India's Shikhar Dhawan sweeps during a practice session at Antigua yesterday. Pic/AFP
A formidable India will fancy their chances of taking an unassailable 2-0 lead against a weakened West Indies when the two sides lock horns in the third game of the ongoing five-match ODI series.
India lead the rubber 1-0 after winning the second one-day international in Port of Spain by 105 runs. The opening match of the series was rained off after only 39 overs of play at the Queen’s Park Oval.
World number three India showed their might in the second game with a 105-run drubbing of the hosts, which highlighted the gulf between the two teams. In the second match, the bowlers stifled the home steam with their impeccable line and length after India’s top three batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli — delivered the goods as they recorded their biggest ever victory in the West Indies. Rahane smashed his third ODI hundred, while Kohli and Dhawan notched up fluent half centuries, as India produced a dominating batting display to pile on 310.
The trio would look to continue in same vein even as veterans like MS Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh would hope for a good hit in the middle. The presence all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav gives the visiting side's batting solidity, and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s ability with the bat is well-documented.
In the bowling department, Bhuvnehswar Kumar and Umesh Yadav will again lead the attack with Pandya coming in as first change, while the spin responsibility is likely to be shouldered by Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav.
Yadav was impressive in the second ODI, returning figures of three for 50 in nine overs and earning accolades from skipper Kohli.
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