India v West Indies: Fourth ODI Preview

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India's veil of invincibility appears to have dropped after the West Indies beat them in the third ODI of the five-match series to level the series 1-1.

The West Indies' resurgence has been built on the back of consistent displays from Shai Hope and the explosive batting of Shrimron Hetmyer.

India v West Indies | Monday, 29 October | Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai | 10:00

To Win Match
India 26/100
Tie 35/1
West Indies 29/10


India
India's batting let them down in the third ODI, as a Virat Kohli ton in the chase was not enough to see the home side over the line in Pune. No batsman could provide Kohli with the support he needed to manage the chase and they were bowled out for 240 with the Windies spinners doing the damage.

Kuldeep Yadav was the best India bowler on the day as he has been all series, though left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah did their part to keep the West Indies from going beyond 300.

Pressure continues to grow on MS Dhoni after another failure with the bat. The once great finisher hasn't been at his best of late and has even been left out of the T20I squad to face the West Indies.

The match was originally slated to take place at the Wankhede stadium but administrative issues have seen the fixture moved some 500 metres down the road to the historic Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.


West Indies
The West Indies will take a tremendous amount of confidence into the fourth ODI after outclassing India in Pune but there are still some concerns about the top order. Marlon Samuels has contributed with the ball but openers Kieran Powell and Chandrapaul Hemraj have not made the most of their starts.

So much of the West Indies' ability to compete with India has stemmed from the performances of Hope and Hetmyer in the middle overs. The pair have formed a dangerous partnership, with Hetmyer taking the attack to India while Hope anchors the innings and looks to play through.

Spinners Obed McCoy and Ashley Nurse have adapted well to the conditions and have proved difficult to score off, which has helped them build pressure on the hosts.

Nurse also showed his hitting power with a quickfire 40 off just 22 balls at the death - an innings that proved to be the difference between the two sides in the third ODI. The Windies have looked to be more resilient in this series than they have been in the past - and they will be tough to beat in Mumbai.

Verdict: India 26/100
India will need to respond after a poor all-round display in Pune - and they should have the quality to put another win up on the board.



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