England in West Indies, 5 ODI Series, 2019

West Indies vs England - 3rd ODI

Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada

Date & Time: 25 February 2019

West Indies 0/0

RR: 0 | Match Abandoned

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We head to the 4th ODI all square. 1-1 as it stands. The 4th ODI will be played at this very venue, National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada. The timings remain the same. 0930 local (1330 GMT). We hope the weather has other plans on Wednesday, 27th February. Join in for that, till then, take care!

Right then! The inevitable has arrived. MATCH ABANDONED. Feel sorry for the crowds waiting eagerly for the rain to disappear but that didn't happen. Spare a thought for me too. It all started with the toss being delayed. Later on, we got in the teams with the toss and were supposed to have an entire 50-over game. Just when the players were getting ready, it started to pour again. The weather gave us a glimmer of hope as time passed by. We were promised a 30-over match but that didn't live upto expectations. Come afternoon, it got from bad to worse.

Update 1435 local - Nope. Nothing. It is still pouring out here and the chances of a game are starting to look really bleak. A little time to go before an official word maybe...

Update 1230 local - Sorry, we do not have anything exciting for you. The crowds wait in anticipation for the rain to fade away but nothing seems to be happening. The covers are still on. Let's hope we have some positive news the next time around.

Update 1115 local - The rain continues to tease us. We were scheduled for a 45-over game but hold your horses. The drizzle is back. Stay with us for further update.

Jeez! The musical chairs have started. Just as we were about to start, the rains began the music. For now, the covers are back on and the players have taken shelter. We hope it is just another passing shower. It though almost certainly means we see a curtailed game.

PITCH REPORT - Darren Ganga with the pitch report first tells us that the overhead conditions will be cloudy. Mentions that the boundaries are around 70 m straight and shorter square of the wicket. Coming to the surface, he says that there is a bit of grass left on the pitch and might provide tennis-ball bounce. He reckons that the bat will dominate ball and expects a high-scoring contest. Reminds us that the ground is a fortress of sorts for the home side as they have won the last five 50-over games that they have played here while England have not played an ODI at this venue. Signs off by saying the average score is 257 and looks for another run-fest.

TEAM NEWS - Ben Stokes and Tom Curran miss out in this game for the visitors and are replaced by the duo of Alex Hales and Chris Woakes. Stokes seems to have been rested as a precautionary measure because of twisting his ankle. On the other hand, the Windies are unchanged.

TOSS - England have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Eoin Morgan mentions that there are more showers forecast and bowling first will enable them to assess the conditions better. On the pitch, he reckons that it is a good one and is looking forward to play on it. Jason Holder, the Windies skipper says that he too would have bowled first. Mentions that there is moisture but the wicket will keep getting better. Credits Hetmyer for the way he plays the game.

Welcome to Grenada for the third ODI of this 5-match series between the Windies and England. After almost a delay of more than an hour due to rain, we are all set to begin here. The toss is just around the corner. As for the rubber, it is evenly poised with both teams having exchanged a blow each and are ready for the third round. The first match was an incredibly easy chase by the visitors and the second one saw them pass up what should have been a simpler one. No use looking back though, all eyes at St George's, a ground which is hosting an ODI after 5 years...

England Team Squad -Alex Hales,Eoin Morgan,Jason Roy,Joe Denly,Joe Root,Ben Stokes,David Willey,Moeen Ali,Tom Curran,Jonny Bairstow,Jos Buttler,Adil Rashid,Chris Woakes,Liam Plunkett,Mark Wood

West Indies Team Squad -Darren Bravo,John Campbell,Shimron Hetmyer,Carlos Brathwaite,Chris Gayle,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Nicholas Pooran,Shai Hope,Ashley Nurse,Devendra Bishoo,Kemar Roach,Oshane Thomas,Sheldon Cottrell

World no. 1 versus World no. 9. A stroll in the park? Yes, it did seem that way after the first ODI where the Windies bowlers were smashed to smithereens as England chased down a total of 360 with utmost ease. You'd expect such a defeat to almost deflate any side. But that was not the case in the second game as the hosts came roaring back with a bowling performance that helped defend 289 on the very same ground. A statement of sorts! This Windies side under the leadership of Jason Holder, are making huge strides in cricket and it is good for a neutral view but the Three Lions will not be liking this one bit. They were on course to register a second comfortable win but the 'never-say-die' attitude of Holder and Co. came to the fore. Cut to the present, the action shifts to Grenada. The last ODI held here was in 2014 but one factor that the Windies will love is that they have won the last five 50-over games that they have played here. There is a factor of the unknown now regarding the pitch and how it will play but it is expected to be slightly on the slower side. There is some rain that is forecast but let us hope it stays away for the period of the game. The boundaries though are considerably small and expect the sixes to fly off the willows like they did in the first game. One guy who will look to come to the party is Shai Hope. The man who has been really in top form through 2018 would love to get the big runs and help his side gain a lead in this ODI series. The away team, on the other hand, will be happy with their improved bowling performance in the second match. The way they 'choked' in the chase does not bode well for them, especially in the run-up to the World Cup where they are considered favorites. The series is nicely set-up for the next two ODIs, can the best team in this format prove their credentials? Or will the hosts give their fans another reason to dance in the stands? Expect a fun game!