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

West Indies without Gayle on his home turf

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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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  • reghuh 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

  • naudurivsm 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.

  • srtt on June 16, 2011, 13:05 GMT

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

  • ChrisH 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.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:01 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • SBMURALI 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...

  • Mavrykk 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

  • 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.

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:32 GMT

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

  • reghuh 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

  • naudurivsm 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.

  • srtt on June 16, 2011, 13:05 GMT

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

  • ChrisH 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.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:01 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • SBMURALI 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...

  • Mavrykk 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

  • 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.

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:32 GMT

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

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    hmm i dont like those predicted sides. Bishoo must play, he is WI's best bowler, but so should martin. That means sammy, russell and pollard round out the bowlers. Kemar roach is a good quick bowler but can miss out due to the added batting of sammy and russell. Also for India they need to pick their strongest side, Ishant needs to go for munaf, india COULD take a risk and pick Vinay or they can stick to the tried and tested Praveen, ashwin and mishra can both play as they've bowled well. For mine yusuf pathan misses out to include wriddhiman saha who can play as specialist batsman. Parthiv has been in too good form to leave out, india need his batting in a weakened line up like this. Manoj tiwary should get another hit out, as well as badrinath who looked good in the T20

  • Saim93 on June 16, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Gayle, Simmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuels/Pollard, Bravo, Sammy, Roach/Russel, Baugh, Edwards/Rampaul and Taylor

    These men should be in contention for the West Indies at least for the next 2 years!

  • on June 16, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    @tahir: this is not west indies bench strength... it is full strength west indies team which has the likes of sarwan, bravo and pollard. A 3-2 win series win for the bench strength indian team is a tremendous achievement.

  • ssenthil on June 16, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    All the Best - Team India.

  • JustIPL on June 16, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    sumeetpaul. Off course if India play their champion team then Windies are nothing even gayle/chanderpaul play but it is also fact that bench strength is being tested. Also worldcup is four years away so new talent is required anyway. Furthermore, Aussies might be back on track by then if not other teams. While mentioning boards ditching players please also mention Aussies who have axed many players like that who were still usable u name it and I count. Windies wont win if here is bhajji and munaf

  • sumeetpaul on June 16, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @Tahir1234, Do you realize what you are saying man?? U counted 4 Windies who can come back to help the win, but u forgot the 9 Indian champions, 8 of whom still have at least 5 years of cricket left in them! 9 becos I included bhajji and munaf too as their absence ws the reason, y WI were able to score 250...

    and btw, India doesnt need a bench replacement of 9 players as BCCI doesnt kick its players out like WICB and PCB (u know y i mentioned PCB, right?)

  • rodzstars on June 16, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    man weve seen a lot of good 11's on paper for past 7yrs or so and was d same heartbreak wat im seein now is good team unity an fight to d very end WHICH WE DIDNT HAVE THEN we may not be winning or picking d best 11 but give it a little time and coach gibson will get it right he has a PLAN an is working it out PLAYERS JUST KEEP WORKING HARD BE DICIPLINE AN KEEP D FIGHTING SPIRIT

    GO WINDIES

  • on June 16, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    yes raja gopal m agree with u, i also recommend for p. kumar to be a part of test eleven for england tour.

  • JustIPL on June 16, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Both India and West Indies are struggling to find one thing i.e. to find capable bench strength. A 3-2 win for India will mean that India's bench strength is slightly better than the Windies. It will certainly be more meaningful for windies as they can start winning more games after so called radio interview issue is resolved with Gayle and both sarwan and chanderpaul are back. Also, the return of ace all rounder bravo will be highly beneficial. A 3-2 win for India will mean that they still need more out of those aged muscles to retain their world champion's status.

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    Yes it is good team . But i believe with swinging ability that praveen kumar has he should considered for test matches. We tour England next he will be good bowler under MS capataincy...

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    from my point of view india shuld bring vinay & shah in at the place of yusuf & badrinath. parthiv patel & praveen should continue in playing eleven.

  • cornplus on June 16, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Once again so called men let their ego destroy a sport we were once dominant in. Cricket is played by cricket, not board members so let the best win. Look at the best sides in the world today. The average age is about 28 to 32 years, whats the idea of dropping all your experienced played to rebuild with only youth. It will take you 10-12 yeas to do so by that time everyone will be far ahead of you in world cricket. A good team is made up of 70% experience and 30% youth. I employ the people from the West Indies region to boycott all these games and dissolve that so called WICB.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    The west. Indies cricket board should go out on the cricket field and bat, bowl and field because the way they picking the team it's all about them ..........

