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Windies won their fourth toss on the trot in the series and decided bat first. The home side went with only one change as Alzarri Joseph came back in the team in place of Miguel Cummins.
On the other hand, team India had oodles of changes as Mohammed Shami and Dinesh Karthik got their first chance on this Windies tour whereas Ravindra Jadeja came in as well. An unfit Yuvraj Singh was forced to miss the game, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin were rested for the penultimate ODI. Shami will play his first ever since 2015 World Cup which comes as a big surprise. Karthik, who made his way to the Indian team in place of an injured Manish Pandey ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy will play an ODI after a long exile of three years.
Despite skipper making three changes in the side, there was no place for Rishabh Pant, who now remains the only member of the team to not get a place in the playing XI.
India is leading the series by a margin of 2-0. The visiting side will go in the game to embolden their chances of a clean sweep, with one match still to go which is scheduled next week.
Here is playing XI of both the teams –
India (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Windies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope(w), Roston Chase, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Kesrick Williams
Captains talk –
That was the plan (on bowling first). We wanted to bowl first and see how we bat on this wicket second. Yuvi got a bit of hammy in the last game, DK comes in. Jadeja comes in for Ash. Shami also comes in for Bhuvneshwar. We want to be ruthless as a side. We were put under the pump in the last game, but we came out on top.
We are going to bat first. It (surface) seems a bit better than the last game. We have been bowling first so far in the series. We have only one change. Joseph in for Cummins. It is good to have rotation. It is important to have the positive mindset as a batsman. The wicket was a bit up and down last time, probably it would do a bit at the start today as well. So, we just have to get past that and push on thereafter.