India eye one-day series win over West Indies at Port of Spain

Host West Indies and India will battle it out in the third and final game of the one-day series at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Captain Virat Kohli has led the side well in the games played so far in the competition. In their last outing, India registered a 59-run win over West Indies at Trinidad.

The star of the show for the winning side was Virat Kohli, who played a special knock of 120 runs off 125 balls with the help of fourteen boundaries that saw India score 279 runs while batting first.

The innings saw Virat Kohli complete his 42nd ton in limited-overs cricket for India He was well supported by Shreyas Iyer, who scored 71 off 68 balls.

Virat Kohli is currently India’s leading run-scorer so far in this one-day series with 120 runs at an average of 120.00.He will be keen to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in the final game of the one-day series.

Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer also have contributed with decent scores for the side in this one-day series. The duo certainly has the ability to score quickly in middle phase of the innings for India.

Experienced pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced another impressive performance for the winning side on the night. He picked four wickets and conceded 31 runs in eight overs.

Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Muhammad Shami also bowled exceptional spells in the second match of the one-day series and picked up four wickets between them.

On the other hand, for Pant, this series is his first full opportunity to show the selectors that he is ready to fill the void in case MS Dhoni decides to retire from the game in the near future.

The 21-year-old is highly-rated in the India’s cricketing circles therefore, it is time for him to live up to the expectations and show the selectors that he is the player to take his country forward in the absence of a legendary wicketkeeper.

Mohammad Shami will be once again used as a new-ball bowler but his role at the back end will be in question, whereas after conceding 27 runs in just three overs during the first ODI, it will be interesting to see if the visitors will give another chance to left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed.

Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain will be the venue for the second ODI, which will be hosting its 70th match in the 50-over format.

The ground will be hosting its first ODI in more than two years. In the previous fixture at the stadium, it was India who thrashed West Indies by 105 runs, thanks to a brilliant century from Ajinkya Rahane.

Highest team total in an ODI at the ground was registered by the Men in Blue in the match against Bermuda during the 2007 ICC World Cup. In that match, opener Virender Sehwag smashed 114 off just 87 balls with the help of 17 fours and three sixes.

Lowest team total of 75 was registered by Canada in the match against Zimbabwe in 2006 where the losing side was bamboozled by the brilliance of pacer Tawanda Mupariwa who claimed figures of 3-30 in 10 overs.

Highest individual score at the ground in a 50-over contest was registered by West Indies’ legendary batsman Brian Charles Lara as he scored breathtaking 146 not out in the match against New Zealand in 1996.

Lara smashed 12 boundaries and three sixes in an innings where he faced a total number of 134 balls. Till now, 15 centuries have been scored at the venue in 50-over format international contests and Lara has hit the most (2) number of centuries.

New Zealand’s Scott Styris holds the record for the best bowling figures at the ground in an ODI as he claimed figures of 6-25 against the home side in 2002.

Till now, only four bowlers have managed to claim five wickets or more in an ODI at the ground which only include one spinner — Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuria — as he claimed figures of 5-58 in the match the Caribbean giants in 1997.

The pitch is expected to be another good one for batting whereas the weather can interrupt the match with few showers.

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