  • shannu152 on June 16, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Hope India gets to bat first today...

  • on June 16, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Yes Ravi for kemar, who does seem himself these days. The line up looks fine. Sarwan has to bat more overs. His SR is in the sixties, and by batting longer we may just be able to get those additional 25-30 more runs needed to win. 255-260 will win it for us. Samuel can play a similar role. your experience players must play as such. Sarwan must start playing match winning innings for the WI, He has the technique.

  • on June 16, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @Alex do your homework before posting comments - Congrats for WI ruling cricket for 15 years how long did the aussies rule? Your ruled 15 years and could only win the WC twice. The Aussies ruled from 87-07 where they won it 4 times and was the runner up in one. So who was the most dominant in cricket? Surely the aussies.

  • ARLPRR on June 16, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    if WICB would just let Gayle,Taylor and Fidel Edwards play for the team again the West Indies have a huge chance at winning any game. dispite Gayle messing up sometimes he makes up for it and after making 300 up against Sri Lanka i have alot of faith in him. Taylor made 108 runs against New Zeland before his injury as i remember and Fidel took 7 wickets against Austrailia when they were last in the West Indies. WICB needs to think about the fate of West Indies cricket not to have problems with the players for thier comment or what ever else

  • div09 on June 15, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    The test team should be 1) Abhinav Mukund 2) Murali Vijay 3) Rahul Dravid 4) Virat Kohli 5) VVS Laxman 6) Parthiv Patel 7) MS Dhoni (WK)(C) 8) Harbhajan Singh 9) Amit Mishra 10) Praveen Kumar 11) Ishant Sharma. The batting line-up is so so strong...and the bowling has some strength too.

  • ARLPRR on June 15, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    whoever selects the squad the west indies uses is seriously deformed. West Indies has so many good players and because they didnt play in a tournament had something to say about not gettin into the squad the board havin problems and Taylor have to prove his fitness . this is why West Indies went from one of the best team to the lowest. if Taylor,Edwards and Gayle get into that team along with Roach,Bishoo, Pollard , the Bravos, Simmons, Samuels all hell breaking loose and West Indies getting back into the top 5

  • on June 15, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @Keith Hall hmm.. I haven't seen Pollard playing in test matches much ( if at all).. so I for one will be looking to see how he performs.. I say at least he should be given a chance or two despite his consistently failing batting performance in the past few games.. after all.. he seems to be getting into form and who knows.. he may just be that win/lose factor.

  • on June 15, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    i like the way the WICB is holding out on Gaylee he cannot bat good spin bowling anyhow so he is not really being missed remember how he played during the world cup. i say leave him on the sidelines let the young guys who show commitment to the cause of trying to revive west indies cricket given the chance, Congrats to Sammy on the last game .you see we understand that its a rebuilding time for west indies team hence the rotation of players we are still looking for the best combination to represent us.dont forget we ruled the crcket world for 15 YEARS so let India England and the others see who is the best for now see if anyone of them could rule the world for 15 years let the guys keep playing hard .

  • on June 15, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Familiar pattern in recent series: opponents win series, then ease off the gas pedal so to speak. WI win a couple to make final series score look respectable. That's been our MO for some time now. Having Gayle in the line up won't solve our problems because when he was in, we still lost a bunch of matches/series. Sammy, the Board & WIPA are no better. In my humble opinion, the only entity in WI cricket at present worth preserving, nurturing and publicizing would be the Sagicor High Performance Center @ Cave Hill in Bim. This is where the players who will give us any hopes of a turnaround in the next 5-10 years or so are located. The rest constitute deadwood. Oh yes, we will still see brilliant individual performances from time to time from the current players, but that's about all. The present crop basically doesn't care about whether we win or lose. They're satisfied with getting a 40-odd runs or so or picking up a few wickets to cement their place in the team for the next match.

  • AMBH on June 15, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    1.)Murali Vijay, 2.)Virat Kohli, 3.)Rahul Dravid, 4.)Venkatsai Laxman (vice-capt), 5.)Subramaniam Badrinath, 6.)Suresh Raina, 7.)Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), 8.)Harbhajan Singh, 9.)Amit Mishra, 10.)Ishant Sharma, 11.)Munaf Patel/Abhimanyu Mithun, i think this is good team for test match guys...

