West Indies v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Kingstown March 9, 2010

West Indies look to returning Bravo for spark

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Match facts


Wednesday, March 10
Start time 09:30 (13:30 GMT)

The Big Picture

West Indies' downward one-day curve got a much needed lift on Saturday, when the hosts beat Zimbabwe by four wickets to level the series. It was their first victory in an international fixture since August last year, and the relief on their faces was palpable. It was also indicative of how hard the last few months have been for them, but as they approach the third ODI in Kingstown the momentum is still not entirely with them. It means the series is now locked at 1-1 and Wednesday's match will put one team within a win of taking the series.

West Indies have struggled so far in the matches against Zimbabwe, labouring to victory in the second game after losing the Twenty20 and the first ODI. What will give them confidence though is the return of the key allrounder Dwayne Bravo, whose presence - despite having not played for nearly three months - will almost certainly lift the team. West Indies' most valuable one-day player, Bravo adds depth to a shaky batting order and his bowling, most notably subtle variations of pace, can do real damage.

The comments of head coach Ottis Gibson on Bravo's return underline the influence of the star allrounder. "He has only just come back and already you can feel the energy he brings. He is a very important player and already the players have perked up with him around," was Gibson's assessment, and it shows just how Bravo can strengthen West Indies as a team.

On the other side, going into a crucial game, Zimbabwe have been hurt by the departure of fast bowler Kyle Jarvis with a stress fracture. Though Jarvis had not featured in any of the three international games on the tour so far, his departure leaves Zimbabwe's pace bowling reserves looking a little thin. Chris Mpofu leaked 30 runs in four wayward overs during West Indies' win in the second ODI, and although Shingi Masakadza held his nerve in a tense final over in the first game in Guyana, he too was expensive. Zimbabwe's batting fell away in the second ODI, and that was one of the reasons behind their loss. They will hope the surface at Kingstown will be more suitable for batting and look to their top order to come good.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

West Indies - WLLLL
Zimbabwe - LWLLL

Watch out for...

Darren Bravo: If he gets a chance to add to the four ODI caps he picked up during the homes series against India after the World Twenty20 last year, this highly-rated young batsman is one to keep an eye on. After his debut innings, a cameo 19, Darren drew comparisons to Brian Lara, for the similarity in technique as well as looks. The style is there, no doubt, but the substance needs to be forthcoming.

Tatenda Taibu: Zimbabwe urgently need him firing in his all-round capacity if they are to combat West Indies' growing confidence. Taibu has shown promising form in the two ODIs so far but needs to get himself in for a big innings should Zimbabwe happen to bat first. The middle order has been shaky and the tourists cannot afford to leave it all to the gung-ho Elton Chigumbura at No. 7.

Team news

The out-of-form Andre Fletcher, who has six ducks in his previous eight innings for West Indies, and allrounder Dwayne Smith have been dropped. Fletcher's axing means that Denesh Ramdin, the regular wicketkeeper over the past few years, who was benched after a string of poor batting performances, is likely to return to the first XI. Dwayne Bravo will certainly feature, but the management will need to take a call on whether Darren gets a game. Both Adrian Barath and David Bernard jnr have failed to fire so Darren could slot in as opener or No. 3 if one of them makes way.

West Indies: (probable) 1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Adrian Barath/Darren Bravo, 3 Dwayne Bravo, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Narsingh Deonarine, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sulieman Benn, 10 Nikita Miller, 11 Kemar Roach.

The Zimbabweans have not let on about any changes to their XI.

Zimbabwe: 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Vusi Sibanda, 3 Brendan Taylor, 4 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 5 Stuart Matsikenyeri, 6 Greg Lamb, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Graeme Cremer, 9 Prosper Utseya (capt), 10 Ray Price, 11 Chris Mpofu.

Pitch and conditions

The pitch at the Arnos Vale Multiplex is notoriously slow and low, which means Zimbabwe's band of merry slow bowlers will again favour themselves against a susceptible West Indian line-up. The weather is forecast to be just fine.

The Arnos Vale Multiplex has been kind to West Indies in the 17 matches they have played here. The home team has won 14 of the matches, but two of their three losses have come in the last two ODIs at the ground, where Pakistan won by 59 runs five years ago, and Australia triumphed by 84 runs two years ago.

