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India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI in Pune, highlights: As it happened

India vs West Indies 3rd ODI, Highlights: Catch all the highlights from the third game of the five-match series between India and West Indies from the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

By HT Correspondent | Oct 28, 2018 08:58 IST

Highlights: West Indies beat India by 43 runs in the third one-day international in Pune on Saturday to level the five-match ODI series 1-1. Chasing 284 for victory, India were bowled out for 240 in 47.4 overs despite skipper Virat Kohli’s 107 off 119 balls.Part-time spinner Marlon Samuels claimed three wickets while skipper Jason Holder, fellow paceman Obed McCoy and spinner Ashley Nurse took two each. Earlier, a late cameo by Ashley Nurse guided West Indies to 283 for nine after Shai Hope’s 95.

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21:35 hrs IST

Hope on cloud nine

“I am becoming more consistent, so I am pleased. We lost wickets at some crucial stages so I had to put up my hand up and bat through the innings. My aim was to bat as deep as possible. My preparation is same. I haven’t changed anything from the Test series.” - Shai Hope

21:31 hrs IST

A special wish for Virat

21:24 hrs IST

Game over

Marlon Samuels takes the final wicket of the match as West Indies win the game by 43 runs. They have levelled the series thanks to this win and Virat Kohli was unable to guide his team to victory despite the brilliant century.

21:16 hrs IST

Khaleel out

Khaleel Ahmed becomes the latest victim of Marlon Samuels as India are 237/9 in 46 overs. Samuels has been the surprise package for West Indies today and it was an easy stumping for Shai Hope.

21:12 hrs IST

Kuldeep living dangerously

Kuldeep Yadav was given out by the umpire, but the review showed that the ball touched his glove on the way. However, along with Khaleel Ahmed, he is playing quite dangerously! India 237/8

21:02 hrs IST

India eight down

Eight down now! Yuzvendra Chahal departs for 3 as India are 225/8 in 43 overs. Kemar Roach opens his account as India are in deep trouble. Only tail-enders remain and it will take something special from the hosts to clinch this encounter.

20:57 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Marlon Samuels

Marlon Samuels finally ends Kohli’s resistance

· Kohli gets bowled after 17 innings vs Windies in ODIs

· His 7th bowled dismissal against the right-arm spinner in ODIs

· Kohli’s last five dismissals have come against the spinners

20:53 hrs IST

Kohli departs

Marlon Samuels has done the trick! Virat Kohli is clean bowled for 107 as India are 220/7. It was a straight ball from the experienced all-rounder and Kohli completely missed it as it crashed into his middle stump.

20:46 hrs IST

India lose sixth wicket

A reckless shot from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he departs for 10, India 215/6 in 40.2 overs. He went for the big one but ended up gifting his wicket to McCoy. This is a big blow to India!

20:41 hrs IST

India on course

A little celebration from Kohli after his century and it is business as usual for him and Bhuvneshwar right now. The team still needs 69 runs to win and the onus will be on these two batsmen to guide the hosts to safety. India 215/5

20:31 hrs IST

Hundred for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is scoring centuries for fun

· He brings up his 38th ODI century

· His 6th in 2018

· Consecutive four centuries vs Windies

· Century in every match of this tournament

· His second century at MCA Stadium, Pune in 4 matches

· Both have come in the second innings

· He is averaging 101.66 at this venue

20:22 hrs IST

Dhoni departs

MS Dhoni’s woes with the bat continues as he is caught behind for 7, India 194/5. The former skipper tried to play it down thirdman but was only able to give a simple catch to wicketkeeper Shai Hope.

20:19 hrs IST

Kohli comfortable

Virat Kohli is into the 90s and this has been a great innings by the India skipper. He came to bat after Rohit Sharma was dismissed early and except for a run out chance, he has looked completely in control against the Windies bowlers. India 193/4

20:10 hrs IST

Interesting observation

20:02 hrs IST

Rishabh dismissed

Fourth wicket down for India! Rishabh Pant is caught behind for 24 as India are 172/4. The field umpire gave it not out but the DRS came to West Indies’ aid and MS Dhoni will be the new batsman for the hosts.

19:52 hrs IST

Easy going for India

Earlier, late cameo by Ashley Nurse guided West Indies to 283 for nine after Shai Hope’s 95. Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets to return impressive figures of 4-35 and dent West Indies batting with regular strikes after the tourists were put into bat first. With Pant (21 off 12 balls) and Kohli (71 off 81) balls oat the crease, it is looking quite easy for the hosts.

