India captain Virat Kohli’s gargantuan innings of 157* in Vizag powered India to 321/6. @ PTI
India captain Virat Kohli’s gargantuan innings of 157* in Vizag powered India to 321/6. @ PTI

If the preceding Test series which India won 2-0 against West Indies turned out to be a one-sided contest, then the ODI series has a different tale to tell. After scampering away to an eight-wicket victory in the first ODI at Guwahati, India were made to settle for a draw in a thrilling tie at Vizag which has now raised the stakes for an equally exciting third ODI at Pune on Saturday.

India captain Virat Kohli’s gargantuan innings of 157* in Vizag where he also became the quickest to reach 10,000 ODI runs to smash Sachin Tendulkar’s record powered the hosts to 321/6, but despite Kohli’s herculean effort, West Indies were able to level the scores courtesy Shai Hope’s unbeaten 134-ball 123 and in-form batsman Shimron Hetmyer’s 94, the centurion in the previous match in Guwahati. West Indies were helped with some pretty ordinary bowling from pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, who were wayward in their approach.

For the remaining three ODIs, premier pace bowling duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who were rested from the Test series and the first two ODIs, made their way back in the side which means that India will field a completely different bowling attack in Pune. It will be interesting to see if India give young Khaleel Ahmed and drop Umesh, who has been expensive in the first two matches.

It’s all to play for in Pune. A win for India would see the hosts take a 2-0 lead, while West Indies will want to stretch that tie to a win. They have come so far and will be itching to cross the finish line.

Date: India vs West Indies, third ODI

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Day and time: Saturday, 13:30 IST

Weather: Mostly sunny with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees

Team news

India

Shami’s omission and the introduction of pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only change in the 15-man squad announced on Thursday for the remaining three ODIs. The batting top order looks to remain the same, especially after Ambati Rayudu repaid faith in his skipper of fulfilling the No. 4 batting slot to the t. Rayudu and Kohli were involved in a 139-run partnership for the third wicket at Vizag. Rayudu ended up scoring 73 after he was cleaned up by Ashley Nurse. With the top order settled, the think tank would not want to do much tinkering.

Probable XI: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohi (captain), 4. Ambati Rayudu, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Yuzvendra Chahal, 9. Kuldeep Yadav, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

West Indies

West Indies will not want to tinker with their playing eleven that almost took them across the line in Vizag. In form batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, who shouldered most of the run scoring along with support from opener Chandrapaul Hemraj will be primed for selection. In the bowling department, fast bowler Obed McCoy, who sizzled with twin dismissals in his debut at Vizag is expected to retain his place along with Ashley Nurse, the off-spinner, who was the most economical bowler.

Probable XI

1.Kieran Powell, 2. Chandrapaul Hemraj, 3. Shai Hope, 4. Marlon Samuels, 5. Shimron Hetmyer, 6. Rovman Powell, 7. Jason Holder (captain), 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Kemar Roach, 10. Devendra Bishoo, 11. Obed McCoy

Quotes

“There are many people who want this [playing for India] very badly. So, when you are in that same position yourself, you should have that same hunger and never take things for granted, never take it easy at any stage.” – Virat Kohli