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Dharmashala ODI – India vs West Indies Match Preview : Bowlers to Rejoice

bcciIndia’s victory over West Indies in Delhi One Day and West Indies victory over India in Kochi with the Visakhapatnam ODI being called off due to cyclone Hud Hud, strapped series 1-1. Caribbean and Indian squads are practicing forward to go ahead in the series.
Dharmshala ground is not a neutral wicket, and pitch is bouncy and fast enough. Caribbean squad would be happy, they consists of standard fast bowlers like Jerome Taylor, who performed well in Delhi and Kochi. Ravi Ram Paul would like to take advantage of bouncy wicket in Dharmshala; he did not show any standard bowling till now in the series.

Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell would also make their contribution with Ball. Indian squad would like to bat first in Dharmshala, the dew factor will come into play around 9 pm and second batting will suffer a lot.

Ball will swing at its maximum; most of the Indian batsmen are not much capable of playing swing bowling. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have to face the swing challenge; past records prove failure of the players at swing wicket. In January 2013, India versus England ODI at Dharmshala, half of the Indian team collapsed before 80runs chasing a target of 226. Indian side would come with 3 pacers, headed by Md. Shami along with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

Third spot could be filled with Mohit Sharma. Shami has performed like a superstar, spectacular line and length of the bowler honoured with 8 wickets in the series till
now. Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed shoddy performance in the series so far, bowler has to knit the bouncy pitch along with Shami at Dharmshala. Indian bowlers have to attack from the initial stage itself;

Comparison shows Caribbean side on the top for Dharmshala ODI. Rain could also play a crucial role in Dharmmshala ODI; wet pitch would help fast bowlers in swinging the ball. Spectators want a some fighting performance from Indian side; last ODI at this venue was a miserable experience for the Indian fans. Indian bowling side must perform at its maximum to move forward in the series. Indian Batting line up has to play a sensible and stable inning.

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India: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami.

West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo (c), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Suleiman Benn, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome Taylor.

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