Dwayne Smith's (batsman) dismissal for 97 proved decisive in India winning the second ODI © IANS
Dwayne Smith’s (batsman) dismissal for 97 proved decisive in India winning the second ODI © IANS

India will face West Indies in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at Dharamshala on Friday. West Indies clinched a comprehensive 124-run victory in the first ODI, and were looking to get a 2-0 lead in the second ODI too, until a batting collapse saw them tumble from 170 for 2 to 215 all out. Unfortunately, the third ODI scheduled to take place in Visakhapatnam, was cancelled due to cyclone Hudhud, reducing the series to a four-match one. Sameer Jha looks at some of the exciting battles to look forward to in the fourth ODI.

1. Dwayne Smith vs Mohammed Shami: Dwayne Smith was disappointed at missing out on a century in the second ODI, but his run-a-ball 97 gave the Indian bowlers plenty of reasons to worry. The West Indian opener was looking to take the visitors towards victory, until Mohammed Shami bowled a delivery that went right through his defence. Shami will be hoping to keep the beast in Smith quiet at Dharamshala, and make sure that he is sent towards the pavilion early in the game.

2. Marlon Samuels vs Amit Mishra: Marlon Samuels scored a match-winning century at Kochi, but his 38-ball 16 at Delhi was disappointing to say the least. The 33-year-old would be aware of how he put his team under severe pressure on a slow Kotla pitch, and will look to make amends by playing a good innings in the third ODI. He’ll have to guard against the wily spin of Amit Mishra, who made a crucial contribution in the previous match by getting the wicket of Kieron Pollard, and bowling two consecutive maidens to Samuels. The battle between Mishra and Samuels will definitely be one to watch out for in the match.

3. Virat Kohli vs Jerome Taylor: Virat Kohli finally struck form at his home ground by scoring a 78-ball 62 in the second ODI. Despite the knock, if he fails in the fourth ODI, questions will start popping up about his famed consistency. Jerome Taylor will look to give the fickle Indian fans fodder for their speculation by dismissing him cheaply.  The West-Indian speedster dismissed Kohli in the first ODI, and took three wickets for 54 runs in the second game.

4. MS Dhoni vs Dwayne Bravo: The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammates had lifted the Champions League T20 (CLT20) trophy together earlier this month. However, they would be looking to use what they know about each other to their advantage, and look to outsmart each other in the fourth ODI. Both captains said that there was room for improvement after the second ODI, and how they inspire and use their troops at Dharamshala could prove vital in deciding the outcome of the match.

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(Sameer Jha is a reporter at CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter at @SameerJha_)