  • on June 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Say what you want, think whatever you like, West Indies will not win without Chris Gayle. Did you see the strategy used by Suresh Raina in the 4th ODI? When Keiron Pollard came to bat, he immediately took off Mishra and Ashwin, to introduce two unknown "slow bowlers". Pollard (who cannot bat at all, especially formidable spin) went on to make 70, thereby boosting his aggregate. India's selectors will be happy to see this Pollard guy appearing in a test match against them, they know he is a certain casualty every time he comes to the wicket and why? He simply cannot negotiate good swing bowling nor top class spin, which makes him a "non-batsman". Chris Gayle is not the best player of spin either but at least his record shows on any given day he can hit the best bowlers out of the ball-park. Gayle is still one of the most feared batsmen at the crease, along with Sehwag and Dilshan, seems like North American sports speak volumes, get rid of disgruntled coaches and keep the good players.

  • Cricket_is_soul on June 15, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Shame on West indies, they've a captain who wants to bowl his quota overs as quickly as he can to avoid bowling at death. The captain's attitude is shown among the players too. I dont think they can be carrribean kings for ever.

  • lyl67 on June 15, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    West indies management is pussy footing over the Gayle issue that is why the situation has not been resloved afterall he has been in the vincinity and where have the board represent been? and why have a meeting taken so long, especially as he is our best player, the management is like headmasters holding grudges, i suggest that they attend a manmangement course before they can move forward. for the life of me i cannot understand the continued selection of Baugh whose wicketkeeping reflexes has gone. He has scored a few runs in the last few matches but for me west indies have at least one better wicketkeeping batsman.

  • Cricket_is_soul on June 15, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    We don't want to see a spirited team for a dead rubber.

  • CricketChat on June 15, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Badri, Yusuf, Tiwary, Ishant should be out and rest should be in. Those 4 mentioned just don't cut anymore. Vinay kumar too, just doesn't look international class at all. Hope Ind selectors don't waste their time on these guys and promote more deserving players.

  • dragline on June 15, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    the story with Galye and the board continue to be a wild guest. hope we will get some answers soon, and that the west indian public will know what the situation is at present. we hope that the out come will be in the best interset of west indies cricket. barath is back in the team. i wish him best of success tommorow; i think he is a very good batsman. i think the task up will be between Rampual and roach, i hope who ever is picked will get lots of wickets for the team. ruzzell is showing signs that is will be a very good all rounder. i would like to see him improve with the ball, in that i would like him to get the ball to swing around more. he has the speed, which could be more consistant.just need to work on the craft of swinging the ball.

  • medellin0404 on June 15, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    As pointed out in this article, a 2-3 final scoreline will not do justice to the one-sided affair that this series has been so far...second string side vs. second string side, but India have clearly had the upper hand...why scuttle that by losing the final ODI simply because bench players need to be given a chance? Saha deserves a chance, but not at the expense of Patel who continues to shell out consistent performances...what was clearly evident in the last game was that India need a stronger opening pair...Manoj Tiwary is NOT an opener and it was quite evident (and sad to watch) in the previous game...I think Shikhar Dhawan should be given another chance...he did hit a 50 (albeit scratchy)...rest Badrinath and/or Yusuf instead (who've clearly shown 0 improvement throughout the tour)...You could bring in Vinay Kumar at the expense of PK.....good luck team India!!

  • on June 15, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    the only thing i can say that india is going to win this match

  • TeamSelector on June 15, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    There's only one problem with the West Indies line-up .... Russell & Baugh should switch places ...

  • on June 15, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    India will Lose this game as well...3-2 is on the cards.

  • Nampally on June 15, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    India batted as though they were playing T-20 in the 4th ODI. Disciplined batting has to start with Raina. ODI is a format where strike rotation is a single most important factor. India should focus on this aspect in absence of Sachin, Sehwag,. Gambhir & Yuvraj. India does not have these reliable strikers of the ball. This makes the strike rotation all the more important while avoiding run outs.Raina, Rohit, Virat & Yusuf must avoid Hoicks at all costs. This particularly applies to Yusuf who can play a big innings if he applies himself to the task. A.Martyn was openly taunting the Indians stating that "No body is going to hit me on My Pitch" after taking 4 wickets due to rank bad strokes by Indian batsmen. When WI is giving you 5 runs/over why hit those unnecessary hoicks? In bowling Ishant has to be lot sharper & steadier if he is vying for England tour.India needs to concentrate & win this match to boost their confidence - the first test is also on the same ground.Good Luck.

