When Team India toured the rainbow nation earlier, they did nothing much to stop the Proteas from going all guns blazing. In the end, they returned home with empty hands. In the wake of the ODI series whitewash, an air of melancholy surrounded Team India.
However, the tables turned when Rohit Sharma returned to lead the team for the home series against West Indies. Indians breathed new life into the assignment. They worked their socks off in the opening two ODIs at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
India also became the first team to play 1000 games in the 50-over format. Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team won the first ODI by 6 wickets. The Men in Blue channelised their aggression in the correct route and went on to win the second ODI by 44 runs.
They have already won the series by 2-0 and will be eagerly waiting to finish off the ODI series on a high. The third game will be held at the same venue in Ahmedabad. The weather looks absolutely good on the match day.
The temperature is expected to touch 28 degrees during the afternoon. The newly-built pitch has offered a great deal of assistance for the spinners. Needless to say, the pitch also assisted the fast bowlers as well. Yuzvendra Chahal took 4 wickets in the first ODI.
Prasidh Krishna took 4/12 in the second ODI. On the other hand, Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith took 2 wickets each for West Indies. Kieron Pollard who missed the second ODI due to fitness issues might be back to lead the team in the third ODI.
On the other hand, we can expect some changes in the Indian team as well. Shikhar Dhawan who didn’t play the first two games is set to return. Rohit Sharma, after the second ODI, said that Shikhar Dhawan would open the game in the third ODI.
India vs West Indies: Head to Head
India and West Indies exchanged blows with each other on 135 encounters. The Men in Blue have the upper hand as they won 66 games whereas West Indies have won 63 games. On the other hand, two games ended as a tie whereas four games ended as “No Result”. India have won the last four ODIs on the trot against West Indies.
Predicted Playing XIs:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
Shai Hope (wk), Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd
Complete squads of both teams:
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Shahrukh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishan Kishan
Shai Hope (wk), Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran (c), Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Nkrumah Bonner, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh, Kieron Pollard
Prediction: India is expected to win final ODI match
The Men in Blue will start the third and final game as the favourites to win the game. On the other hand, West Indies will give everything to salvage their battered pride in the dead rubber. However, Team India wouldn’t let it happen that easily.