India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 – Will the Windies cause another problem for Team India in Mumbai like they did in the World T20 Champions 2016 semi-final match? Mumbai is their happy hunting ground as the crowd will go briskly to their local boys, Kieron Pollard, and Evin Lewis.
This team has the batting fantasy but they also bowled well at Trivandrum on Sunday. Kesrick Williams, Hayden Walsh Junior, and Kharry Pierre bowled their heart out and that allowed the West Indies to level the three-match T20 International series to 1-1.
Now both the teams have all to play for. With the series down the line, India and West Indies are gearing up for another battle on Wednesday – 11th December 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This will be an exciting contest as this match will be a ‘do or die’ for both the teams.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019
West Indies registered a comfortable win over India in the 2nd T20 International. After Kohli’s heroics stunned them in Hyderabad, the Windies came out in a blazing fashion in Trivandrum on Sunday. They were good in all their three departments which helped them to overcome the scare at Hyderabad.
Now the visitors will want to continue their dominance and will look to win their 1st ever series on the Indian soil. For them, this will be the best chance to achieve this feat, mainly because the bowling and the fielding have not been up to the mark by the hosts – India. India’s batting too hasn’t clicked as the top three haven’t made any significant contribution in the last match.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 – The Windies while playing in Trivandrum have shown that if Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are silent, then, this team is no good at all without the contribution of these three. So the bowlers can successfully build the pressure on the middle and the lower order batsmen which has the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shivam Dube. In that, only Jadeja can be threatening. But he can also be kept quiet.
The lines and the use of variations from the West Indies bowlers were smart and effective. The visitors read the pitch perfectly than the hosts which allowed the Windies to restrict India to score just 170 runs at Trivandrum.
They will want to continue using their bowling form when they face India in the last and the final T20 International match which will be played in Mumbai on Wednesday. They will look to use the cutters and the slower deliveries which helped them in restricting Indian batsmen.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 – The batting form of the Windies has been good. They had a terrific start in the second game, which also helped them in building a solid platform. Evin Lewis and Lendi Simmons will look to go in the repeat mode in the final T20 International match on Wednesday.
Then, they have Pooran, Hetmyer, Pollard , and Holder to do the damage in the final few overs. West Indies can also include Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul in their playing XI. Their inclusion will make the West Indies a stronger team and will also make a better chance for them to script history in Mumbai.
India, on the other hand, will look for an improved performance in their bowling and fielding department. This Indian team under Virat Kohli hasn’t performed so bad in the field as they have done in the last two matches.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 – There have been many misfields and drop catches that have hurt India in the second T20 International match. The drop chance of Simmons was the prime example of that! Simmons was on 6 when he was dropped by Pant but it hurt India when the same batsman went on to make a significant half-century and guided his team to a win.
Now, the men in blue can’t afford to repeat such mistakes in the final match of the series. This will also be the final match of the T20 International match of the year 2019. So, Virat and co. will want to win the last T20 match and the series.
The bowlers were unlucky. Bhuvi should have had two scalps in that over of his that could have turned the game in India’s favor. But India hasn’t been defending too many totals, maybe because of the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah has been the death over specialist since his debut. Now without his services, India has lost 5 matches while defending the totals. But the hosts have Shami who can be the bowler to do the job for the team.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 – Shami has been good with the red ball and has also bowled well in the 2019 ODI World Cup. If Shami replaces Dube in the squad for the final T20 then India might be doing well with the bowling department.
Shivam Dube scored a magnificent half-century when he was promoted up the order. But his bowling was weak and that’s why there might be some talks about dropping Dube and replacing him with the experienced Shami.
India also couldn’t pick wickets in the middle overs. So dropping Washington Sundar and replacing him with Kuldeep Yadav will be a better idea. Kuldeep has the knack of picking wickets in the middle overs. He can also partner with Yuzvendra Chahal and the duo of ‘KULCHA’ can create a havoc in the West Indian batting line up which India is in need of at the moment.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 – The form of Rohit Sharma is still a concern for the team. Now that Hitman will play on his home ground one expects him to come with all guns blazing. Hit Man has had quite an okay series till now, but in this ‘do or die’ match, India will want Rohit to do good.
Virat Kohli should bat at number 3. He is not suited to any other number. It was kind of the skipper to promote Dube at his position but now India will need Kohli to play another masterstroke as he did in Hyderabad.
How many more chances should be given to Rishabh Pant? Pant has been disappointing over the years. He has got many chances to prove but still, he hasn’t improved. The drop catch of Simmons was another example of why India should look ahead of Pant.
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 – Sanju Samson is still warming the bench. He has been dropped without any chances given. He was selected in the series against Bangladesh but there also, Pant was the first choice as the keeper-batsman for India. Now, what should Samson do more to get into the playing XI?
India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 Preview – Probable XI Of India
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant/Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube/Mohd Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar/Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chachar and Yuzvendra Chahal.
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India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match 2019 Preview – Probable XI of team West Indies
Evin Lewis, Lendi Simmons, Shrimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, and Hayden Walsh.
Will West Indies script history tomorrow? Or will India win the series 2-1?
The answer will come to us tomorrow at 7 PM IST on Star Sports Networks and live streaming will also be available on HOTSTAR mobile application.