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies have won 14 of 17 matches played at this venue, but two of their three losses have come in the last two ODIs at the ground. Pakistan beat them by 59 runs five years ago, and Australia won by 84 runs in 2008.

  • West Indies' run-rate at Arnos Vale is a lofty 4.66. Zimbabwe have yet to play here.

Quotes

"I have not seen much of Darren, but I know a lot has been said about him. I threw a few balls to him in the nets and he looks a very good player."
Ottis Gibson is also aware of what the other Bravo has to offer.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • rsgarcia on March 11, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Mr. Alter, on what planet is a half century and 35 in three innings failing to fire?

  • rsgarcia on March 11, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    If they think Ramdhin is not performing--and I can't give them wrong on that--then at least replace him with someone who can wicketkeep and bat. Bernard Jr and the long rested Baugh have proven useless. Why not try Lendl Simmons? He's a complete cricketer, promising batsman and an excellent fielder. Maybe Barath has taken his opening spot by virtue of more consistent (and less risky) batting, but Simmons is definitely one for the future, and we need someone to spell Ramdhin occasionally. He's shown ability with the gloves so let us develop him. Right now, Ramdhin's the only cricketer not allowed to be injured. If we want better performances, some real competition for the spot of wicketkeeper wouldn't hurt.

  • bennyzim85 on March 10, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    this one is going to be a tough one for the zimbabwe boys.it's about time they got out of that prennial "boys that have talent and are going to come into themselves".they have to show more than just talent,it's about time they came to the party,at least if they win two games and give the windies a good game of in other games, they would have proved themselves...otherwise good luck to the zimbabwe team,we can do it..

  • Haussen on March 10, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Bravo is one dude you can count on in the West Indies side, Always in the feild, with the ball, and with the bat! I enjoy wtaching bravo always and him coming into the team will make a difference but thats, what we want Zim to beat a full strength West Indies team!

  • on March 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    BRAVO! BRAVO! He is the man. he will do it. Bcoz he is a MUMBAI INDIAN!!!

  • convertorboy on March 10, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    It's unfair to judge anyone on this squad based on 1 T20 and 2 ODIs with the exception of Fletcher. He has not shown any sign of his talent and should be allowed to mature some more before coming back into the team. Dwayne Smith was unfairly dropped especially since he performed so well in Australia. Gayle did worse in the last tour and hadn't done any better in the first 2 matches, so why criticize others? Ramdin is being treated just as Daren Ganga was, Captain when no one else wants the yoke then tossed aside later on. To those who don't follow WI 1st class, there is a predominance of batsmen who partially keep. This unfortunate compromise means there are few who genuinely can keep wicket, hence Dinesh is the best keeper, despite his batting. Please, no Akmals for the WI team, we have it bad enough...

  • KYoung on March 10, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    1st off-WHERE IS BRENDAN NASH????? WHY ISN'T HE IN THE SQUAD the current west indies side is lacking quality players and proper management as a young west indian I strongly believe the pacers of Old should work with those new upcoming ones within the region...We had the most world renowned pace attack in the world in the 70's 80's to early 90's ending with Ian Bishop...Holding Roberts Garner perhaps even Wayne Daniel The Reverend Wes Hall Curtly Ambrose Courtney Walsh to name a few-those guys can lend their expertise to the young quicks the likes of Roach Taylor Edwards(needs direction n doesn't look like he thinks about the game) Gavin Tonge Nelon Pascal..a few young guys should be in the squad to learn from the likes of Chanderpaul so when he retires West Indies can still have a World class middle order batsman to steady the ship seeing as its only Bravo Chanderpaul and Gayle and Sarwan that get among the runs the odd time west indies win a game...Its Sad

  • skyrank on March 9, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Last chance for Pollar.. If he fail I think he should be axed. Need to preform Mr. Pollar you r now a big money player.

