Jamaica: After the culmination of the five-match ODI series between India and West Indies, the two sides will square off one last time in a one-off T20 at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday.
After securing the one-day series 3-1, the Indian team remain as firm favourites to win the t20 contest.
However, the reigning T20 champions will be confident of a win with the return of the charismatic Chris Gayle.
A change of guard will see Carlos Brathwaite lead out his side on to the Sabina Park. He will hope that his side plays with renewed vigour and can pull off an upset like they did in the fourth ODI.
Another aspect which needs to be kept in mind is that the Windies have performed relatively better in the shortest format of the game and one their day can be any team which comes across its path.
Not to forget that they are the reigning T20 champions. The Windies squad will also be bolstered by the return of Samuel Badree. Together with Sunil Narine, the duo will form a formidable partnership in the spin department.
Throughout the one-day series, Kohli has reiterated his stance that each match will be treated as an important one as India kept going in with full strength squad. But in the one-off T20, he might include young Rishabh Pant who has been warming the bench.
He is the only player in the squad who has not had a game in the entire series and considering the potential that he boasts off – it is time he gets the nod. The rest of the team looks set to remain the same.
What will be interesting to see is on a slow wicket who partners wrist spinner, Kuldeep Yadav in the spin department.
However, what India must also keep in mind is not be complacent and finish the series on a high. And for that, the batting unit comprising of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni must bat sensibly and then launch their trademark attack on the bowlers.
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (Capt.), Samuel Badree, Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton (wk), Jason Mohammed, Marlon Samuels, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.
Head to head:
West Indies lead India 4-2 after seven matches
Pitch and conditions
Meanwhile, the pitch will most likely be the same on which the 5th ODI was played. Hence, it might remain slow. So the spinners in both the sides might have a crucial role to play.
Stats and trivia
Sunil Narine is two short of becoming the third West Indies bowler - behind Dwayne Bravo and Samuel Badree - with 50 T20I wickets.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Start time 1030 local (1530 GMT)