West Indies made a strong comeback in the ongoing ODI series against India. They won the second ODI of the series convincingly, and now they will be eager to seal the series as they take on the visiting Indian side in the third match in Trinidad on Tuesday.
The hosts were bundled out for a paltry 114 runs in the first match of this ODI leg, and India chased it down comfortably with five wickets to spare. The story of the second ODI was much different as West Indies bowled India out for 181 runs and then chased down the target with six wickets and more than 13 overs to spare. The hosts’ bowling unit was on song in the last match, and they were eager to carry the momentum forward in this game, whereas Shai Hope and Keacy Carty ensured that West Indies quickly chased down the target.
Conversely, India rested key players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the last game and gave opportunities to Sanju Samson and Axar Patel. None of them could deliver as they would have liked to and missed golden opportunities to prove their mettle. With the series on the line, the likes of Kohli and Sharma are expected to return to the squad. Their batting emerged as the primary concern in the last game, and now India will be looking to deliver a much-improved performance to claim the series trophy with a win in this match.
Probable Playing XIs
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Alick Athanaze, Shai Hope (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Keacy Carty, Romario Shepherd, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar
Shai Hope: The West Indies skipper was instrumental in powering his team to victory in the last game. Hope remained unbeaten on 63 from 80 deliveries in the second ODI, and he was also their best batter in the first match with 43 runs to his name.
Ishan Kishan: The wicketkeeper-batter has been in sublime form throughout this tour. Kishan scored his maiden Test fifty in the second Test against West Indies and followed it up with fifties in the last two ODIs. He will also look to deliver with a big knock in this third ODI.
India may have lost the second ODI, but they still possess superior quality and are favourites in the third ODI.