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Sixathon on the cards in series decider at Wankhede

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10 Dec 2019, 23:42 GMT+10

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In the spotlight

Washington Sundar is under some pressure after dropping multiple catches in this series, but he has been quite accurate with his new-ball offspin. After Lewis carted him for a brace of sixes in the second ODI, Washington bounced back to have the opener stumped and ended with 4-0-26-1. Washington will also have fond memories of the Wankhede Stadium, where he grabbed 3 for 16 in four overs for Rising Pune Supergiant against Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier during IPL 2017.

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Guyana Amazon Warriors' Brandon King can be brutal against pace if he gets going at the Wankhede Stadium. He has played useful cameos for West Indies against both Afghanistan and India, and a starring role on Wednesday could push him up the pecking order in the West Indies set-up as well as in the wishlist of IPL franchises.

Team news

With the series up for grabs, India are likely to retain the XI that played the first two games of the series. This means that Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami might have to wait for their T20I comebacks.

India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Shivam Dube, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.

With the injured Allen sidelined from the third T20I too, West Indies might stick to their twin-spin attack and are likely to field an unchanged team as well in Mumbai.

West Indies (probable): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Brandon King, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Khary Pierre, 9 Kesrick Williams, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Hayden Walsh Jr.

Pitch and conditions

"They are still doing a lot of rolling on it but I do not think twice about a Wankhede wicket, for every game it has been a brilliant wicket and brilliant matches," West Indies coach Phil Simmons said of the pitch. In all likelihood, Mumbai is likely to roll out another belter. The weather is expected to be fine for the duration of the match.

Stats and triviaQuotes

"Pollard has played a lot at this venue, the others have not played that much. I think the experience which they have got from here is invaluable and especially the captain [Pollard], as he has been here [with Mumbai Indians] for 10 years."

West Indies coach Phil Simmons

"They [West Indies] are very unpredictable as a team, you never know what they can come up with on that given day, like we saw the other day. Even the first game, they played very well and it was Virat Kohli's brilliance that got us over."

India's white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma

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