Date & Time: Thursday, August 08, 19:00 IST
Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana, Windies
India won the T20 series comfortably and are now back to their most preferred format. They had a successful campaign at the World Cup except for that one day which unfortunately came in the knockout stage. The West Indies however started off with a bang in the World Cup but lost too many close games on the trot and finished 9th eventually. They will look to finish off those games and apply themselves better in order to beat this Indian team. Contestants Outlook India have rested their spearhead Bumrah and also brought in a couple of youngsters in Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer for the middle order. They look even more settled with their batting now and the bowling attack has a lot of wicket takers as well. The Windies have dropped a couple of pacers and a batsman to stack their team with a lot of all-rounders. The lack of a proper spinner might be the only problem but otherwise they do look settled too.
India will have to choose two among KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer to bat at 4 and 5; Pick one of the wrist spinners and one between the young quicks – Khaleel and Saini. The Windies must choose between Campbell and Lewis, two among Chase, Brathwaite and F Allen. Keemo Paul is unlikely to feature in the game tomorrow.
With some thunderstorms around the corner, the pitch is expected to be another tacky one similar to the one on which the T20 was played a couple of days ago. A moderate 260-270 runs should be par.
With a few days of rest, he should be raring to go and add to his ODI run tally. After an exceptional World Cup, he is back opening again in the 50 over format. With more time to settle in and a familiar attack, he is expected to score big.
The Indian skipper looked a bit rusty to start off but has gone back to his usual self with a half century in the 3rd T20. After an average Word Cup, he will be looking to score some big runs again in his favourite format.
The most technically sound batsman in the WI side. He had an ordinary World Cup but his average in ODIs as well as against India is 48 which makes him a must have.
The Indian pacer has been terrific since he got back into the ODI side last year. He picked up 14 wickets in the 4 WC games he played and has a brilliant record vs the likes of Gayle.
The WI legend from Jamaica started off his WC campaign well but has fallen back since then. His record against India isn’t great and even though he is coming off a 100 in Canada, the likes of Bhuvi and Shami should get the better of him.