Team India had won the second T20I by 71 runs at Lucknow to seal the ongoing three-match series against the Windies, and Rohit Sharma’s men will now be looking forward to clean-sweeping the series in Chennai. On the other hand. the Carribean team is in desperate need of a win as they must be wanting to escape some embarrassment by finishing the final fixture of India’s tour on a positive note, when both these sides clash in the third T20I on Sunday, on November 11 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
In the shortest format, both teams have faced each other in nine completed fixtures with the visitors leading the scoreline by a close margin of 5-4. In their most recent clash on November 6, when asked to bat, India posted a huge total of 195/2, and then restricted the tourists to 124/9 to secure the match by 71 runs.
The hosts are on a roll at the moment and they seem to be enjoying their outing against the helpless looking Caribbean team. They won the first game by five wickets, then secured a comfortable 71 run win in next game and will now eye a series whitewash in the last fixture.
Rohit the ton table to become the first batsman to hit four centuries in the T20I format. He cracked a whirlwind (111 runs off 61 balls) ton in the last game. The skipper is in sublime form at the moment and the Windies need to find a solution for him as he can be the danger man in the final game as well.
Meanwhile, the team will also need KL Rahul to get a nice outing in the polish off his edges in final T20I, ahead of the Australian tour. He has managed to get starts in both games but failed to convert them into big ones in the first game and left the field not out in the second game. He will be eager to score a big one in the final outing against the Windies.
On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik has been dependable in the middle, Rishabh Pant is expected to get few more chances to justify his position and both these batsmen have a major roll to play in case of a rare top order collapse. The Indian team management might opt to drop Shikhar Dhawan in order to give some chance to Shreyas Iyer.
India’s bowling unit looks settled, but the team management must be looking to give a match time to Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar as series is already in the pocket as Chahal is expected to be a major threat for the visitors. With the series secured, management may decide to give Siddarth Kaul a go in the final outing.
India’s Predicted Playing XI for the Chennai T20I:
Rohit Sharma (C), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Khaleel Ahmed.