India have already pocketed the series winning the first two ODIs    Getty Images
India have already pocketed the series winning the first two ODIs Getty Images

Brimming with confidence, Mithali Raj and her Indian Eves will get ready to face the ladies from West Indies for the last time in the ongoing tour. The second One-Day International (ODI) has already sealed the deal for the hosts side, which leaves West Indies with only a last battle of pride in the series. This will be their second consecutive defeat in a series since the ICC Women’s World T20 2016 as they are coming from one against England. West Indies, who were the champions in the ICC gala, will now have only one match to bounce back and enter the upcoming Twenty20 International (T20I) series with India on a positive note. READ: India beat West Indies by 5 wickets to seal series in 2nd Women s ODI

In India, nothing seems to have worked out for the West Indies side. The team, which is known for the hard-hitting abilities of the members, were bundled for paltry scores in both the instances. While it was the Ekta Bisht and Rajeshwari Gayakwad who left the West Indies Women’s batting line-up spinning, the entire bowling contingent of the Eves contributed in the following fixture to help the side to a comfortable victory. READ: Deepti Sharma: Batting at No. 3 gave me confidence

It was a disappointing show from the West Indies Women, who earlier this year had a lot of experience of playing on Indian tracks. Their top-order batting has disastrously failed so far which caused the primary damage while the bowling was not up to the mark to fulfil the lacks in the batting. The bowlers, though did a par job, needed to up their game in order to get to a victorious end after the low score put up by the batsmen.

India, on a contrary, has played the team game and emerged with all-around success. Team’s most accomplished batter and the skipper, Mithali Raj, has led the team from the front, emerging as the highest run-getter in both the matches. It was her batting that took her side to victory after going 4 wickets down in the first match. The bowling attack was the only silver-lining in West Indies’ performance in the tour but India successfully counter-attacked, snatching the victory away from the visitors.

West Indies women have failed to hold on to the momentum if they get any. It was Merissa Aguilleira in the first ODI and Deandra Dotting in the second who were the only performers with the bat. The bowlers, though have not produced anything extraordinary, have done fairly well but they needed runs on the board to defend which the team will have to take care of if they are to win the final game of the series, preventing India from pulling off a 3-0.

The Eves, though have won both their games, were not clinical. The batting seems to be too much dependent upon the skipper who comes out to bat in the middle-order and the top has not been able to shine so far. While Mithali has been successful in both the matches, it is never easy to recover from the early loss of wickets. The discomfort of Indian top-order facing the pace attack has been exposed and this can come in as West Indies’ weapon to win the remaining fixture. The another name who has scored good runs is Veda Krishnamurthy, who batted in the middle-order in the series.

India’s bowling has been their key to success in the series apart from the Mithali-Raj-specials. Rajeshwari has become one crucial part of the spin contingent and with Ekta, she forms a lethal pair at home. Deepti Sharma adds dimension to the spin bowling. The pace attack is led by the experienced Jhulan Goswami while Shikha Pandey is her perfect companion, bowling with a lot of discipline.

One performer, who has disappointed so far, is Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet was one all-rounder who impressed everyone with her performance earlier this year and will have to get her form back. The final ODI also gives the likes of Smriti Mandhana and Thirush Kamini a chance to show their prowess with the bat as they have failed to do so in the tour till now. READ: VR Vanitha: Harmanpreet Kaur is aggressive in nature, like Virat Kohli

Squads:

India: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Thirush Kamini, Mona Meshram, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Sushma Verma (wk), Sukanya Parida, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma.

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed, Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt.

Time: 09:00 IST | 03:30 GMT

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)