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India vs West Indies: West Indies opt to bat against India in 3rd Test

If the West Indies want to clinch the final inconsequential Test and give themselves a big morale boost ahead of the five-match one-day rubber that follows, they need to get their act together in all departments of the game...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

 

West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bat against India in third Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

For India, Virat Kohli comes in for Yuvraj Singh and Umesh Yadav has been rested and replaced by Varun Aaron.

For the West Indies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is out due to injury and replaced by Kieran Powell. And a fit-again Ravi Rampaul replaces Kemar Roach who is down with gastroenteritis.

If the West Indies want to clinch the final inconsequential Test and give themselves a big morale boost ahead of the five-match one-day rubber that follows, they need to get their act together in all departments of the game.

A glimpse of what the visiting team's batsmen are capable of if they apply themselves and play with determination was there to be seen in the second innings of the second Test in Kolkata when they nearly saved the innings defeat after yet another poor batting display in the first innings.

All eyes will once again be on Sachin Tendulkar, who is just one short of his elusive 100th international century. Having missed the chance to get it in the first two Tests, he will be keen to finally achieve the remarkable milestone on his home turf.

The brisk starts provided by Virender Sehwag, who notched up breezy half tons in both the innings of the Delhi match, in the company of Gautam Gambhir have been the ideal fillip for the likes of Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to feast on.

Spinners Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin have been the main wreckers of the West Indian batting line-up on the slow spinning surfaces of low bounce.

The pitch for the third Test may not be as conducive to spin as the first two Test tracks and the slow bowlers need to prey on the patience of the West Indian batsmen to prise out errors.

The other rookie in the bowling attack, speedster Umesh Yadav, has also impressed and, in fact, bagged more wickets (9) than his senior partner Ishant Sharma, who has been, at times, wayward.

 

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