Prime News, International and National Sport, Cricket, Mumbai, December 11:- With the series tied at 1-1, both India and West Indies will aim to come out with the final punch and outclass each other when they battle it out in the third and final T20I set to be played at the Wankhede Stadium here today at 7 pm.
After winning the first T20I by a comprehensive six-wicket margin, India came out with a dismal performance in all the three departments in the Thiruvananthapuram game, especially while bowling and fielding.
The Indian batters have performed reasonably well in the first two matches of the series. However, it’s their fielding which has let the team down. The players have been guilty of spilling catches on numerous occasions in both the matches, something which even skipper Virat Kohli is not happy with.
Star Indian opener Rohit Sharma hasn’t fired in the first two games and he would be rearing to make an impact in his hometown. K L Rahul, Kohli and Shivam Dube, all have scored runs in the two matches and thus provide solidarity at the top.
On the other hand, West Indies will also fancy their chances to clinch the series after the terrific comeback. Skipper Kieron Pollard is very much familiar with the venue where the final game will be played. Pollard’s 10 seasons’ experience with Mumbai Indians will be a crucial for West Indies to get their hands on the series trophy.
Their top-order batsmen, particularly Simmons, are in splendid form. Also the likes of Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetymar are among the runs and they will look to continue the form. Add to it, the firepower of Brandon King, Jason Holder and skipper Kieron Pollard, the West Indies can look unbeatable on their day.
Even their bowlers, including pacer Sheldon Cottrell, are among the wickets. Along with Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr and Holder, will have to bowl in the right areas to stem the flow of runs.
After the T20I series, hosts India and the visitors will play three ODIs starting from Sunday. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)