Date & Time: Wednesday, December 11, 19:00 IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India
India seek redemption; the West Indies eye their first series win of 2019
Yet another power-hitting display is on the cards as the series decider is to take place at Wankhede, Mumbai. Both teams‘ batting has been on a high note, but as Kohli said in the press conference, India’s fielding has been below par. All eyes will be on the local lads of Mumbai, Rohit and Shreyas who are yet to come into the party. However, Shivam Dube had an exceptional outing the last time. The West Indies will also be boosted by the likes of Pollard, Lewis and Simmons who have the experience of playing at Wankhede.
The Indian Skipper and Lokesh Rahul lead the PPM charts among the Indian batsmen with 78.5 and 51.5 in this series. Kohli has been a part of the Dream team in both the matches, he is the only Indian to feature in both the matches. As for the West Indies, their top three have been the most successful ones in terms of PPM. Hetmyer leads with 67.5 followed by Evin Lewis who is at 54.0 and Lendl Simmons is at 52.5. Hetmyer and Lewis have featured in the dream team in both the matches.
As far as the bowlers are concerned, Cottrell has been the best with a PPM of 34.0. It hasn’t been a great series for the bowlers, Jadeja has been the best among Indian bowlers with a PPM of 31.5.
India will be itching to bring in Shami in place of Jadeja or Sundar as there would be good pace and bounce and also considering the size of the ground, it only seems logical to have him in the team.
India probable XI:
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar/Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal.
The West Indies’ concern has been the bowling of Jason Holder, the only possible change expected can be his replacement with Keemo Paul.
West Indies probable XI:
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Keemo Paul/Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre, Kesrick Williams
Wankhede has always been a paradise for batsmen with average first innings score nearly 190 in T20Is. However, the teams chasing have also had fruitful results. The toss becomes crucial as the venue is a smaller one and with the dew around, chasing seems to be the mantra to success.
Lewis has had a good series so far scoring 40 in both the matches at a brisk pace, he is yet to score big but he has been getting starts. He has a PPM of 54.0 and has appeared in the dream team in both the matches. This makes him a player who is a must in the fantasy team.
The young left-handed batsman has turned the tables around. Coming off a difficult series against Afghanistan, Hetmyer started off with a good half-century and scored a quickfire 20 in the second T20I. He has the best PPM for a West Indian player this series, and he has been a part of the dream team in both the matches. He has PPM of 67.5 and an MDTA of 2.0
Simmons didn’t have a great start to the series but his unbeaten half-century in the second T20I saw The West Indies over the ropes. Simmons has a PPM of 52.5 and an MDTA of 1.0 in this series, his PPM is the 4th best among all the players from both the teams. He has a good experience playing at Wankhede stadium and will be one of the hot picks in the fantasy team.
The Indian team skipper has been the best in this series in terms of PPM. He has a PPM value of 78.5 and an MDTA of 2.0, which makes him the only Indian to appear in the dream team in both the matches. Kohli will be one of the main features among the fantasy team.
The Indian opener will look to overcome his disappointing outcome in the second T20I. He is one of the must-have players in the fantasy team with a PPM of 51.5 and an MDTA of 1.0, his overall PPM of 49.8 and MDTA of 1.94 in his international career suggests that he is one of the most consistent players.
In a series where batsmen have dominated throughout, Cottrell has been one of those bowlers who has been exceptional. In both the matches, he conceded at an economy of less than 7 and picked up wickets. His PPM of 34.0 in this series is the best among the bowlers in this series.