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WI aims to end
series with win
It’s back to a familiar, and
perhaps favourite format for
the West Indies today as they
take on India in the lone T20
International at Sabina Park
It’s almost a totally different
team that will grace the field than
that of the one that lost the One
Day International series 3-1 on
Only four members of the One
Day team have been included in
the T20I squad.
All the headlines scream Chris
Gayle, who will play his first match
for the team since winning the
World T20 against England in
April last year.
The additions of Rovman Pow-
ell, Kieron Pollard, Samuel Badree
and Sunil Narine also adds to what
should be a spicy affair.
These names suggest the hosts
will hardly have time to miss
Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.
At the top of the order, Evin
Lewis will be Gayle’s partner, and
while things didn’t go well for him
with the bat during the ODI series,
history is on his side in this match.
The last time Lewis played a T20
match against India he crashed a
However, the young Trinbago-
nian will have to do exceptionally
well to take the attention off the
man at the opposite end.
Speaking on the Line and Length
Network this week, Gayle outlined
his plans for the coming year, all of
which included the West Indies, in
all the formats of cricket.
He said: “I still want to play for
West Indies. Whether it will be a
farewell Test match but I still want
to play a Test match for West In-
dies as well and I want to play the
next 50-over World Cup as well so
I’m looking forward to that next
That future he talks about could
start with this match. He was ab-
sent the last time these two teams
met in a T20I in August, 2016.
It was the height of summer in
Florida where close to 500 runs
were scored. West Indies made
245. India made 244.
The pitch at Central Broward
Regional Park then was an abso-
lute peach for batsmen, and Sabina
Park is expected to be quite similar.
In the final ODI, analysts said
the ball was coming on to the bat,
and if that continues, this could
be another high scoring match.
Yet, the West Indies will feel
they have the ammunition to deal
with India’s batsmen.
Sunil Narine is two short of
becoming the third West Indies
bowler—behind Dwayne Bravo
and Samuel Badree —with 50 T20I
wickets. Newcomer Kesrick Wil-
liams has now bowled ten overs in
the Powerplay for just three runs
Head to head, the West Indies
has the edge. Out of seven T20I
matches played between both
teams, the regional side leads 4-2.
However, they both bring good
form to the crease. In the last five
matches for each team, India has
won three while the West Indies
has won four.
No matter how similar the num-
bers look though, these are two
India does not possess the power
hitters the Windies has, and will
rely mainly on spin to get their
The match starts at 11:30am
ECT, 10:30am Jamaica time, and
the home crowd will want to see
the hometown boy have a happy
Windies Women search
for morale-boosting win
DERBY, England—After heavy loss-
es in their opening four games, an
air of uncertainty surrounds West
Indies Women’s fifth match of the
ICC Women’s World Cup against
Sri Lanka Women.
The reigning Twenty20 champions
have been shambolic throughout the
tournament and none of their perfor-
mances to date have offered any hope
that a turnaround is imminent.
To make matters worse, they lost
their new-ball seamers Shamilia
Connell and Shakera Selman to in-
jury a week ago, leaving their attack
appearing even more toothless.
If there is any consolation, however,
it is that the Windies face a side also
winless in their four games and one
they have beaten several times in the
past, and captain Stafanie Taylor hopes
this can count for something.
“Playing against Sri Lanka [in the
past] we had some victories against
them so coming into this game we
would have that in the back of our
minds,” Taylor told a media confer-
ence on the eve of the match.
She added: “We know how impor-
tant these games are, we know how
good we are as a team so going into the
rest of the games we just have to leave
everything out there on the field.”
West Indies’ batting has been at the
core of their problems. They have bat-
ted first on each occasion and failed to
muster more than 205 – a total which
came in their opener against reigning
champions Australia and resulted in an
eight-wicket defeat in Taunton.
Since then, they have managed
totals of 183, a tournament-low 48
against South Africa and 150, with
none of their batters managing a single
Coupled with that, their bowling has
lacked cutting edge and the fielding
has been ordinary, leaving the Windies
with plenty to pull together in order to
mark their first win of the tournament.
West Indies have been already elim-
inated from contention from the final
four and with only pride to play for,
Taylor said the side wanted to salvage
something from the tournament.
“We rate all the games as being im-
portant so looking at the loss that we
had previously, going forward now
all games are pretty much must-win.
We’re definitely playing for pride.”
Mitchell ready for
new India adventure
T&T defender Carlyle Mitchell is
ready to start a new adventure in
his professional football career, and
this new stage takes place in India
in a few days time.
Mitchell, formerly of MLS club Van-
couver Whitecaps agreed to join East
Bengal Football club for one season
where he link up with countryman
Willis Plaza to play in the I-League,
the top tier of football in India.
The FIFA Under 17 Men’s World Cup
will take place in India in October and
the country is abuzz with football ac-
East Bengal plays its home matches
at the Salt Lake Stadium which has a
capacity of 85,000. The stadium will
host the final of the U-17 World Cup
with 85,000 bucket seats being in-
stalled. The largest crowd at the venue
was 131,781 spectators for a domestic
Federation Cup final between East Ben-
gal in Mohun Bagan in 1997 prior to the
refurbishment of the venue.
Before the start of the I-League,
Mitchell and Plaza will appear for East
Bengal in the Calcutta League starting
Mitchell said he was happy with his
“Playing in the I-League is a great
opportunity for me, especially playing
for a team like East Bengal. They have
won three national football league titles
in India, eight federation cups among
other competitions. I am excited to have
the chance to play a season with them
along with my compatriot Willis Plaza,”
Mitchell has not been involved in the
national team’s recent slate of World
Cup qualfiers after suffering a groin in-
jury which ruled him out of the home
matches against Mexico and Panama
and subsequently the USA and Cos-
ta Rica games. But with two crucial
matches looming in September, Mitch-
ell is hoping to force his way back into
the set up.
Mitchell is the fifth T&T player to
sign an overseas deal in the last month,
with Jan Michael Williams, Jamille
Boatswain, Daneil Cyrus and Darren
Mitchell all making moves while Plaza
recently signed on with Bengal to make
a return to India.
Trinidad and Tobago defender
Carlyle Mitchell. PHOTO: TTFA MEDIA
Captains Carlos Brathwaite and Virat Kohli hold the trophy. With them are: Bhanudas Mehta, Vice President
Commercial of Finolex Industries and Saurabh Dhanorkar, Director of Finolex Industries.
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