Windies face India in first ODI today

PORT-OF-SPAIN (Agencies) - Their weakness against the spin bowling was exposed in the series against Pakistan but West Indies skipper Darren Sammy does not feel that Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh would be a big threat for them in the one-day series, beginning today (Monday). Sammy hoped that his batters would give a better account of themselves against Harbhajan. "We should play Harbhajan better than we did against Pakistan. Ajmal was different. He was very difficult to pick because of his doosra. Harbhajan, in contract, is more orthodox and our batters should do well against him," Sammy said ahead of the series-opener. Pakistan off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez picked up 12 of the 26 wickets to fall in the series preceding the current one. They both gave less than four runs per over and were miserly. Harbhajan picked up two for 25 from his four overs against the West Indies in the Twenty20 opener on Saturday but Sammy was willing to bet his batters to do well against the Indian. If ever Harbhajan needed a reason to be extra competitive, Sammy's remarks provide him with one, even though he has a distinguished career of 393 Tests and 255 ODI wickets behind him and his five for 13 against the West Indies in the Kingston Test of 2006 was the reason India came up trumps in the Caribbean after 35 years. Sammy said his batsmen showed in the Twenty20 match that they could keep wickets against the Indian spinners but it's their ability to rotate the strike which is hurting his team's chances. The West Indian skipper opined that if his side could make 250 runs against the Indians it could turn out to be a handy total. He yet again complained that the West Indies Cricket Board ( WICB) was not giving them the pitches, which suit them. "We have seen Indians struggle against bounce and pace in the past but we haven't had wickets to suit us for quite some time now. But there is little we can do about it," he said. Sammy hoped that the presence of Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan would improve the prospects of his team. West Indian players indulged in some hectic hitting in the middle during the practice session this morning with Pollard in particular peppering the stands with his monstrous hits.

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