India and West Indies are going to play in the 3rd T20I match of the 3-match series tonight. The venue of this match is the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
India comes into this match after losing by 8 wickets against West Indies in the 2nd T20I match at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. Although, India won the 1st T20I match by 6 wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad very comprehensively.
Now the very competitive and enthralling T20I series is tied at 1-1, so it is all to play for in the deciding match for both India and the West Indies. Both teams are looking to play their best cricket in the deciding match and win this T20I series.
In Mumbai, the teams always like to chase targets in the T20s. It is because the Wankhede Stadium pitch traditionally gets better and better as the night progresses, and the impact of dew. Team that wins the toss is going to field in this T20I match first because both teams have won their matches in this tournament while chasing.
India had a tough time in the field in the 2nd T20I match that they lost against West Indies. Their performance with the bat for India was decent, but in the bowling and especially fielding they were very poor.
The Indian fielders dropped crucial catches, and the ground fielding was equally worse that cost them the match. Lendl Simmons got a second chance when he was dropped on 6 by Washington Sundar. It was a match-defining moment that cost the match for India. Now they have no other choice but to get better in the field to even compete in the 3rd T20I match, let alone win it.
The bowling attack for India didn’t do well as the experienced bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar got smashed all around the field. Other bowlers weren’t up to the mark with their performances either. India team has to get the best out of their bowlers to curtail a very powerful batting lineup of the West Indies to a below-par total in today’s T20I match.
The only positive was the batting of Shivam Dube and Rishabh Pant in the 2nd T20I match. India is looking for more of the same from these young batsmen, and also wants their experienced players especially Rohit Sharma to score big runs against West Indies.
Players to watch out for India are Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
T20I Form: LWWWL
India Squad: Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar.
West Indies gave a top quality batting performance to win the 2nd T20I in a commanding way against India. The top order of the West Indies batted in power-packed manner that they are famous for after a long while to surprise the opposition.
The best batsman for the West Indies was Lendl Simmons, as he scored his first 50 in T20Is after 3 years. He capitalized on early drop chance and stayed not out till the end to win the match for West Indies. Other noticeable batting performances came from the three left-handers i.e. Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, and Nicholas Pooran.
The bowling performance was led by the youngster Hayden Walsh as he took crucial wickets and bowled economically in 2nd T20I. He was supported well with decent bowling spells by Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams.
Now the West Indies team has a great chance to win the 3rd T20I match later today, and get a big series win against India. For that to happen, they have to continue with the overall team performance that they showcased in the previous match.
Players to watch out for West Indies are Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Hayden Walsh.
T20I Form: WLLLW
West Indies Squad: Kieron Pollard ©, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Kesrick Williams, Khary Pierre, Sherfane Rutherford, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen.
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