In their previous 20 ODI series/tournaments, Windies hasn’t managed to win a single one. Their last victory came in 2014 when they clean swept Bangladesh in a three-match series. Since then, they played two World Cups, one qualifier tournament and several other bilateral and tri-nation series. In this period, they managed to draw the series against Afghanistan and England. However, they’ve never got over the line and won’t have the opportunity in the ongoing three-match series against India as well.
Jason Holder and his men lost the second ODI against the ‘Men in Blue’ by 59 runs and are clearly under the pump. While India will definitely come hard at them, the team from the Caribbean should look to address a few issues in the first place. They’ll need to play their best possible cricket to save themselves from the embarrassment and try to level the series at least.
The third ODI of the three-match series between Windies and India will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT). This game will be live on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 in India.
Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
The track at the Queen’s Park Oval isn’t an easy one to bat on. As it was indicative in the second ODI, the ball seems to hold up onto the track at times making it difficult for the stroke-makers. While it is crucial for the bowlers to consistently pitch the ball in the right areas, patience will be the key for the batsmen.
Average first innings score: 217 (68 ODIs played at the venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 33, Lost – 30, Tied/NR – 5
Going by the weather forecast, scattered thunderstorms are predicted in the first half of the day. Thus, there could be slight interruptions here and there and we might also lose out on a few overs. However, the entire game wouldn’t be washed out and the fans will hope that the clouds stay at bay during the proceedings.
Probable Playing XIs:
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell.
Bench: John Campbell, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami/Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed.
Bench: Mohammed Shami/Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Virat Kohli scored a century in the last game and played great cricket. He should be the top pick in your Dream11 Fantasy team. Evin Lewis has also looked good in the ODI series and you can go for him. The other top picks will be Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sheldon Cottrell.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – V Kohli, S Dhawan, N Pooran
Vice-Captain Options – E Lewis, C Gayle, R Sharma
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Pooran, S Hope
Batters – R Sharma, S Iyer, E Lewis (VC), V Kohli (C)
All-Rounders – R Jadeja, R Chase
Bowlers – M Shami, B Kumar, S Cottrell
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – R Pant, N Pooran
Batters – R Sharma, C Gayle (VC), V Kohli, S Dhawan (C)
All-Rounders – R Chase, C Brathwaite
Bowlers – B Kumar, K Ahmed, S Cottrell
Even though Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli together take up 21 credits, you must have them both in your Dream11 Fantasy team. Thus, you must make compromises elsewhere. Going for the likes of Roston Chase, Shreyas Iyer and Khaleel Ahmed should be safe options.
India is predicted to win this match and seal the 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.
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