Date & Time: Friday, August 30, 20:00 IST
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies
Can the Windies get one their way or will the Indians leave the Caribbean without a loss?
India is at the top of the points table as far as the Test Championship Leaderboard is concerned and they will look to keep the good form going. The West Indies, however, haven’t won a single game yet in the tour and will be eager to get that scoreboard ticking as well as get some points on the Test Championship table. India had a tough start on Day 1 of the last Test but the middle order bailed them out. The top order is good enough to not fail more than once. Their bowlers are at the top of their game as well. The Windies top order has been a huge worry. Not a single fifty in the last game. Just the middle/lower order have scored the bulk of runs. The top order needs to step up if they want to do well.
India will be tempted to play two spinners in Jamaica. R Ashwin will probably get the nod if that is the case. The Windies have replaced Miguel Cummins with Keemo Paul and it is highly likely that he will make the XI as well.
The pitch at Jamaica has traditionally offered some pace and bounce for the seamers on Day 1 and 2. It has their assisted spinners as the match goes on.
He proved in the last Test why he is the fastest Indian pacer to 50 Test wickets. If he can dismantle the WI top order again, that’s half the battle won.
The Indian skipper got starts but couldn’t convert them in the last game which is unlike his usual self. He will be determined to perform in this Test and lead from the front. His last Test hundred came 6 innings back.
He got his first Test hundred in 2 years and looked the best amongst all Indian batsmen in the last game. His compact technique and temperament with form is a huge boost to the Indian side.
The WI all-rounder picked up 6 wickets and scored 60 runs in the last game. He also looked by far the most comfortable WI batsman. He will have to continue the good work.