30-Jun-2017 04:12:00 GMT
West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, Antigua
Pant set for Debut at Antigua against West Indies
Antigua: West Indies would be hoping to redeem itself in Antigua after going down by a 105-run margin against India in the second One-Day International in Trinidad, which handed the visiting side a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Rain washed out the opening game at Queen's Park Oval and threatened to affect the second contest at the same venue but the weather gods relented.
India's top order has looked in fine touch, with Shikhar Dhawan continuing his good from from the Champion's Trophy with back-to-back half centuries, and Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawan's opening partner in the absence of Rohit Sharma, coming good too after a prolonged lean patch.
Rahane hit a patient 62 in the opening game before the heavens opened up, but went on to script his third century in the format in the second match that set the platform for India's victory.
Virat Kohli also contributed with a blistering 87 off 66 balls. His knock, including four boundaries and as many sixes, took India past 300 after Rahane's exit.
The only concern that the think tank might have in the batting department is the form of Yuvraj Singh, who has struggled and been dismissed by Jason Holder cheaply in both digs.
Kuldeep Yadav, who made his debut in the second ODI, troubled the home side with figures of 3 for 50, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept it under pressure with his economical spell.
With the top order firing, and the likes of Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav in the mix, Yuvraj's shortcomings haven't really affected India's overall performance, but if they wish to experiment, there's Rishabh Pant in the squad who can be handed a debut.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Carter and Kesrick Williams have been replaced by Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris, both uncapped players, in the Windies squad for the last three ODIs.
Windies has been overly reliant on Shai Hope, Kyle's elder brother, to rack up the runs for the side, and though the young Barbadian has delivered, he will need more support if the home side is to make an impact..
Windies lost both Kieran Powell and Jason Mohammed for ducks in Trinidad, but Hope hit back with a resilient 81 off 88 balls. But with the next highest score coming from Roston Chase (33 n.o.), the No. 7 batsman, India wrapped up the game easily.
Alzarri Joseph has been the most successful bowler for Windies, with Holder also chipping in, but it's the batting that Windies need to sort out to keep the series alive. The changes made to the side could help it achieve that, but it won't be easy against the disciplined bowling of India.
The fourth ODI will also be played at the same venue, before the teams move to Jamaica for the final game and a one-off Twenty20 International on July 9.
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.
Pitch and condition
With a clear forecast for the region on Friday (June 30), both sides will be looking forward to a full game.
Stats and trivia
The last time West Indies won an ODI series against a top-eight team was in 2012, when they beat New Zealand 4-1. Since then, they've been beaten 16 times.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Start time 0900 local (1300 GMT)