With the series tied at 1-1, India and West Indies will be keen to take an upper hand in the five-match series when they lock horns in the third T20I on Tuesday (August 2) at Warner Park in St Kitts. The match will witness a delayed start from 9:30 PM IST after the second game was delayed by three hours due to luggage trouble.
The hosts produced an all-round performance to level the series. After Obed McCoy’s superlative spell where he picked up six wickets, which helped West Indies to restrict India to 138, Brandon King and Devon Thomas chased down the target with four balls to spare. Nicholas Pooran and Co. will hope to keep the momentum going in the next match.
India, on the other hand, have been following a particular template ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Skipper Rohit Sharma stressed that they would follow the same template irrespective of the result. Not many changes are on the cards as the Men in Blue look to take a lead in the series.
3rd T20I – India (IND) vs West Indies (WI)
Venue: Warner Park, St Kitts
Date & Time: August 2, at 9:30 PM IST and 12 PM Local Time
The pitch at Warner Park is a touch on the slower side with there being ample help on offer for the bowlers. There should be enough movement available for the pacers early on, keeping the batters on their toes. The spinners might not get much turn in the middle overs, but the ball could hold up a bit off the surface.
Predicted Playing XI
India (IND): Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadabv, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav.
West Indies (WI): Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Devon Thomas (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph.
West Indies bounced back in style in the second T20I to level the five-match series. With the momentum in their side, the hosts are likely to take a lead in the series. Betway has placed their odds in favour of the Nicholas Pooran and Co. at 2.70.
IND vs WI – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant (vc), Rohit Sharma, Shimron Hetmyer (c), Brandon King, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder, Hardik Pandya, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy and Arshdeep Singh.
Fantasy Team 2: Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Mayers (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Alzarri Joseph, Hardik Pandya (vc), Akeal Hosein, Ravichandran Ashwin and Arshdeep Singh.
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