Last Update on: February 20th, 2022 at 09:17 am
The third and final match of the T20 series between India and West Indies is slated to be held on Sunday at Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. Rohit Sharma and Co. have already clinched the series after winning the first two games. They would look to register a 3-0 clean sweep.
West Indies, on the other hand, would be looking to salvage some pride. Heading into the third and final T20I, here’s a look at how both these two sides have performed thus far.
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India would be pretty pleased with their performance in the T20 series. With 36 runs needed in the final three overs with 8 wickets in hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel denied West Indies to cross the finishing line in the last game.
The duo deserves all the applause for holding their nerves and helping India win the game by 8 runs. India are likely to give opportunities to other bowlers in the third match and thus either one of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel or Deepak Chahar is likely to rest. Besides, Kuldeep Yadav is also likely to play the final match and Yuzvendra Chahal or Ravi Bishnoi might make way for him.
The biggest takeway for India for this series has to be Venkatesh Iyer’s performance with the bat. The southpaw played vital knocks in both the games. He could be the finisher that India have been looking for a long time. It will be interesting to see if he get some overs to ball in the next game.
Ishan Kishan has struggled to get going in both the games but with Rishabh Pant not unavailable for the final match, its’ unlikely that Ishan Kishan would be dropped from the playing XI. Also, Virat Kohli has been rested for the final T20I and, thus, both Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda are likely to make the playing XI for the third game.
For West Indies, Roston Chase and Nicholas Pooran have been the star performers. India never got going against Roston Chase, who showed great discipline and deceived the batsmen with drift and turn. He is currently the highest wicket-taker in the series. He has 5 wickets to his name in 2 matches at 7.80.
With the bat, Nicholas Pooran has led the way. The southpaw has looked completely different batsman in the T20 series. He has been in brilliant touch with the bat and you expect him to come good in the last game as well. Rovman Powell also showed in the last game why he is rated so highly in the shortest format.
He played a sensational knock of 68 runs off 36 balls, although, West Indies fell 8 runs short of the target. Nevertheless, West Indies would be proud of the fact that they fought hard and gave themselves the best chance to win the game.