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The India vs West Indies battle resumes after a bit of a break as the 4th ODI in Dharamsala takes centre-stage with both teams desperate for the victory which will ensure they cannot lose the series.

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The match is scheduled to begin at 2.30 pm IST (10 am BST, 5 am ET) with live coverage in India on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 [in Hindi] and Star Sports HD1. The 4th ODI match can also be watched via free live streaming online by viewers in India on Starsports.com.

Viewers in the UK can catch all the action on Sky Sports 2 or by choosing a live stream online on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports Online. US viewers can catch the game on Willow TV or Willow TV Online, while Middle East and North Africa viewers can watch the match on OSN or OSN Play.

With the 3rd ODI in Visakhapatnam cancelled due to Cyclone Hudhud, both teams have had plenty of rest after the Delhi ODI on Saturday – yes, only Saturday, even though it feels like a lot longer -- which India won comfortably courtesy that self-destruct button press from the West Indies.

West Indies looked on their way to an easy enough victory over India, before a sudden wicket-train put paid to hopes of a 2-0 lead, a lead which would have ensured they cannot lose the series due to the fact that the 3rd ODI was abandoned.

However, with the series now tied at 1-1, both teams have everything to play for with India coming into the game with more confidence and less distractions.

The West Indies are still struggling with the pay dispute with the West Indies Players' Association, and it remains to be seen if Dwayne Bravo and co. can put those off field issues behind them, like they did so splendidly in the first one-day international in Kochi.

If WI can muster up an all-round effort over the 100 overs, then they are as formidable a team as they come in ODI cricket. They have the bowlers to take the wickets, and also the batsmen to cart any bowler around the park, something that Virat Kohli is well aware of.

"Their cricket has improved a lot," said the right-hander who made a welcome return to form in the second ODI at his home ground in Delhi. "The players are confident and their batting shows maturity -- their shot selection has been good.

"Of course, playing in the IPL has helped them get used to the conditions here in India but that isn't the only reason. They've sat together well as a team and have planned their approach wisely."

While India usually rely on their batting in limited-overs cricket, it was their bowlers who guided them to victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and signs suggest that the bowlers, from both sides, will again play a big role with the pitch in Dharamsala expected to aid the faster bowlers.

With temperatures expected to be in the low 20s in Dharamsala and the pitch thought to be a pacey one, the team that adapts quicker will walk away with a 2-1 series lead.

"The pitch is quick and as a batsman I want would want such a track since the ball comes nicely onto the bat," added Kohli. "It promises to be a great contest between the bat and ball.

"We've had significant amount of match practice ahead of the game and I don't think the weather here will make much of a difference. We have played here before and even in places like Delhi, where it gets equally cold."

Team news: India: Akshar Patel has been added to the squad, but it remains to be seen if the all-rounder, who has impressed everyone with his performances for the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, will get a game.

West Indies: Nikita Miller has been flown in from Sri Lanka after Lendl Simmons was ruled out for the rest of the series. However, West Indies are likely to go with the same playing XI, with Darren Bravo expected to again partner Dwayne Smith at the top of the order.

Confirmed lineups: India: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akshar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn.

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