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KANPUR, India -- West Indies hope to mark the return
of international matches to this city after four years with
a monumental victory in the third One-day International
against India on Wednesday at Green Park.
The Windies drew level in the three-match series with
a two-wicket victory in the second ODI two days ago at
the Reddy Stadium in Visakhapatnam, following a six-
wicket defeat in the opener three days earlier at the Nehru
Stadium in Kochi.
A win in this match would hand the visitors their first
ODI series victory in a decade over the Indians or any side
ranked higher in a bilateral series on foreign soil.
"Winning the last game gave us that self belief and the
confidence that we can actually beat India in India," said
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo on the eve of the match.
"For us as a team, we were just focussing on improving
from our previous game, focussing on playing together as
a team and trying to be more consistent."
He added: "In the last five matches between the two
teams, starting from the Champions Trophy last June in
England, we've played India five times in ODIs, we've won
two and lost three.
"So [this] is a very important game to get even and of
course win the series, so we are looking forward to it."
On what it would take to overcome India, Bravo said
his side had to stick to their plans: "Before the last game,
we had a very good team meeting. It was very interactive
and we planned very well. In all our meetings, we formulate
our plans. Most times, we fail to properly execute them
on the field, but we did in the last game and they worked.
"I will remind the guys of the good things we did in
that match and encourage them to have the same approach
in the team meeting, the same attitude and encourage
them to do the same things again."
He said: "This will be a day game. It will be very hot
and humid. We expect the Indian team to bounce back
from a loss that obviously hurt them, so it's not going to
be easy and we never expected that it would be.
"For me, I will keep encouraging the guys and let them
understand the importance of winning a series in India
against the No 1 ODI team in the World. All I can ask of
my guys is to be consistent and give another good showing
of themselves to make our people proud."
Four batsman -- led by Darren Sammy with an unbeaten
63 -- collected half-centuries in the second ODI to inch
West Indies over the finish line. It was a huge improvement
in their batting, but still no one carried on and made the
first hundred of the trip.
Bravo said this was not a major concern, as long as each
batsman made a contribution to the team's success.
"It is good they are getting starts, some of us are not
even getting that," he said. "It is good for us that four of
them got 50s and we had a few good partnerships to put
us in a situation to win the last game.
"This was important, rather than one person carrying
on, making a hundred and we are losing."
On the performance of Sammy, whose innings earned
him the Man-of-the-Match award, Bravo said: "He is a
big part of our team. The word that he should not be a
part of our team is from the media and people outside the
team. For me, he has an important role in the team, espe-
cially with likes of Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle out. He
is a main member in our set-up and for as long as he is
"He has been out of form and has been struggling, and
it's important for us as a team and for me, as captain, to
give him support. We know what he has done for us pre-
viously, so it's to continue to encourage him because he
can be a match-winner on his day, like he showed in the
"If we had listened to what had been said, we would
have left him out of the last match and we would not have
won the game. Sammy is very important to us. He also
brings a positive vibe into the dressing room and I would
always want someone like him around at all times."
This will be the 13th ODI to be played at Green Park,
where West Indies won a 1994 encounter against the
Indians by 48 runs.
KANPUR - Elaborate security
arrangements have been put in place
for the third and decisive One day
International between West Indies
and India here today.
More than 5000 police personnel
and Rapid Action Force (RAF) men
have been called in to monitor the
Green Park Stadium where the match
will be played and the Landmark Hotel,
where the players have been staying
since their arrival on Monday.
60 closed-circuit television (CCTV)
cameras and six jammers have been
installed at various strategic points in
and around the stadium to monitor
the crowd and combat anti-social
behavior, officials have said.
"The sleuths will scrutinise images
taken by the CCTV cameras stationed
at various points," said senior super-
intendent of police Yashasvi Yadav.
"They will also be in touch with the
security personnel in and outside the
stadium. Thus, we can keep tab on
mischief-mongers in the crowd and
take immediate action".
Security personnel are also guarding
the entire stretch from the hotel to
Green Park Stadium and are keeping
a vigil of the Somdutt Plaza, a shopping
complex situated adjacent to the hotel.
Three thousand constables have been
deployed inside and outside the sta-
dium and officials also report the pres-
ence of a bomb disposal unit, dog
squad, anti-sabotage and anti-mining
teams as well as a plan to stage a mock
drill before the match begins.
"Binoculars and walkie-talkie hand-
sets besides sophisticated firearms have
already been provided to sleuths atop
the high-rise buildings in the sur-
roundings of the stadium to monitor
the match," SP Rahul Kumar said.
West Indies defeated India by two
wickets in the second ODI on Sunday
after losing the first by six wickets
thereby setting the stage for an exciting
deciding fixture today. CMC
DUNEDIN --- The University Oval
pitch in Dunedin is expected to
have some zip to it when New
Zealand take on the West Indies in
the first of the three-Test series
starting on Tuesday.
The pitch came under fire in
March, when New Zealand and Eng-
land played out a dull draw in which
only 25 wickets fell in the 341 overs
that were sent down over the five
At the end of the Test, English
commentator and former Test bats-
man Geoffrey Boycott was one of
the people to slam the University
Oval pitch, saying similar pitches
would kill Test cricket.
"You could play a timeless Test
on that. You could play for 10 days
and not get a result," he said.
Otago Cricket Association boss
Ross Dykes said yesterday he expect-
ed a pitch with a bit more pace and
bounce to it come the first Test
against the West Indies.
He said there was a fine line
between in preparing a pitch that
does not offer too much for the
bowlers and one that is not a road
where the bowlers are cannon fodder
for the batsmen.
Dykes believes groundsman Tom
Tamati was starting to get the right
"The pitch looks in really good
shape. If we get some warm weather
between now and Tuesday, I think
we'll have as good a pitch at Uni-
versity Oval as we've had," Dykes
"It looks like it might be a little
quicker than normal with a bit more
bounce, which it probably needs to
have. I think what Tommy has done
up here over the last three or four
years has been taking the conser-
vative route and say well I'm not
going to be criticised for ending a
game in two days' so he's probably
flattened it out.
"But he's growing in confidence
and he now understands what his
grass and soil can do. Right now it''s
going to have good pace in it."
Dykes said he was unsure what
sort of crowd numbers they would
get over the five days but acknowl-
edged there were some things
stacked against them.
They included the fact the game
started on a Tuesday and also that
one of world cricket's most high-
profile stars, Chris Gayle, would not
be playing for the West Indies
because he was injured.
For the March Test between New
Zealand and England, temporary
seating was put in to increase the
ground capacity to 4000.
However, Dykes said that same
seating would not be put in this time
around, with seating capacity at
Heavy rain on Monday night trans-
formed the scenic Bradman Oval in
Bowral, Australia, into a duck pond,
stalling the progress of the T&T Invi-
tational Under-16 cricketers in the
Bradman Foundation Tri nation one-
After narrowly losing to Australia on
Sunday, T&T won the toss and elected
to bat against India. T&T got to 83/2
in 24 overs when the heavens opened,
ending the match. Both teams walked
away with one point each.
T&T will be hoping for clear skies
in its remaining two fixtures against
Australia and India. Victories in both
matches will ensure T&T a spot in Fri-
T&T has been invited by the South
Australia Cricket Association to watch
the Australian Test team train next
Monday on the eve of the second Ashes
Test next week. The team will return
home on December 6.
T&T U-16 match
Windies take aim at
rare series victory
Kieran Powell of West Indies sweeps during the second Star Sports One Day International (ODI) match between India
and The West Indies held at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Vishakhapatnam, India on
Sunday. Powell scored a half century as the West Indies won by two wickets. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
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