West Indies vs India | 3rd Test | Roseau | July 06-10 2011

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Have figured out chink in Dravid's armour: Sammy


West Indies skipper Darren Sammy claims his team has finally figured out a chink in their chief tormentor Rahul Dravid's armour and the in-form senior Indian batsman would be out of equation early in the third and decisive Test.

"Dravid is very vulnerable to deliveries on his off-stump early in his innings. Moving deliveries on the off-stump can be an issue with (VVS) Laxman also. We would like to keep them to low scores or at least make sure they don't bat together for a long time," stated Sammy.

Rahul Dravid is the leading scorer of the series with 212 to his name. Laxman is second only to him from either side with 184 runs to himself. Together, they have been the difference between the two sides.

West Indies, in contrast, haven't had the same influence from their seniors. Ramnaresh Sarwan is already axed for strings of poor scores while veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul hasn't made a meaty contribution yet.

"Shiv has been with us for a long time. It happens rarely when Shiv hasn't responded if the team is in crisis. We are hoping he will come good here," remarked Sammy about the left-hander who becomes the most capped West Indian player ever in the Dominica Test starting on Wednesday.

The final Test will be the 133rd of his career for Chanderpaul which takes him ahead of Courtney Walsh' record of 132 matches.

Indeed, the West Indies batting has been their nemesis in this series. Neither the young batsmen, nor Sammy himself, have contributed substantially to the total.

"I have been working hard with Dessie (Desmond Haynes, batting coach). My strength has been to strike the ball down the ground," claimed Sammy who is hoping to play to his strength in the final Test.

West Indies need the younger batsmen of the side to hold the innings together and Sammy said either Kirk Edwards or Kieran Powell, or both, could get a look-in in the final Test.

"Powell is an exciting player. He scored a hundred against England Lions early this year. The sources from Sagaicor Coaching Academy have only praise for him the way he has progressed.

"Kirk Edwards, I believe, could be the rock of our batting in times to come. He has an excellent temperament; has a lot of mental strength."

West Indies' strength has been their new-ball fast bowling pair, Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul. Both have picked up wickets at regular intervals in the series. The two have been instrumental in India not reaching 300 in the four innings in the series so far.

"Fidel has done an excellent job and has been excellent in settling down quickly. He is asking the right questions all the time.

"Rampaul is the leading strike bowler for us. He has given us regular breakthroughs. He has been a definite wicket-taker for us," he said.

Sammy then turned his attention to the pitch and conditions at Windsor Park.

"Any team which makes 300 in the first innings stands a very good chance to win the series.

"I am hoping the wickets will have the same pace as was seen in the first two Tests. There has been rain at this ground for the last 7-8 days so there would be moisture on the pitch. We are hoping to insert India in if we win the toss and put them under pressure straightaway," he said.
 
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Good read, thanks. What Sammy found is actually a perennial problem for any batsman, specially the away deliveries for any new batsmen. This is not restricted to Dravid but to the other great players as well.

Hope, this test too would have a sporting pitch with some good bounce and hopefully not much of rain interruption.
 
Ishant Sharma is set to play the final cricket Test against the West Indies starting on Wednesday despite carrying the after effects of a collision with team-mate Praveen Kumar on his face.

Parthiv Patel and Subramaniam Badrinath, two options considered in place of Vijay and Kohli by experts, didn't even get to bat in the net session, putting an end to all speculation on their inclusion.

Munaf Patel, who missed the first two Tests due to an elbow injury, bowled at full tilt at batsmen and is almost certain to replace Abhimanyu Mithun in the playing eleven.
 
I hope the Windies win this one! Though I doubt that they will. We need a stung Indian team to tour this summer so that they play their hearts out to prove to the world that a less than average performance in the Windies was a one off. Of course, it could backfire spectacularly and we could get mauled.
 