  • on March 9, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    I'm looking ofrward to seeing Dwayne Bravo again. I've missed him so much on this team. For the windies team I look for Bravo, Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, Ledl Simmons and Keiron Pollard

  • mus_tard on March 9, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    they should not drop barath. he is young and needs a chance. he is a really good player

  • rsgarcia on March 11, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Mr. Alter, on what planet is a half century and 35 in three innings failing to fire?

  • rsgarcia on March 11, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    If they think Ramdhin is not performing--and I can't give them wrong on that--then at least replace him with someone who can wicketkeep and bat. Bernard Jr and the long rested Baugh have proven useless. Why not try Lendl Simmons? He's a complete cricketer, promising batsman and an excellent fielder. Maybe Barath has taken his opening spot by virtue of more consistent (and less risky) batting, but Simmons is definitely one for the future, and we need someone to spell Ramdhin occasionally. He's shown ability with the gloves so let us develop him. Right now, Ramdhin's the only cricketer not allowed to be injured. If we want better performances, some real competition for the spot of wicketkeeper wouldn't hurt.

  • bennyzim85 on March 10, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    this one is going to be a tough one for the zimbabwe boys.it's about time they got out of that prennial "boys that have talent and are going to come into themselves".they have to show more than just talent,it's about time they came to the party,at least if they win two games and give the windies a good game of in other games, they would have proved themselves...otherwise good luck to the zimbabwe team,we can do it..

  • Haussen on March 10, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Bravo is one dude you can count on in the West Indies side, Always in the feild, with the ball, and with the bat! I enjoy wtaching bravo always and him coming into the team will make a difference but thats, what we want Zim to beat a full strength West Indies team!

  • on March 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    BRAVO! BRAVO! He is the man. he will do it. Bcoz he is a MUMBAI INDIAN!!!

  • convertorboy on March 10, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    It's unfair to judge anyone on this squad based on 1 T20 and 2 ODIs with the exception of Fletcher. He has not shown any sign of his talent and should be allowed to mature some more before coming back into the team. Dwayne Smith was unfairly dropped especially since he performed so well in Australia. Gayle did worse in the last tour and hadn't done any better in the first 2 matches, so why criticize others? Ramdin is being treated just as Daren Ganga was, Captain when no one else wants the yoke then tossed aside later on. To those who don't follow WI 1st class, there is a predominance of batsmen who partially keep. This unfortunate compromise means there are few who genuinely can keep wicket, hence Dinesh is the best keeper, despite his batting. Please, no Akmals for the WI team, we have it bad enough...

  • KYoung on March 10, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    1st off-WHERE IS BRENDAN NASH????? WHY ISN'T HE IN THE SQUAD the current west indies side is lacking quality players and proper management as a young west indian I strongly believe the pacers of Old should work with those new upcoming ones within the region...We had the most world renowned pace attack in the world in the 70's 80's to early 90's ending with Ian Bishop...Holding Roberts Garner perhaps even Wayne Daniel The Reverend Wes Hall Curtly Ambrose Courtney Walsh to name a few-those guys can lend their expertise to the young quicks the likes of Roach Taylor Edwards(needs direction n doesn't look like he thinks about the game) Gavin Tonge Nelon Pascal..a few young guys should be in the squad to learn from the likes of Chanderpaul so when he retires West Indies can still have a World class middle order batsman to steady the ship seeing as its only Bravo Chanderpaul and Gayle and Sarwan that get among the runs the odd time west indies win a game...Its Sad

  • skyrank on March 9, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Last chance for Pollar.. If he fail I think he should be axed. Need to preform Mr. Pollar you r now a big money player.

  • on March 9, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    I'm looking ofrward to seeing Dwayne Bravo again. I've missed him so much on this team. For the windies team I look for Bravo, Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, Ledl Simmons and Keiron Pollard

  • mus_tard on March 9, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    they should not drop barath. he is young and needs a chance. he is a really good player

  • vigi101929 on March 9, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    @cricketjumbie ...So wat ar u suggesting????? The so called STRONG windies team only played zim...Wats goin on?????? these cricketers play pathetic cricket as a team and resonable cricket induvidually(Big bash,IPL).....their bench-strength is pathetic to say the LEAST!!!!!! 1. Give them a break for 2 years and hibernate their International status without dismantling their domestic structure..... 2.have Sir VIV as the batting consultant, Lara as chief selector, Holding as the bowling coach 3.Restructure the domestic formats..... Until all these things are done its going to be the same age-old story......WINDIES LOST!!!!!

