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Dec 10, 2019, 8:30:00 AM

India vs West Indies: Best-case scenarios in the 3rd T20I

Sportsbet.io touches upon the courses of action that will decide who bags the India vs West Indies T20I series on Wednesday.

Bat first or second

The Wankhede Stadium will host what should be an engaging finale to the evenly-poised India vs West T20I series. The last time the teams faced off at this venue was the 2016 World T20 semi-finals, with the Calypso Kings chasing down India's target of 192 with two balls remaining.  Considering the past results of the chasing teams, India could opt to bat second upon winning the toss.

Winning record when batting first or second

Team

India

Other teams

Bat first

-

1

Bat second

1

4


Average T20I score per innings

The Wankhede Stadium has played witness to some glorious team performances in the 12 T20I matches it has hosted, with England's 230 against South Africa the top score on this ground. Following a below-par performance in the second T20I against West Indies over the weekend, India must bounce back with a commanding performance at one of the Men in Blue's favourite cricket venues in the country.

Average T20I score per innings

Team

India

Other teams

1st innings

192

186

2nd innings

139

194

Top Batsman

KL Rahul has aggregated 1171 T20 runs in 2019 and will be the key batsman for India against West Indies, tomorrow. The Karnataka batsman's figures against Windies is his career-best against an opposition team, and Rahul must go all guns blazing in the upcoming T20I at the Wankhede Stadium.

Lendl Simmons, the Windies hero in the second India vs West Indies T20I, returns to a venue in Wankhede Stadium where he has excelled with Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians. The wicket-keeper batsman has aggregated 482 runs in 15 innings at the Mumbai ground, third-best among all the venues on which he has played, and will be the go-to man for the Calypso Kings to avoid a third successive T20I series loss against India.

Top Batsmen (min. 200 T20I runs)

Player

Matches

Runs

Average

KL Rahul

7

262

157.83

Lendl Simmons

8

250

132.97

Top Bowler 

The Indian bowling contingent were punished for their inefficiency to contain the Windies batsmen and must regain their composure in the decider fixture of the India vs West Indies T20I series. Deepak Chahar, who leads the bowling charts for the Men in Blue in 2019, is five wickets away from finishing as India’s leading T20 wicket-taker in a calendar year and is tipped for a match-winning impact in the third T20I at the Wankhede Stadium.

As for West Indies, Khary Pierre has been the spelling trouble for the Indian batting setup in the ongoing India vs West Indies T20I series. The 28-year-old has bagged three wickets from the first two matches and is expected to wreak havoc on his maiden appearance at the Wankhede Stadium.

Top Bowlers

Player

Matches

Wickets

Economy

Deepak Chahar

8

14

6.75

Khary Pierre

7

5

8.00

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Words: William Paul

Images: PA