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!
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
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.
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.