West Indies put in disappointing performances in both the matches of the ongoing ODI series against India. West Indies have already lost the series and heading into the third match, the Men in Maroon would look to salvage some pride.
As for the changes, you might see a couple of them taking place. Here’s a look at our predicted playing XI of the West Indies Cricket Team for the third and final ODI of the series:
IND vs WI: West Indies’ Predicted Playing XI Against India- India vs West Indies 2022, 3rd ODI
Openers: Brandon King and Shai Hope
Both started off pretty well and played some exquisite shots in the last game but, once again, failed to convert the start into big scores. Extra bounce on the surface troubled them and, eventually, got out on low scores. Shai Hope scored 27 off 54 deliveries, while Brandon King made 18 off 20 balls. Having said that, they are unlikely to be dropped as the team would want them to give all three matches.
Middle-order: Shamarh Brooks and Nicholas Pooran
Shamarh Brooks was the only top-order batsman who looked good in the middle in the second ODI. He played some good-looking shots and managed to score 44 runs off 64 balls. That knock would have given him a lot of confidence and you expect him to play a big knock on Friday. Nicholas Pooran, on the other hand, has, once again, disappointed one and all with his lacklustre performances. The team, though, has immense faith in the talented batter and would continue to back him.
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Odean Smith, Jason Holder
Kieron Pollard missed out in the last game but is expected to make his return in the side. He will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulder to score runs. Odean Smith, who played in place of Pollard on Wednesday, made impressive returns with both bat and ball. Smith scored 24 runs and picked 2 wickets for just 29 runs in 7 overs. He should be retained for the third and final ODI. Jason Holder too would continue to be part of the playing XI.
Spinners: Fabien Allen and Akeal Hosein
The left-arm spinner, Akeal Hosein continues to impress one and all with his bowling exploits. He has bowled well in both games and is expected to replicate similar performances on Friday. With the bat, he played a handy knock of 34 runs in 52 balls. For the second spin bowling option, Fabien Allen will make his presence felt as well.
Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach
Alzarri Joseph has been the most impressive bowler for West Indies so far on the tour. He has bowled with great discipline and managed to pick important wickets as well. In 2 games, he has managed to pick 4 wickets at 20.25. His ally, Kemar Roach, too, exhibited improved bowling in the last game. He should make it into the eleven as well.