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T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes
along with her supporting back line
were heroes for this country when
they stood tall in a narrow 1-0 loss
to world powerhouse USA when
both teams met on Wednesday night
in the first match of the final round
of Fifa Women s World Cup 2015
Tonight s, much will be
expected from the attacking
front when the T&T
women go in
search of their
first points at the
Concacaf Women s Championship
against early joint leader Haiti in the
second match of the competition.
T&T faces Haiti at 6.30 pm, at Toy-
ota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois, and
Randy Waldrum s players will enter
the very much aware of their ability
to claim a much desired win, a result
which will aid in the team s progres-
sion to the knockout stage.
As it stands, USA and Haiti sit joint
at the top of the four-team group A
standings with three points after both
teams secured one-nil wins over T&T
and Guatemala, respectively. And,
once T&T shows the same cohesive-
ness, skill and determination against
Haiti as it did against the USA, a win
ought to be on the cards.
It took a headed goal from USA s
record goal scorer Abby Wambach
into an empty net in the 54th minute
to separate the runaway favourites
and the underdogs. Despite being
somewhat out of position for the goal,
Forbes was superb throughout, making
nearly a dozen saves.
The vocal custodian was a barrage
particularly against Wambach, Megan
Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd. Forbes was
also supported well by centreback
Arin King, who has proven to be one
of T&T s most important players.
"The players executed the game
plan very well. Kimika was outstand-
ing for us in goal and Arin King was
a rock in the back line," said Waldrum
after the match.
The win for the US took its all-
time recorded to 8-0-0 over T&T,
now with a combined total of 52-2.
Wednesday s win for the US was not
one that left the players nor coach
completely satisfied and quite the
opposite for Waldrum, who had his
own issues to deal with off the field
prior to the start of the tournament.
"I m very proud of my team,"
said Waldrum, who took charge
just before T&T s Women s
Caribbean Cup exploits in
August. "I think they made
all of T&T proud tonight. I
know they made me very
proud. I thought defensively
we were very tight and
organised and we were able
to create a few decent chances off the
counter," he added.
He added, "Maylee (Johnson, cap-
tain) and Brianna (Ryce) did massive
work for us in midfield, and Yaya
(Kennya Cordner) was always dan-
gerous off the counter... Overall a very
good performance," he added.
Looking ahead to tonight s fixture,
Waldrum maintained a cautious
stance. "We ve got to regroup and
focus on the next match which is very
important for us and which I expect
to be a really tough encounter as both
teams want it badly," Waldrum said.
Haiti s clash with Guatemala in the
opening fixture was also a nail-biter
and it took a 70th minute goal from
Lindsey Zullo from the Caribbean
team to separate the two.
Tonight, following T&T s meeting
with Haiti, USA will be eager to record
a win and by a much more comfort-
able scoreline against Guatemala.
United States' Christie Rampone (3) pressures Trinidad and Tobago's Tasha
St Louis (10) during the first half of a CONCACAF Women's Championship
soccer game on Wednesday, in Kansas City, Kan. USA. AP PHOTO
The West Indies cricketers will
today oppose India in the Himalayan
mountain, 4,780 feet above sea level.
The Caribbean men would be foreign
to contains like this, especially given
the fact that the temperature is
expected to drop as low as 15 degrees
Celsius in the evening.
With the Micromax series locked
at one game apiece, Dwayne Bravo s
men will have to put everything
behind them and get back to winning
ways. A win against India in this
day/night encounter would ensure
that they don t lose the series. West
Indies won the opening game by 124
runs and India rebounded with a 48-
run win in the second encounter. The
third game in Visakhapatnam was
washed out, leaving just this clash
and the final one in Kolkata on Octo-
ber 20 to be played.
Yesterday, while the Indians trained,
the West Indies decided against doing
so, as they braved the hilly terrain and
arrived in Dharamshala at lunch time.
They had a scheduled training session
at 6 pm but it was optional and due
to their late arrival they did not train.
Spinner Nikita Miller had been
added to the team and is on his way
from Sri Lanka. More than likely he
would not be ready for this game.
Manager of the team Richie Richard-
son said the team is looking forward
to producing at this wonderful venue.
