Two matches, two wins, and team India have already wrapped up the three-match T20I series over the weekend in Florida. Now they head off to the Providence Stadium in Guyana for the third and final T20I match with the option to experiment with their playing XI on Tuesday (August 6).
Virat Kohli’s men might have won both their T20 matches over reigning T20 champions West Indies but their performances have been far from convincing in the T20 series so far. Rohit Sharma is the only half-centurion for the victorious Indian side so far on the sluggish Lauderhill track but the middle-order has once again failed to fire.
Rishabh Pant, who skipper Kohli expected to solidify his place in the Indian side with regular white-ball wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni taking a break, has been lacklustre so far in this series — throwing his wicket away for scores of 0 and 4.
cushion,” Kohli said during the post match presentation ceremony on Sunday (August 4).
The Indian skipper has clearly hinted that his team may ring in a few more changes for the third T20I to test their bench strength. KL Rahul, who has the best strike-rate and average among Indian batsmen in T20s in the last couple of year, could be brought back into the line-up.
Giving the gloves to Rahul might not be a bad idea as well, since he keeps wickets for his IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab and would give India an additional option with the gloves.
India might also bring in the likes of Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar for the final T20 game to rest Bhuvneshwar Kumar and possibly Ravindra Jadeja for the tie.
The hosts West Indies only have pride to play for in the final T20 game. Evin Lewis has looked completely out of sort, scoring back-to-back ducks in the first two games.
The Windies batting have let them down in the series so far. John Campbell, who was in fine form against the visiting England team before the World Cup, could be tried out for the final game.
The bowling though has worked well for the hosts so far, apart from the final over in the second T20 on Sunday. The likes of Sheldon Cotterell and Oshane Thomas have bowled well with pace and accuracy for skipper Carlos Brathwaite.
West Indies have included Fabian Allen in the squad in place of Khary Pierre. Allen’s inclusion will give West Indies more firepower in the middle order and he can also chip in with his left-arm spin.