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4 things India needs to do to beat West Indies today


After the surprisingly good performance against Pakistan, what should India do to win against the West Indies today?
  1. Play the same team.  The only player who did not play well the other day was Yuvaraj Singh.   He needs a couple more matches to get back to form.  He is such an impact player that India needs to continue with him to get him back to form.
  2. Watch out for Sunil Narine.  Sunil Narine is for West Indies what Saeed Ajmal is for Pakistan.  And the slow, turning, bouncing wickets of Bangladesh are very helpful to his type of bowlers.  Target to get 20 to 25 runs from his overs – try not to give him any wickets.  There is really no point trying to be too aggresive against him.  He is the only threatening bowler in West Indies.
  3. Watch out for Gayle at the top.  Unless Bhuvaneshwar and Shami bowl well – Gayle will take them for plenty.  Again, Dhoni might open with Ashwin in order to counter Gayle.   He might even bowl Ravindra Jadeja inside the first 6 overs.  Gayle has not been in prime form – if we bowl well, we might be able to get him cheaply. 
  4. Watch out for Sammy towards the end.  Sammy is such an unconventional batsman that nobody has figured out how to bowl to him towards the end.  He can hit both spinners and fast bowlers with tremendous power.   But given the nature of his game, he will give chances.  India has to take the chances in order to neutralize him.
And finally, play with intensity.  India has a much better chance of winning today.  We are clearly the favourites to win today - I would say that the odds are 60 to 40 in our favour.

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