About the Match
India cantered to their second victory of the series on a pitch that was not their liking and cannot now lose this series. The West Indies would have been disappointed with this effort because for a while it seemed like they had India within control and could have been chasing at least 30 runs lesser with some disciplined death bowling. Still, the hosts may be in with a chance as India is expected to bring in some new faces for the last two matches.
Three new faces made an appearance for the West Indies in the last match but it was still not enough to pose a challenge to India. Not that it was unexpected though as the gulf between the West Indies and India in this series has been striking. West Indies has been effective over short periods but then allowed India to make a comeback.
Even in this last match, Dhoni and Jadhav flayed their attack all over the park to boost India’s total on a pitch that continued to get better for batting as the game progressed. This should have been an advantage to the West Indies but they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and never really had a chance.
We liked the look of Rovman Powell in his short stint though and his partnership with Jason Mohammad raised some hope of a close finish until the spinner got through their defense as well. The form of Roston Chase has been disappointing as we had pegged him as one of the players to look out for while Jason Holder’s bowling continues to be a liability for his team.
Holder’s insistence on bowling at the death is costing his team dear and the management must look for some other alternatives. We hope the West Indies comes out and plays with freedom to maybe shock India but whether they have the skill to do so is becoming a real question in everybody’s minds.
This ODI series has almost been like a holiday for the Indians as they try and give some opportunities to the youngsters in their side. In fact, more than the victories they are accumulating, it is this exposure to the youngsters that would be their main objective for this tour.
To that end we expect Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni to be rested from the side and a chance given to Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. It would be a little tough on Yuvraj Singh since he has not been in the best of form but all indications point to this happening.
India can take heart from the form of Ajinkya Rahane who struck his third consecutive half century as well as Kuldeep Yadav’s wicket taking abilities. His took another three-wicket haul in his second game and was easily the most threatening bowler on display.
Ravichandran Ashwin also took a three-wicket haul, maybe he could be swapped out for Ravindra Jadeja as well.
India is still going to retain the same top-order which has been doing its job remarkably well in this series and so even with a number of changes, the West Indies is going to have a tough time winning a match.
Pitch and Conditions
A wet pitch made batting difficult in the first match but with conditions expected to be slightly better, some more runs could be on offer. None of the pitches have anything in them and this one is also going to as dead as they come.
Only rain or something truly extraordinary from the West Indies seems to stand between an Indian victory in this match with the former much more likely than the latter.
Back India to win