About the Match
Having levelled the series 1-1 by winning the second match of the series, India will now look to dominate the visitors when they meet West Indies for the 4th ODI on 17th Oct at Dharamsala. After losing the opening match by a huge margin, team India bounced back with an emphatic victory by 48 runs subsequent to setting up a 264 run target for the opponents. It was a wholesome effort from the batsmen and bowlers as they came together to demolish the West Indies batting line-up and won the match with 3 overs to spare. With the 3rd ODI cancelled due to weather conditions, the teams will grab this opportunity with both hands to try and work for a decisive win here.
Virat Kohli’s return to form brings hopes to the Indian middle order; with his 62 off 78 balls, he helped Raina who too scored 62 off 60 balls, to steer the innings to a good total. Dhoni led from the front as he scored a well-made half-century from 40 deliveries and got good support from Bhuvneshwar Kumar down the line. While the openers Dhawan and Rahane couldn’t stabilize their partnership, Rayudu continued with his good form by posting 32 off 54 balls; they will need to get down to the grind and work on establishing strong partnerships. On the bowling front, Mohammad Shami is looking exceptionally good; he took 4-36, working with precision and improving his death-bowling skills. The all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja continues to surprise all with his wicket-taking abilities as he registered an impressive 3-44 in the last match. With Mohit Sharma out of the squad due to injury, it is time for Ishant Sharma to make a comeback and prove his abilities here; Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav, who took 3 wickets between themselves, are also performing well and must be eager to make their presence felt.
After winning the first ODI with complete domination over the hosts, the team suffered defeat in the second match by 48 runs, with the middle order failing to repeat their brilliant performance with the bat. While Smith posted a huge run-a-ball 97 runs, he was disappointed to lose out on his maiden century in ODIs by 3 runs; he was well supported by Pollard and Bravo in the top order. However, with his dismissal came the usual problem of the batting line-up collapse in the West Indian side and they were bundled out for 215 by the 47th over. The loss would be a setback to their spirits but they will surely be determined to make amends and go back to their winning ways; they need to perform as a tough unit and rise above their weaknesses to give the best shot at victory.
While the series is balanced as of now with both teams winning one game each, it needs to be seen which team can emerge victorious in the 4th ODI and tilt the scales in its favour; though West Indies will perform much better than their last game, the men in blue look well placed to conquer the visitors and continue with their winning momentum.
India, 1.40 @ Bet365