Chennai, Nov 10: With the series already sealed, India might test its bench strength and aim for a clean sweep, while the battered and bruised West Indies would be hoping for a face saving victory and sign off their disastrous tour on a fine note, as the two teams lock horns in the third and final T-20 International at the M A Chidambaram stadium here tomorrow.
With the selectors resting key bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav keeping in mind the tough tour of Australia, the match would provide a chance for the other players like local lad and offie Washington Sundar, Shreyas Iyer, uncapped Shahbaz Nadeem and medium pacer Siddarth Kaul, drafted into the side for the final match, to make a mark.
The crowd favourite M S Dhoni, for whom Chennai was a second home, might not be present, but sportive fans would root for Skipper Rohit Sharma who was in sublime having lit up the Deepavali crowd in Lucknow with his fireworks en route to his fourth T-20 century, that helped the home take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Tomorrow's contest provides one last chance for players like Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, local star Dinesh Karthik and others to be among the runs and be in good form before embarking for the tour Down Under. Apart from Bhuvanesh Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed who have performed well in the earlier matches, would be the pace spearheads, while Krunal Pandya and another wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was expected to replace Kuldeep, to lead the spin front. UNI