West Indies sealed a comfortable eight-wicket win over India in the second T20 international at Thiruvananthapuram to level the three-match series 1-1. The two teams will now head off to Mumbai for the third and final T20I to be played at the Wankhede Stadium. The series decider will be played on December 11 with live telecast scheduled to begin at 7 PM local time.
India registered a six-wicket win in the first match but the Windies have bounced back to bring the series to parity. The visitors did well to keep the hosts to a manageable total of 170 after winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis then stitched a healthy opening partnership of 73 runs before cameos from Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran steered the West Indies to a convincing victory in the end.
IND vs WI, 3rd T20 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ, Sky Sports Cricket, SuperSport, Fox Sports, Astro Cricket HD, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Gazi TV
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Now TV, Sky Go
IND vs WI Toss Prediction
The venue has hosted six T20 internationals till date out of which five have been won by the side batting second. And also taking the dew factor into consideration, the toss-winning team will want to bowl first in this match.
IND vs WI Weather Report
The weather forecast for this game looks very good with clear skies and no threat of rain. Temperature is expected to be around 28 degrees Celsius while humidity could be around 68% during the match.
IND vs WI Pitch Condition
The pitch at the Wankhede has been excellent for batting, particularly in the shortest format. The average T20I scores here in the first and second innings are 187 and 183 respectively. So one can expect a run-fest on Wednesday.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for India vs West Indies, 3rd T20 2019...
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
The Indian team will be arriving at Mumbai with a clean bill of health as none of their players have been reported to be injured. The hosts, however, might want to make one change in their line-up for the third T20 international - Deepak Chahar has returned expensive figures in both the matches and he could make way for the experienced and in-form Mohammed Shami. Shivam Dube cracked a magnificent half-century after being promoted to number three last time and the left-hander will probably bat at three again.
IND Key Players
Virat Kohli: The skipper overtook Rohit Sharma as India's leading T20I run-scorer in the last game. Kohli struck a match-winning 94 not-out at Hyderabad and was looking fluent last time until he was dismissed for 19. He certainly is the one to watch out for in this Indian batting line-up.
Lokesh Rahul: The opener showed impressive form in the opening T20I where his 62 off 40 balls laid the foundation for India's victory. KL Rahul missed out on the opportunity to score big last time and he will be keen to make an impact on a very good Wankhede pitch.
Yuzvendra Chahal: The current Indian bowling depends a lot on Yuzvendra Chahal who is the team's best bowler in T20Is with 52 wickets in 36 matches. The leg-spinner was ineffective at Thiruvananthapuram and was taken for plenty but he is expected to bounce back with a good performance in Mumbai.
IND Recent Form
India now have eight wins and seven losses in the fifteen T20 internationals they have played so far this year. They came into this series having beaten Bangladesh 2-1 in a home series last month. The hosts have been impressive with the bat against the West Indies, chasing down 207 in the opening game and posting 170 last time out. However, they have looked below-par with the ball and their fielding has been a big let down in both the matches.
West Indies made one change to their side for the second T20 international; they dropped Denesh Ramdin and replaced him by Nicholas Pooran who returned after having served a four-match ban for tampering the ball. Pooran had a good game with the bat, scoring 38 not-out from 18 balls which included a couple of sixes, and he is likely to be retained for the deciding match of the series. The visitors are coming off a morale-boosting win and are expected to field the same eleven on Wednesday.
WI Key Players
Lendl Simmons: After a quiet outing at Hyderabad, Simmons roared loudly at Thiruvananthapuram where his unbeaten knock of 67 from 45 balls paved the way for a Windies win. The opening batsman can hurt India really bad again if he is not sent back early to the pavilion.
Evin Lewis: Lendl's opening partner is looking in threatening form. The left-handed batsman has scored 40 in both the matches and has hit the ball out of the boundary on seven occasions. Lewis is having a strike-rate of 153.12 in T20Is and he will look to give the Windies another positive start with the bat.
Sheldon Cottrell: He is one of the most successful bowlers for the West Indies in this format and he has been the most impressive of the pack in this series. The left-arm fast bowler has taken a wicket in both the matches and his economy rate of 6.37 is the best among all the bowlers from both teams.
WI Recent Form
On Sunday, West Indies secured what was only their second win from the eleven matches they have played this year in the 20-over format of the game. They suffered a 1-2 series loss at the hands of Afghanistan before coming into this series. Their batting, especially the top order, is looking solid at the moment and even their bowlers bowled pretty well in the previous game having restricted the hosts to a chaseable total on a very good batting surface.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Brandon King, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams
India vs West Indies Team Form in Last Five Matches
IND : L W W W L
WI : W L L L W
IND vs WI Head to Head
India and West Indies have now played 16 matches against each other in the game's twenty-over format with the former still leading the scoreline 9-6. One of their encounters - in 2016 at Lauderhill - ended in a no-result due to rain.
