West Indies will host the Indians in the fourth ODI of the series at the North Sound at Antigua, the same venue as for the previous ODI. The Indians have already won the series and are sitting pretty with a 3-0 lead after their win in the previous game – a hard-fought, comeback from behind win. <img src# “http://media1.picsearch.com/is?ZkYutOymgnV_-LzB2iQkodANSy-Lle1zSx8AIZdRWf4” width=”88” height=”128” alt “Place in jeopardy” /»
Rohit Sharma was the star performer in that game, seeing the Indians through to a win that seemed highly unlikely when they were 92 for six chasing a score of 226. This left the side with much to do but Rohit and Praveen Kumar did not flinch too much and guided them to a win – an easy one in the end.
One has seen this on many occasions in the series so far. The West Indian side has held some advantage on occasions, which has led to possibilities of a win, but the option has been snatched away because of their inability to finish things off. However, it must be said that they did everything they could in the previous game but it was a rock-solid batting from Rohit Sharma that dealt them the defeat.
Where the West Indian side continues to struggle is with their batting. Batting against the spinners has hardly been a forte but in this series, it has been rather woeful. Even in the previous ODI, the West Indian batsmen could score only 52 runs off the 20 overs that were sent down by Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra, while conceding four wickets and pushing them to the brink of a collapse. It was only the batting of Andre Russell that saved their day to an extent, as he punished the others with a 64-ball 92.
On the other hand, India has a couple of options. Play the same 11 and try to go for a 5-0 score-line – something that Pakistan had not been able to do. Or, change things around slightly and give their other youngsters a bit of a chance. There is a good case of either Vinay Kumar or Ishant Sharma to replace Munaf Patel – who has done his bit with the ball now. There is also a chance that Manoj Tiwary, who has not yet got a game could come in but the big question is who would he replace. For now, the top-order looks cemented.
The one out-of-form batsman is Yusuf Pathan and it may not be a bad option to get him to take a break in this game.