Shikhar Dhawan has been in rich form since Champions Trophy 2017    AFP
Shikhar Dhawan has been in rich form since Champions Trophy 2017 AFP

With a 105-run victory in the second One-Day International (ODI), India will enter the third as the favourites against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on Friday. The Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue have so far had a comfortable run against the West Indians. However, West Indies have nothing to lose and should look forward to express themselves. As the teams battle it out in the third ODI, here are some key battles that might be expected:

Shikhar Dhawan vs Ashley Nurse: If one bowler had impressed during India s run feast in the second ODI, it was Ashley Nurse. Even with the pressure to leave his own mark in presence of experienced spinner Devendra Bishoo, Nurse picked up 2 wickets and maintained an economy of 4.22 which his peers failed to do. His only prey? Shikhar Dhawan, India s dependable opener. The southpaw announced a powerful comeback with the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, bagging the golden bat but lost his wicket to Nurse beaten by variable pace. Will he not be a little nervous facing him the next time?

Shai Hope vs Kuldeep Yadav: Hope has quite an iconic last name., He has emerged as one for a gloomy-looking West Indies batting. Shining alone with an 81 amidst a number of thirtyish scores, the team will look up to Hope to play a knock alike. Kuldeep on the other hand, has had one of the most fruitful debuts and will be confident. He got Hope once, can he make it two in two?

India vs the surprise package of Kyle Hope, Sunil Ambris: It seems like West Indies needed more than one Hope in the side. Jokes apart, Kyle Hope can sure prove to be a surprise for Indian bowlers. The batsman has a List A average of 31.90, which may not seem very impressive. However, he is well in form, scoring a century and a half-century in his last ten First-Class innings. The other of the two uncapped players is Ambris, whose List A average of 51.71 speaks for his selection in the side. ALSO READ: India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI Preview

In his last five List A matches, he has half-centuries in three and a 48 as well. Indian bowlers may be skilful and experienced, but facing these two for the first time will surely be interesting to watch.

India s heavy top-order vs West Indies: A close look at the scorecard of the second ODI will tell the power batting lies in the top three. Ajinkya Rahane (103), Dhawan (63) and Kohli (87) were enough to trounce the West Indies bowling while the rest of the batsmen s accumulated score is 44. The hosts bowlers have surely noted this and will aim the nucleus of the batting. On the other hand these three, given the amount of experience and talent they have, will be confident enough to thrash the opponent bowlers yet again.