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West Indies are yet to win a match on the tour of UAE AFP

In late August 2016, West Indies beat India in the United States of America (USA) in a hastily planned two Twenty20 (T20I) series. Their fans saw it as a sweet revenge for the Test series loss. The team must have thought they had re-established their dominance in the shortest format, in which they are world champions. The fact that India lost the first game rather than West Indies winning it and the second game was washed out at a point where India looked all set for a comfortable win was ignored by their fans. But come the away series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the West Indies side has been badly exposed in the formats it plays the best. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, third ODI at Abu Dhabi.

Three T20Is and two One-Day International (ODI) into the tour, West Indies are yet to win a single game. They have been thrashed by a superior Pakistani side in the limited-overs fixtures. The absence of their T20I stars Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Samuel Badree et al due to various reasons, sacking of coach Phil Simmons and former T20I captain Darren Sammy has had its impact on their performance too. A relatively young side led by Jason Holder is yet to figure out the reasons behind its losses. And it has little time to figure out as the third and the final ODI of the series will be played on October 5 at Abu Dhabi. They will look to strike a balance in team selection and put up an XI which can avert the brownwash . Let s have a look at their possible playing XI for the third ODI:

Top-order: After consecutive failures for Johnson Charles, West Indies may be tempted to try out Evin Lewis in the third ODI. However, the T20I centurion against India, Lewis failed in the two T20Is he played on this tour, scoring only 1 and 3. The problem of not having good enough bench strength may hurt them and they may have to stick to Charles, who has registered the scores of 20 and 2 in the two ODIs so far.

His partner, in all likelihood, shall be Kraigg Brathwaite, who made his debut in the first ODI. He is the only opener at present for West Indies who plays both Tests as well as ODIs. In the two games he has played on this tour, he has scored 14 and 39. Though his strike rate has been on the lower side, with a partner as explosive as Charles, Kraigg can have the luxury of taking his own time to settle. Darren Bravo, one of the most experienced players in the West Indian middle-order, shall take up the No. 3 spot in the batting line up. He scored a quick 61 in the last ODI and his team shall once again bank upon him to deliver.

Middle-order: Team s most experienced batsman and one of the few players to feature in all three formats at the moment, Marlon Samuels will lead the charge in the middle-order. He has looked in good form in this series so far, notching up scores of 46 and 57 in the first two ODIs. Both his knocks have come at a decent rate too. However, he must be upset for missing out on captitalising on the starts and getting a big one. Samuels will look to get a big one in the third ODI.

He will be followed by another experienced duo in the middle order. Wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin will bat at five and all-rounder Kieron Pollard will bat at No. 6. Both Ramdin and Pollard failed in the first game and had a decent outing in the second. But they know being the senior most players besides Samuels, they have added responsibility of guiding the young side. The two of them will have to come good in the third ODI if West Indies have any chance of winning.

Lower-order and bowling line-up: All-rounders Holder and Carlos Brathwaite will take up the No. 7 and No. 8 spots respectively. Though both have done little to justify the tag of being all-rounders in the two games, barring Holder s brief cameo in the last encounter, the lack of reinforcements means they will have to continue with their roles. Holder has also been opening the bowling, something which he is not meant for. But for the sake of team combination and striking the right balance, he has to continue playing the role.

Jonathan Carter, who did well against the Emirates Cricket Board XI in the two-day match that concluded on Tuesday, does offer an option. He scored 22 not out and 29 in the game and picked up four wickets with his medium pace. Though he has presented a case for the Tests that begin after the ODIs, West Indies may think of playing him in the final ODI too. But his inclusion may create a selection dilemma, as neither of Pollard, Holder or Braithwaite could sit out at his expense.

The final three slots in the XI will be taken by the bowlers. West Indies are likely to go with the same combination of two spinners and two specialist seamers with the all-rounders backing up. Alzarri Joseph, who made his ODI debut in the last game, is likely to play and share the new ball with skipper Holder. He is an exciting young talent, who first showcased his skills to the world during the Under-19 World Cup held earlier this year in Bangladesh. Member of West Indies winning team, he was fast-tracked into the Test team when he made his debut against India in August this year.

The spin duo of Suleiman Benn and Sunil Narine should complete the XI. Both have been decent so far but have lacked the intensity of a subcontinent spinner. To challenge a Pakistani side, who are good players of spin, the duo will have to step up and shoulder more responsibility.

West Indies likely XI for the 3rd ODI: Johnson Charles / Evin Lewis, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Suleiman Benn, Alzarri Joseph.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)