Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
India eye ODI series win against West Indies!
Our prediction is India to win the match!
West Indies and India will be battling it out in the third and final game of the one-day series in Port of Spain on Wednesday.
In the previous game, India managed to register a comfortable win over West Indies, courtesy splendid performances from Indian Captain Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The game will be an opportunity for India to clinch the one-day series over West Indies.
On the other hand, the home side will be desperate to level the three-match one-day series against top-quality opposition. The series finale becomes more important for the Caribbean giants considering the fact that they had a woeful World Cup where they just managed to register two wins in nine matches.
For the hosts, all eyes will be on veteran opener Chris Gayle who was bowled out cheaply in the previous game as well. With the likes of Lasith Malinga and Hashim Amla retiring, the pressure will be on Gayle to either deliver or leave the spot for others to fill in as the Caribbean giants will ideally like to begin their preparations for the next World Cup which will be organized in India in 2023. Therefore, the left-hander will come in the match under some pressure in order to give a befitting response to his critique in the best possible manner. His opening partner, Evin Lewis played well and scored 65 off 80 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. He will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in this game as well.
Shimron Hetmyer has been dubbed as the next big thing in West Indies cricket, has gone through a lean phase with the bat since ICC Cricket World Cup played in England and Wales. He will need to produce runs for the side in this final game of the series. Therefore, the left-handed batsman will have to up his game and remind everyone what he is capable of in the final game of the one-day series All-rounder Roston Chase will be under the microscope for sure. The 27-year-old has a pretty impressive Test record but so far has failed to live up to the expectations in white-ball cricket. He bowled well in the previous game and picked up the big wicket of Rohit Sharma. He scored 18 off 23 balls in the previous game of the one-day series played at Trinidad. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder to pick up wickets with the new ball. In the previous game, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was standout bowler with three wickets to his name.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder (captain ), Carlos Brathwaite, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Kemar Roach, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Keemo Paul
For India, it will be a great opportunity to clinch the one-day series over West Indies in the Caribbean. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat in the previous game and helped India register a 59-run win via Duckworth-Lewis method. With one to the game, the visitors will need to guard against complacency and make sure that they deliver the goods with bat and ball to clinch the one-day series. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, the opening duo of Dhawan and Sharma perished for low sores. In this series finale, the team management will be hoping that the opening pair can deliver big runs with the bat and get them off to a flying start against West Indies.
Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant poor continued in white-ball cricket as he perished after scoring 20 off 35 balls with the help of two boundaries. He needs to produce a notable score in order to retain his place in the limited-overs side. Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer played an excellent inning in his comeback for India in one-day cricket. He played a supporting role to Virat Kohli and added 125-run partnership to put India in a good position to post a competitive score on the board. He scored 71 off 68 balls with the help of five fours and a six. In the bowling department, the side will be depending on Muhammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to make early inroads with the new ball. Pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name. Mohammad Shami also bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 39 from 8 overs. Kuldeep Yadav also wicket up two wickets and conceded 59 runs from his 10 overs.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
YS Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami
The pitch is expected to be another good one for batting whereas the weather can interrupt the match with few showers.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. The quick bowlers might find some sort of assistance in the initial power play overs. Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad is going to host the third and final game of the one-day series between West Indies and India. In one-day cricket, the home side has a poor head-to-head record against India at this venue.
Based on current form, India are looking firm favorites to win the third and final game of the one-day series against West Indies.
In the previous game, the side delivered a clinical performance with bat and ball to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. With Indian Captain Virat Kohli in red-hot form and bowlers once again delivering the goods in the previous game, India will be hard to beat in this series finale. On the other hand, West Indies will need to play exceptional cricket in order to level the three-match one-day series. Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect India to clinch the one-day series over West Indies.