19:43 hrs IST

Lucky break for Pant

Rishabh Pant is the new batsman for India and he has been promoted ahead of MS Dhoni. Allen had a chance to dismiss him early but the debutant was unable to hold on to a difficult chance. The youngster made full use of his life as slammed Allen for a boundary. India 142/3

19:37 hrs IST

Ambati Rayudu out

Obed McCoy strikes for West Indies and Ambati Rayudu is castled for 22, India 135/3. This is a crucial wicket for West Indies as this can potentially spark a comeback! Can they change the course of the game or it will be another Virat Kohli special?

19:30 hrs IST

More records for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli completes his 49th ODI fifty

· His 10th against Windies

He becomes the highest run getting captain in a ODI series vs Windies

19:22 hrs IST

Fifty for Virat Kohli

The purple patch continues for Virat Kohli! Two hundreds in the first two games of the series and he brings up his 49th fifty with a brilliant boundary through the leg side. Brilliant stuff from the skipper as India are 104/2

19:16 hrs IST

Dhawan’s weakness

This was the third time Dhawan has been dismissed by Nurse in ODIs - the most a spinner has dismissed him in this format. The Indian batsman has struggled against off-spinners quite a few times and this time, he gifted his wicket with a wasteful shot. India 95/2

19:09 hrs IST

Dhawan departs

Second wicket goes down for India! Shikhar Dhawan is dismissed by Ashley Nurse for 35. Dhawan fell to an off-spinner once again as Ambati Rayudu joins the skipper out in the middle. India 88/2

18:57 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Partnership

Fifty run partnership completed between Kohli and Dhawan

· 2nd fifty plus stand in three ODIs

· 21st fifty run plus partnership between the pair

18:50 hrs IST

Dhawan joins the party

Shikhar Dhawan joins the party and with two consecutive boundaries, he also brings up the 50-run partnership with Virat Kohli. This has been an impressive partnership with almost no chances and this has steadied the innings after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal. India 63/1

18:43 hrs IST

Stat Attack: VIrat Kohli

Virat Kohli completes 8000 at #3 batting positioned in ODIs

· He becomes just the 3rd batsman to achieve this feat

· He has the best average, strike rate, high score in the list of top 5 highest run scoring #3 positioned batsmen

18:37 hrs IST

Kohli, Dhawan steady

Virat Kohli at his best! The Indian skipper just guided the ball through the cover region as India inch towards 50. The hosts were rocked early by the dismissal of Rohit Sharma but the partnership between Dhawan and Kohli have steaded the innings. IND 47/1

18:30 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is back in the pavilion early on his 300th international match

· First bowled dismissal for Rohit in 6 innings

· Consecutive single digit score for Rohit

· He stays 6 runs away from completing 1000 runs against Windies in ODIs

18:23 hrs IST

Kohli Ominous

Kohli made two centuries in the last two matches against the Windies in Vizag and Guwahati and the way he has begun in Pune you wouldn’t put it past him getting another. Dhawan looks good too.

18:16 hrs IST

Momentum maintained

Even after the departure of Rohit Sharma, the momentum of the innings hasn’t been disturbed. Dhawan and Virat have looked in no trouble.

18:08 hrs IST

Rohit castled

Jason Holder strikes early for West Indies as Rohit Sharma is castled for 8, India 9/1 in 2 overs. It was a straight one from the West Indies skipper but Rohit Sharma missed the line completely and this is a huge blow for the hosts!

18:02 hrs IST

Rohit begins with boundary

Rohit Sharma begins proceedings with a brilliant boundary and with 284 being the target, India will be banking on the opening pair to provide them with a proper foundation. India 4/0

17:32 hrs IST

Innings ends

Jasprit Bumrah finishes with stunning figures of 4/35 in his comeback match as Windies end innings at 283/9 in 50 overs. Shai Hope was the star of the show for the visitors as he slammed a well-made 95. Ashley Nurse’s late cameo also helped the visitors reach a competitive score.

17:23 hrs IST

Expensive over from Bhuvi

Bhuvneshwar Kumar concedes 17 runs from his over and skipper Virat Kohli is not looking happy. West Indies are edging closer to the 300-run mark but Bumrah will bowl the last over and he can stop them from scoring 23 runs from the last over.

17:21 hrs IST

Nurse adding valuable runs

While Bumrah is keeping things tight on one end, Bhuvneshwar is giving runs for fun on the other. Ashley Nurse is taking apart the Indian pacer as he hits 6,4,4 off his first three balls of the penultimate over. Nurse and Roach are adding crucial runs to the total.

