West Indies v India 3rd T20 Tips, Predictions and Preview - India bid for series whitewash

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Consecutive wins, of contrasting magnitudes, helped India win the T20I series against Windies and it winds down in Guyana on Tuesday with a whitewash the focus in the ‘dead rubber’.

The Windies have already lost 57 T20Is, which is the joint-most by any side, and they won't want to extend that record. For the Indians, it is a chance to experiment with the squad and give a chance to the ones who haven’t played yet.

West Indies


On a pitch better for batting than the first T20I, the Windies couldn’t get going in their 168-run chase. Barring Rovman Powell (54 off 34 balls) promoted up the order to fourth, none of the batsmen could get hold of the run rate. When the rain stopped play, the Windies needed 70 runs off 27 balls, which looked tough considering the conditions slowing down.

Regardless, the hosts were poor with the bat in both the games and need their top-three to contribute better than 20 & 23 they did in the first two games. Bowling wise, Sheldon Cottrell continues to be their leading force, although they hope for more wickets from Sunil Narine. 

India


India once again depended on their top-three as Rohit Sharma (67 off 51) and Virat Kohli (28 off 23) led with the bat. The middle-order inconsistencies remain a worry, although Krunal Pandya has offered hope with his performances in the series (SR 118.51, ER 5.73).

With the series in the bag, India will look to test the remaining members of the squad. Shreyas Iyer should get a chance to stake his claim for the middle-order place, while Rahul Chahar could be in for a debut as well.

Match Up


Regardless of the series result, Windies have a lot riding on this match. They wouldn’t want to get whitewashed at home and certainly not when they are looking to build a team for the 2020 T20 World Cup. For India, this is a great chance to tick the boxes. Even in their wins, the visitors know that they haven’t been impressive.

History & Statistics


  • Windies have lost their last seven home T20Is, including those played in the USA.
  • Windies were whitewashed in three of their last five bilateral T20I series.
  • Windies have lost their last five T20Is, but never lost six in a row.
  • India have won the last five H2H T20Is, the joint-most consecutive losses for the Windies against any side.
  • India have won 12 of their last 16 T20Is away from home.
  • Ten of India's last 15 T20Is favoured the chasing side.

Key Players


With the next year World Cup in sight, India are looking to earmark a hard-hitting all-rounder for the middle-order. Krunal Pandya fits the bill perfectly.
Rovman Powell showed in the second T20I that he ought to bat more often in the top-order. His ability to hit the ball hard, but still be sensible is going to be a great asset.

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