  • cricketjumbie on March 9, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    This is in response to vigi101929 How quickly the likes of you forget. why don't you shut up if yo do not know what you are talking about. The WI team has suffered severel key injuries and the team that was beaten by Bangladesh was a SCAB team at best. Did you forget the same WI team that played Australia in the last test series? Notice the team's composition right now. Granted we may not have much depth right now but your suggestion of ranking the team #10 is ludicrous.

  • on March 9, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    This is a good side, i would have liked to see Sawarn in for Bernard. Expecting Pollard to show his class in this game, and finally put his critics to rest, also looking forward to seeing Ramdin do something big with the bat. It is a huge plus that Bravo is back, also good news for Darren as well, he is an exceptional talent. The WI are a much much better team than the results suggest, and they are by no means wipping boys. to all the critics, when the likes of Taylor, Edwards, unite with Bravo and roach, we'll see what u have to say then. we have a lot of talent in the WI we just suffer from bad management mostly on the part of the WICB. Also the pitches for the first 3 games were ridiculous, y would u prepare a pitch with so much help for slow bowling when the opposition has about 3 or 4 spinners, this made no sense to me. hope the pitches for the reminder of the matches are much better.

  • akash501 on March 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    A comment to Jamie Alter: It is unfair of you to say "Both Adrian Barath and David Bernard jnr have failed to fire so Darren could slot in as opener ". Thus far Barath has scored a valuable 50 (on debut) with a total of 57 run in two matches - 4th highest in the team behind Gayle, Deonarine and Chanderpaul (despite a questionable LBW decision in the second match).

  • CricSoul on March 9, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Ramdin should bat at no3, which would test his batting skills..Hope gayle will think the same

  • hashir86 on March 9, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    WI should give Darren bravo a chance, he is real talent who needs few matches to get get settle..fletcher can get a chance for 2-3 matches, why not Darren bravo

  • RandyDeRoamer on March 9, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    The West Indies Selectors should take a close look at Kieron Pollard's performance. He has not done anything fof the Team; has never helped them to a Victory. He's more a liability. Dwayne Smith has been a better performer. Pollard should go.

  • vigi101929 on March 9, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    I dunno if i am wrong but this is the worst team in world cricket today.....They lost to Bangladesh , Zimbabwe leave alone Australia....I think even Ireland can beat them now...Plz don`t give them any screen space cause they are the WHIPPING BOYZ now!!!!!!!!!!!! They should be ideally ranked No.10 in the world right now in all the formats of the game!!!!!!!

  • Rockster007 on March 9, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    West indies performance on Saturday was a good one. We cant underestimate Zimbabwe though. While their performance with bat has been less than satisfactory their bowling performance is very formidable espescially on these dry west indies pitches. Hats off to to My Gayle for leading from the front with the bat and good support from Narsingh. Windies need others player to repeat what narsingh did on saturday. He took the attack to opposition and change the game in west indies favor. It was good to see this. Wonderfull to have Bravo on board again. we will need him in Arnos Vale. I expect the same tight spin attack from Zimbabwe. Tough ask for any team to bat against. however it does make for some interesting cricket especially if West Indies win he he. Go Windies

  • WindiesWillow on March 9, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    11 West Indies should play :

    1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Adrian Barath, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Narsingh Deonarine, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sulieman Benn, 10 Nikita Miller, 11 Kemar Roach.

  • wenyastumpsrhalfwaydowntheground... on March 9, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Great to have Dwayne Bravo back, hopefully his energy (and skills) will spark the guys into better performances. Lately, West Indies have been sloppy in all departments. The bowling needs Roach, Edwards and Taylor firing on all cylinders at all times. Since the days of Dennis Waight the team has been blighted by the breakdown of it's fast bowlers. This must stop. West Indies NEEDS pace like fire. It simply isn't the same without it. The emergence of Roach, Edwards and Taylor warms the hearts of many, not just Windies fans but cricket fans in general, and we need to see them operating together. It's a promising attack, along with Bravo and Benn for variation. Hopefully soon, we shall see those stumps flying again!

