Windies gearing for the full-strength Indian challenge

India and Windies are gearing up for the third one of the five-match ODI series in Pune on October 28 following a thrilling tie in the second ODI.

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The second ODI in Vishakapatnam brought many people into the series between India and Windies with a last-ball tie. Right before the start of the series, there were talks to rest senior players as the visitors were considered as less strong considering their performances in the Test series too.

But the story is completely different to the expectation levels. So far in the four innings played, a total of above 300 is scored in all the four. It’s like a festival of batsmen so far.  The fight from the Windies in the second ODI has made the series alive.

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Windies will be very happy with the way they batted so far in the tournament. Their middle looks completely threatening to the oppositions in the presence of Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope. Both of them will be the key for success to the visitors in the remaining ODIs too.

The opening batsmen have to step up further which will be a big support to the inform middle-order batsmen. In the bowling department, they still have a lot of works to do even though they looked somehow better in the second ODI. Their head coach Stuart Law is also back in the camp after the two-match suspension.

In the hosts camp, they will be boosted by the presence of their regular seam guns Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. One of the biggest positives in the last match was Ambati Rayudu at no.4. India will be hoping to get the expected result from him in Pune too.

The form of Virat Kohli is a massive thing for the hosts and will be looking to get the same here too. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to step up which is a new issue in the camp. He got a start in second ODI but failed to utilize it.

The track in Pune will be a flat one which means another top scoring game is on the way. There will be no assistance for the spinners like what they got in Vishakapatnam.

In the Windies camp, they will look to play the same batting combination although some people had back to back failures. As the track seems to be flat and fast, they might one more seamer than playing two-spinners.

While the hosts will have their lead seamers back in the playing XI. Manish Pandey might get a game if Rishab Pant struggles in fitness. Ravindra Jadeja might make way for Khaleel Ahmed considering the playing conditions.

Predicted XI:

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Rishab Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

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