3rd T20I: Can West Indies prevent India’s clean sweep on return to Caribbean?
Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran run between the wickets during their 76-run partnership on Sunday. (AFP Image)

India may have won the series but West Indies would want to give their supporters reasons to cheer as the two teams land in the Caribbean for the final T20I of the series. so far, it has a classic case of so near and yet so far for the West Indies. They had India in trouble in the first T20I but there just weren’t enough runs on the board. Then, with 70 needed off 27, rain laid waste to their plans of levelling the series as India were declared winners.

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As the action now moves to their home soil, West Indies would want to prevent India from securing a 3-0 clean sweep, especially if they are to remain in a positive frame of mind ahead of the ODIs. West Indies have fired in bits and pieces; well as have India, but shades of individual brilliance from the West Indies haven’t been enough to culminate into a winning result. Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas got wickets and Rovman Powell out the Indian bowlers under the pump with his powerful half-century. Somehow, the unit as a whole needs to click if they are to end with a consolation win.

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For India, their biggest worry would be that middle-over period where West Indies pulled things back. Prior to the start of the series, captain Virat Kohli had termed the series a “great opportunity” for Rishabh Pant, but in both innings, you almost get the feeling that the 21-year-old has thrown them away. Rohit Sharma and Kohli cannot be India’s go-to guys always and the likes of Pant and Manish Pandey would want to seize this last T20 opportunity of the tour.

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Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandya have made heads with their stunning performances. Even though Saini was expensive in the previous game, he is someone India plan to invest long term. Sundar got breakthroughs in both games and Pandya’s starry all-round show on Sunday is a huge positive going forward.

What: India vs West Indies, 3rd T20I

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 8:00pm IST

Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana

Team News

India

With the series pocketed, India might want to try out the likes of Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar just to get these two youngsters. Deepak is likely to replace Bhuvneshwar and Chahar should come in for Ravindra Jadeja. Manish Pandey will most probably hold on to his place at No. 5.

Probable XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Navdeep Saini, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

West Indies

The ploy to slot Sunil Narine at the top with Evin Lewis didn’t turn well for West Indies but they are likely to stick to the same combination for Tuesday.

Probable XI: 1. Evin Lewis, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Rovman Powell, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Khary Pierre, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas

Stats and Trivia

– The last T20I at Guyana was played in 2010 where the venue’s highest total of 191/5 was scored

Quotes

“Starting with the new ball, the way [Washington] Sundar has bowled against guys who come hard at the ball, he’s done a tremendous job.” – Virat Kohli

“We think this Indian team is beatable and it’s just for us to string together good performances to show people that.” – Rovman Powell