PREVIEW: All to play for in 1st Digicel Pearls ODIs

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies will enter the Digicel Pearls One-Day Series believing they have what is takes to toppled world champions India.


The Windies played well at the back end of the Digicel ODI series against Pakistan and will be looking to carry that winning feeling when they face the Indians in the opening encounter on Monday at Queen’s Park Oval.


“We have a bit of momentum with our one-day side after that series against Pakistan, so hopefully we can exploit that,” captain Darren Sammy after Sunday’s training session at the Oval.


“Desmond Haynes has been working hard with the batsmen. They are slowly getting better at it, and we hope they will translate that hard work in the nets out in the middle. It’s about confidence, and having belief in yourself against spin. You have to use your feet against the spinners. They are working hard.”


Sammy noted that his side still had to learn how to seize the moment, considering that they let the Indians off the hook in the T20I, and they were able to make a competitive total.


“We did some good things [on Saturday], but as we reflect on the match, we would all agree that we let a few situations get away from us,” he said. “We have to work harder at winning those crucial situations, which can turn a match, especially in the shorter versions of the game. It was a good decision to field first after winning the toss, but we didn’t restrict them to the total we wanted.”


India are not expected to make massive changes to their line-up from the side that won the T20I.



West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, 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

Match officials

Umpires: Ian Gould, Peter Nero

Television umpire: Norman Malcolm

ICC Match referee: Jeff Crowe

Fourth official: Joel Wilson