[www.inewsguyana.com] – West Indies hope to mark the return of international matches to this city after four years with a monumental victory in the third One-day International against India on Wednesday at Green Park.
The Windies drew level in the three-match series with a two-wicket victory in the second ODI two days ago at the Reddy Stadium in Visakhapatnam, following a six-wicket defeat in the opener three days earlier at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
A win in this match would hand the visitors their first ODI series victory in a decade over the Indians or any side ranked higher in a bilateral series on foreign soil.
“Winning the last game gave us that self belief and the confidence that we can actually beat India in India,” said West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo on the eve of the match.”
“For us as a team, we were just focusing on improving from our previous game, focusing on playing together as a team and trying to be more consistent.”
He added: “In the last five matches between the two teams, starting from the Champions Trophy last June in England, we’ve played India five times in ODIs, we’ve won two and lost three”
“So [this] is a very important game to get even and of course win the series, so we are looking forward to it.”
On what it would take to overcome India, Bravo said his side had to stick to their plans: “Before the last game, we had a very good team meeting. It was very interactive and we planned very well. In all our meetings, we formulate our plans. Most times, we fail to properly execute them on the field, but we did in the last game and they worked.
“I will remind the guys of the good things we did in that match and encourage them to have the same approach in the team meeting, the same attitude and encourage them to do the same things again.”
He said: “This will be a day game. It will be very hot and humid. We expect the Indian team to bounce back from a loss that obviously hurt them, so it’s not going to be easy and we never expected that it would be.
This will be the 13th ODI to be played at Green Park, where West Indies won a 1994 encounter against the Indians by 48 runs.