ODI series preview: West Indies v SL v India

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It's been less than a week since the Champions Trophy final, which India won, and already we're being treated/subjected (depending on your view) to another one-day series, this time in the Caribbean.

It's been less than a week since the Champions Trophy final, which India won, and already we're being treated/subjected (depending on your view) to another one-day series, this time in the Caribbean.

The tri-nation event features hosts West Indies, Trophy champions India and semi-finalists Sri Lanka, so fans in Jamaica and Trinidad, where all the games are being played, should witness some top class cricket.

India are the obvious favourites, given their victory over England on Sunday at Edgbaston, combined with their number one ODI ranking. They also feature the top run-scorer and wicket-taker from the tournament in Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja.

They have sent a full strength side, with only Irfan Pathan ruled out at the last minute through injury. He has been replaced in the squad by Shami Ahmed, though Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav will be the starting pacemen.

The Windies must not be discounted though, as they excel when playing in front of their very enthusiastic fans. The players make no bones about the fact that they prefer short format cricket over Tests, and are on an upwards trajectory by naming their strongest squad.

They dropped veteran batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan and youngster Jason Holder, reducing the 15-man squad that played in England to 13. Former skipper Darren Sammy is expected to retain his place in the starting XI after doing well despite being demoted.

The Sri Lankans are without veteran batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan, who picked up a calf injury in the semi-final against India and is out for at least six weeks. All-rounder Thisara Perera was dropped, and Upul Tharanga and Ajantha Mendis have joined the side.

It'll be a close series with a quick turn-around, with seven games being played in less than two weeks. Aside from India v Sri Lanka, these sides don't face each other often, so the boredom factor is reduced, provided the players have recovered after the ICC event. It will give fans who <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket' class='instorylink'><b>bet on cricket</b></a> a chance to make a variety of punts.

<b>Key Men</b><br>Starting with the hosts, we're going to plump for veteran all-rounder <b>Marlon Samuels</b>. The big man is a rare commodity in that he is a genuine triple threat, equally talented with bat, ball or in the field, and can dance a mean jig too.

India's obvious, and correct, choice is man of the moment, <b>Shikhar Dhawan</b>. He hit back-to-back centuries at the Champions Trophy and never failed to get his side off to a good start. He has developed from a basher to a stroke-maker in a matter of months, and sites like <a href='http://www.paddypower.com' class='instorylink'><b>Paddy Power</b></a> reflect that in their odds.

Sri Lanka, in the absence of Dilshan, will need to make sure their veterans fire, and key to that is <b>Kumar Sangakkara</b>. He got the best score in England, an unbeaten 134, and his continued good form will be vital to his side's success.

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results: WI v SL</b><br>2011: Third ODI: Sri Lanka won by 26 runs at Colombo<br>2011: Second ODI: Sri Lanka won by eight wickets in Colombo<br>2011: First ODI: No result in Colombo<br>2008: Fourth ODI: No result at Gros Islet<br>2008: Third ODI: West Indies won by seven wickets at Port-of-Spain

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results: WI v Ind</b><br>2013 Champions Trophy group B: India won by eight wickets at the Oval<br>2011: Fifth ODI: India won by 34 runs at Chennai<br>2011:Fourth ODI: India won by 153 runs at Indore<br>2011: Third ODI: West Indies won by 16 runs at Ahmedabad<br>2011: Second ODI: India won by five wickets at Visakhapatnam

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results: Ind v SL</b><br>2013 Champions Trophy semi-final: India won by eight wickets in Cardiff<br>2012: Fifth ODI: India won by 20 runs in Pallekele<br>2012:Fourth ODI: India won by six wickets in Colombo<br>2012: Third ODI: India won by five wickets in Colombo<br>2012: Second ODI: Sri Lanka won by nine wickets in Hambantota

<b>Squads</b><br><i>India:</i> MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar

<i>Sri Lanka:</i> Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (vc), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis

<i>West Indies:</i> Dwayne Bravo (capt), Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Devon Smith, Darren Sammy, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach

<b>Fixtures</b><br>Friday 28 June: West Indies v Sri Lanka, Jamaica<br>Sunday 30 June: West Indies v India, Jamaica<br>Tuesday 2 July: India v Sri Lanka, Jamaica<br>Friday 5 July: West Indies v India, Trinidad<br>Sunday 7 July: West Indies v Sri Lanka, Trinidad<br>Tuesday 9 July: India v Sri Lanka, Trinidad<br>Thursday 11 July: Final, Trinidad

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