We all witnessed a game that left everyone surprised in the end. Yes, we are talking about the 2nd ODI which ended in a tie. Even after Indians put a massive score on the board, Windies were phenomenal with the bat, thanks to Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer who took the challenge.
5 were needed off the last ball and Windies held their nerves to hit a boundary on it. Indian fans were disappointed while Windies too left the field quite as they were very much into the game. The series is still 1-0 with the third game to be played in Pune. Here’s the prediction:
Bhuvi, Bumrah back in action – Great news for India as both of their prime fast bowlers are back in the squad after being given rest for the first 2 encounters. They are expected to take the field in Pune on October 27 in place of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav. However, all three spinners are expected to play the 3rd One Day International.
Kohli’s great form – Virat Kohli’s splendid form is a big plus for India. He scored a phenomenal 157 to take India past 300. Apart from him, Rayudu and Rohit too are enjoying this series with their good run so far. If skipper Kohli can score a century in this ODI, then he can join AB De Villiers to become the second player to score 4 consecutive tons in India.
‘DD’ need to perform – Well, it’s not Delhi Daredevils; DD means Dhoni and Dhawan who are struggling so far to score runs. Dhoni didn’t get chance in the first match but failed to score big in the second game. Meanwhile, Dhawan, who batted exceptionally well in the Asia Cup, flopped in both the matches. He played some good strokes in the last ODI but failed to continue his form.
Power of Hope, Hitmyer – Windies are a completely different package when it comes to white-ball cricket. We have seen in both the matches that the Caribbeans put over 300 on the board, still couldn’t win a single one. They have the ability to beat India at any ground with this team. Now, they would be hoping to win this one in Pune.
Leaking runs in the middle overs – Windies have got a wicket in the initial overs in both the games but couldn’t put pressure after that in the presence of Virat Kohli. They have to find a solution for this and if they can get Kohli early, half of the battle is done. What do you think?
Cricwizz Prediction – Pitch in Pune is a flat track, so expect a lot of runs from the one batting first. If the visitors can put 300-320 after batting first, this can be yet another crunch.
Who will win the 3rd ODI?
- India (80%, 20 Votes)
- Windies (20%, 5 Votes)
- Tie (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 25