India aim for series triumph in Trinidad
After a comprehensive win over the West Indies in Trinidad, Virat Kohli’s India will aim to seal the series at the same venue on Wednesday.
With the first ODI being washed out, Windies’ best bet now is to win the third at Port of Spain and square the series. India, however, will hold an edge. They have been unbeaten in the limited-overs leg so far.
Shikhar Dhawan’s form has been a worry for the visitors. Especially with someone like a KL Rahul on the bench, the pressure on the southpaw to get back to scoring ways will be massive. Dhawan has had the support of the management in the past and it will be interesting to see if they give Rahul a go in place of him in the final ODI.
Rohit Sharma has got starts but a big score has eluded him in the Windies. India’s man in-form will want to sign off with a triple-digit score when he takes guard in Trinidad.
Virat Kohli went hundred-less at the World Cup but normal duties resumed in Port of Spain as he registered his 42nd ton in the 50-over format. India’s concern will be the form of Rishabh Pant.
Pant has not been at his best but is one knock away from finding the rhythm. His IPL skipper Shreyas Iyer looked promising at number five, scoring 71-runs which would also mean that the likes of Manish Pandey will have to wait for more.
Kedar Jadhav has been in and out of the team and needs a solid performance with the bat to make his case stronger. Ravindra Jadeja’s contribution with the bat has been stellar and the value that he adds on the field and with the ball cannot be questioned.
India might want to rest Kuldeep and bring in Yuzvendra Chahal. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar back among wickets, Shami and Khaeel playing a supporting role - the captain might just be tempted to give Navdeep Saini a chance.
The hosts have struggled to put in big partnerships. They will need a big knock from Chris Gayle to set things straight. Evin Lewis’ form will be a huge positive for them. The destructive left-hander scored 65 vital runs to his cause. Shai Hope and Roston Chase also need to get runs under their belt to help Nicholas Pooran in the middle.
The Men in Maroon have got big finishers but they have often trembled under pressure. Fabian Allen could be back in the mix if he recovers in time with Oshane Thomas being dropped. Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell have done a decent job with the ball.
Jason Holder will like to lead by example when the chips are down and only time will tell if the two-time World Cup winners can stamp their authority in Trinidad.
Virat Kohli vs Sheldon Cottrell
Virat Kohli has just scored a ton. And he’s hungry for more. The left-arm pace of Sheldon Cottrell has caused trouble to him in this tour. Jason Holder would like to take note of this and introduce Cottrell early when Virat is new to the crease. If Cottrell can win this battle, Windies will have an edge over the Men in Blue in Trinidad.
The third ODI begins at 7 PM IST on Wednesday.