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3rd T20 International: Reserve bench in focus as India aim clean sweep

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

will be aiming to complete a clean sweep when they take on a battered in the third T20 International here Sunday even while looking to test the bench strength.

For the loving fans in Chennai, they will certainly miss their 'favourite son' Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is not a part of the T20 squad.

Having sealed the series with a comprehensive win in the second T20I at riding on Rohit Sharma's brilliant ton, the home team would look to give reserve bench players like Iyer, and the uncapped an opportunity before it embarks on the tour of

The selectors decided to rest pacemen Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav for Sunday's game, allow them to be in the best physical condition ahead of the tour to Medium-pacer Siddarth Kaul has been added to the squad.

The pitch at Chepauk has been on the slower side in recent games but the square prepared for Sunday's game is expected to favour the batsmen.

Rohit was at his best during the T20I following up his exploits in the preceding ODI series but the other batsmen haven't made sizeable contributions despite facing an inconsistent attack.

The captain's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul and Rishabh Pant among others would like to have a few more runs under the belt before the tour.

Local star Dinesh Karthik, whose heroics in the Nidahas Trophy finale in are still fresh in memory, shone as chased down a modest target in the first match after a mid-innings wobble and will be eager to shine in front of the home crowd.

With Bumrah and Kuldeep, who have posed a challenge to the visiting batsmen being rested, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the young will be expected to form the pace attack and provide early wickets.

The spin department may see the return of Yuzvendra Chahal in the absence of Kuldeep while Krunal Pandya will expect to build on an impressive start to his international career.

It remains to be seen if the team management chooses to give Chennai man a go alongside Iyer.

The visitors, on the other hand have been at sixes and sevens in the T20s after posing an unexpected challenge to the Indians in the ODIs, especially against the skills of Bumrah and Kuldeep.

The absence of regular openers (and Evin Lewis) and the decision to tinker with the combination at the top hasn't helped their cause either. Carlos Brathwaite admitted they had to make do with the resources available and the team will aim to end the series with a consolation win.

Established names like Kieron Pollard, and haven't fired and the impressive Shimron Hetmyer pushed up the order hasn't found the going easy to add to the Windies' woes.

Among the bowlers, Oshane Thomas has impressed the most with his pace and ability to take wickets but has lacked support from the others.

Brathwaite, who rose to fame after smashing for four sixes in the final over of the 2016 ICC World T20 final in Kolkata, will be eager to showcase his abilities and thereby inspire his men, low on morale, to raise their game against a dominant Indian side in the concluding match of the tour to secure a consolation win.

Squads: India: (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, (wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul.

West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (Capt), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obede McCoy, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas.

Match starts 7 pm IST.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 11:50 IST
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