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After a tense draw at Barbados, the 3-match test series between India and the West Indies moves to Windsor Park, Dominica. Sitting pretty with a 1-0 lead, India will be looking to carry on their dominance and register a historic test series win in the Caribbean.
The match begins on July 6, and it happens to be a memorable event in its own right since it will be the maiden test at this relatively new venue. So far only four ODIs have been played here, all of which the West Indies have lost. The Indians will be hoping for this trend to cross over into the longer version of the game! Apart from history, current form also suggests that India has the upper hand going into this match.
The Indian lineup will be charged up after a couple of bad umpiring decisions in Barbados kept them from piling on a few extra (much-needed) runs. While Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have found their feet, Murali Vijay will be looking to turn around his thus far lacklustre campaign. Skipper MS Dhoni, who's also had a very quiet outing, will be hoping for some luck with the bat; he's certainly due for some after being adjudged caught off a no-ball at the Kensington Oval!
As far as the Indian bowling attack goes, Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar have been on song throughout this tour. The duo have captured some key wickets by troubling the West Indies batsmen with variable bounce and a consistent line and length. However, the bowler to watch will be Harbhajan Singh, who is a mere two wickets shy of joining the elusive 400-wicket club. Although the Turbanator is currently experiencing a dry spell on the pace bowler-friendly tracks in the Caribbean, he's likely to reach this milestone.
The West Indies, on the other, don't have anything to celebrate, as they're still fielding a Chris Gayle-less side. As if that weren't enough, after former vice captain Brendon Nash's exclusion from the second test, it's now Ramnaresh Sarwan's turn to sit on the bench as the selectors tinker with the lineup. This leaves all the responsibility on the shoulders of Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Having said that, this is a golden opportunity for the rest of the inexperienced West Indies batsmen to prove themselves.
Bowling wise, the hosts have almost matched up to the intensity of the Indians. Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul have constantly kept the Indian batsmen in check by bowling probing deliveries outside the off stump. These two have taken a total of 21 wickets, and can possibly save their side the blushes of losing a home series by skittling out the Indians cheaply in favourable conditions.
This match should definitely produce a result, unless the expected stormy weather has something to say about it. We're predicting an Indian victory--and comfortably so. What do you think?
-Picture courtesy Reuters-
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