After losing seven T20Is against India on the trot, the Windies denied them their eighth successive with an eight-wicket victory in the previous match of the ongoing series.
The two teams have faced each other just once at the Wankhede in this format - at the 2016 ICC World T20 semi-final. Put into bat first, India posted 192/2 on the board before a brilliant knock from Lendl Simmons powered the Windies to an emphatic seven-wicket win.
IND vs WI Head to Head Stats
India vs West Indies Betting Odds
India, despite having lost the last match, come into this series decider as overwhelming favorites to win at 1.36 with Betway, 1.40 with Bet365 and 1.39 with 10CRIC. West Indies continue to remain underdogs and they have been priced a lot higher - 2.65 with 10CRIC and 3 with Betway and Bet365.
IND Betway Odds
IND to Win the Match: India are 1.36 favorites with Betway to win the third T20 international.
IND Top Batsman: Virat Kohli is 3 with Betway to score the most runs for India in this match. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are both 3.25 while Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube are 8 and 10 respectively.
IND Top Bowler: Yuzvendra Chahal is 3.25 with Betway to be the top bowler for India in the third T20I. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been priced at 4.33 while Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar are both 5.50.
WI Betway Odds
WI to Win the Match: West Indies are 3 underdogs with Betway to win the third T20I.
WI Top Batsman: Evin Lewis is 3.25 with Betway to be the top batsman for West Indies. Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer are 4 and 5 respectively while Kieron Pollard is being offered at 10. Nicholas Pooran has been priced at 6.
WI Top Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams are both 3.75 with Betway to finish with the best bowling figures against India in the third T20I. Hayden Walsh is 4.25 while Khary Pierre and Jason Holder are up at 5 and 5.50 respectively.
IND Bet365 Odds
IND to Win the Match: India are 1.40 favorites with Bet365 to beat West Indies in this match.
Man of the match: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are both 8 with Bet365 while Yuzvendra Chahal is 12 to win the Man of the Match award in the first T20I.
WI Bet365 Odds
WI to Win the Match: West Indies are outsiders at odds of 3 with Bet365 to win this match.
Man of the match: Evin Lewis is 12, Kieron Pollard is 13 and Shimron Hetmyer is up at 17 with Bet365 to win the Man of the Match.
IND 10CRIC Odds
IND to Win the Match: India are favorites at 1.39 with 10CRIC to win the third T20.
IND highest opening partnership: India are 1.64 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
WI 10CRIC Odds
WI to Win the Match: West Indies are underdogs at 2.65 with 10CRIC to beat India in this match.
WI highest opening partnership: West Indies are 2.15 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
India vs West Indies Prediction
West Indies have looked impressive so far in this series. They were very competitive in the opening T20I before outplaying the home team in all three departments in the last match. They will be a lot more confident after that win and have gained momentum as well. Plus, having beaten India in the 2016 ICC World T20 semi-final at this ground will give them a big psychological advantage. Having said that, India are still a strong unit especially in their own backyard and it won't be fair to write them off after just one slip-up. The hosts were let down by a few dropped catches and misfields last time, and if they can just be extra careful with their fielding on Wednesday, they will give themselves a good chance of securing the series.
Back India to beat West Indies at 1.36 with Betway, 1.40 with Bet365 and 1.39 with 10CRIC.
Our Dream11 team for the third T20I is a balanced one with six players from India and five from West Indies.
India's Rishabh Pant is available for 8.5 credits while Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies is available for 9 credits. We have picked the former as the wicketkeeper in our Dream11 team. Pant has the ability to hit boundaries from ball one and he will be feeling more confident after his unbeaten knock of 33 in the last match.
Virat Kohli is a must pick even though he has been priced at 10.5 credits. The Indian captain is showing good form and he even has a half-century in one of his two T20Is at the Wankhede. West Indian openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons have been impressive with the bat and we have included them at 9.5 and 8.5 respectively. Lokesh Rahul is the fourth batsman in our team and he can be picked for 9 credits.
There should be no hesitation in picking Kieron Pollard as he can destroy any bowling attack on his day. The big West Indian is available for 9 credits. We have also added a couple of players from India as all-rounders in our team - Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar at 8.5 and 8 credits respectively.
Our Dream11 team has three bowlers - Yuzvendra Chahal, Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams. All three have been priced at 9 credits. Cottrell has been the pick of the bowlers in this series and the Indian batsmen have found it difficult to score quickly off him. Chahal picked two wickets in the first game while Williams bagged a couple last time.
We have picked Virat Kohli as the captain of our Dream11 team.
We have picked Lokesh Rahul as the vice-captain of our Dream11 team.