PREVIEW: Windies need a win on Saturday

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – West Indies will go into battle on Saturday battling to avoid a series defeat when they face India in the Third Digicel Pearls One-Day International.


The Windies are 0-2 behind in the series with three matches to go. They will hope to stay alive in the series by getting the better of the Indians at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.


All-rounder Kieron Pollard told reporters Friday that the regional side were hoping for friendly conditions in order to haul themselves back into the series.


“Hopefully we can get a West Indian friendly pitch, whereas the Indians left the Indian conditions and came to the Caribbean to even more Indian conditions,” Pollard noted. “Hopefully we can go out there and actually get a good wicket that we can dominate against the spinners because that has been our problem.”


He added: “In the second game we showed some signs of it so hopefully the improvement is there … the guys are working hard. Once we go out there and do the correct things, right things – play each ball on its merit – I think we can give India a good fight for the rest of the series.”


The home side lost the one-off Digicel Pearls Twenty20 International by 16 runs and then went down in the opening ODI by four wickets. The Windies gave an improved performance in the third game on Wednesday but still lost by seven wickets on D/L Method. 


“They say everything is a habit. Winning is a habit and losing is a habit. Sometimes we find ourselves in positions where we can win the game and we go on to lose it because of the fact we’re not accustomed to winning and winning much in a row,” Pollard pointed out.


“The feeling of winning one game is a whole totally different feeling of losing two, three games in a row so once we can get that one win on the board and get that confidence going again, that would be good. Having said that, the guys are confident and I hope we can have a good showing because it’s a do-or-die situation. It’s the third game and we need to win this one to stay in the series. Hopefully we can go out there and be a more competitive unit.”



West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons

India: Suresh Raina (captain), Harbhajan Singh (vice captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary.