CUTTACK: India have every part going their means as they head into the third and last ODI towards the West Indies right here on Sunday eyeing a 10th straight bilateral sequence win over the Caribbean aspect.
The West Indies took the house aspect unexpectedly within the opening ODI in Chennai to go one-up within the three-match sequence. However India, driving an all-round show, got here again strongly to revive parity within the second match.
Barring a uncommon duck from skipper Virat Kohli, the Indian top-order fired in unison at Visakhapatnam, earlier than hat-trick hero Kuldeep Yadav sliced by the West Indies line-up for a complete 107-run victory.
Three days after his blazing 159, Rohit Sharma stood simply 9 runs in need of eclipsing former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya’s 22-year-old report of being the best run-scorer as an opener throughout all of the codecs.
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KL Rahul additionally struck a elegant century in a 220-run opening stand to firmly stake his declare as a long-term opener for India. Opening the innings for the reason that India-Pakistan World Cup conflict in June, Rahul has made regular progress.
Within the current assignments towards the West Indies, he has been a revelation, scoring runs at will. Then the duo of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant chipped in with brisk knocks, they usually wish to finish the 12 months on a optimistic notice.
In bowling, Delhi pacer Navdeep Saini is in line to make his ODI debut within the absence of the inured Deepak Chahar, who was dominated out of the match with a decrease again drawback. The fielding, although, has did not match the excessive requirements India have set in recent times.
Whereas Iyer’s effort to dismiss Shimron Hetmyer was eye-catching, Chahar dropped a sitter off Nicholas Pooran and grassed Shai Hope for a duck on the slip cordon, one thing that attracted Kohli’s consideration. “We won’t be dropping the catches and we ought to be higher off on this division, enhance on our errors. You need to get pleasure from fielding,” the visibly-concerned Indian captain mentioned.
The pitch on the Barabati Stadium goes to be just like the one in Visakhapatnam, providing loads of runs.
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The left-right mixture of Hetmyer and Hope plotted India’s downfall in Chennai and had it not been for a superb throw from Iyer to expire the previous in Visakhapatnam, the Windies would have put up a powerful battle within the second ODI.
Hetmyer, who struck a career-best 139 in Chennai, was over the moon and danced in pleasure after being purchased for Rs 7.75 crore by Delhi Capitals within the IPL public sale. His teammate Sheldon Cottrell additionally took house a hefty paycheck after the left-arm pacer was purchased for Rs 8.5 crore by Kings XI Punjab, and the Windies duo can be bolstered by that.
Hope, who’s second solely to Rohit within the run chart this 12 months, will look to make a press release after the wicketkeeper-batsman went unsold on the public sale.
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Kieron Pollard’s staff had no hesitation in chasing after successful the toss within the first two ODIs however come Sunday, the groups can be pondering twice earlier than bowling second preserving the dew consider thoughts. The West Indies, on the similar time, can be eager to finish a 13-year lengthy wait to win towards India in a bilateral ODI sequence.
Whereas the hosts, who misplaced to Australia 2-Three of their final bilateral sequence in March, can have their popularity at stake. They haven’t misplaced two consecutive bilateral ODI sequence at house within the final 15 years. The final time an ODI was performed right here greater than two years in the past, India had pipped England by 15 runs whereas defending an imposing 382.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shradul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube, Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey and Navdeep Saini.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (capt), Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Sunil Ambris, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd and Hayden Walsh.
Match begins at 1:30 pm.