Friday, January 19, 2018

WI go for sweep

Russell added to squad for final ODI


DOWN THE GROUND: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo drives along the pitch during the second One Day International between the West Indies and Bangladesh at Grenada National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada, last Friday. —Photo: AFP

Mark Fraser

West Indies will be going for a clean sweep in when they face Bangladesh in the third and final match of the Dhaka Bank Cup One-Day International (ODI) series which will be a day/night affair bowling off at 2:30 p.m. at Warner Park in St Kitts.

Despite victories in the first two matches, the home team have opted to strengthen their batting with the addition of all-rounder Andre Russell to the line-up.

Russell’s addition pushes the squad to 14 and is the only change to the unit which contested the opening games in Grenada last week.

The 26-year-old is a lively seamer and a powerful lower order batsman, and is also a brilliant out-fielder. He has played 35 ODIs, the last of which was against New Zealand on the West Indies tour there last January.

The Windies hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series after winning the first game by three wickets and the second by 177 runs. However, mystery spinner Sunil Narine remains cautious of the visitors who will be desperate to avoid a 3-0 drubbing.

“I think winning the first two games was great but we have to take the last game seriously,” said Narine. “We have to try to win a series without losing a game, take the last game like it is the first game,” the spinner insisted.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo said that while they are on the verge of a whitewash, that will not be their main motivation when they take the field today.

“Yes we won the series but we want to improve on our last performance and keep improving as a team. If we win next game, it is a whitewash but that is not the main reason we are playing,” said the skipper. “We are building towards the World Cup in 2015 and we are just trying to play as much cricket together as a group and try and win as many games as possible,” he added.


West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (capt.), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul,

Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt.), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul

Kayes, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain,

Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mithun Ali, Rubel Hossain,

Shamsur Rahman.