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India hope to slay World T20 demons

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KINGSTON - India start their campaign today to put the bad memory of their failure in the World Twenty20 behind them, when they face West Indies in the first one-day international of the four-match series.

KINGSTON - India start their campaign today to put the bad memory of their failure in the World Twenty20 behind them, when they face West Indies in the first one-day international of the four-match series.

India and their opponents settle back down to the bump and grind of 50 overs-a-side matches, after a heavy diet of Twenty20 cricket for several of the players in the form of the second edition of the Indian Premier League in South Africa, and the World Twenty20 in England.

But it's the World Twenty20 that is still fresh on the minds of the Indians.

They entered the competition as defending champions, and finished empty-handed, much to the chagrin of their legions of supporters at home and around the world.

They were humiliated when they left the competition after three defeats in the Super Eight stage, including a seven-wicket loss to the West Indies.

Tiredness and injuries were some of the factors advanced for India's demise, but they have had close to two weeks to relax and recharge the batteries.

But they face a West Indies side with their own demons to exorcise, after a miserable Test and ODI series against England.

The home team, however, marginally redeemed themselves with a semifinal place in the World Twenty20 in which they beat England to reach the final four. - Sapa-AFP

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