India will look to win the 3rd One Day International match and seal the series when they take on the hosts West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound at Antigua on Friday 30th June 2017.
Indian Team is ind the perfect form to seal the 5 match ODI series. The 1st ODI was washed out due to rain. India batted first but they only got 39.2 overs to play in that match. After that, the rain gods never allowed the teams to get on the field. Eventually that match ended in no result.
The 2nd ODI was again played at Queen Park’s Oval at Port of Spain. Just like the 1st ODI, West Indies won the toss and sent India to bat first. This decision from the Windies Skipper Jason Holder proved costly because Inform batting line up of Team India crushed the weak and in experienced bowling attack of West Indies.
Indian opener shared yet another 100 run stand by doing so they became 1st Indian openers to put consecutive 100 run stand against West Indies in West Indies.
Dhawan scored his 2nd fifty in this series and his opening partner Ajinkya Rahane smashed a brilliant century. Rahane’s knock of 103 also earned him the man of the match award in the 2nd ODI. Rahane also became just the 2nd Indian opener and 4th Indian overall to smash a hundred in West Indies and against West Indies.
Skipper Kohli too made full use of chances, he continued from where he left in the 1st ODI. His brilliant 87 run knock allowed India to post a great total.
India posted a huge score of 310 in their allotted 43 overs, just like the 1st ODI this match also had persistent rains. Fortunately after few hours the cover were taken off and play resumed. But instead of 50 overs, the overs were reduced 43 overs per side.
In reply of chasing this big target of 311, Windies were never in the game. Indian bowlers did a good job by restricting the West Indian batting line up for just 205 in their 43 overs. Only Shai Hope batted well for his 81 rest of the batsmen struggled against the good bowing performance from India.
Kuldeep Yadav took 3 wickets in his debut series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave the early burst with the new ball. He ended up picking up 2 wickets and Ashwin also took 1 wicket to his name.
India won the match by 105 runs and takes the lead of 1-0 in this 5 match ODI series.
All is well according to the performance of India so far. But there is only concern which may cause some trouble in the Indian camp. The form of Yuvraj Singh is still a problem. Yuvi hasn’t found it easy after his match winning knock against Pakistan in their opening game in ICC Champions Trophy at England and Wales.
Due to his poor run Yuvraj Singh might be dropped and Yuvi can be replaced by Rishab Pant for the 3rd ODI at Antigua.
Virat Kohli gave a hint in his press conference that Rishab Pant might make his debut in the 3rd ODI which will be played on the 30th June 2017. But Kohli hasn’t said that Pant will come in the place of Yuvi in the squad. There is some speculation that Yuvraj will make a way for this young talented player Rishab Pant.
MS Dhoni’s lack of batting in the match might also worry India a little bit. Dhoni hasn’t got many games to bat. He got the opportunity to bat in the final of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan but he managed to score only 4 runs in that important match. In the last 2 ODIs against West Indies he didn’t had much to. In this match Dhoni should bat higher up the order.
Promoting Hardik Pandya higher up the order didn’t work for India in the last game. Pandya scored only 4 runs from 5 balls. Kohli should stick to the same batting order.
Bowling has been good. Debutant Kuldeep Yadav has been great for India in that match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar form is also the key for India with the new ball.
Umesh Yadav however, is worry for India in the bowing department. Umesh bowled well against Pakistan in India’s opening game in the Champions Trophy. After wards it was it was way worth bowing, due to that Umesh was dropped from the squad and Ashwin replaced him.
Virat Kohli should go with Mohd Shami in place of Umesh Yadav. Shami bowled well in the warm up games and he should get a chance in this playing XI.
For the hosts, all is not well for them. They have a huge problem ahead of this encounter. They need to sort out their batting and bowling issues.
The bowling has been very poor from West Indies in both the ODI matches. West Indies skipper Jason Holder was the most expensive one for them.
Even the other bowlers did respond well for their team. It was only Alzarri Joseph who bowled some good economy spells and picked up wickets for them.
Jason Holder will want Alzarri Joseph to continue his good form and at the other end Joseph will also need a good support from his fellow bowlers to pressurise this Indian batting unit.
Devendra Bishoo bowled decently in the 1st ODI but struggled to maintain his line and length in the 2nd ODI. Bishoo needs to do what Sunil Narine has done for the West Indies and Kolkata Knight Riders over the years.
West Indies are clearly missing their important stars in the team but these young talents who step up and deliver for their team. They should play positive cricket to tackle this hurdle.
Playing XI of India –
India might go with 2 changes in the squad. Yuvraj Singh and Umesh Yadav should be dropped and Mohd Shami and Rishab Pant should replace them.
Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh/ Rishab Pant, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jhadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav/Mohd Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Playing XI of West Indies –
West Indies have gone with two changes in their squad. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sunil Ambris and top order batsman Kyle Hope have been drafted into the squad in place of Jonathan Carter and Kesrick Williams.
Jason Holder, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell and Rovman Powell.
Live Telecast On Sony Six and Ten Sports Networks. The match will start live at 6-30 PM IST.