Milestones


In case of a win in the third Test, India, for the first time, would be recording two wins in a Test series in the West Indies. With a victory or a draw, India would be recording two successive series wins for the first time in the West Indies. They had won the 2006 series by 1-0.

India, in case of a win or a drawn game, would be registering their third successive series win against the West Indies for the first time, having won the 2002-03 series by 2-0.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4959 at an average of 57.00 in 65 Tests) needs 41 runs to complete his 5,000 runs in the caribbean. Brian Lara is the only West Indian batsman to aggregate 5000 runs or more in the Caribbean - 6217 at an average of 58.65 in 65 Tests

Ishant Sharma, with 16 wickets at 13.62 runs apiece in two Tests, is all set to complete 20 wickets in a Test series for the first time.


Ishant, in case of three wickets in the third Test, would establish an Indian record for most wickets by a speedster in a Test series in the West Indies. Kapil Dev had taken 18 wickets at an average of 21.38 in four Tests in 1988-89.

The Windsor Park at Roseau, Dominica, would become Test cricket's 106th venue. West Indies have been defeated in all four ODIs played at this venue - two each to Bangladesh in 2009 and South Africa in 2010.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2948 in 56 Tests) needs 52 runs to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 3,000 runs in Tests.

Rahul Dravid (6996 in 85 Tests at an average of 53.81) requires four runs to complete 7000 on foreign soil. His tally is the second highest in Tests, behind Sachin Tendulkar's 8145 (ave.56.95) in 98 Tests.

Harbhajan Singh (398 in 95 Tests) needs two wickets to become the eleventh bowler in the history of Test cricket to complete 400 wickets. Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) are the two Indian bowlers to have recorded the feats.
 
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My hopes in this test are:

1) Batsman who are going to play in england should get some form including Mukund.

2) Raina should used to the bounce and swing . I am very happy with Raina's performance in this series and hope he will continue the same.

3) Virat should spend more time in the middle to recover the form .

4) Ishant should continue his form and other bowlers should chip in .:sami
 
Fair to say all the interest in this series died when India won the last Test. Should be business as usual for India, given their traditional form line is play bad first up and then keep getting better.
 
Milestones


In case of a win in the third Test, India, for the first time, would be recording two wins in a Test series in the West Indies. With a victory or a draw, India would be recording two successive series wins for the first time in the West Indies. They had won the 2006 series by 1-0.

India, in case of a win or a drawn game, would be registering their third successive series win against the West Indies for the first time, having won the 2002-03 series by 2-0.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4959 at an average of 57.00 in 65 Tests) needs 41 runs to complete his 5,000 runs in the caribbean. Brian Lara is the only West Indian batsman to aggregate 5000 runs or more in the Caribbean - 6217 at an average of 58.65 in 65 Tests

Ishant Sharma, with 16 wickets at 13.62 runs apiece in two Tests, is all set to complete 20 wickets in a Test series for the first time.


Ishant, in case of three wickets in the third Test, would establish an Indian record for most wickets by a speedster in a Test series in the West Indies. Kapil Dev had taken 18 wickets at an average of 21.38 in four Tests in 1988-89.

The Windsor Park at Roseau, Dominica, would become Test cricket's 106th venue. West Indies have been defeated in all four ODIs played at this venue - two each to Bangladesh in 2009 and South Africa in 2010.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2948 in 56 Tests) needs 52 runs to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 3,000 runs in Tests.

Rahul Dravid (6996 in 85 Tests at an average of 53.81) requires four runs to complete 7000 on foreign soil. His tally is the second highest in Tests, behind Sachin Tendulkar's 8145 (ave.56.95) in 98 Tests.

Harbhajan Singh (398 in 95 Tests) needs two wickets to become the eleventh bowler in the history of Test cricket to complete 400 wickets. Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) are the two Indian bowlers to have recorded the feats.

India obssession with milestones and records.
 
