After posting a big win in the second ODI, India will look to continue its winning run over Windies to ensure that they hold a tight grip on the series, not giving a chance to the hosts to come up at any point in time.
On the other side, a depleted Windies will look to draw motivation from the two new youngsters viz Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris, who are two latest additions to the team. Though they are yet to don the national jersey but the Windies selectors have added them to the squad with high hopes, which adds to the pressure on the shoulders of these two, which will inspire them to improve their game and do well for the team if given a chance. (Read Here: Windies Squad For Last Three ODIs)
The Indian team has already ticked all the boxes on the tour till now. From batting to bowling, all the departments are perfectly stacked up. Kuldeep Yadav too impressed in his second ODI, where he came out to bowl for the first time in his ODI career.
He cashed upon the good start provided by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, which led to slip of Windies batting. The intensity of Bhuvneshwar’s good start can be known by the fact the hosts had already lost two wickets, even when they were yet to score even one run with the bat. Visitors will look to dominate Windies once more, to add another win to their account. (Read Here: Rishabh Pant To Make Debut In Third ODI?)
A failure to put a cap on Indian openers is self-explanatory to know the plight of Windies. From Jason Holder to Alzarri Joseph, everyone has failed to make a mark and it is the batting line-up which feels the pain when asked to chase down the huge total.
They have to work on their bowling, especially with the new ball where they should eye wickets right from the offset, which can hand them big advantage, as Yuvraj Singh is still in struggling phase and Kedar Jadhav is yet to earn the confidence where he can turn the fortune of the team from any point of time. In case, Windies pacers are able to bind the Indian openers, it can give their bowlers a ray of hope and anything below 250 will motivate their batsmen to come in with a changed mindset, to give a competition to the Indian team and then convert it into a win or so.
Will India continue with Yuvraj Singh or will Rishabh Pant make his ODI debut? This is the biggest talking point going into the game. Yuvraj has failed in last six ODIs since his impeccable innings against Pakistan in the league stage of the ICC Champions Trophy. Questions have started brimming over his place in the side and with Rishabh Pant already in the roster which is in West Indies, there is a talk that he might replace him sooner or later in this series. (Read Here: India A Squad For South Africa Tour Announced)
Already addition of two new players for the last three ODIs has made sounds in this camp, both of them uncapped and short of experience too. Out of the two, Kyle Hope is expected to make his debut, which will be the biggest news of the day. He is the brother of Shai Hope and the camaraderie between Hope brothers will also be one thing to see, as both are top order batsman and might bat alongside each other.
Predicted XI –
Jason Holder (capt), Kyle Hope, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammad, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.
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