the world so they need the better captian must give chris gayle a new chance to captian and lead team once again,...... so they can proved the better side in the world

    • lukecannon on July 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

      I d wary of gayle and Charles if i were the SL bowling attack. The way to get them is with some quality spin. I suggest they bowl Senanayake somewhere in the first 15 overs to tighten the runs and hopefully draw a false stroke. All this is if Kula and Mali cannot break the opening stand that is. I pleaded Mathews to bat early in that last game in the comment section. and it worked. Congratz Mathews. Tharanga and Mahela should set the platform once again with "smart" batting. Dont be overagressive. Use the pace (Off Best and Roach). must see off Narine. A MUST. Good luck SL. And some fielding brilliance should be about enough. Win this one and the Indians will be on the verge of being knocked out. Good luck. Win the toss Anjelo.

    • Vishal_07 on July 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

      I think best bet for India is for WI to win, and then Ind-SL will be the semi-final, win and you are in!

      If not then India would have a really one sided affair so that NRR for one of the teams will fall giving better chance to the Indian team. Worse case would be for SL to win and have a close contest, WI and SL would both have superior NRR and would be tough to beat!

    • DILEEPMJOHN on July 6, 2013, 15:45 GMT

      WI NRR is -0.208 and India NRR is -0.524. If WI wins against SL they are through to final and winner of Ind-SL match will meet them in final. If SL wins against WI, NRR of WI will further drop and India will know exactly what margin they need to win to cross NRR of WI(may be 20 run lose by WI and 20 run win by Ind ( high approx guess) may put India above WI in NRR.) A comprehensive win by Sl against WI also may need only a win by India against Sl (however small) to reach finals.

    • gsingh7 on July 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT

      rooting for wi win. then it will be knockout between india sl' .past record shows india leads sl 28-7 in past 4 years. lets see who goes through. but any logical persons best bet wud be wi- india finals.

    • on July 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT

      I like to watch Johnson Charles. The way he grip the bat, hammers & swings his bat with 360 degrees is pleased to see.I feel he looks more reliable than Gayle while hitting. But I don't understand why pollard can't justify himself. He is better batsman we saw many times in IPL. Why does not he click? Though WI are not playing to their capacity, WI cricket board should not tamper with this selection. I feel this is the best team that WI have since long time.

    • PracticalGuy2013 on July 6, 2013, 16:00 GMT

      It would be gr8 if Sl win tomorrow & Ind win on Tuesday. That would mean that all the 3 teams would have beaten each other once & that would be gr8 for the final as there would be no out & out favourites. As an Indian fan however, I would want India to be one of those teams. So hopefully whatever happens tomorrow is beneficiary to India in some way or atleast doesn't hurt their chances.

    • on July 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT

      The finals would be West Indies vs ?. First of all India has to beat Sri Lanka and that too convincingly. So chances of India qualifying is slim. Sri Lanka cannot lose two matches in streak in my view, either they will beat West Indies and India or lose to WI and win against India or the other way around. So the danger of WI eliminating can happen if Sri Lanka wins against them and lose to them. WI can put all permutations and combinations off by winning their last match against Sri Lanka.

    • BRUTALANALYST on July 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT

      W.I are stronger without Bravo, Dev Smith should also come into side to boost batting in place of Ramdin give Charles the gloves and replace Bravo with a real bowler let Sammy captain