India and West Indies will lock horns in the third ODI of the series at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday. Led by Kieron Pollard, West Indies delivered the first punch by registering an emphatic win in the first ODI in Chennai while the hosts made a big comeback by winning the second game in Vizag.
If India win the decider, then it will be the second time in the year that Men in Blue will defeat West Indies in an ODI series in 2019 while if West Indies win, they will register their first ODI series win Down Under after more than 10 years.
Both the teams are expected to go in with the same playing XI as both the captains would want to retain the same combination. Starting from India, they look set to play almost the same bunch of players but there will be one change as Navdeep Saini might make his debut, replacing Deepak Chahar, who has been ruled ou of the series.
Saini was a part of the squad for West India tour after World Cup 2019. He made his debut in the T20I series but wasn’t handed an ODI cap. Saini remained to be part of the squad after West Indies tour but an injury meant he was dropped. The Delhi-pacer proved his fitness in Ranji Trophy and looks set to don his maiden ODI cap.
Coming to the West Indies, they will have the same combination. Kieron Pollard would have brought in Sunil Ambris and Brandon King but with series on the line, expect the visitors to go in with the same playing XI.
Weather conditions –
Unlike the first two ODIs, there is no chance of rain in the third ODI. There will be hazy sunshine in the afternoon and a bit of cloudy in the evening but do not expect water droplets during mach.
The last time when India played here (against England), they lost three early wickets but MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh scored centuries to help Men in Blue register a total of 381/6. England bounced back and scored 366 but lost by 15 runs.