West Indies v India, 5th ODI, Kingston, Jamaica June 15, 2011

West Indies without Gayle on his home turf


Match facts

Thursday, June 16, Jamaica
Start time 0900 (1400 GMT)

Big Picture

West Indies go 0-3 down in the five-ODI contest. Their batsmen are inept against spin on slow pitches. Where on earth is the home advantage? Their outcricket is from an obsolete era. Too many dot balls faced. Chris Gayle is missing. Darren Sammy remains earnest and finds positives very few can see.

Then they win a game, the first dead rubber. Suddenly they have an opportunity to secure a 2-3 result. That doesn't look so bad, does it? And after enough time passes, only the 2-3 will endure, the desperation will linger only in the memories of those who were faithful enough to watch it all. And the faithful have been scarce this summer.

That could have been a description of West Indies' plight against Pakistan earlier in the season, but it isn't. Their struggle against India has had an almost identical tale - the starkest difference perhaps being the start times of the matches: 09.30 for Pakistan, 09.00 for India. The hosts will hope for an identical ending too, for that would mean victory against India at Sabina Park on Thursday.

The person Kingston and most of the Caribbean want to see, however, will not play at Sabina Park. Once again Gayle has been ignored for selection. He was supposed to have had his meeting with the WICB the day after West Indies won the fourth ODI. Not a peep, tweet or officious media release has been forthcoming from either party. The fifth ODI, frankly, matters little now, but the standoff continuing to weaken West Indies during the Test series will take this absurdity to an extreme.

Let not the muck West Indies are stuck in take away from India's effort. The players in Suresh Raina's side had careers to revive and places to fight for. Most of them have strengthened their cases. S Badrinath and Yusuf Pathan haven't, though, and the stakes will be that much higher for them in the final ODI.

Form guide (most recent first)

West Indies: WLLLW
India: LWWWW

The spotlight

Ishant Sharma had figures of 1 for 60 in the fourth ODI, his first game of the series, when West Indies scored at just under five an over on average. What those stats won't tell you is that he got the ball to rise sharply from not that short a length, when Parthiv Patel was stooping to collect Praveen Kumar's deliveries. Ishant bowled at brisk pace too - in the 135-140 kph range - and hustled most West Indies batsmen. Now if he could only sort out that persistent no-ball problem …

Adrian Barath hasn't played for West Indies since February. He suffered a hamstring injury before their World Cup campaign began and has been sidelined since. He's finished his recovery, spent a week training at the High Performance Centre and is ready to slot in alongside Lendl Simmons at the top of the batting order. His inclusion gives West Indies a more productive option than Kirk Edwards or Danza Hyatt did.

Team news

West Indies will replace Hyatt, who opened in the previous game, with Barath, while the rest of the batting order picks itself. With three seam-bowling allrounders - Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Sammy - certain to play, though, there's space for only two out of legspinners Anthony Martin and Devendra Bishoo, and fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul, who was recalled after being given a rest. Martin took 4 for 36 in Antigua and should retain his spot, so the toss up is between Roach and Rampaul.

West Indies: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Adrian Barath, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Carlton Baugh (wk), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Darren Sammy (capt), 10 Ravi Rampaul/Kemar Roach, 11 Anthony Martin.

Fast bowler Vinay Kumar and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha are the only Indians who haven't played on tour yet. They could get a look in at Sabina Park.

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

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies have won seven of the previous eight matches they played at Sabina Park. Four of those victories, however, were against Zimbabwe, Ireland and Canada.

  • Ramnaresh Sarwan has scored the most ODI runs at this venue - 556 at an average of 61.77. Gayle and Chanderpaul are second and third, but they won't be playing.

  • Ravi Rampaul averages 15.14 for his seven wickets at Sabina Park, perhaps part of the reason West Indies recalled him for the final game. Dwayne Bravo has the most ODI wickets here - 13 in nine games.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Reghu on June 16, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari played really well.......lot lot better than dhawans who play a stinking innings without helping the scoring rate or partnerships....atleast tiwarti's body language was perfect, scoring rate was a bonus and that six boosted the morale of the team after the loss in last game against the club level WI team. I cant still digest the inclusion of Ishant Sharma who has no direction or length...even my 8 year old sister would bowl better than him

  • Venkata on June 16, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Raina I like you and your abilities. But I will not support your view of not giving Vridhiman Saha a chance and poor performing Y P getting it time and again. even PP at the top. you could drop Bhajji for Ashwin and can't drop PP or YP for Vridhiman Saha? Not a good captaincy even after your own statement of giving everyone a chance to play after the series victory.

  • Shekar on June 16, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    cricinfo has it wrng. How can you be playing in Jam and play just one fast bowler????

  • Sean on June 16, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    I suppose the fact that I'm a Kingstonian and I'm not looking forward to see Gayle and said so is the reason why my previous post wasn't published. I guess they don't want it to conflict with cricinfo's claim that "The person Kingston and most of the Caribbean want to see, however, will not play at Sabina Park." As I attempted to point out before though, any low turnout is simply due to one reason and that is because it is a thursday (a work day) and not because of the absence of Gayle. For the weird scheduling I can only thank my local Jamaica Cricket Association (which has also not even found the money to install lights at Sabina and yet schedules this leg of the tour (which is what the local boards do) to be played on weekdays). As for Gayle's supposed drawing power, well you really couldn't pay me to watch Gayle again. I've also heard many others who are fed up with the underperforming but overpaid "stars" such as Gayle so Gayle's drawing power in WI is less than cricinfo imagines.

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    In the indian side there should be wriddhiman saha insted of manoj tiwari

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    This team balance is troubling, they have three allrounders which means that two very good bowlers are missing out all of the time. I think its high time that they dropped pollard. Russel and sammy are good enough at 7 and 8, this would allow both roach, rampaul and bishoo to fit into the same squad. This is actually a very good bowling line up, and west indies have been missing this just because they have 3 allrounders.

  • MURALI on June 16, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    india should use the remaining two unused players also. its not a must win game. hence they can.... but any how there will be no use of new players. india is depend only on kohli, raina and rohith as for as batting is concerned. all the best team india...

  • joseph on June 16, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    d problem is dat the WICB is seeking own personal glorification instead of what the cricketing public and the fans are seeking. A viable windies team with capable batsmen and bowlers. Forget about wht was said by Gayle and wipe your tears. let's bring the joy of the sport back to the people. please. I see d WICB as a big baby

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    1.Parthiv 2.Rohit 3.Kohli 4.Manoj 5.Saha(wk) 6.Raina(capt) 7.Harbhajan 8.Yusuf 9.Amit Mishta 10.Praveen/Vinay 11.Munaf, and west indies are gone. What if our world champion team plays againt them with the likes of zaheer?, 1.Sachin 2.Sehwag 3.Gambhir 4.Kohli 5.Yuvi 6.MSD(c&wk) 7.Raina 8.Harbhajan 9.Ashwin 10.Zaheer 11.Munaf, and west indies are no where in picture. You can ask me what if sachin retires? Then 1.Sehwag 2.GaMBHIR 3.Kohli 4.Yuvi 5.MSD(C&wk) 6.Rohit/Yusuf/Saha 7.Raina 8.Bhajji 9.Ashwin 10.Zaheer 11.Munaf/Praveen/Nehra/Ishant can still beat WI.

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    4-1..this is the result..though 5-0 would have been the perfect one

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