India vs West Indies 2013 4th tri-series match Preview

West Indies managed to scrape through to a one-wicket win against India in their previous encounter © AFP

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Port of Spain (Trinidad): Jul 4, 2013

Needing a victory to get themselves off and running on the points table, India take on the hosts West Indies at the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad, in the tri-series encounter on Friday. Without the services of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it is a challenge for Virat Kohli to lead this side to redemption in the Caribbean.
 
West Indies have performed well in the first two games of the tri-series as they comprehensively beat Sri Lanka and then just edged past India. This time, they would be eying a much more clinical performance against India which will seal their spot in the finals. Dwayne Bravo, the captain missed the last game against India and if he is unavailable, then Kieron Pollard would continue to lead them.

The great thing for the West Indians is that the openers, Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles, have found their form. Darren Bravo also recorded a good score in the last game. Marlon Samuels, Pollard and Denesh Ramdin complete the batting order with Darren Sammy to come in later.

In the bowling department, they do not have Ravi Rampaul, who is injured. In all likelihood, they are likely to play the same attack i.e. Tino Best, Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine with Sammy, Pollard and Samuels filling in the remaining overs. West Indies may not make any change unless Dwayne Bravo is fit again.

India have some serious thinking to do as they haven’t lived up to the tag of champions in the first two games. Dhoni’s absence is a setback, but they have to make do with what they have. It is a test for Kohli and he has to find solutions.

The men who will continue to retain their spots in the batting order are Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. Murali Vijay’s spot may be under threat if Dhoni’s replacement Ambati Rayudu is ready to take the field and the team management chooses to give Rayudu a chance ahead of the opener.

Ravichandran Ashwin will continue to be India’s main spinner. The make-up of the pace-bowling attack would be interesting. For the last game, they dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar and brought Shami Ahmed in, a move that did not work. Will they make more changes and bring back Bhuvneshwar? Or would they give R Vinay Kumar a go? Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma are the ones in the eleven and there may be a possibility of one of them being replaced.

Trinidad has been a lucky venue for the Indian team as they have won a few Test matches there. However, in recent times, they too have encountered a few rough patches on this ground. West Indies would certainly want to seal their spot in the final and push India on the brink of elimination.

Teams:

West Indies (probable): Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo (c), Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Tino Best.

India (probable): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

Time: 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)