India vs West Indies – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs West Indies taking place? Wednesday, December 11th (13:30 UK time)

Where is India vs West Indies taking place? Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

What is the expected weather for India vs West Indies? 32c and sunshine forecast all day

What channel is India vs West Indies on? The match will be televised live on StarGOLD HD (Sky channel 717)

Where can I stream India vs West Indies? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for India vs West Indies? Ticket details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
West Indies beat India by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • India slipped to defeat in the second T20 match as the West Indies levelled the series after the hosts posted 170/7 when batting first but the tourists chased that total down in style with nine balls and eight wickets in hand.
  • The batting was somewhat below par in that game as key man Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma failed to kick on after making starts and it was only Shivam Dube and Rishabh Pant that made significant innings. That will have to improve, with greater contributions needed if they are to win here.
  • The lack of wickets is also a major concern as their bowlers have taken just seven Windies’ wickets in the first two matches so they will need more from their attack which could well see changes, with Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav candidates to come in and freshen the side up.

WEST INDIES

  • West Indies bounced back in style last time out after losing the opening T20 match, and it was their batting once again that impressed as they chased down India’s 170/7 with relative ease thanks to Lendl Simmons’ unbeaten 67 from 45 which anchored the innings perfectly.
  • Evin Lewis combined with Simmons for an opening stand of 73 while Hetmyer and Pooran produced their own significant contributions to help the Windies kick on and take this series into a deciding match in Mumbai.
  • There is every chance that they will name an unchanged team for this game after that excellent performance and even Khary Pierre should keep his place and potentially open the bowling yet again despite Fabian Allen close to returning to fitness.

THE PREDICTION

West Indies raised their game with bat and ball in the second T20 on Sunday to level the series and take it to this deciding game in Mumbai. They are playing with plenty of confidence right now and renewed focus with the bat especially which is making them competitive even though they are missing some key players like Narine, Russell and Bravo. India are not looking quite as dangerous with the ball right now and the absence of Bumrah for them is notable. The pitches have not overly favoured their spinners either, so the tourists have enjoyed playing on two high-scoring tracks so far. Virat Kohli’s men still have to be favoured, especially in Mumbai, but this could be yet another close match that the Windies batsmen could well shock them in if they do not improve their bowling.

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