West Indies seemed to be on track and even after losing first three first wickets early, they were a strong contender to chase down the target in the second ODI. But Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami marked a comeback for the hosts. The win in Vizag saw India level the series.
Chasing a target of 388, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope put up 61 runs for the first wicket in 11 overs. Shimron Hetmyer and Roston Chase were dismissed early but Hope and Nicholas Pooran marked a remarkable comeback for West Indies. They added 106 runs for the fourth wicket in 13.2 overs before Shami broke the partnership.
With series on the line on Sunday, Kieron Pollard will aim to create history as West Indes haven’t won an ODI series in India for a long time. Virat Kohli and co, on the other hand, would look to continue their domination over WI.
Not many changes are expected in the visitor’s playing XI. All the players who played the second ODI are expected to be part of the playing XI in the third ODI as well. However, the bowlers will have a lot of work to do in Cuttack.
The focus will be on Hetmyer, who was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 7.75 Crore in IPL 2020 auction on Thursday. He scored a match-winning century in the first ODI but failed to play a big knock in the second game. Hetmyer will have have to make sure that the bats for long. Being a senior player now, Evin Lewis will also have to play a big role with Hope, who shone with the bat in first two ODIs.
Roston Chase hasn’t been able to display his skills in the ongoing series and the team management will hope that the all-rounder comes up with performances this time around.
Team India, like West Indies, might also retain almost the same combination. The hosts will have a forced change as Navdeep Saini will make his ODI debut, replacing an injured Deepak Chahar in the playing XI. KL Rahul scored a century in the second ODI, which will keep uncapped Mayank Agarwal.
West Indies likely playing XI: Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre