Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
August 14, Thursday; 19:00 IST (09:30 local)
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The main picture
At the moment, West Indies, on the basis of their ninth-placed finish at the World Cup and their inability to get a result in any of the four completed matches on this tour, are a team of whom you don’t know what to expect. They either don’t give themselves a chance by failing to aggregate even 100 runs despite batting out their alloted 20 overs or self-destruct from a situation where they are on course to chase 270 by being 178 for four, only to be bowled out for 210. In between, West Indies produce a reasonably good batting performance and give themselves a chance with the ball but can’t capitalise on the opening offered by India, who, as a result, find themselves 1-0 up with a chance to win the ODI series after a 3-0 sweep in the T20 leg of the tour.
West Indies have undeniable talent across their batting and bowling departments and, except one or two slow movers on the field, are a good fielding side, too. But in elite-level sport, victories aren’t a byproduct of your potential. Mistakes, especially when they are repeated, can result in a loss of confidence and cause you to fight your own battle and not the opposition. This is the situation the West Indies find themselves in and reason why they can’t produce positive results, even in the format they have tasted the most success in this decade.
A combination of West Indies being low on confidence and their inability to find solutions to their problems, principle among which is gung-ho approach of the batting line-up (a method that hasn’t been successful), means you would back India to win the third ODI, but Virat Kohli and his men know they will have to play well on the day. India are the team with the better quality of players, and with the greater collective experience in the squad, but they have also been aided by West Indies batsmen’s poor application and shot selection, as we saw in the second ODI at Queen’s Park Oval, where the home team lost 4 for four in the space of three overs to botch up the DLS chase of 270.
India’s perennial, ongoing search for a proper No. 4 is suggestion enough that they aren’t the perfect team either. The rained-out first ODI meant the team management have one match less to see what the Manish Pandeys and Navdeep Sainis can offer, but a couple of good individual performances in the second ODI have given the team management the proverbial “good headache” ahead of the series-deciding third ODI. Khaleel Ahmed and Shreyas Iyer produced solid bowling and batting performances and will feel they have done enough to retain their places in India’s playing XI for Wednesday’s match. (More on India’s possible team combination later.)
For the West Indies, the batting has to collectively come good. In the second ODI, chasing 280 initially, they were hampered by Shai Hope’s cheap dismissal and while a couple of relatively substantial partnerships kept them in the hunt, the host missed Hope’s calm and ability to hold one end up. Their leading run-scorer in ODIs this year, West Indies need Hope to get a big score to boost their chances of winning on Wednesday.
Weather forecast and pitch report
Showers are forecast for Wednesday, though they aren’t expected to be incessant to threaten a washout.
The pitch for the second ODI offered appreciable bounce and considerable pace, though the bowlers found purchase when they took the pace off the ball. The game-plan for the bowlers will not be too different and, according to the first-ODI centurion Kohli, batting proved challenging as the ball got older and softer.
India vs West Indies 3rd ODI Dream11 team prediction
Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Virat Kohli, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Sheldon Cottrell, Carlos Brathwaite
Possible India playing 11 for 3rd ODI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Kedar Jadhav/Manish Pandey, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Navdeep Saini, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Khaleel Ahmed
Possible West Indies playing 11 for 3rd ODI: 1 Jason Holder (c), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Evin Lewis, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Fabian Allen, 8 Carlos Brathwaite, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas
West Indies’s bowling has been the sole bright spot through this barren run, but for them to challenge India and potentially level the series, their under-performing batsmen have to fire collectively. You’d back India to secure another series win on this trip, but West Indies have the firepower in the batting and bowling departments to beat India.