17:17 hrs IST

Bumrah keeping things tight

Jasprit Bumrah bowls an extraordinary 48th over of the innings as he concedes just 1 runs off it. His yorkers are ruling the roost and he is not letting the batsmen free their arms to play some big shots.

17:11 hrs IST

250 up for Windies

Length delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kemar Roach obliges by hitting the ball over the long on fielder for a huge six. With that,the 250 also come up for the visitors as they look to add as many runs in these final few overs.

17:01 hrs IST

Chahal leaking runs

Ashley Nurse is taking Chahal apart as he hits him for a six and a four in two deliveries to add crucial runs to the Windies total. In total, he conceded 11 runs from that over and skipper Virat Kohli is not impressed.

16:57 hrs IST

Bumrah’s trademark yorker strikes again!

Jasprit Bumrah breaks Shai Hope’s dreams of a second ton in as many games as he bowls the perfect yorker to castle him. Hope departs for 95 as India have now picked up their eight wicket of the day. Bumrah has three in his kitty now.

16:51 hrs IST

Shai giving Windies hope

Shai Hope is doing his best to take Windies towards a good score in the match. If Windies manage to get over 250, they will give their bowlers something to defend. Hope is waging a lone battle and he is currently batting in his 90s.

16:45 hrs IST

Another one bites the dust

Yuzvendra Chahal picks his first wicket of the day as he gets rid of debutant Fabian Allen for just 5. In trying to clear the rope, Allen hit the delivery into the hands of Rishabh Pant at long-on. Windies are seven down now.

16:40 hrs IST

Shai Hope going strong

Wickets may be falling on one end, but Shai Hope keeps on going on the other end and continue to score runs for his team. He plays the perfect cover drive off Bhuvneshwar to move into his 80s. India need to get rid of him soon.

16:34 hrs IST

Jason Holder falls!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a short delivery and Jason Holder top-edges it. Ravindra Jadeja takes an easy catch at long-on. Windies have now lost their sixth wicket of the day as debutant Fabian Allen walks out to bat.

16:28 hrs IST


The two batsmen seem to be starting to cut loose as both have now slammed one six each in two balls. On the last ball of Khaleel’s over, Hope hit the ball straight down the ground for a six. And then, on the first ball of Kuldeep’s over, Holder hits the ball over long on fence.

16:25 hrs IST


Skipper Jason Holder has done a good job of sticking at the crease with Shai Hope and the duo have put together a fifty-run stand. Windies have done well after losing their fifth wicket and the visitors are moving towards a fighting score now.

16:17 hrs IST

Half-chance dropped

Shai Hope hits a Kuldeep delivery straight towards him but the bowler couldn’t react soon and the ball went between in his hands. Half-chance for India to break this partnership but it goes a begging.

16:09 hrs IST


Shai Hope has completed his seventh ODI fifty and he has brought his Vizag form into this match as well. He is the reason why Windies are still alive in the match. All he needs is now for Jason Holder to remain on the other end for as long as possible.

16:02 hrs IST

150 up for Windies

Shai Hope and Jason Holder have done well after the fall of five wickets and they have taken the team’s score past the 150-run mark in 32 overs. The duo have so far put on 29 runs and not letting the hosts make further in roads in their innings.

15:56 hrs IST

Half-chance dropped!

Jason Holder tried to play the ball on the up but it went high in the air and Jasprit Bumrah was running towards the ball from mid-on. The chance went a begging as Bumrah couldn’t reach the ball in time and Holder (7) survived. Windies breathe a sign of relief.

15:50 hrs IST

Good captaincy from Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli has moved his bowlers well throughout the course of the innings. He has handled the spinners and pacers well and that has resulted in the five wickets that India have managed before 30 overs in the innings.

15:43 hrs IST

Finally a boundary for Windies

After Chahal bowled India’s second maiden over of the day, Jason Holder hits Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a boundary on his first ball of the over. But Bhuvi bowled five dots after that to keep the run rate under check. Windies need a good partnership here and so far Hope and Holder have put together 17 runs off 32.

15:35 hrs IST

Skipper to lead from the front?

The stage is set for Windies skipper Jason Holder to lead from the front and get a good score under his belt today. Windies have been losing wickets at regular intervals and they will hope Shai Hope and Jason Holder can stop that by building a crucial partnership.