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  • wenyastumpsrhalfwaydowntheground... on March 9, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Great to have Dwayne Bravo back, hopefully his energy (and skills) will spark the guys into better performances. Lately, West Indies have been sloppy in all departments. The bowling needs Roach, Edwards and Taylor firing on all cylinders at all times. Since the days of Dennis Waight the team has been blighted by the breakdown of it's fast bowlers. This must stop. West Indies NEEDS pace like fire. It simply isn't the same without it. The emergence of Roach, Edwards and Taylor warms the hearts of many, not just Windies fans but cricket fans in general, and we need to see them operating together. It's a promising attack, along with Bravo and Benn for variation. Hopefully soon, we shall see those stumps flying again!

  • WindiesWillow on March 9, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    11 West Indies should play :

    1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Adrian Barath, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Narsingh Deonarine, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sulieman Benn, 10 Nikita Miller, 11 Kemar Roach.

  • Rockster007 on March 9, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    West indies performance on Saturday was a good one. We cant underestimate Zimbabwe though. While their performance with bat has been less than satisfactory their bowling performance is very formidable espescially on these dry west indies pitches. Hats off to to My Gayle for leading from the front with the bat and good support from Narsingh. Windies need others player to repeat what narsingh did on saturday. He took the attack to opposition and change the game in west indies favor. It was good to see this. Wonderfull to have Bravo on board again. we will need him in Arnos Vale. I expect the same tight spin attack from Zimbabwe. Tough ask for any team to bat against. however it does make for some interesting cricket especially if West Indies win he he. Go Windies

  • vigi101929 on March 9, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    I dunno if i am wrong but this is the worst team in world cricket today.....They lost to Bangladesh , Zimbabwe leave alone Australia....I think even Ireland can beat them now...Plz don`t give them any screen space cause they are the WHIPPING BOYZ now!!!!!!!!!!!! They should be ideally ranked No.10 in the world right now in all the formats of the game!!!!!!!

  • RandyDeRoamer on March 9, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    The West Indies Selectors should take a close look at Kieron Pollard's performance. He has not done anything fof the Team; has never helped them to a Victory. He's more a liability. Dwayne Smith has been a better performer. Pollard should go.

  • hashir86 on March 9, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    WI should give Darren bravo a chance, he is real talent who needs few matches to get get settle..fletcher can get a chance for 2-3 matches, why not Darren bravo

  • CricSoul on March 9, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Ramdin should bat at no3, which would test his batting skills..Hope gayle will think the same

  • akash501 on March 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    A comment to Jamie Alter: It is unfair of you to say "Both Adrian Barath and David Bernard jnr have failed to fire so Darren could slot in as opener ". Thus far Barath has scored a valuable 50 (on debut) with a total of 57 run in two matches - 4th highest in the team behind Gayle, Deonarine and Chanderpaul (despite a questionable LBW decision in the second match).

  • on March 9, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    This is a good side, i would have liked to see Sawarn in for Bernard. Expecting Pollard to show his class in this game, and finally put his critics to rest, also looking forward to seeing Ramdin do something big with the bat. It is a huge plus that Bravo is back, also good news for Darren as well, he is an exceptional talent. The WI are a much much better team than the results suggest, and they are by no means wipping boys. to all the critics, when the likes of Taylor, Edwards, unite with Bravo and roach, we'll see what u have to say then. we have a lot of talent in the WI we just suffer from bad management mostly on the part of the WICB. Also the pitches for the first 3 games were ridiculous, y would u prepare a pitch with so much help for slow bowling when the opposition has about 3 or 4 spinners, this made no sense to me. hope the pitches for the reminder of the matches are much better.

  • cricketjumbie on March 9, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    This is in response to vigi101929 How quickly the likes of you forget. why don't you shut up if yo do not know what you are talking about. The WI team has suffered severel key injuries and the team that was beaten by Bangladesh was a SCAB team at best. Did you forget the same WI team that played Australia in the last test series? Notice the team's composition right now. Granted we may not have much depth right now but your suggestion of ranking the team #10 is ludicrous.