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3rd ODI Predictions: India vs West Indies

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India will lock horns with West Indies in the third match of the ODI series today in Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad.

India is already 2-0 up in the series.

The Indian batting has clicked, with the exception of Suryakumar Yadav.

In the opening game, the visitors posted a solid total of 308 runs, with skipper Dhawan leading from the front with a fine knock of 97 runs.

In the 2nd ODI, Team India chased a mammoth total of 312 runs, thanks to all-rounder Axar Patel’s magnificent 64 off just 35 balls!

Team analysis

The biggest problem for India has been the bowling unit which has conceded 300-plus runs in both the T20Is.

Pacer Avesh Khan was given a chance in the second ODI but the decision didn’t go down well.

Avesh failed to pick up a single wicket and was smashed for 54 runs in just six overs.

Eventually, West Indies posted a mammoth total of 311 in 50 overs.

India coach Rahul Dravid will probably tinker with the bowling set up.

As a result, pacer Arshdeep Singh could make his ODI debut in the final match of the series.

The return of Ravindra Jadeja and Ishan Kishan into the side is also a possibility.

Navdeep Saini could be given a game at the expense of Siraj.

West Indies will most likely, play with the same team as their batting and bowling has performed decently in both the matches.

IND vs WI Match Details

Match: IND vs WI – 3rd ODI

Date & Time: July 27, 7:00 PM IST

Venue: Port-of-Spain

Weather prediction

Showers are expected in the morning till 2PM in the afternoon but is likely to get clear after that with no signs of rain.

A highest temperature of 30 degrees Celsius is expected.

Minimum temperature will be 25 degrees.

Head to Head Record

Both teams have faced each other 138 times in ODIs.

West Indies have won 63 times while India have won 69 times.

Pitch Report

The third match will also be played in Port-of-Spain in Trinidad.

The two ODI matches played earlier have been high-scoring ones.

In the second ODI, India chased 312 and the pitch stayed good till the end.

Hence, teams will look to chase after the winning toss.

In fact, the pitch is likely to get slower as the match progresses.

A minimum total of 270-280 is likely for the team batting first.

India Likely 11

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj/Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh

West Indies Likely 11

Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Hayden Walsh.

Likely Top performers

Alzarri Joseph has picked 82 wickets in 51 matches. He has been in great form in the series and will be the highest wicket-taker for West Indies.

Shai Hope could go on to score the most runs for West Indies in the 3rd ODI. He has an impressive record with 4193 runs in 100 matches.

Shikhar Dhawan smashed 97 runs in the 1st ODI. Shikhar Dhawan has gone on to score 6435 runs in 154 matches and has a great record against the Windies. He is likely to be India’s top run-getter.

Mohammed Siraj has gone on to pick nine wickets in seven matches. If he plays in the 3rd ODI, Siraj is likely to be the top wicket-taker for India.

Who will win

Team India has managed to win both matches even after facing tough situations.

Though the bowling has been inconsistent, they found a way to win.

This proves the team’s winning mentality.

Hence, we expect a tough contest once again yet India will emerge winners.

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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala

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Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –

 

He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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