India are all set to lock their horns in the final ODI against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval, tomorrow. This is a crucial fixture as the result of this match will decide whether the series will end in India’s favor or the trophy will be shared.
In the second ODI, India registered a comfortable victory by 59 runs. The Men in Blue batting first put up a target of 280 for the home side. The rain once again interrupted the game but couldn’t spoil it completely. The DLS rule came under the play and the Windies were asked to score 270 runs in 46 overs.
The home side were batting brilliantly but once again lost their composure and the credit of it goes to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The Indian bowler took two wickets in one over and turned the game in India’s favor.
India are leading the series 1-0 and will look to clinch the last series-deciding ODI. Windies, on the other hand, have a great batting line-up and they might spoil the party for the Men in Blue.
In the history of ODIs played between the two sides, Windies have won one game more than India (62 wins). A victory in the 3rd ODI for India will equal the number of wins and the Men in Blue would not like to miss this brilliant opportunity.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (C), Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav.
Evin Lewis vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar
This is going to be an interesting battle as both the players played a crucial role for their team in the last ODI. Evin Lewis scored a much-needed half-century but it went in vain as Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four-wicket haul took India to a comfortable victory.
The Windies opener failed in the t20 series but got himself back into form at the right time. He was the only batsman who showed a willingness to stay on the pitch for a long time. However, Lewis played a poor shot and gave away his wicket.
Bhuvneshwar, on the other hand, came back into the attack in the middle-overs. This was an important period during the match as the Windies had good control over the game. Nevertheless, the Indian bowler picked two wickets in a single over and took away the game from the home side.
If India wants to clinch this fixture, then Bhuvneshwar has to get rid of Lewis early in the innings. This will help India in creating pressure on the Windies and stop them from achieving a huge score.
Sheldon Cottrell vs Virat Kohli
The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli finally registered his 42nd ODI century in the last fixture against Windies. This century made him the second-highest run-scorer for India in the ODIs. Also, he surpassed Javed Miandad record of most runs in ODIs against West Indies.
The Indian batsman is seven centuries away from equalizing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in ODIs (49). The pace on which Kohli is scoring ODI centuries; it looks like he will soon get past the milestone.
Sheldon Cottrell, on the other hand, will act as a barrier between Kohli and big score in the next match. The newly emerged Windies bowler has performed quite well in recent time. Especially, during the 2019 World Cup, where he picked more than 10 wickets for his side.
The Windies pacer will use quick bouncers to get rid of the Indian skipper early in the game. If Sheldon succeeds in doing this then we might see the Indian team in trouble as they depend on Kohli a lot.
This is going to be an average scoring game with the pitch supporting the spinners fractionally. Also, the team with patience will have a better chance of winning this match as the pitch might slow down in the middle overs.
India has better batting line-up and bowling attack than West Indies. The home side have great batting depth but none of their players have shown composure and willingness of taking the match till the end.
So, considering everything. Cricwizz believes that this fixture will end in India’s favor and the Men in Blue will whitewash the home side in the ODI series as well.