15:28 hrs IST

Bumrah back into the attack

Virat Kohli feels that there is a chance for India to further peg back the visitors and Jasprit Bumrah was introduced into the attack again. He gives away just three runs in his first over of the second spell. Shai Hope is waging a lone battle on one end and needs a stable partner on the other to steady the Windies’ ship

15:21 hrs IST

Kuldeep picks his second wicket

Kuldeep Yadav is on fire at the moment as he gets rid of Rovman Powell to pick his second wicket of the day. Another excellent catch from Rohit Sharma at first slip. West Indies have lost half their side now and are staring down the barrel.

15:15 hrs IST

India piling on the pressure

Four wickets have fallen and India have taken full control of the match at the moment. Kuldeep and Khaleel are keeping things tight and that is building the pressure on the batsmen. Indian bowlers will look to go for the kill here.

15:08 hrs IST

Kuldeep Yadav strikes

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has picked his first wicket of the day as he gets rid of dangerous Shimron Hetmyer. The southpaw was stumped expertly by MS Dhoni, who has been simply unbelievable today. WI have lost their fourth wicket now and are in deep trouble.

15:02 hrs IST

Stunning shot from Hetmyer, WI cross 100

Chahal bowls on the pads of Hetmyer and the southpaw slogs the ball over mid wicket for a huge six. With that, Windies have crossed the 100-run mark in the match. Hetmyer and Hope have also put together a 50-run stand in the innings. The two batsmen are once again doing the damage, like they did in VIzag ODI.

14:54 hrs IST

Hetmyer on the attack, again!

Shimron Hetmyer makes his intentions clear as after getting his eye in, he has now started to play his shots. He hits a huge six and a four off consecutive deliveries off Chahal to put the pressure back on the hosts. India need to break this partnership soon.

14:50 hrs IST

Good first over from Kuldeep

Decent start for Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in the match as he concedes just five runs in his first over. He will be crucial against Hope and Hetmyer - two of the most prolific scorers for Windies in this series.

14:46 hrs IST

Massive hit from Hope!

Chahal bowls a bit full and Hope comes on to the front foot and slogs the ball over the deep mid wicket boundary for a huge six. Nine runs came from that over from Chahal. Kuldeep Yadav now comes to bowl his first over of the day.

14:41 hrs IST

WI batsmen struggling

Indian bowlers have done well to curb the flow of runs and that has been made possible only because of them taking quick wickets. The onus is once again on Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer to put on a good partnership here and take WI to a good score.

14:36 hrs IST

Khaleel strikes!

India have managed to pick the third wicket of the day as Khaleel Ahmed gets rid of Marlon Samuels. Khaleel came from around the wicket and produced an edge off the ball of Samuels and Dhoni took a brilliant catch, diving in front of him.

14:32 hrs IST

50 up for the visitors

Chahal concedes seven runs from his second over of the day. Samuels hit a boundary wide of deep cover to help Windies go past the 50-run mark. WI are looking to rebuild their innings after fall of early wickets.

14:28 hrs IST

Good over from Khaleel

Young pacer Khaleel seems to have found his line and length as he seems more steady now. The left-arm pacer concedes just one run to help India stem the flow of runs. This over will certainly boost the confidence of the bowler.

14:22 hrs IST

Bowling change

Virat Kohli has introduced spin into the attack as Yuzvendra Chahal replaces Jasprit Bumrah. Pacers have managed to pick early wickets and now it is up to the spinners to consolidate India’s position in the match.

14:18 hrs IST

DRS saves Samuels

Bumrah thought he scalped his third wicket of the day when trapped Marlon Samuels LBW. But the visitors opted to use the DRS and replays showed that the ball was going over the leg stump. Samuels gets a lifeline early in his innings.

14:14 hrs IST

Second wicket for Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah may only be four overs old in the series but he is already setting the match on fire. This time, he produces an edge off the bat of Powell and Rohit Sharma took a brilliant reflex catch at first slip. Bumrah has now removed both the openers in quick succession.

14:11 hrs IST

Bowling change and SIX

Khaleel Ahmed replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack and Kieran Powell greeted him by hitting him for a huge six towards deep mid wicket. Then, he bowled at the pads of Powell and the southpaw flicked the ball in the air for the second boundary towards mid wicket. Bad start for Khaleel as he concedes 11 runs!

14:05 hrs IST

Stat attack

Jasprit Bumrah becomes the second highest wicket taking pacer (56*) since 2017, leaving Plunkett behind with Hemraj’s wicket. He is now only behind Hasan Ali of Pakistan, who has 62 wickets to his name during this period.

14:00 hrs IST

What a catch by MSD!

