3rd ODI Preview: Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah key against free-scoring West Indies

November 17, 2019

first_imgJasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be key for India as the hosts look to curtail the run-flow against an attacking West Indian batting line-up in the third ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.Windies have scored 322 and 321 respectively in the first two ODIs and have taken the India pacers to the cleaners on both the occasions. Shimron Hetmyer smashed the bowlers around in both the matches so far in Guwahati and Visakhapatnam and Shai Hope also joined the party in the second ODI.Hetmyer smashed 106 (78 balls) in the first ODI and scored a breezy 64-ball 94 in the second ODI to help Windies tie the second game along with Hope, who remained unbeaten on 123 to guide the visitors to 321 in the second ODI.While the spinners have been able to somehow contain the run-flow the pacers failed to back it up on both the occasions. Following that, the selectors brought in Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar for the last three ODIs while Shami was dropped.Also read – Another Sachin Tendulkar record set to be broken. This time by Rohit SharmaAnd, West Indies coach Stuart Law felt that it is the Windies batters that have made the Indian selectors bring back their premier bowlers.”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 when asked about pressure put on Indian pacers by the Windies batsmen.advertisementWith more variations in their repertoire in white ball cricket compared to the profligate Umesh and an inconsistent Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are expected to make a significant difference, especially in the first Powerplay and the death overs.Also read – West Indies forced India to bring back Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah, says coach Stuart LawWhile the hosts are spoilt for choices in the bowling department, India also have issues to ponder over with only 16 games are left before the World Cup in England next year. Ambati Rayudu has scored 95 runs from two matches so far in the series (AP Photo)The fragile middle-order and lack of consistency from the lower-middle order batsmen was one of the biggest talking points ahead of the series and it seems to go on despite Virat Kohli’s announcement regarding Ambati Rayudu for the 4th spot.Kohli, who surpassed iconic Sachin Tendulkar to score fastest 10,000 runs, has always been the backbone of the team. His back to back hundreds (140 and 157 not out) is just a testimony to it. The skipper, who has scored 297 runs so far in the series, will be aiming for a big knock again.Rayadu, whose 73 consolidated his claim for No 4 spot and a good show on Saturday, will only help him make the position his own.But questions remain on a stable numbers 5, 6 and 7.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.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.Ravindra Jadeja will have to pull up his socks and can’t afford to be inconsistent with only a few places up for grabs going into the World Cup.Also read – Was difficult to bowl to Shimron Hetmyer, says Kuldeep Yadav Shimron Hetmyer scored 200 runs in the series so far (AP Photo)For the visitors, 21-year-old Hetmyer would be raring to go at the Indian bowlers once again.Hope with his hundred in Visakhapatnam has proved that there is more to his game than the attractive 30’s.But apart from these two, West Indies 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.The bowling attack 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.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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