India A marched to their 3rd straight win in the Caribbean as they clinched the 5-match ODI series against the West Indies A with two games still to be played. India A batted first for the third time in a row and posted the biggest total among the three games. Shubman Gill struck 77 from only 81 balls with nine boundaries on a track that was tough to bat against the new ball. Shreyas Iyer struggled to play his shots as he scored 47 from 69 balls.
Skipper Manish Pandey got the big knock he was waiting for as he scored exactly 100 from 87 balls with six fours and five maximums. His brilliant ton played a key role in pushing India A’s total to 295/6. The visiting team won the first two matches by exactly 65-run margin but the victory in 3rd ODI was more than twice of that. Krunal Pandya, playing his first game of the series, took a 5-wicket haul as West Indies A were limited to just 147 despite a 51-run opening stand in nine overs.
The 4th game of the 5-match Unofficial ODI series between West Indies A and India A will be hosted by the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (1:30 PM GMT) (7:00 PM IST). The game will be streamed live on YouTube by Windes Cricket.
The last two games of this ODI series will be played at the Coolidge Cricket Ground that hosted the first match. Compared to that of the North Sound, the Coolidge pitch is slower and becomes tough as the game progresses. India A comfortably defending their total of 190 in the first game as the hosted bundled out for just 125.
Average first innings score: 234 (Last 6 List A matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
West Indies A:
John Campbell, Sunil Ambris, Raymon Reifer, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase (C), Rovman Powell, Devon Thomas (wk), Romario Shepherd, Rahkeem Cornwall, Keemo Paul, Akeem Jordan.
Bench – Shane Dowrich, Sherfane Rutherford, Kjorn Ottley, Devon Thomas, Khary Pierre.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Anmolpreet Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey (C), Hanuma Vihari, Ishan Kishan (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Rahul Chahar, Avesh Khan.
Bench – Shubman Gill, Axar Patel, K Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Rahul Chahar has impressive numbers in the List A cricket where he constantly looks for wickets rather than keeping it tight. In his 24-match short 50-overs career, the leg-spinner bagged 42 wickets at an average of 24.52. Rahul takes a wicket every 30 deliveries in this format and also has a 5-fer to his name.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Manish Pandey put on a great show with the bat in the previous game which he has been doing consistently during ‘A’ team tours. Krunal Pandya could enjoy bowling on the Windies tracks which have become slower. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sunil Ambris, Raymon Reifer, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini will be best options for multipliers in the given conditions.
Other Captain/Vice-Captain Options – Rahkeem Cornwall, Shreyas Iyer, John Campbell, Hanuma Vihari, Rovman Powell.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ishan Kishan
Batsmen – Manish Pandey (C), Hanuma Vihari, Sunil Ambris, Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounders – Raymon Reifer, Krunal Pandya (VC), Rahkeem Cornwall
Bowlers – Romario Shepherd, Washington Sundar, Keemo Paul
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ishan Kishan
Batsmen – Ruturaj Gaikwad (VC), Manish Pandey, Sunil Ambris (C), John Campbell
All-Rounders – Roston Chase, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd
Shubman Gill, who got two fifties in previous two games, could be rested to allow Anmolpreet Singh one more game. Rahul Chahal might come back in place of his cousin Deepak given the slowness of the pitch at Coolidge. Ishan Kishan could be seen opening something India A has done in the later stages of the series in the past.
India A is expected to continue their domination and take a 4-0 lead in the 5-match series.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
- World Cup
- Krunal Pandya
- Manish Pandey
- Navdeep Saini
- Rahul Chahar
- Roston Chase
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Shubman Gill
- Sunil Ambris
- West Indies
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