In trying to hit another boundary, Chanderpaul Hemraj is dismissed by Jasrprit Bumrah after MS Dhoni took a great running catch. Bumrah bowled short and the southpaw went for the pull shot. However, the ball took a top-edge and Dhoni ran full steam and took a brilliant diving catch in front of the fielder at fine leg. First wicket of the day for India.

13:56 hrs IST

Four and SIX, Bumrah under pressure

Bumrah bowls full and wide and Hemraj hits the ball over the cover fielder for a boundary towards extra cover. Then, on the next delivery, he hit the ball towards mid-wicket for a huge six. Pressure is on Bumrah now to stop the flow of runs.

13:54 hrs IST

Bhuvneshwar finds his line and length

After a rusty start to the match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has managed to find a good line and length and concedes just four runs from his third over. The Windies openers seem to be contend will seeing out the overs of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah early in the innings.

13:49 hrs IST

Another good over from Bumrah

While Bhuvneshwar has conceded two boundaries in as many overs, Bumrah has caused problems to the batsmen early on. India opted to use the DRS after the ball hit Hemraj infront of the wicket but umpire said not out. Replays showed that the ball pitched way outside the leg-stump and India lost their review.

13:44 hrs IST

Bhuvneshwar leaking boundaries early on

Chanderpaul Hemraj hits the second four of the innings (his first) off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The India pacer bowled wide delivery outside off-stump and the southpaw hit the ball past the point fielder for a boundary. Bhuvi concedes six runs from his second over.

13:38 hrs IST

Good start for Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah hits the ground running as he bowls a maiden first over after returning into the side. Chanderpaul Hemraj opted to give respect to Bumrah early on and didn’t go for anything extravagant.

13:33 hrs IST

Boundary to start proceedings

A straight delivery from Bhuvneshwar and Powell flicks the ball of his body for a boundary towards mid-wicket. Bhuvi bowled five dot ball other than a boundary off the third delivery. Jasprit Bumrah will now bowl the second over of the day.

13:30 hrs IST

Match begins

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the new ball in his hand and he will bowl the first over of the day. Kieran Powell and Chanderpaul Hemraj are opening the innings for the Windies. The hosts will look for early wickets to set the tone for the rest of the match.

13:25 hrs IST

WI skipper Jason Holder during toss

“We would have liked to bowl first too, but it is a good track and batsmen would like to bat on this track. India are an excellent side and we have to perform well in all three departments to compete against them. We have made one change in our team - Bishoo misses out and Allen makes his debut.”

13: 21 hrs IST

Stat attack

India have yet to lose a Toss in this series. Their 4th Toss win on the trot. Windies have lost six consecutive Tosses in ODIs

India stayed unbeaten in last six matches, where they have won the Toss

While chasing the target, India have lost just two matches in last 21 ODIs

43.59: Indian pacers have the worst bowling average this year in ODIs

Kuldeep needs 2 wickets to complete 50 scalps under the captaincy of Virat Kohli in ODIs

Kohli smashed 23 sixes against Windies in ODIs, most sixes against any team for Virat in ODIs

25.92% - Contribution by Virat Kohli in total number of runs scored by India in ODIs in 2018

Kohli has scored 212 runs at an average of 70.66 at the MCA Stadium, Pune – most by any batsman at this venue

3: Runs needed for Rohit Sharma to complete 800 runs in ODIs in 2018

Dhoni needs 31 runs to complete 10,000 runs for India in ODIs

Ravindra Jadeja will bowl for the 50th time in India in ODIs

Except Bangladesh, Rayudu has minimum 50 plus average against each team he has played against in ODIs (Min 5 matches)

Holder needs just 1 run to cross 500 run mark in away matches

D Bishoo (65.20) has the worst bowling average in the list of spinners with minimum 60 overs bowled in 2018 in ODIs

13:16 hrs IST

Skipper Virat Kohli during toss

‘It looks like a good wicket where the ball will come on much better in the evening. We will try to restrict Windies to a decent total and chase it down. We want the guys who will be part of the World Cup to play as much as possible. We always knew Bhuvi and Bumrah are coming back after the second ODI and as for Kedar, he still has to prove his fitness so he will be back after this match.’

13:10 hrs IST

Playing XIs of both the teams

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

Windies: Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope(w), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Obed McCoy

13:05 hrs IST

Toss update

India have won the toss and skipper Virat Kohli has opted to bowl first in the 3rd ODI in Pune. Three changes for India - pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar return while Khaleel Ahmed has also been included in the line-up. Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami (not part of the squad for the final three ODIs) left out.

