The English side will be looking up to this game as a chance to register a clean sweep    Getty Images
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After the rigorous series of two One-Day internationals (ODI), West Indies and England are ready to take each other down for the third and final ODI, on Thursday in Kensington Oval, Bridgetown. The match is a highly crucial contest for the hosts as in spite of having lost the series already, they stand a chance to register a consolatory victory. West Indies will take on England in their ultimate attempt for a flip of luck for them. The English side will be looking up to this game as a chance to register a clean sweep. In the second ODI, England won by 4 wickets, successfully chasing West Indies’ 225 in 47.5 overs. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs England, 3rd ODI at Barbados

Off to a poor start, England rode high after Jason Roy hit 7 boundaries and a six to score 52 off 48 balls, followed by Chris Woakes with 5 boundaries and 2 sixes to get 68 off 83 ball. Their innings powered England to their second straight victory in the three-match ODI series. West Indies, who won the toss and had elected to bat first and unlike their rival team had a strong start but failed to carry the zest further.

As the series comes to a thrilling end tomorrow, here are the possible key clashes between the sides from third ODI:

Joe Root and Jason Roy vs West Indies fast bowlers: Joe Root seemed impossible to be dismissed. He played a fine innings of an unbeaten 90, which came off 127 balls. Root has intimidated West Indies with his performance, and is expected to carry on the same way.

Roy has proved himself to be a menacing opener batsman and with his brilliant show in the second ODI he will be expected to carry on in the same passion. Though Roy’s contribution may have been overshadowed by Woakes and Joe Root taking the side forward in the middle overs, it should be undoubtedly credited to Roy for giving the side a brisk opening.

Eoin Morgan vs Jason Holder: The showdown between the two captains is yet to happen. However, Morgan stands in a slightly higher rank, especially after his brilliant century in the first ODI (which also marked as his tenth ODI hundred). In the second ODI, both the players have had equal deliveries, with Morgan getting an lbw off Ashley Nurse, while Holder was bowled off Adil Rashid. Going into the final game, Holder will find himself in additional pressure compared to Morgan. West Indies vs England, 3rd ODI: Likely XI for both teams

Ben Stokes vs Devendra Bishoo: Ben Stokes has not been in his best form in this series. He had a decent outing in the first ODI, but in the next he was dismissed for a mere 1 off 5 balls. Considering the value Stokes has been garnering on an international level, this has not been a very satisfactory performance. In both the ODIs, Stokes was dismissed Bishoo. Stokes need to be careful of Bishoo’s consistency and tendency to cut down the scoring rate of the opposition. Stokes, along with Jos Buttler, have both failed against the West Indies spinner and they will have to figure out a way around him.

Chris Woakes vs Ashley Nurse: Ashley Nurse has managed to become quite a risk for England. In the second ODI, Nurse managed to take a lot of wickets in the English ranks, starting with Jason Roy, followed by Eoin Morgan and then Moeen Ali. However with Woakes, it will be a fight to finish as both are key players late in the order. In both the ODIs, Woakes has carried the side to wins with his strong batting and bowling prowess, remaining unbeaten so far.

Liam Plunkett vs West Indies middle order: It has been predicted over and over again, and true to the predictions has stood the right arm, fast-medium bowler, Liam Plunkett, of his impactful streak. The fiery player has consistently managed to shake the base of West Indies’ middle order in both the ODIs. In the first ODI, Plunkett returned with 4 for 40 off his 8.2 overs, whereas he claimed 3 for 32 in 7.5 overs in the second.