West Indies v India, 4th ODI, Antigua June 12, 2011

West Indies play for pride, again

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Match facts

Monday, June 13, North Sound
Start time 0900 (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

West Indies were expected to challenge a young team missing its star players. Though India were still favourites, the hosts will be disappointed with the series being decided in just three games. They did put India under pressure on occasion and should have won the third ODI, but Rohit Sharma, who's been impressive on his return, batted maturely with Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar to seal victory. Having managed a 3-0 lead, and victory from a dire situation in the previous game, there'll be plenty of confidence in this Indian side. West Indies have shown some spirit on the field, but some ill-disciplined batting, squandered starts and a continuing vulnerability against spin has let them down.

Meanwhile, there remains distraction off the field in the West Indies camp. Darren Sammy has had to issue a clarification on why he didn't attend the West Indies Players' Association awards ceremony, Dwayne Bravo asked for a break after playing just two games upon his return from the IPL, and Chris Gayle's return appears to be hinging on a meeting with the WICB, which is yet to take place. On the field, Kieron Pollard's ODI woes against the big teams continued though there was one major encouragement in the performance of Andre Russell. While India have dealt with their rather heated build-up to this tour with a dominant show, West Indies are yet again left to rely on dead rubbers to inspire confidence ahead of the Tests.

Form guide (most recent first)

West Indies: LLLWW
India: WWWWW

The spotlight

Suresh Raina would have been under some pressure at the start of the tour but things have panned out well for the India captain. In his previous stint as captain, India failed to qualify for the final of a tri-series that involved Zimbabwe, but his young team has delivered this time. He played a crucial role in India's chase in the first ODI but played an irresponsible shot in the third to leave his side in trouble, something he'd want to make amends for.

Kemar Roach has been one of West Indies' most promising pace prospects in recent times. He appears to have found the going a little tough in his last few games. He had a good World Cup, but has picked up just two wickets in his last six ODIs and has been a little expensive. It's been Sammy who's provided the wickets at the top; Roach needs to do his bit too.

Team news

Raina has said India could make some changes. Ishant Sharma is still waiting for a chance and given he'll be playing in the Test series, he could be brought in with either of Praveen Kumar or Munaf Patel being rested. India could consider giving Harbhajan a break as well to provide R Ashwin an opportunity while opener Shikhar Dhawan could make way for Manoj Tiwary.

India (possible): 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Manoj Tiwary, 4 S Badrinath, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina (capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Munaf Patel/Ishant Sharma.

West Indies have named an unchanged 13-man squad for tomorrow's game. They handed Danza Hyatt an ODI debut in the previous match, preferring him ahead of Darren Bravo. Will Bravo come back tomorrow?

West Indies (possible): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan 5 Darren Bravo / Danza Hyatt, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlton Baugh (wk), 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Devendra Bishoo

Stats and trivia

  • This is India's third one-day series win in the Caribbean. India have never gone unbeaten in an ODI series against West Indies, but have been clean-swept twice.

  • Rohit has played 64 ODIs in a four-year span, but he's played only nine of them in India. This is his second ODI tour of the West Indies.

    Quotes

    "We will try to give chances to all the players. Ashwin, Ishant, Tiwary and Vinay have been waiting for a chance. We shall strive to give everyone a chance in the next two games."
    Suresh Raina

    Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Raj12345 on June 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    R Sharma played 9 ODIs in indian soil. Fantastic. Please someone give the same statistics to both Kohli & Raina. Cricket fans will know what is real fact. Also give what position all played so far. Then people get fact that why R Sharma questionable so far. It looks sooner R Sharma push himself and move ahead of Both Kohli & Raina, if he continues the same form. Soon Soon Soon it should happen.

  • dummy4fb on June 13, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    cmon west indies, though am an indian, u ppl r my favt team after the team india, i really want u ppl to back on those resplendent days, all cheers for you.....

  • cricweda on June 13, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    i think rohit should be provided with the chance to play at no 4, as it is his regular spot.

  • ssenthil on June 13, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Take a bow Siddhartha Talya for Predicting the 3 changes. H Singh is dropped when is Vice Captain itself :O, Way to go S Raina ;-) Anyway all the Best for R Ashwin, I Sharma and M Tiwary

  • Outswinging on June 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Let's just hope that after India has left the WI team in tatters, the Board and coach will resign. Otis Gibson was a good coach in England because he was coaching up, he would not have dared to deal with any English player in the manner he allegedly treats WI players. This man was a mediocre player and he now has the nerve to be harassing WI senior players. The Board has shown itself to be inept. WI is is crying out for a good blend of senior and junior players. Is it time to use the young wicketkeeper Devon Thomas? Why isn't Taylor and Roach the pace twin tandem?

  • dummy4fb on June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Amit Mishra has been a revolution in this tournament. See how domestic experince can come handy in International matches and Mishra has proved it. No doubt when he first busted into the international arena he wasn't looking the complete package but now you see the times have changed and he is altogether a different a player now. I think WestIndies cricket should learn something from this, they just havn't produced the right cricketers in so many years, I mean look at pollard, bravo, simmons they all can be good and dangerous at their own day but the fact is that in International games one dosn't gets d days, one has to create their own days and these talented players havn't been able to do it. Coming onto the selection pattern, i doubt the selectors did any justice to Chistopher Gayle be keepin him out of the Oneday side more over keepin Darren bravo on the sidelines for the 3rd ODI also wasn't a positive sign, they are giving negetive signs to the players and the supporters.

  • iliastop11 on June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    pathan should b given chance in opening or 1-down or its a waste of him. he's a very gud player and can do wonders if given a chance 2 play in his own way !!!

  • dummy4fb on June 13, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I THINK YOUSUF BATTING DOWN THE ODER IS A WAST IN PRESENT SITUATION..HE SHOULD EITHER OPEN OR COME ONE DOWN THE ORDER SO THAT HE CAN ALSO PLAY IN HIS EYS,,AND THAN AFTER EXPLODE IF REQUIRED...EACH TIME HE COMES THERE IS A PRESURE TO BE HANDEL..FOR THIS HE PLAY AGRESIVELY AND GET OUT..HE REQURIED A GOOD CAPTAINS MIND ...PLEASE SAVE HIM OR WE WILL LOOSE A GOOD PLAYER...LIKE HIS BROTHER IRFAN PATHAN LOSS HIS WAY....

  • dummy4fb on June 13, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    i dont think pp is to be dropped he has proved himself every time he got any chance..and ws is not of pp caliber according to me... nor he will get chance in test matches ...play pp and give him mor confidence for near future

  • dummy4fb on June 13, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Today manoj tiwary will be tested against juicy West Indies bowling attack, its a big opportunity for new comers/debutant to get full utilize of it otherwise it being too late for them. The way India outclass West Indies is terrible for West Indies Cricket i still remember in 70's - 80's batsman after the fall of 5 or 6 wickets opposition team declare their innings just because of deadly bowling of Malcom Marshall, Walsh, Ambrose....

    Any way hope for the best .......

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