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WI look to complete first whitewash in five years

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11 Nov 2019, 04:42 GMT+10

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In the spotlight

Afghanistan desperately need their top order to fire, and that's exactly what's expected out of Hazratullah Zazai. But he has been misfiring, having been dismissed for 9 and 23 respectively in the first two ODIs. Since his ODI debut last year against Ireland, he has just one half-century in the format, which is also his only 40-plus score. While he might keep his place in the T20Is, where he averages 52.22 in 10 matches, Afghanistan might be forced to look for other options in ODIs if he continues to fail.

With their fast bowling unit looking in great touch, West Indies might consider throwing in an extra spinner for the final ODI. An ODI debut for left-arm spinner Khary Pierre, perhaps? He excelled in the Caribbean Premier League this year, having been Trinbago Knight Riders' go-to new-ball bower.

Team news

With the opening pair struggling, will Afghanistan hand a debut to 17-year old Ibrahim Zadran? The youngster has an average of 40.23 in List A games and earlier this year scored a half-century on his Test debut against Bangladesh.

Alzarri Joseph followed up his expensive spell in the first ODI with a frugal one in the second. But considering he has gone wicketless in both the ODIs and also in four of his last five ODI appearances, West Indies, who already have a well-rounded pace attack, might consider Keemo Paul for the game.

Pitch and conditions

While matches in India in the recent times have been clouded by atmospheric issues, the second ODI in Lucknow was interrupted by a moth invasion in the stadium. West Indies players were even seen sporting masks. But weather-wise, clear skies are expected on Monday.

Stats and Trivia

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