After clinching the series with a win in the second T20 match, India will face West Indies in the final T20I at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on November 11.
The Windies were looking for a series leveling win at Lucknow but were steamrolled by a Rohit Sharma inspired performance from India. Sharma, who is captaining the side in the absence of Virat Kohli, registered a record-breaking fourth T20I century (111 off 61 balls), taking India to a commanding total of 195. India’s pace trio of Bhuvneshwar-Bumrah-Khaleel and spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets each as Windies managed to score only 124/9 on the scoreboard after 20 overs.
The Windies were expected to put up a much-better performance in the T20I series after losing both the Test and ODI legs of the tour but have fallen drastically short of expectations. They haven’t threatened India at all managing just 109 in the first match before falling short of 71 runs in the second. The only positive for the visitors will be the form of young pacer Oshane Thomas who has troubled batsmen with his raw pace. However, just like the Windies performances in this tour, Thomas shone brightly initially but couldn’t maintain the level consistently as the batsmen soon began using his pace to their benefit.
The last match at Chennai provides the Windies with an opportunity to prevent a whitewash whereas India will be looking to take as much momentum as they can before embarking for the tour Down Under.
The hosts have rested several key players for the final match. Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have been left out with an eye on the upcoming tour of Australia. This has opened the door for the return of seamer Siddarth Kaul, who made his T20I debut in June this year against Ireland and has played just two games for India.
The Windies continue to miss Andre Russell and Ashley Nurse who pulled out of the T20I series due to injuries.
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem and Siddarth Kaul
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Fabian Allen, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya , Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Shahbaz Nadeem.
West Indies: Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre and Oshane Thomas.
Players to watch out for:
The left-arm pacer has been enjoying bowling with the new ball alongside the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He had a great debut in the first match where he picked up one wicket while giving away just 16 runs and then returned to scalp two in the second game. With Jasprit Bumrah rested, young Khaleel will be eager to make sure India don’t miss their premier T20I bowler with yet another dominant performance.
Thomas was sensational in the first game when he dismissed both Indian openers. He started the second match brightly with a maiden over but couldn’t pick up any wickets as the players began using his pace against him. It will be interesting to see how the 21-year-old responds in the third match as Windies look to avoid a 3-0 whitewash.
West Indies: 3/1
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Where to watch
The match will be beamed live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, and Star Sports Tamil at 7.00 PM. The match will also be streamed live onHotstar.