Ahead with 2-0 at that – with two matches remaining. If not for the opening ODI being ruined because of rain, India could have well sealed the series by now, which is what they’ll be attempting to do in the fourth ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua on Sunday (July 2).
Thrice Windies have bowled first and on two occasions, they did manage to come up with a decent effort with the ball. In the first game, they came back well to pick up quick wickets after a 132-run opening stand but the weather halted their fightback abruptly. While India managed to score 310 in the second ODI, Windies had to be complimented for the death-bowling efforts, where they conceded less than six an over in the last 20 overs. In the previous match, using a damp wicket to their advantage, they picked up early wickets and ensured that India did not end up with a sizeable total, although they were guilty of giving away 100 in their final 10.
When: Sunday, July 2 at 9:00 AM Local Time (6:30 PM IST)
Where: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
What to expect: The dampness in the wicket due to overnight rain made it slightly difficult for stroke-play in the previous game. But the conditions are expected to be better for the batsmen for this game. The forecast is for clear weather with a high of 29 degree Celsius.
Windies: The hosts made as many as three changes for the previous game but it did not make much of a difference. Debutant Kesrick Williams started with a lot of promise but ended up going for runs in the death overs. Windies are likely to stick to the same side that featured in the previous game, unless they want to bring back Alzarri Joseph.
Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wk), Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kesrick Williams, Miguel Cummins
India: Kohli had suggested that the team management might consider including some of the players “who have not got a game”, which hints at the possibility of Rishabh Pant’s debut. The left-hander, who bats at No. 4 for Delhi in India’s domestic 50-over competition, could be a like-for-like replacement for Yuvraj. The other choice for the visitors is Dinesh Karthik, who has also performed well in recent months.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant/Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav