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India waltzed to its second victory in the T20 series versus the Windies and took an unassailable 2-0 lead. With the series in the bag and the tour to Australia on the horizon, the management has decided to rest some key players for the last match. India has been very keen to test its bench strength while ensuring the core group of players stay in shape for the big events. Whether this gives an opportunity to the Windies to win a consolation game remains to be seen.
We have been waiting for the Windies to turn up in this series but so far that has not happened. The batting has failed miserably in both the matches and the bowling has been pretty ineffective as well. For a side that is filled with T20 stars, losing 3-0 to India will be a big setback.
We expect some changes in the West Indian side as well for this final match of their tour.
The decision to rest Japrit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, and Umesh Yadav ahead of a crucial tour to Australi has been taken. This means that Rohit Sharma will have Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, and Siddharth Kaul (added to the squad for this match) to pick from.
The slot of the spinner is also open and Yuzvendra Chahal should walk in to claim that role with ease. Chahal is ranked as one of the best T20 bowlers in the world and has been very consistent for India ever since he started playing.
The fact that he is unable to make it to the side on a consistent basis is a testament to India’s bench strength.
We would also love to see Washington Sundar given a run in this last match. He is a very good bowler in the powerplay overs and can wield the bat pretty effectively as well. Krunal Pandya is owning the slot of the all-rounder in the side, though, and since he has also played just two matches, it is likely that Sundar will have to wait for his turn.
India will be aware that by resting Bumrah and Kuldeep, they have removed two of the biggest hurdles facing the West Indies. It will also ramp up the pressure on Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who has been a bit below par in this series.
While India’s bowling is still pretty dangerous, it is their batting that commands the most attention. Rohit Sharma continued his amazing run in limited overs cricket and absolutely destroyed the West Indian batting en route to his 4th T20 international hundred.
There is no one in the world that has more T20 centuries than him now.
Shikhar Dhawan also scored a valuable 43 and got back into some good touch. India has three of the five best limited-overs batsmen in the world right now (when Kohli is back) and that should make fans giddy with excitement as the ICC World Cup 2019 approaches.
Rishab Pant did not last long in the last match while KL Rahul looked good in his short stay. With Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, and Krunal Pandya still in the hut, India has plenty of batting depth to call upon in case something does go wrong.
India could choose to play Shreyas Iyer instead of Pant or maybe Pandey for the last match but that seems unlikely to us at the moment.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, RR Pant, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, YS Chahal.
There is no doubt that the West Indies has a bunch of match winners in its side. These brilliant individuals, though, are somehow not able to combine and form a truly terrifying team. The problem for the West Indies in this entire tour has been its batting and that is exactly what has happened in the T20 series as well.
Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, the two players that were so good for the Windies in the ODI’s have not been able to carry that form into the T20 Internationals. The WIndies are also without their first choice openers which is making things difficult for them.
They rejigged the batting order and added Nicolas Pooran to the side to put up a better batting display but that did not work out either. We hope they stick with the same batting order for the last T20 match as well because we believe they got the basics right.
Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer are both comfortable against the new ball and in good form. Allowing them the opportunity to face the maximum possible deliveries makes sense.
Darren Bravo looked in very good touch at number three before throwing away his wicket. Bravo is one of the most improved T20 players that we have seen and are backing him to play an inning of substance in the last match.
The West Indian batsmen were caught out the guile of Kuldeep Yadav and the pace of Jasprit Bumrah. Yes, the other bowlers did well too but without the presence of these two in the squad, the Indian bowling lineup suddenly becomes a lot more fallible.
If the Windies are able to get a good start then they could put Khaleel, Chahal, and Pandya under pressure.
The West Indies went with Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Keemo Paul, Carlos Braithwaite, and Fabien Allen as its bowling attack. The skipper Braithwaite and Pierre had a very tough time as Rohit Sharma climbed into them with ease.
Changing this bowling attack could be one place where the Windies see an opportunity to become more competitive.
We believe that the Windies have the players to win against India. They have shown the same in the ODI’s and can definitely do it in T20 cricket. All they need to do is avoid making the same mistakes again and again.
Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, F Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas.
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The final match of this West Indies tour to India is going to be played in Chennai. The weather forecast is for a hot and humid day with next to no chance of rain. The MA Chidambaram stadium is very well known to most of the players competing in this match because it is the home venue of the Chennai Super Kings.
We can expect a match where a score of 170-180 will be competitive and the spinners will hold key.
The West Indies are down and out but we have still not lost hope. We believe the opportunity to make some real money in this match presents itself to punters. The lack of India’s two best bowlers will have the West Indian batsmen breathing a sigh of relief. Yes, the Indian batting side is still much stronger but that is the risk that is associated with betting.
Back the West Indies to win and maybe hedge through in-game betting.
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