India, West Indies seek to make the most of dead rubber

Match details

Providence Stadium, Guyana
August 6, Tuesday; 20:00 IST
Live on Sony Pictures Network, streaming on SonyLiv

The main picture

Expecting India and West Indies to produce close contests through this three-match T20I series wasn’t wishful. Both teams are stacked with quality T20 players and have been at near-full strength, while West Indies had been the better team against India in T20 cricket coming into this series. None of those has, however, manifested itself over the course of the two T20Is in Lauderhill, Florida, where India sealed an unassailable 2-0 series lead with a 22-run win by DLS method on Sunday.

This is now India’s first T20I series win since they whitewashed West Indies 3-0 on home soil last November.

In the post-match presentation ceremony after the second T20I, Virat Kohli emphasised that, despite the luxury to tinker with the playing XI and give chances to the Chahar brothers and Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul in the inconsequential third T20I, India’s priority will be to win. “Winning the first two games always gives you a chance to give an opportunity to a few guys. Having said that, the idea is always to win,” the Indian captain said.

What’s possible is, India retain the players who are only part of the T20 squad while resting those who have been named in the ODI squad, with the three-match ODI series starting on Thursday. More on the possible playing XI for India later.

The chief reason for West Indies being 2-0 down has been their batting. Evin Lewis has yet to get off the mark after two matches, falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s knuckleballs on both occasions, while the rest of the top order, save for Kieron Pollard in the first match and Rovman Powell in the second, has paid the price for being rash with their shot selection. Perhaps the West Indies were wrong in their assessment of the pitch at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground. The pitch wasn’t ideal for T20 cricket and the Indian seamers, in particular, used their variations to make life difficult for the hard-hitting West Indies batsmen.

West Indies have bowled well for most parts of the two T20Is so far. They made a good fist of trying to defend 95 for nine in the first match, while they had kept India in check until Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja’s onslaught in the final two overs of the innings in the second match. For the West Indies to avoid another series whitewash against India, they need a collective performance from the batting unit.

With Guyana hosting the final T20I, both teams must assess and adapt to the conditions, while the changes in the playing XI could also shape the result of the fixture.

Pitch report and weather forecast

This will be the first T20I played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana since 2010, while this will also be the first international match in over a year. The venue has a large playing area and big boundaries, while the pitch has tended to be on slower side over the years.

A couple of morning showers have been forecast for Tuesday, with the match scheduled to start at 10.30 AM local time.

India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Dream11 team

KL Rahul, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sunil Narine, Krunal Pandya, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar

India vs West Indies 3rd T20 playing 11

Possible India playing 11: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (c), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

Possible West Indies playing 11: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Carlos Brathwaite (c), 7 Rovman Powell, 8 Keemo Paul/Jason Mohammed, 9 Sheldon Cottrell, 10 Oshane Thomas, 11 Khary Pierre

Match prediction

For the host to secure a consolation win, their batsmen must deliver. India, on the other hand, will be keen to retain the intensity having wrapped up the series already.

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