For an inconsequential one-day game, much will be riding on the fifth and final tie between India and West Indies on Thursday as the teams tune up for the Test series starting at the same venue, Sabina Park, four days later.
West Indies appeared to be on a free fall against a young and talented Indian side until they came back strongly to thump India in the fourth one-dayer in Antigua.
The loss in the last game touched a raw nerve in the Indian camp-their frailty against pace. Indian top order batsmen, including two claimants for middle order berths in Test squad — Virat Kohli and S Badrinath — were shaken up by aggressive spells with the new ball by Kemar Roach and Andre Russell.
The Indian bowlers, however, have generally held their line and length. They have not allowed the hosts so far to touch the 250-mark.
No return of Gayle
Chris Gayle’s hopes of making a comeback in his native country remain on hold after he did not find a place in the 13-member squad chosen for the Jamaica game.
The selectors instead recalled 21-year-old Trinidad batsman Adrian Barath, who has recovered from a hamstring injury that ruled him out of the March-April World Cup.