12:55 hrs IST

Pitch report

It seems there is little bit of grass on the track and that could favour the batsmen early on. However, Sunil Gavaskar says that the wicket still remains a good batting track and both teams could score in the north of 300 for the third successive time in the series.

12:50 hrs IST

Toss to take place soon

We are only ten minutes away now from the all-important toss. It will once again have a huge bearing on the result of the match. Both teams will look to bat first and score as many runs as possible. However, the dew factor will come into play later and that could change the plans of the two skippers.

12:42 hrs IST

Dhawan looks to end Windies hoodoo

Dhawan has scored runs against oppositions around the world but looking at his past records, he hasn’t had the same impact against the Windies. Even in the ongoing series, Dhawan scored 4 and 29 in the first two matches. Dhawan’s average and strike rate against Windies are the second worst with respect to other teams against whom he has played minimum eight matches. Also, in the last five matches against WI, he has scored just one double digit score and his total score is 44, with an average of just 8.80.

12:35 hrs IST

Windies coach on how to stop Virat Kohli

“How do you get Virat out? He gave us chance at 40 (in Vizag). He is a wonderful player. I just love the way he goes about compiling an innings. Looks like he is working very hard but he’s doing it very easy. So we do have plans to him. At the moment, he is coming up a lot of good answers, so we have to just keep asking questions about his technique and his abilities. In the end, he is only human. But when we get an opportunity, we have got to grab hold of it.”

12:26 hrs IST

Stuart Law’s mind games

West Indies coach Stuart Law is happy that his batsmen have been able to “manufacture” changes in the Indian bowling line-up with their premier pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah set to play the final three ODIs. “Yeah I would like to think so (on their comeback). That’s probably the reason why they’ve (India) called back their two most experienced one-day bowlers. To our credit, we haven’t shied away from it,” Law said on the eve of the third ODI.

12:18 hrs IST

Can Windies’ bowling attack stop Indian batsmen?

Windies’ bowling attack hasn’t been up to the mark as well. The bowling department will be spearheaded by Kemar Roach but he has been leaking runs along with their spinners Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse. The trio, along with the others including Holder and Oshane Thomas will need to come up with something special to restrict a ruthless Indian skipper and the others, who can hammer any bowling attack.

12:11 hrs IST

Visitors’ batting woes

Apart from these Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope, none of the Windies’ batsmen have come to the party yet in the series. The visitors would be hoping that the others like Kieron Powell, Chanderpaul Hemraj and Rovman Powell step up and deliver. Their senior pros like experienced Marlon Samuels (13 runs) and skipper Jason Holder (50 runs) haven’t really played to their potential. The duo will look to make amends.

12:05 hrs IST

Windies’ run-machines

For the visitors, their biggest asset is young Shimron Hetmyer, who scored a scintillating 94 in the last game after an attractive 106 in the opening encounter. The 21-year-old southpaw would be raring to go at the Indian bowlers once again. Wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope with his hundred in Visakhapatnam has proved that there is more to his game than the attractive 30’s.

11:57 hrs IST

The dew factor

The dew is a big factor during day-night matches in India, something that will worry Kohli since both his wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were finding it difficult to grip the wet ball. Senior spinner Ravindra Jadeja will have to pull up his socks and can’t afford to be to inconsistent with only a few places up for grabs going into the World Cup.

11:48 hrs IST

India’s middle-order woes

India also have issues to ponder over even as only 16 games are left before the World Cup in England next year -- the fragile middle-order and lack of consistency from the lower-middle order batsmen -- when they take field at the MCA International stadium. Veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20) again looked out of sorts in the second ODI and with his ability to finish innings on the wane, the stumper will be under immense pressure to perform. A big score is expected from young Rishabh Pant, who has got the ability to go all guns blazing. The team management is expected to persist with him for his game-changing ability.

11:38 hrs IST

Return of premier India pacers

India are expected to play both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in this clash after they were named in the 15-man squad for the final three ODIs. The absence of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah saw Indian bowling unit being clobbered for 320 plus runs in both games. With more variations in their repertoire in white ball cricket compared to the profilgate Umesh Yadav and an inconsistent Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are expected to make a significant difference, especially in the first Powerplay and the death overs.

11:30 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the third ODI between India and Windies which will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. India won the first match in Guwahati and then, Windies forced the match to a tie in Vizag. India lead 1-0 in the series and will look to take an unassailable lead in the series. After the conclusion of this match, two matches will be left to played in the series.