BTW tomo is MSD's 30th birthday . Advance happy birthday MS and all the best for the match !! Please for a change score something big
 
Milestones


In case of a win in the third Test, India, for the first time, would be recording two wins in a Test series in the West Indies. With a victory or a draw, India would be recording two successive series wins for the first time in the West Indies. They had won the 2006 series by 1-0.

India, in case of a win or a drawn game, would be registering their third successive series win against the West Indies for the first time, having won the 2002-03 series by 2-0.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4959 at an average of 57.00 in 65 Tests) needs 41 runs to complete his 5,000 runs in the caribbean. Brian Lara is the only West Indian batsman to aggregate 5000 runs or more in the Caribbean - 6217 at an average of 58.65 in 65 Tests

Ishant Sharma, with 16 wickets at 13.62 runs apiece in two Tests, is all set to complete 20 wickets in a Test series for the first time.


Ishant, in case of three wickets in the third Test, would establish an Indian record for most wickets by a speedster in a Test series in the West Indies. Kapil Dev had taken 18 wickets at an average of 21.38 in four Tests in 1988-89.

The Windsor Park at Roseau, Dominica, would become Test cricket's 106th venue. West Indies have been defeated in all four ODIs played at this venue - two each to Bangladesh in 2009 and South Africa in 2010.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2948 in 56 Tests) needs 52 runs to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 3,000 runs in Tests.

Rahul Dravid (6996 in 85 Tests at an average of 53.81) requires four runs to complete 7000 on foreign soil. His tally is the second highest in Tests, behind Sachin Tendulkar's 8145 (ave.56.95) in 98 Tests.

Harbhajan Singh (398 in 95 Tests) needs two wickets to become the eleventh bowler in the history of Test cricket to complete 400 wickets. Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) are the two Indian bowlers to have recorded the feats.

thanks for this info. So, hopefully the milestones are reached during the test.
 
LOL....where are all the usual suspect thread commenters? Looks like business as usual in Dominica..
 
We need to get one of these two..
They have been the nemisis for India in these series..
 
Great session for West Indies :14:
64 runs for just 3 wickets is brilliant
 
LOL where are our commentators man :O This thread is empty :O
 
No, let some sixes come and all our neighbour friends will be here :22:
 
Ahmed123, wat did you say in post number 9 ? zara batao to ?
we need to get chandupal out . 75/3 .
 
No, let some sixes come and all our neighbour friends will be here :22:

I'm surprised no-one is here to comment on the rough decision Edwards got. We have to point out when our neighbors India get umpiring luck don't we :)? Let me rectify that now - horrible decision, the ball just touched the helmet, and dented what could have been a decent start for the Windies.
 
HI everyone,

So Rain interrupted the proceedings, WI 75/3. Bravo playing well.
 
Wat stupid weather . you think dere will be play today & wat do you guys think of da pitch ?
 
pitch was misread i think. its nowhere near as bad as it was told. there is some inconsistent bounce but its a paradise compared to the conditions indian openers coped with.
luckily for india, its windies who cant bat well even on a flat pitch(st.kitts).
also the harebrained decision to send 2 debutants at 2 and 3 pos is just :facepalm:

bravo is in good touch and he is showing there is nothing lethal in the pitch.
 
W.I 75/3 and struggling! what a shock! when they pick batsmen like Kirk edwards who look like they have never picked a cricket bat up before in their life then what do you expect.

If these are so called best batsmen W.I have to offer then the level of cricket in W.I is at its lowest ever!
 
As usual, the WI batsman are struggling to get a grip. Feel sorry for their bowlers.
 
very Impressive bowling by Ishant ...i am loving it ....loving these bouncer ...ooooh...:D:D

btw our pacers really doing good job. .....:14:
 
both Sarwan and Chanderpaul have been poor in both Pakistani and Indian series in general

Shame really especially chanderpaul who's got starts but not really carried on
 
117/5 . even if we get 250 overs of play from here we should win.
 
Why raina is bowling? Someone needs to tell dhoni its not an odi,dont worry abt fifth bowler
 
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