  • drlove2344 on June 15, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    being witout Gayle is a big trouble for West Indies, i pray them people at Kingston dont brick them down cause you know Gayle is like a god to them.... lol, anyway plz selecters give the man a chance in the test cause you guys killing west Indies cricket ok!

  • on June 15, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    lol.....hahahahahahahah gud to see bartha back man....but sad gayle gonna no hope west indies loss and there call gayle back ......lol good luck indians time for simmions to make 100 and sarwan to step up sammuels needs to retuire !!!!!

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  • on June 15, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    lol.....hahahahahahahah gud to see bartha back man....but sad gayle gonna no hope west indies loss and there call gayle back ......lol good luck indians time for simmions to make 100 and sarwan to step up sammuels needs to retuire !!!!!

  • drlove2344 on June 15, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    being witout Gayle is a big trouble for West Indies, i pray them people at Kingston dont brick them down cause you know Gayle is like a god to them.... lol, anyway plz selecters give the man a chance in the test cause you guys killing west Indies cricket ok!

  • Nampally on June 15, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    India batted as though they were playing T-20 in the 4th ODI. Disciplined batting has to start with Raina. ODI is a format where strike rotation is a single most important factor. India should focus on this aspect in absence of Sachin, Sehwag,. Gambhir & Yuvraj. India does not have these reliable strikers of the ball. This makes the strike rotation all the more important while avoiding run outs.Raina, Rohit, Virat & Yusuf must avoid Hoicks at all costs. This particularly applies to Yusuf who can play a big innings if he applies himself to the task. A.Martyn was openly taunting the Indians stating that "No body is going to hit me on My Pitch" after taking 4 wickets due to rank bad strokes by Indian batsmen. When WI is giving you 5 runs/over why hit those unnecessary hoicks? In bowling Ishant has to be lot sharper & steadier if he is vying for England tour.India needs to concentrate & win this match to boost their confidence - the first test is also on the same ground.Good Luck.

  • on June 15, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    India will Lose this game as well...3-2 is on the cards.

  • TeamSelector on June 15, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    There's only one problem with the West Indies line-up .... Russell & Baugh should switch places ...

  • on June 15, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    the only thing i can say that india is going to win this match

  • medellin0404 on June 15, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    As pointed out in this article, a 2-3 final scoreline will not do justice to the one-sided affair that this series has been so far...second string side vs. second string side, but India have clearly had the upper hand...why scuttle that by losing the final ODI simply because bench players need to be given a chance? Saha deserves a chance, but not at the expense of Patel who continues to shell out consistent performances...what was clearly evident in the last game was that India need a stronger opening pair...Manoj Tiwary is NOT an opener and it was quite evident (and sad to watch) in the previous game...I think Shikhar Dhawan should be given another chance...he did hit a 50 (albeit scratchy)...rest Badrinath and/or Yusuf instead (who've clearly shown 0 improvement throughout the tour)...You could bring in Vinay Kumar at the expense of PK.....good luck team India!!

  • dragline on June 15, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    the story with Galye and the board continue to be a wild guest. hope we will get some answers soon, and that the west indian public will know what the situation is at present. we hope that the out come will be in the best interset of west indies cricket. barath is back in the team. i wish him best of success tommorow; i think he is a very good batsman. i think the task up will be between Rampual and roach, i hope who ever is picked will get lots of wickets for the team. ruzzell is showing signs that is will be a very good all rounder. i would like to see him improve with the ball, in that i would like him to get the ball to swing around more. he has the speed, which could be more consistant.just need to work on the craft of swinging the ball.

  • CricketChat on June 15, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Badri, Yusuf, Tiwary, Ishant should be out and rest should be in. Those 4 mentioned just don't cut anymore. Vinay kumar too, just doesn't look international class at all. Hope Ind selectors don't waste their time on these guys and promote more deserving players.

  • Cricket_is_soul on June 15, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    We don't want to see a spirited team for a dead rubber.