For Team India, it is their dominance which will be at stake during the third ODI in Cuttack while for the West Indies, it is an opportunity to create history as it will be their first series win here after more than 10 years. Over the years, Men in Blue have dominated West Indies across formats and if they win the third ODI, it will be for the third consecutive year that India will defeat West Indies in an ODI series.
Both the teams have their chances in Cuttack and it remains to be seen which of them reigns supreme in the decider. West Indies delivered the first punch by chasing down a big target of 288 in Chennai. Riding on centuries fro Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, they pulled off a big win and left India much to ponder.
After losing the toss in the second ODI, the home team again came out to bat but this time, they put up a total of 387/5. West Indies did follow the chase but the Indian bowlers made quick inroads in between to derail the chase – India won the second ODI by 107 runs.
The pitch will be full of runs and the captain winning the toss will want to bowl first due to dew factor. The team batting first will have to make sure that it gets a total of above 350 to create pressure or else, the team batting second can chase down the total.
Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –
Will Yuzvendra Chahal replace Kedar Jadhav? Who will replace Deepak Chahar? India will have to address the two problems. Chahal is likely to sit out as Jadhav, with his part-time spin, has shown that he can takes wickets. As for Chahar, Navdeep Saini will replace him in the playing XI.
Why they would want a change? Kieron Pollard did make a change in the second ODI but none of the bowlers found a way out against India batsmen. Hence, expect the visitors are expected to go in with same bowling combination. The batting line-up will largely remain the same.
My dream11 TEAM for IND vs WI 3rd ODI –
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shimron Hetmyer (Vice-Captain), Rishabh Pant, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Alzarri Joseph