The West Indies will not only have to battle India in the final match of the MyTeam11 ODI at the Queen's Park Oval on Wednesday, but rain is also predicted to play a part.
The West Indies after losing the T20 series 0-3, can find themselves also without success in this ODI Series if they lose the third match today.
The opening game in Guyana was washed out, while West Indies lose the second match on Sunday, to trail 1-0 in the three-match series.
A victory for the West Indies will earn them a share the trophy, but given the team' s current form, it will be a tough task to ask.
Looking ahead skipper Jason Holder will look to pull one over the Indians in with the Test series close at hand.
The West Indies have played good Test cricket in recent times but there a record in instant cricket has been terrible. After finishing ninth out of 10 teams at the World Cup in England recently, they remain in the doldrums and it will take a massive spark of inspiration from one of their players to change the fortunes.
Weather forecasters have indicated that today will be very humid with showers expected at different times during the day. This will factor into the match strategy and captains will have to battle with the thoughts that the teams batting first in the last six matches here have been successful on five occasions. They will also know that with rain in the equation, it might be better batting second.
Checks with the West Indies team have revealed that opener Evin Lewis who spanked 65 on Sunday has recovered nicely from his calf injury and should take his place at the top of the order. Likely to miss out though, is the big right-arm fast bowler Oshane Thomas who was less than impressive in the last match. The feisty spinner Fabien Allen is highly favoured to come into the plans for this match.
Skipper Jason Holder was non-committal on his final eleven but still looking forward: "We have to take responsibility as batters. We continue to have discussions about this and the boys know where they went wrong. We have a chance at sharing the series and after Sunday's game, all is not lost. We got enough encouragement from that encounter to indicate and we a compete and win against India and we are going to come out focused on winning this last game."
With the series not decided, India is expected to play an unchanged team, as they look to make it five wins in six matches on tour thus far. Skipper Virat Kohli who scored his 42nd hundred on Sunday is keen to finish off on a winning note. "The boys have played good cricket. They have been patient and have kept the basics intact as I just want them to continue in that way, as we look to close out the series."
Meanwhile, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite believes the hosts are not far away from pulling together the complete performance and putting a win under their belts.
“I don’t think we’re doing that badly or as badly or as badly as the results show,” Brathwaite told media on Tuesday ahead of the game.
“I think we’re just missing a few key points or moments which could turn one or two losses into wins, and which would make us look a little better, give us a little momentum and then you can push to start to win series more consistently.”
He added: “I don’t think it’s [a lack of] belief per se because if you ask the guys in the dressing room if they believe we can win, I think they do believe we can win but the know-how and the execution of that belief is where we have been lacking, especially in key moments.
“But I don’t think it is a lack of belief, I don’t think it is a lack of passion and in most cases not even a lack of skill but we just haven’t been executing what we wanted to execute in key moments of the game and it’s hampered us for the majority of the World Cup and then in this last game.”
West Indies squandered the ideal opportunity to take the series lead, after being asked to chase revised total of 270 off 46 overs.
WEST INDIES: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicolas Pooran, Roston Chase, Jason Holder (capt), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabien Allen, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell.
INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav.