India were presented with a setback in the form of an injury to seamer Deepak Chahar. The fast bowler was ruled out of the series-decider with a lower back injury and replaced in the squad by left-arm pacer Navdeep Saini.
India were already without Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the series, with Shardul Thakur named as his replacement. Thakur played ahead of all-rounder Shivam Dube in the second match and took the first wicket in the West Indies’ innings. And with Chahar also out of the match, skipper Virat Kohli will have yet another selection dilemma on his hands.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who both hit centuries in Vizag, will be looking to carry on their good form. But the real positive with the bat for India in the series have been Shreyas Iyer, who has two half-centuries in the series, and Rishabh Pant.
Under constant scrutiny, Pant played a crucial knock under pressure in the first ODI to help India out of a tricky situation and post a competitive total. He followed that up with a 15-ball 39 in Vizag and will be hoping to finish the series on a high.
Kuldeep Yadav is sure to keep his spot in the team as well, as he ended a spell of poor games with a brilliant hat-trick, his second in the 50-over format, that ended the West Indies’ chase in the second ODI.
The West indies will rely on opener Shai Hope to provide stability with the bat and hope that the power-hitters around him like Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran provide enough firepower. Hope has been in fine form in the series, following up his gritty ton in the first match with a fighting half-century in the second.
If India win the match, they will complete their tenth consecutive bilateral ODI series win against the West Indies.
The match will begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shradul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube, Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey and Navdeep Saini.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Sunil Ambris, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd and Hayden Walsh.