3rd T20I: India, Antilles in battle of equals in series finale
MUMBAI: India will have to deal with the many shortcomings discovered by the determined West Indians in the second International T20 when the two teams of power hitters will face off in what promises to be an exciting series finale here Wednesday.
The rubber is blocked 1-1 after the two-time Western India s world champions activated the style in the second International T20 in Thiruvananthapuram after a Virat Kohli special in the lung opener in Hyderabad.
For India, the focus will once again be on young weapons such as Washington Sundar and the wicketkeeper-batsman under fire. Rishabh pants .
Attention in Pant, especially, has been obsessive and is expected to be no different when the team goes on the field at Wankhede Stadium.
As for Sundar, it would be interesting to see if the team's direction persists with him or if he gives a game to the bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
Sundar has taken only three wickets in the last five T20I he has played (two against West Indians and three against Bangladesh) and leaked 144 runs in 23 overs he played.
He also finished without a wicket in the two International T20s against South Africa.
Sundar's field is another aspect that the Virat Kohli pattern would be worried about. In the last game, he dropped a babysitter of Lendl simmons , whose 45 67 ball laid the foundations of the eight wicket triumph of West Indians.
Kuldeep last played a T20I against New Zealand in Hamilton in February. Heated the banks in the first two games.
For Pant, things are getting harder and harder. The focus on him has been relentless and it will not be easy for him to recover the early form that made him look like the apparent heir of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Upon reaching number 4, Pant scored 33, 18, 6, 27, 19, 4 in the last seven T20Is in which he participated.
His last T20I fifty arrived against the West Indies in August, in Providence. With the likes of Sanju Samson Waiting on the wings, Pant will have to come well sooner rather than later.
But in the general analysis, India's batting has never been a problem. Opener Rohit Sharma, who had a rare twin fault, would be eager to go to his local audience.
KL Rahul and Captain Kohli are also among the races. Shivam Dube, who crashed his maiden T20I fifty, showed that he can reach six very high and that he would like to appear before his local audience and thus Shreyas Iyer.
However, bowling is a slight concern. A duo of wasteful rhythm of Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaked races in the first two games.
Chahar had a memorable series against Bangladesh, but this time he has failed to repeat the program. With Mohammed Shami around, Chahar will have to step up.
In addition, the field of India was well below par. Fallen catches and several erroneous fields led Kohli to say that if performance does not improve, no score would be enough.
The hosts are also good pursuers, but they will need to learn to defend goals.
On the other hand, Western Indians will also imagine their chances of closing the series after the spectacular return.
His first-order hitters, particularly Simmons, are in a splendid form. Also the likes of Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetymar are among the races and will seek to continue with the form.
Add it, the firepower of Brandon King, Jason Holder and the patron Kieron Pollard , West India s may be invincible in its day.
Even their bowlers, including the Sheldon Cottrell pacemaker, are among the wickets. Together with Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, Hayden Walsh Jr and Holder, they will have to play in the right areas to stop the flow of races.
West Indians also have good memories of playing T20I in Wankhede, since in the semifinal of the 2016 ICC World Cup, they defeated India and won the title.
India : Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh pants , Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal , Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson.
West Indies : Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Brandon King, Denesh Ramdin, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Shimron Hetmyer, Khary Pierre, Lendl simmons , Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr, Keemo Paul, Kesrick Williams.
The game starts at 7 pm IST.