India and West Indies are set to lock horns in the third game of the five-match T20I series on Tuesday, August 2 at Warner Park in St Kitts.
The opening game at Brian Lara Stadium was a pretty one-sided affair after India won by 68 runs on the back of Rohit Sharma’s half-century and a handy cameo from Dinesh Karthik.
However, the second match of the series turned out to be a nail-biter. With West Indies needing 10 runs to win off the last over, the game could have gone either way.
But Devon Thomas held his nerve and took the home team over the finish line. Avesh Khan lost his composure in the final over as the Caribbean team won with four balls to spare.
In the meantime, the timing of the third T20I has been revised from 8pm IST to 9:30pm IST. Cricket West Indies announced the change in timings in order to give players adequate rest.
The second T20I was delayed by two hours due to team luggage arriving late in St Kitts.
For now, it remains to be seen if Nicholas Pooran and Co. can hold their composure and put India under more pressure.
Players to watch out for
Rohit Sharma (India): Rohit Sharma started the T20I series with a gutsy half-century, guiding the Men in Blue to a comprehensive win. But the same wasn’t the case in the second match of the series. He fell prey to Obed McCoy on the very first ball of the match. Keeping in mind the class he has, Rohit is expected to make amends.
Obed McCoy (West Indies): Obed McCoy has been successful with his tactics in the ongoing T20I series. In the first T20I, he picked up a wicket and gave away runs at an economy of 7.50. The southpaw raised the bar and won the Player of the Match award in the second T20I after picking up a six-fer. He will be looking to put in another strong showing.
Head to Head
Played 22, Win 14, Lost 7, N/R -1
In the West Indies
Played 6, Win 3, Lost 3, N/R -0
Predicted Playing XIs:
Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Devon Thomas (wk), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan/Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh
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