India thrashed West Indies by 71 runs in the second T20 international at Lucknow to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. With the series out of their grasp, the Windies now have nothing to play for but pride and they will look to finish their tour on a high when they face the hosts in the third and final T20I to be played on November 11 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Live action is scheduled to start at 7 PM local time.
Ind vs WI 3rd T20: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, Fox Sports, SuperSport, OSN Sports Cricket HD
This is going to be only the second T20 international that will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The wicket here should be good enough for batting and since it is expected to stay true throughout the course of the game, the toss-winning skipper may be tempted in electing to field first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Ind vs WI 3rd T20...
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
Having already won the series, India will be looking to offer an opportunity to those players who have not played much or at all so far. Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar all stand a pretty good chance of getting a game here. Meanwhile, the hosts have rested Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav for this game while adding seam bowler Siddarth Kaul to the squad.
IND Key Players
Rohit Sharma cracked a whirlwind ton in the last game - 111 runs off just 61 balls - to become the first batsman in the world to hit four centuries in the shortest format. The Indian skipper is looking in dangerous form at the moment and he is undoubtedly going to hold the key for his team. Fireworks will also be expected from Lokesh Rahul - the world's third-best T20 batsman. Dinesh Karthik has been doing well in T20 cricket and he is India's best man in the middle order. Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya will be the main threats with the ball. Khaleel has been the find of the series for India and he is likely to cause problems for the Windies here as well. Chahal is ranked fourth in the ICC T20I bowling rankings while Pandya will look to replicate his performance from the first game where he conceded just 15 runs off his four overs.
IND Recent Form
India have now won 12 out of the 15 T20 internationals they have played this year. After a five-wicket win in the opening game at Kolkata, the hosts sealed a comfortable 71-run win at Lucknow to register their seventh successive T20I series victory. They lost early wickets in the first match but their batsmen came back strongly the other night to post a mammoth first-innings total.
West Indies had made just the one change in their side for the last game - they replaced Rovman Powell with Nicholas Pooran in the middle order. Although the latter could score only four runs before being dismissed, the selectors will probably give him another chance to prove his mettle. We expect the visitors to go into this match unchanged.
WI Key Players
West Indies rely heavily on their opening pair of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer when it comes to batting and the team will need these two to set the tone for them with quick-fire knocks. Darren Bravo looked somewhat promising last time in his 18-ball 23 and it will be crucial that he performs in this match. Kieron Pollard is not looking at his best and the Windies will hope that he gets going on Sunday. Oshane Thomas has been the team's best bowler in this T20I series. The fast bowler had struck twice in quick successions at Kolkata and he will be expected to provide a similar start with the ball once again. Carlos Brathwaite and Khary Pierre both went for plenty last time out and the visitors will need them to bowl well if they are to apply pressure on the Indian batsmen.
WI Recent Form
West Indies have now faced their eighth defeat in the ten completed T20 internationals they have played this year. The 71-run loss in the previous game was the fourth consecutive loss for them in the twenty-over format. Their bowling looked predictable at Lucknow and their batsmen failed to apply themselves which led to their ourth consecutive defeat in a T20I series of three matches.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
IND : W W W L W
WI : L L L L W
IND vs WI Head to Head
IND vs WI Head to Head
India and West Indies have now gone head-to-head nine times in the T20 format with the latter leading the scoreline 5-4.
In the previous game of the ongoing series, India posted a huge total of 195/2 after being put into bat by the Windies. The hosts then limited the tourists to 124/9 and won the match by 71 runs.
Matches Played: 9; India Won: 4; West Indies Won: 5
West Indies vs India Betting Odds
India begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this third and final T20 international at very short odds of 1.28 on Betway, 1.33 on Bet365 and 1.32 on Betfair. West Indies continue to remain distant outsiders and they are being offered at a higher price of 3.70 on Betfair and 3.40 on both Betway and Bet365.
India vs West Indies Prediction
West Indies, after losing the ODI series, were expected to give India a stiff competition in the T20Is - a format in which they seem to be a lot more comfortable. But they have looked absolutely out of sorts on this tour and the manner in which they were defeated in the last game would have shattered their confidence completely. The visitors are going into the final game of their tour all battered and bruised and the stage looks set for another West Indies defeat unless the hosts help them by being complacent and doing unnecessary experimentation.
Final Verdict: Back India to beat West Indies in the third T20I at 1.28 on Betway, 1.33 on Bet365 and 1.32 on Betfair.