Will the home side continue its outstanding form of late?
When: 03.30 (GMT)
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It is India’s turn to entertain reservations about their batting as they prepare for the series decider tomorrow in Kanpur.
The frailties of having an out-of-form Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, who seems uncertain about his role in the batting line-up, and Ravindra Jadeja, who looks more a bowler than batsman, were clinically exposed in the second ODI.
All three left-handers were stymied as West Indies were smart with their resources, feeding Yuvraj a diet of spin, something he does not enjoy when new at the crease.
Although West Indies’ victory in Visakhapatnam looked like a bonus, their batsmen will have received a boost. Dwayne Bravo’s men now know they can score more than the Indians in their backyard, despite assistance from shoddy fielding and dew.
The visitors must redress the failures of some of their senior batsmen though. Marlon Samuels, in particular, has had a lean year, managing only one score above fifty, and Dwayne Bravo has appeared confused about mixing attack and defence at No. 6.
The match is a day game, a rarity in India, on what is expected to be a sunny day, fitting weather for Green Park’s return to international cricket after a four-year hiatus. However, there is a possibility that the teams will have to contend with overnight dew.
India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami
West Indies (probable) 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Lendl Simmons, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Ravi Rampaul 9 Jason Holder 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Veerasammy Permaul