Friday, June 03, 2011

T20 Preview WI vs India

Posted by Admin On 4:26 PM

They might be lacking key senior players but still a second-string India would be hard to stop for the stressed West Indies when the two sides clash in a T20 match on Saturday. Led by Suresh Raina, India are lacking senior such as Sachin, Virender Sehwag and usual captain MSD among others, but they can still turn the tables on the West Indians whom they have never beaten in a Twenty20 match facing.

As on the road Indians get set to take on the hosts at the Queen's Park Oval, they can take console from the disarray in which the hosts currently find themselves. Rival coach Ottis Gibson is candid enough to lay bare in public domain, the subject which is stopping his young team from winning time after time.

His latest ire is kept for pitches in the Caribbean which, according to him, are not right to the strength of the home side. He hit out on Thursday, stating that pitches across the Caribbean this summer have not worked to his team's benefit at all.

The one at Queen's Park Oval is predictable to be low and slow which is at variance with the strength of the West Indian team. The hosts have two of the most reasonably priced and frugal medium-pacers in Captain Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul but the Oval pitch come into view to have been made more for the guests liking.

India has three first-rate spinners in Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and Amit Mishra to take advantage of the surface while West Indies have only young leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who could do likewise.

Indians are known to have a flaw against short-pitched deliveries yet they are unlikely to face any such danger on the bland Queen's Park surface or from the work of art of the West Indies side. Though Ravi Rampaul is in prime form, neither Andre Russel nor Krishmar Santokie can be said to have the same result as the trio of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Khemar Roach have on the adversary.

The other issues, which Gibson outlined, are the incapability of his batsmen to turn strike and their fallings against spin, chiefly off-spin. The tourists would be buoyed by the admittance for they have two very strong off-spinners in Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin in the ranks.

Given the state of the Oval pitch, India would be tempt to play both Harbhajan and Ashwin in Saturday's game even although skipper Raina himself and Rohit Sharma can also turn their arms over.

Indians would have a few worry about their openers as left-handers Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel haven't fairly set the stadium on fire in new times. Their middle order though is strong and Kohli, Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma and Badrinath are all able player.

Indian pace bowling too is in the capable hands with Munaf Patel, a model of fitness and competence over the last few months. The hosts have a sensible batting line-up on paper with Darren Bravo being the pick of the lot yet it hasn't quite translated into enough runs on the board in new times.

Indeed, Gibson has openly confess that it is time his batsmen pull their weight and hold up bowlers who have been doing more than an adequate job. India have twice faced WI in Twenty20 internationals and come a cropper on both time.

India first met the West Indies during the 2009 Twenty20 World finals and lost by seven wickets at Lord's. West Indies frequent the dose in the second meet, again during the Twenty20 World Cup.

West Indies:

Darren Sammy (capt), Christopher Barnewell, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Danza Hyatt, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie and Lendl Simmons.

India:

Suresh Raina (capt), Harbhajan Singh (vice-capt), S Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel.

 

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