Live Cricket Score, India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI: Navdeep Saini makes debut as India opt to bowl
Live Cricket Score, India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI
IND v WI, 3rd ODI: India have everything going their way as they head into the third and final ODI against the West Indies here on Sunday eyeing a 10th straight bilateral series win over the Caribbean side. The West Indies took the home side by surprise in the opening ODI in Chennai to go one-up in the three-match series. But India, riding an all-round display, came back strongly to restore parity in the second match.
But India, riding an all-round display, came back strongly to restore parity in the second match. Barring a rare duck from skipper Virat Kohli, the Indian top-order fired in unison at Visakhapatnam, before hat-trick hero Kuldeep Yadav sliced through the West Indies line-up for a comprehensive 107-run victory. Three days after his blazing 159, Rohit Sharma stood just nine runs short of eclipsing former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya’s 22-year-old record of being the highest run-scorer as an opener across all the formats.
Live Cricket Score, India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI: WI 56/0 in 13 overs (Lewis 21*, Hope 34*)
14.32 IST: Kuldeep to Hope, FOUR! Majestic! Gets down to the pitch of the ball and hammers it straight. The Windies batsman is in exquisite touch!
14.27 IST: Saini to Lewis, 1 run. 50-run partnership between Lewis and Hope. A solid start for the Windies.
14.24 IST: Kuldeep Yadav comes into attack.
14.15 IST: Shami to Lewis, FOUR! A gentle push and the ball sails straight. A boundary to end the 10th over of the innings.
14.10 IST: Saini to Lewis, DROPPED! This could’ve been Navdeep Saini’s first ODI wicket! A tempting delivery outside off, Lewis drove it towards covers, gets a thick outside edge, but Jadeja failed to grab the ball at point.
14.05 IST: Thakur to Hope, FOUR! Cross-seamed delivery but poor line and length. Allows enough room for Hope to adjust his front-foot and drive it towards covers.
14.04 IST: Brutal pace (the last delivery of the over was 148 kph!) but needs to get his line and length right.
14.01 IST: Saini to Lewis, FOUR! Overpitched and enough width on the delivery and Lewis drives it towards cover.
13.59 IST: Saini to Lewis, FOUR! Not exactly the kind of start Saini would’ve hoped for. His first ball in ODI cricket was dismissed for a four by Lewis, courtesy a delicious straight-drive.
13.48 IST: Shami to Hope, FOUR! This time, Shami goes short but receives the same treatment. Hope pulls it brilliantly towards the square-leg boundary.
13.47 IST: Shami to Hope, FOUR! First four of the innings and Hope is slowly finding his timing. A little full from Shami and Hope opens the full face of the bat and guides it towards the long-off boundary.
13.38 IST: Shami to Lewis, MAIDEN. Good start from both the ends. Shami keeps it on the good length and nearer to the body.
13.36 IST: Mohammed Shami takes the ball from the other end.
13.34 IST: Tight start from Shardul Thakur. Only one run from the over. Initial movement off the pitch for the Indian pacer as well.
13.28 IST: The players are out on the field. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis open for the Windies. Shardul Thakur to bowl the first over.
13.10 IST: Saini becomes the 229th Indian cricketer to play in ODIs.
13.07 IST: Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell
13.04 IST: TOSS UPDATE! India have won the toss and opted to bowl. Pacer Navdeep Saini makes his ODI debut.
12.50 IST: We’re nearing the toss at Cuttack!
12.46 IST: Navdeep Saini set to make his ODI debut today. The Indian pacer was included in the squad after Deepak Chahar was ruled out with injury. Saini, too, is making a comeback in the side after spending months on the sidelines due to injury.
12.45 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog for the third and final ODI between India and West Indies. With the series level at 1-1, both the teams would aim to finish 2019 on a high. The West Indies haven’t won an ODI series against India in India in 17 years, while Virat Kohli’s men wouldn’t want a second-consecutive home-series loss in ODIs at home.
Brief Preview: After clinching a series-levelling win in Visakhapatnam, Team India will look to end the year on a high when they take on the West Indies in the deciding third ODI at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday. India recovered from a crushing eight-wicket defeat in Chennai and made amends in Vizag to clinch a thumping 107-run victory in the second ODI.
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