Cricket

Windies play for pride in T20 finale

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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CHENNAI, India (CMC) — West Indies have only pride to play for when they take on India in the final T20 International of the three-match series here today, hoping to end an otherwise wretched tour on a high note.

The Carlos Brathwaite-led side has been little match for the powerful Indian juggernaut, losing the first match in Kolkata by five wickets before going under in the second in Lucknow by 71 runs.

Today's match presents perhaps their best chance, especially with India deciding to rest seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, along with excellent left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav who has terrorised the tourists in all formats during the series.

Ramdin, one of the few senior players in a squad otherwise short on experience, said it was important the Windies pulled out all the stops for the contest at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.

“On this wicket, the side boundaries are a bit bigger and the Indians play spin quite well so it's very important we bowl the right lengths on this wicket,” the former Test captain said.

None of the West Indies big guns have fired in the series, with Kieron Pollard perhaps being the most glaring failure. The Trinidadian has scores of 14 and six in his two innings, and averages a meagre 12 in his last 11 innings over the past two years.

Ramdin, who has 12 runs from two innings, said the Windies players needed to back their ability more if they wanted to find results.

“It's a very challenging and tough sport, especially when you play here in India,” he explained.

West Indies did not travel with a number of their stars as superstar Chris Gayle made himself unavailable and Evin Lewis pulled out days before the series, while all-rounder Andre Russell and Sunil Narine were both injured.

Selectors opted for five debutants and several other players with few T20s inside the last two years, leaving the squad considerably weakened.

Ramdin said the absence of the experienced players had been a factor in the Windies sub-par performance in the series.

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