Fantasy XI - West Indies vs India, 3rd T20I

WK: Nicholas Pooran

BAT: Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill

AR: Hardik Pandya

BOWL: Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein

C/VC: Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal

Punts: Brandon King

C/VC Alternatives: Nicholas Pooran, Suryakumar Yadav

Providence Stadium, Guyana – Venue Notes

Average First Innings Score in all T20s at Guyana since 2018: 160

Batting First vs Batting Second in all T20s at Guyana since 2018: Win Bat 1st - 46%, Win Bat 2nd - 54%

WI-IND Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list at the venue since 2018: Shimron Hetmyer(1), Brandon King(2), Nicholas Pooran(3), Shai Hope(5), Rovman Powell(10)

WI-IND Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list at the venue since 2018: Romario Shepherd(1), Jason Holder(4), Odean Smith(7), Oshane Thomas(10)

Ground Dimensions: The venue has long straight boundaries (73m) and square boundaries (65m, 64m). ThirdMan-DeepMidWicket (58m, 73m) and FineLeg-DeepCover (57m, 73m)

Pitch Report: In the last match we saw some live grass on the wicket and it was good for the seamers. The hard surface should be good for run scoring and the West Indies captain Rovman Powell even opined that it should get better for batting in the second innings.

Predicted Playing XI - West Indies vs India, 3rd T20I

West Indies: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph

India: Ishan Kishan(wk), Shubman Gill, Suryakmar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Mukesh Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi/Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

West Indies vs India, 3rd T20I - Fantasy Notes

West Indies - Team Notes

Points to consider

  • Among the West Indies players, Shimron Hetmyer and Romario Shepherd are from Guyana. At the same time, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, and Brandon King have been part of the home team of Guyana in the Caribbean Premier League. Therefore, these players have plenty of experience playing in these conditions. These players might be the safest bets for your fantasy team from West Indies. 
  • Brandon King is one of the batters who is mentioned above for his experience at this ground. While we did say that his numbers might be limited if two wrist spinners play (especially Chahal and Bishnoi), it is not hard to imagine him being motivated to make a comeback at Guyana in the back-to-back game. He has a difficult matchup but this is a punt (17% differential) that we might consider taking and you can try too.
  • Another batter who is selected in just 34% of the teams is Shimron Hetmyer, who is the highest run scorer in T20s at Guyana since 2018. Even though he scored a couple of runs, he survived a few close chances and took advantage of that in the chase. He has not looked fully confident and his success will depend on how he counters the googlies of Bishnoi and Chahal.
  • Obed McCoy went wicketless in the previous match while bowling first but with a selection of just 16.4%, he offers a good differential potential if West Indies bowl first again. A 58% selected Alzarri Joseph still offers some differential value if WI bowls first as he will bowl at the death along with Shepherd, McCoy, and Holder. Interestingly, Rovman Powell did not use a bowler in a spell or back-to-back for most of the match.

India - Team Notes

Points to consider

  • Ishan Kishan vs Off Spin in T20 Internationals since 2022: 6 Outs, 6 Avg, 63 SR in 7 innings, and Ishan vs Roston Chase: 2 Outs at 19(28)
  • Ishan Kishan vs Left Arm Pace in all T20s since 2022: 11 Outs, 24 Avg, 121 SR
  • Ishan Kishan was almost dismissed for a golden duck by Obed McCoy but the catch fell just short of the fielder. If India bats first again, it would not be a bad idea to take a risk against the Indian opener due to his left-arm pace threat in the powerplay.
  • Suryakumar Yadav's C/VC % might fall after his failures in the first two T20Is but he still remains the Number 1 T20I batter. He would consider himself unlucky to have gotten a runout in the second match. We should look at this in context and not just his single-digit score - we will suggest him as one of the top C/VC options. His biggest threat will once again be the left-arm spin of Akeal Hosein.
  • In a similar case to Brandon King, we see Sanju Samson as another batter whom you can consider backing after his failure in the first two T20Is. He is selected in just 9.5% of the teams and if this is the kind of game where he capitalizes on his start, he could single-handedly win most of the contests for you. He got out stumped while mindlessly stepping out against Akeal Hosein in the second T20I and ideally, we will be optimistic and consider giving him a chance in our team.
  • West Indies lacked an off-spinner in the middle overs against left-handed Tilak Varma in the first two T20Is and he took great advantage of it. It is unlikely that they will experiment with a winning combination so there is very little chance of Roston Chase coming back in the XI, so the youngster still has a good fantasy potential.


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