IND vs WI 3rd ODI: Preview, Team news, TV listing
In Visakhapatnam, West Indies questioned India's prowess as they held the hosts to a thrilling draw. West Indies, under captain Jason Holder, look organized and the ODI series has been far from the one-sided affair, which we had expected post the Test series. Today's clash in Pune looks promising as West Indies would look to challenge Kohli-led India. Here's our match preview.
Bhuvi, Bumrah's addition will bolster the Indian bowling
Both matches saw India conceding 300+ runs. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been added to the squad for the remaining three ODIs, and the two front-line pacers will surely have an impact on the match. The form of Ravindra Jadeja has not been spectacular and he might be kept out as Kohli is likely to go with Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
India's top order the fulcrum of the side
India have been blessed with a classy top order. The likes of Dhawan, Sharma, and Kohli are enjoying spectacular form, this year. In the first ODI, Rohit Sharma and Kohli thwarted West Indies. This was followed by a Kohli special in Visakhapatnam. Once again, the top order would be expected to accumulate runs, for the hosts to get a grip over the match's outcome.
West Indies look strong as well
West Indies have put up commendable shifts in the first two matches, living up to the challenge set by their captain Jason Holder. Holder had asked the team to score 300+ runs, a target which they easily achieved in the first two ODIs. Their middle order has been strong, but they would have to pay special attention to Kuldeep and Chahal in Pune.
Key players to watch out for
Virat Kohli's performance will have a big say. He has amassed an unbelievable 297 runs so far in the series. He will be looking forward to slam a third consecutive ton to etch his name in record books. Shimron Hetmyer has been a great addition to the West Indian middle order and can cause problems for India.
Timing, TV listing, and pitch condition for the match
The third match between India and West Indies will begin at 1:30 PM IST. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. One can watch the match in both English and Hindi commentary. Besides, fans can also stream the match on Hotstar. The Pune pitch is expected to be a flat track, which means we would witness another run-fest.