India vs Windies, 3rd ODI, Match Prediction: Who will win the Match?
The track is expected to offer peanuts for the bowlers as the history of ODI cricket at the venue would suggest.
Updated - Oct 26, 2018 8:27 pm
The first two matches between India and Windies turned out to be high-scoring affairs. While the home team came out trumps in the first encounter in Guwahati, Jason Holder’s men managed to hold on to a tie in Visakhapatnam. Both teams’ bowlers have come under the pump as the batsmen have made full use of the batting-friendly conditions.
The third encounter is now scheduled to be played tomorrow at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The Men in Blue are in with a golden chance of taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series. On the contrary, the Caribbean team somehow needs to win their first match of the tour in order to stay alive in the series.
The track is expected to offer peanuts for the bowlers as the history of ODI cricket at the venue would suggest. The dew settling it during the second half of the match won’t make it easy for the bowlers. In the first couple of contests, the team batting second has had the advantage and it won’t be surprising if sides opt to field first after winning the toss.
Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are likely to get their maiden chance in place of Umesh and Shami. They will shoulder the bowling department along with Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja. Rohit, Dhawan and captain Kohli remain to be the fulcrum of the batting. Pant and Dhoni would also be hoping to get a decent hit in the middle.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
The visitors are likely to remain unchanged in the encounter. Kieran Powell and Hemraj are the opening batsmen with Hope and the belligerent Hetmyer to follow. The onus will be on Samuels, Rovman Powell and Jason Holder in the middle-order. Nurse and Bishoo are the tweakers and will be supported by the pace trio of Roach, McCoy and skipper Holder.
Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (C), Ashely Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Obed McCoy.
Probable Top performers
Rohit Sharma – India | Kieran Powell – Windies
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The prediction is for the Men in Blue to win the match and seal the fate of the series.