India vs Windies 2019/20: Third ODI – Toss Report
The hosts India and the visiting side Windies are ready for the third and final game of the three-match ODI series at Barabati Stadium (Cuttack). Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first.
As both teams have won one match each in this series, so the Cuttack ODI is the series-decider match. The Caribbean side won the first ODI of this series (15th December) at Chennai by eight wickets (with 13 balls remaining). However, the hosts have returned to this series in a great way after winning the second ODI (18th December) at Visakhapatnam by 107 runs.
India have won all their last nine ODI bilateral series against Windies. Last time, Windies won a bilateral ODI series against India in 2006 (their last bilateral ODI series victory against the hosts India were in 2002).
Navdeep Saini is making ODI debut for India
Coming back to the Cuttack ODI, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first. The hosts have made only one change in their playing XI as Navdeep Saini has replaced the injured Deepak Chahar.
The 27-year-old right-arm fast bowler Navdeep Saini, who has played five T20Is, is making his ODI debut as he got the ODI cap from the captain Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli said after winning the toss, “We will bowl first. Dew will be a factor, we played a match against England and defending 380 proved to be tough. It’s a good opportunity to bowl first on this pitch. The mindset needs to be right, we have won many Tests after losing the toss, the focus should be on the larger picture. Winning toss does give a advantage, but you can’t play reckless cricket. One change for us, Deepak Chahar is out with a back injury, Navdeep Saini makes his debut.”
Windies have fielded an unchanged squad
The Caribbean side lost the toss in this ODI. Captain Kieron Pollard has confirmed that they have fielded the same playing XI which played in the last ODI at Visakhapatnam.
Pollard said at the toss, “I’m not exactly sure about how the pitch would behave. It’s a matter of assessing the pitch and playing good cricket. The batting has been fantastic, we have faltered at the back end of the innings when we bowl, we have stressed on the things we need to improve. Happy faces and everybody want to improve. Hopefully, the openers will set-up a good platform for the others to take it forward. We are playing the same XI.”
Here are the playing XIs of both the teams:
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini
Windies playing XI: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell
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