Can West Indies cross the finish-line against near full-strength India?

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Is it better to have approached and not crossed the finish line? Or not to have approached? The West Indies must have briefly reflected on similar thoughts after they were in a series of overthrows from India. Like the artist in the movie The Walk who considered the last steps of his trick to be the most difficult, the West Indies were at their most vulnerable when they were about to do what they had done only twice before: it chases a total of more than 300.

The West Indies had most things going for it. A wet ball that nullified the threat of spin. Two pacers that are not regular on the ODI side. And a centurion in Shai Hope batting in the innings. What they perhaps lacked was a certain amount of technical knowledge to finish the job, something that their opposition might be a case study, as they demonstrated in the first ODI.

A source of comfort could be that they have succeeded in their main goal of putting more than 300 points. They managed to do it only four times since the 2015 World Cup, the least among the nine main nations.

But with the opportunity escaping from its reach and India remembering its front-line pacemakers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for the last three ODI, even that task can be more difficult. Both have considerably better records against lefties than Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. That fact could serve India well against the intrepid Shimron Hetmyer, who has so far plundered 200 runs in the series, in addition to undermining the confidence of the Indian spinners by pushing them constantly in the stands. In addition, Bhuvneshwar will return to a place where he was the Player of the Match against New Zealand almost a year ago. India was finally able to deploy an almost complete side in the third ODI, with only Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav missing.

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West Indies TLLWL [19659006] In the spotlight

After an unexplained test bed Kuldeep Yadav in the first ODI, India corrected the error by including it in Vizag. While the spray combination, Hope and Hetmyer made most of India's attack impotent, Kuldeep managed to have an impact on the intermediate stages as usual. The fact that all three of his victims have not chosen the googly should thrill him.

With more than 900 races in the country, it was expected that the most experienced batsman in the West Indies Marlon Samuels would do more. In both games, Samuels came dressed as the protagonist and the stage, only to be overshadowed by two youngsters. While lack of racing is certainly a problem, the biggest problem could be if he is choosing Indian spinners who are forced to attack most of the superpure. In Guwahati, Yuzvendra Chahal immobilized him with the slider while pushing forward in a pre-DRS manner, with his bat next to his pad, instead of opposite. And in Vizag, after hitting three outstretched balls, Samuels made the mistake of returning to play with Kuldeep, hoping to read the turn of the field, and was surprised by the googly.

Team news

With Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah back, India will be tempted to recruit both side immediately, given how ineffective other pacers have been so far. That could mean that Umesh Yadav was lost.

India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Rishabh Pant, 6 MS Dhoni (sem.), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Visitors can be divided again between choosing the extra beat of Oshane Thomas or the variations of Obed McCoy, who had replaced him in the last ODI.

West Indies (possible): 1 Chandrapaul Hemraj, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Shimron Hetmeyer, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse 9 Oshane Thomas / Obed McCoy, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Kemar Roach

Tuning and Conditions

The last time Pune hosted an international, the curator Pandurang Salgaoncar was fired by the BCCI before first ball was thrown after being caught by the camera to give information to two undercover reporters who were posing as bookies. What he predicted would be launch 337-338, turned out to be a slow surface where New Zealand, who batted first fought, but India was easier under the lights.

Statistics and trivia

  • Through the crucial intermediate stages, between 11 and 40, the West Indies have only collected two windows in the series.

  • Shikhar Dhawan is 144 races to become India's fastest race to 5000 ODI races

  • Dhawan and Rohit Sharma require only 14 more races past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag and became the second opening pair India's most successful in ODIs


"I missed being part of the locker room, I'm not sure if the guys have missed me, and looking back, now in Pune [with all the sights] maybe I should to have detained me and to have been expelled here ",
Coach of the West Indies Stuart Law on his ban.


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