West Indies v India 3rd ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - West Indies bid to save series

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A 59-run win via DLS method in a rain-curtailed second ODI for India meant that West Indies’ wait for a series win extends to 21 series now and they need to win the third match on Wednesday to avert losing the series. 

This match will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

A shortened series, that too a rain-affected one, is never good to judge a side’s progress. However, the Windies have a lot of boxes to tick if they need to improve from the specks of brilliance, they showed during the World Cup. For India, it is a chance to assert their supremacy and continue their dominance over the Windies.

West Indies


Despite the rain breaks, the West Indies were in the hunt for a win on Sunday. Injudicious shots from Evin Lewis (65 off 80 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (42 off 52) at crucial junctures left the hosts high and dry. In the end, the magnitude of loss didn’t justify Windies’ chances.

Roston Chase (1 for 37) showed appreciable control with the ball, while Oshane Thomas struggled for efficiency. Jason Holder will hope that his side can learn from the mistakes and build towards a winning template.

India


The visitors had their moments of discomfort, but captain Virat Kohli’s stupendous knock (120 off 125) and Shreyas Iyer’s intelligent support (71 off 68) helped them reach a decent total. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4 for 31) continued his love affair with Trinidad and India’s fielding – led by Kohli – ensured that they were a step ahead of the Windies.

Even in the victory, India are not without concerns. Just 67 runs in their last ten overs put a question mark over their firepower in the slog overs. Kuldeep Yadav (2 for 59) struggled to find the right lengths and only impressed in patches.

Match Up


West Indies once again failed to grab their chances and let the game drift away. The poor form of Shai Hope meant that there is no one to play anchor role in their middle-order. Concerns also remain over their bowling unit, and it will be a surprise if they can topple the Indians. However, any little chance they might have will come from the inconsistencies of the Indian side. If they can snare Kohli early, that could make an interesting game.

History & Statistics


  • Windies have lost six of their last nine completed home ODIs (W3, L6).
  • Windies have lost their last seven completed ODIs at this venue, since their last win in 2008.
  • India have won seven of their last eight completed away bilateral ODIs.
  • India have won their last five completed H2Hs at this venue, with their last loss coming in 2006.
  • India have won six of the last eight completed H2Hs (W6, T1, L1).

Key Players


Chris Gayle could be playing his last international match, but has a string of poor numbers restricting his current form. Will he sign off on a high?

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has 15 wickets at this venue in five innings, at an ER of 2.88 and average of 6.73. He has taken at least two wickets in each of the innings.

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