India and Windies are ready for the third and final T20I of the three-match series at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). Windies captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and decided to field first. Windies are unchanged while India have made two changes in the playing XI.
While the series is currently standing at 1-1 position, this is the series-decider game. India won the first T20I of this series at Hyderabad by six wickets (with eight balls remaining). The host side India successfully chased down their record T20I target (208 runs) in that game.
However, Windies have returned in this away T20I series after winning the second game of this series by eight wickets (with nine balls remaining) at Thiruvananthapuram. The Caribbean side comfortably chased down the target of 171 runs (171/2 in 18.3 overs).
Coming back to the toss in Mumbai T20I, Windies captain Kieron Pollard has sent the hosts to bat first after winning the toss. They have maintained the exact winning combination which played in Thiruvananthapuram T20I.
Pollard said after winning the toss, “We’re gonna field first. Obviously here, dew plays a factor when you bat second. It’s a new wicket, hopefully we can restrict them to a chaseable total. I think it was a good performance (in the last game). We’re always looking to improve and there are a couple of areas to improve on. It’s a fresh wicket and hopefully, our guys can make use of it with the new ball. We’re unchanged!”
Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav returns to the Indian T20I squad
Indian captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that India made two changes. Pacer Mohammed Shami has replaced the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has returned to the squad after replacing the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Virat Kohli said, “I think it’s a great wicket to score runs. We have been tentative while batting first. T20 cricket goes that way. We were about 15 runs short (in the last game). Fielding is an important part in this format. If we had taken our chances, things could have been different. As a batsman, you try to get into your zone first. This is a ground where you can always catch up. Those who get a fifty, need to ensure that they carry on and score those extra 25 runs for the side. We’ve got two changes – Shami comes in for Jadeja, Kuldeep comes in for Chahal.”
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami
Windies playing XI: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams