PREVIEW: WI one win away from final
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - West Indies play India at the Queen’s Park oval here on Friday in a game they must win to confirm their place in the finals of the Celkon Mobile Cup Tri- Nation tournament.
West Indies are hunting their third straight win after victories against Sri Lanka and India during the Jamaica leg of the tournament.
Officials say large crowds are expected at the Oval for the second leg of the tournament following the first leg of matches at Sabina Park.
WICB’s Event Manager Cindy McLean has confirmed that tickets for the weekend games have been sold out.
“We can confirm that all the tickets, made available to the public, for Friday’s match and Sunday’s match in the CELKON Mobile Cup have been purchased well in advance,” McLean said.
“This is great news as the fans continue to show their support for the game. Everyone saw the high quality of play and the excitement in Jamaica and now we expect a similar level of enthusiasm here in Trinidad,”
Skipper Dwayne Bravo, who was rested in the previous match as a precautionary measure, could come back to lead the side.
The Caribbean side has made one change to their squad for the Trinidad matches, bringing in fast bowler Jason Holder in place of the injured Ravi Rampaul.
However they are likely to keep their pace combination of Kemar Roach and Tino Best to hustle the India batsmen.
“We expect the ground to be full on Friday and Sunday as fans come out to support their favourite team,” McLean said.
“The West Indies team has been doing very well so far, as they lead the points table, and the home fans have has stepped up their support.”
The two losses in Kingston mean the Indians have found themselves in a position where even two wins won't be enough to guarantee their progression.
Defeat for India won’t completely wipe out their chances but will leave them hoping for the rest of the results to work in their favour.