West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, Antigua June 29, 2017

WI's last chance to stay alive in series

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Can change of scenery do West Indies good?

Match Facts

Friday, June 30, 2017
Start time 0900 local (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

India came to the Caribbean after yielding their Champions Trophy crown but they haven't taken long to find their happy place again. They scored 300-plus in less than 50 overs in their first completed match since the defeat to Pakistan, bringing the cricket world back to the status quo.

If West Indies are to shake things up and more importantly stay alive in the series, they'll have to find a way past India's strongest suit: a top order that, by now, must be making runs as they sleepwalk. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are racking them up with such greed that their team-mates from Nos 4 might have forgotten how it feels to be out in the middle. Over the last six games, only twice has a middle-order batsman been needed to face even 40 balls. Both came in losing causes.

If this trend is to be exploited though, West Indies have to do something India have, recently, been excellent at: maximising their strength. Jason Holder has under his charge a set of bowlers who are not typically threatening, but at this level, they should at least maintain a constricting line and length for as much as the 50 overs as possible. The two uncapped players they have added to the squad - Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris - are batsmen so clearly this is the best bowling attack they have and perhaps Antigua will bring them better luck.

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I learn from my failures - Dhawan

Form guide

West Indies LWLLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
India WLWWL

In the spotlight

Skill-wise, there is very little going against Devendra Bishoo. He is a wristspinner - an essential commodity in ODIs now - but his consistency remains a problem. Good batsmen almost mark him down for approximately one short ball an over and milk him without too much trouble. If Bishoo can rectify this, he could be what West Indies need - a wicket-taker.

He has always been a very good cutter of the ball, but now, when he plays the pull, and the hook, the change in Shikhar Dhawan is striking. He is no longer hurried into the shot, the swivel on the back foot is smooth, and the shot itself appears effortless - signs that he is picking the length early and trusting his technique, which he says has been calibrated to play the ball a little later and therefore a lot closer to his body. With 500 runs in his last nine innings, the adjustments are bringing rewards.

Team news

Considering West Indies dropped Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter, who have played both ODIs of this series, and replaced them with Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris, the two uncapped batsmen might just be looking at instant debuts.

West Indies (probable): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Kyle Hope, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Jason Mohammed, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jason Holder (capt), 7 Rovman Powell/ Sunil Ambris, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Miguel Cummins,

India tend to avoid experimenting in ODIs, but considering the potential of Rishabh Pant, who has hit a first-class triple-hundred at nearly run-a-ball, they may make an exception.

India (probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav

Pitch and conditions

In 15 matches at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North Sound, the average run-rate batting first has been 5.05. That roughly translates to an average total of 252. And barring the odd brief shower, the weather is expected to hold up well.

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.
  • India's top-three have averaged 61.5 over the last two years. That's 15 points higher than their nearest rivals South Africa

Fans in the Indian subcontinent will be able watch near-live clips of major events during the match on ESPNcricinfo, both on scorecard pages and story pages, and in case you miss watching the match live, you can catch all the highlights and stories told through videos on the site. And the entire series will be streamed live in the Indian subcontinent on ESPN.in and on SonyLIV

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Speak on June 30, 2017, 13:45 GMT

    WHOA...........Looks like this track is a dust bowl turner as WI has gone in with 4 spinners and a medium pacer. Spinners Bishoo,nurse,holder,Williams. Medium pacer Cummins...... Add chase so 5 in all. Where have all the really quick bowlers the WI used to produce ?

  • jarrel0723030 on June 30, 2017, 13:26 GMT

    Happy to see Kesrick getting a debut today but would have dropped Cummins instead of Alzarri. We need Alzarri's pace. Cummins looks like he could go all series without taking a wicket such is his lack of penetration. Also not happy to see Kyle Hope in the line up but I hope (pun intended) he proves me wrong.

  • Prakash on June 30, 2017, 13:17 GMT

    Pant denied chance again... On his debut T20I, he was not sent to open the batting... Kohli opened instead and failed... and in this series, i don't think he will get a chance.

  • ALIENA on June 30, 2017, 12:48 GMT

    West Indies has a poor selection committee. With their current team, countries like Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Netherlands and Ireland will beat them. How far can they drop before someone try to resurrect their team? Such a pity no one seems interested to revive West Indies cricket. Not even past good players. The young players need HELP and fast...

  • ayon on June 30, 2017, 12:40 GMT

    a delayed start inspite of a sunny day...

  • Patrick on June 30, 2017, 12:37 GMT

    Three wicketkeepers in the WI 13 man squad. This must be a record, Ramdin can consider himself unlucky. This team is too inexperienced, and these players are missing; Blackwood, Taylor, Samuels, and Hetmyer. We Will lose again, a pity.

  • trisha2889905 on June 30, 2017, 12:11 GMT

    ms dhoni is aaverage fellow, he just want to increase his batting average

  • cricfan21193296 on June 30, 2017, 12:11 GMT

    west indies should drop joseph

  • trisha2889905 on June 30, 2017, 12:10 GMT

    high time now, drop ms dhoni no use, just playing for himself, anyway he will not score in any important matches, he jyst want to increase his average

  • trisha2889905 on June 30, 2017, 12:09 GMT

    selectors should tell them this should be there last series for ms dhoni and yuvraj, they played enough matches and earned enough money, the present form they are in they should be retired or droped immediately

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