21 July-2014, India Today: Fast bowler Ishant Sharma scalped seven crucial wickets to put India…
Stung by a remarkable fightback from West Indies on the final day of the rain-hit second Test, India will have to look at its bowling combinations and get back to winning ways when the third Test begins at the Darren Sammy Stadium here on Tuesday.
Only four Tests have been played at this ground since the inaugural Test here in 2003. India has experienced the playing conditions previously on the 2006 tour, and that game ended in a draw.
Unlike the Sabina Park pitch, the wicket laid out here has a brownish hue to it, with dry grass all over the surface.
On Sunday evening, there was only a minor tinge of green, perhaps owing to the fact that the groundsmen were still watering it. As such, India’s ploy of playing five bowlers should stay untouched. The one change that can come about is regarding the second spinner slot.
Amit Mishra’s performance on day five was a huge let down, as he was unable to bowl a holding line and instead leaked runs.
There is also a remote chance that the team management might go in with three spinners, leaving out Yadav and bringing in Jadeja, considering the dryness of the pitch and the small matter of the ball going soft in the previous Test in somewhat similar conditions.