"When I arrived here I was so excited
at how the place looked, I wish I was
playing still. The team is ready for
action, we are here to win cricket
matches, we have spoken about where
we have fell down and we are going
to focus on playing well. We have so
far dominated for 180 overs of this
series and played badly in 20 so there
is something to work with there."
Meanwhile, Indian batsmen Virat
Kohli speaking at the pre match press
conference said: "I felt good during
my last innings and I am going to
look to continue in that same way
here. We know what to expect from
the Dharamshala pitch and batsmen
should enjoy batting here.
"This is a very important clash for
us and we are looking forward to play-
ing good cricket here and taking the
lead in this series. The West Indies
have obviously sat and looked at our
team and they will be coming with
Yesterday, while the rest of the Indi-
an team retired to the dressing room
after a light work out, Kohli was seen
doing extra work on his fielding.
"Cricket is a mental game and once
you are feeling good mentally, your
technique does not come into ques-
tion. I am feeling good and while I
was struggling a bit I saw a part of
my game that needed work and I have
worked in two camps over the past
two weeks correcting the flaw. I feel
good mentally and I m really looking
forward to this clash against the West
The Dalai Lama will meet the play-
ers before the start of the game. The
Tibetan ruler lives a stone s throw
away from the ground at McLeod
Ganj and is expected to be at thground
for 2pm today.
Miller, one of five players draft-
ed by Jamaica s franchise, says
he will use the opportunity to
enhance his game in the
upcoming West Indies Cricket
Board Four-day Tournament
which commences next month.
The 24-year-old wicketkeep-
er-batsman was selected as
Jamaica s third-overall pick in
the draft behind batsmen, André
McCarthy and Shacaya Thomas.
West Indies Under-19 bats-
man Brandon King and fast
bowler Brian Buchanan were also
"I would not say that I was
surprised that I made the draft,
as though I did not make many
big scores last season, I got
starts. It s just for me now to
build on these starts," said Miller.
"It feels good to know that I
have been drafted, as I am now
in a position to earn an income
on a steady level, while at the
same time getting the opportu-
nity to further improve my
An outstanding player for
West Indies and Jamaica Under-
19, Miller has not been able to
make the transition to the senior
He averages 16.26 from nine
first-class showings and 18.71
from seven regional one-day
"I have been working hard on
trying to improve on making
better use of my starts, both in
the Senior Cup and 50-overs
tournaments," he said.
"If you look at my perform-
ances over the years, you could
see that that is the problem. I
want this to improve so that if
the opportunity presents itself
again to play at the first-class
level, I will be able to keep my
spot in the team".
Jamaica s franchise squad of
15 contracted players is com-
pleted by Jermaine Blackwood,
Sheldon Cottrell, Nikita Miller,
Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard
Jr, Nkrumah Bonner, John
Campbell, Jason Dawes, Damion
Jacobs, and Tamar Lambert.
Jamaica start their campaign
on November 14 with a home
fixture against Windward Islands
Volcanoes at Sabina Park. (CMC)
Brilliant performance earns
ovation for T&T women
Miller aims to
Miller was an outstanding player
for West Indies and Jamaica
Windies battle India in the mountains today
TIME: 2.30 pm Indian time, 5 am. TT time.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (Captain),
Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder,
Leon Johnson, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin,
Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell,
Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Nikita Miller,
Dwayne Smith and Jerome Taylor.
India: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan,
Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu,
Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami,
Akshar Patel, Umesh Yadav, M Vijay an
PITCH: This pitch is expected to be lively with
the ball expected to come on nicely unto the
bat. Batsmen are likely to get great value for
their shots, while the bowlers will get good
bounce and pace off it.
WEATHER: There is rain around and is
predicted to come down today. The head of
the HPCA Anurag Thakur took to the Indru-
nag temple last evening to pray to the God of
rain and snakes to prevent any obstacles for
HEAD TO HEAD AT DHARAMSHALA: The
West Indies have never met India at this
venue. In fact this is the second ODI, to be ever
played at this ground, the first was India
against England in January 2013.
FAN VIEW: Virat Kohli is a Demi God here and
the fans have been singing his praises here. He
scored a half century in the Delhi win and the
expectations here are that he is going to give
them something special. Yesterday when he
arrived at the ground, the fans were yelling his
name and he said he was anxious to continue
his run scoring, reminding that fans that he is
not a machine.
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