Old habits die hard and West Indies found it the hard way. After another middle-order scramble that left them high and dry, Windies are left doing the catch up against India. The third ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Wednesday gives them a chance to level the series.
The hosts need to bounce back after a poor display with the bat. The youngsters struggled to be consistent and India lapped up the chances. For their part, the visitors have their own set of problems. However, they look well-balanced than West Indies to clinch another win. India have a 7-2 win-loss record in the last ten ODIs against Windies and look good to extend that.
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A battling Evin Lewis sparkled with a half-century, while Nicholas Pooran showed his style with an enterprising knock. However, the Windies crumbled when it mattered and gifted their wickets. In the end, the 59-run defeat was an apt reminder of the gulf between the two sides.
Shimron Hetmyer will be expected to come good after failing to impress. All eyes will be on Chris Gayle as he looks to sign off in style. Oshane Thomas struggled for control and could be replaced. For fantasy picks, keep an eye on Lewis, Pooran and Fabian Allen.
An enterprising 42nd ton from Virat Kohli and a 4 for 31 from Bhuvneshwar Kumar ensured an easy win for India in the second ODI. The visitors still look unsettled at the top with a struggling Shikhar Dhawan failing to buy runs.
Shreyas Iyer’s timely fifty answered India’s need for a new middle-order option. Rishabh Pant’s poor shot selection could be the focus again. If you are looking for smart fantasy picks, have a look at Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Virat Kohli has 2,032 runs in 34 innings against the Windies, the highest by any player against them. He has centuries in his last two knocks in the West Indies.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has 15 wickets in just five ODIs at this venue. Having taken at least two wickets in each of those games, the swing bowler could be a good fantasy pick.
Evin Lewis looked in good touch for his 65 on Sunday. He could be a dark horse for your fantasy side.
West Indies: 1 Evin Lewis 2 Chris Gayle 3 Shai Hope (WK) 4 Nicholas Pooran 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Roston Chase 7 Carlos Brathwaite 8 Jason Holder (C) 9 Fabian Allen 10 Sheldon Cottrell 11 Kemar Roach
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Rishabh Pant (WK) 5 Shreyas Iyer 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Kuldeep Yadav 11 Khaleel Ahmed
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