West Indies vs India: 1st ODI

The international cricket calendar seems to be in a hurry. Even before everyone could get over Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph, the bilaterals have started. England is hosting South Africa for 3 T20Is while West Indies who were not a part of the Champions Trophy host India for a short limited-overs series (5 ODIs and 1 T20I).

This West Indies vs India series might not have a great context but a lot is at stake. West Indies, who are lowly ranked at number 9 with 77 points are in danger of losing an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup. On the other hand, India will want to continue their dominance but also try a few combinations as they were found wanting in some areas in the Champions Trophy.

While everyone was glued to the Champions Trophy, West Indies were playing Afghanistan in a 3-match ODI series. West Indies lost to them in the 1st ODI but pulled one back in the 2nd ODI. Their batting has been very scratchy and inconsistent. It has shown promise but hasn’t been consistent enough. They failed to chase 212 in the first ODI while they huffed and puffed to chase down a mere 138 in the second ODI. The bowling though has been good and delivering the goods on a consistent basis. In both, the T20Is and the ODIs against Afghanistan, they were consistent and disciplined. West Indies will want to put up strong performances to not only improve their ranking but also show the world that they belong here.

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India, the Champions Trophy finalists were brilliant throughout the tournament but were found wanting with the ball in two games (against SL and in the final). But a lot has changed since the Champions Trophy final (although it’s only 4 days since that final). Coach Kumble has resigned due to the differences between him and the team. Team India has landed in the Caribbean without a head coach. The onus will now be on Virat Kohli and co to deliver and show that external and off-field matters do not affect the on-field performances. India lacked depth in bowling and was searching for bowlers in the middle overs. The main reason for this was the form of their premier spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja who never showed any sort of control which left Virat Kohli searching for options. The batting was superb (except the final) and dependable. India will be hoping for some consistent and dominant performances in this series.

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TEAM NEWS:

WEST INDIES: The hosts have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the first two ODIs against India. And if you go by the last two ODIs that the West Indies played, they’ve been pretty consistent with their selection. They will be without their premier pacer, Shannon Gabriel, who suffered a side strain in the 2nd ODI against Afghanistan. Miguel Cummins replaced him in the squad and is likely to play in the first one-day. Roston Chase was impressive in his debut ODI series and he lends balance to this team. Shai Hope has been consistent with the bat and will be looking to anchor the innings. Also, don’t expect any other change for West Indies when compared to the XI that played against Afghanistan in the 2nd ODI.

LIKELY XI: Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder ©, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins

INDIA: Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for this series and this throws up opportunities to Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav. But, it’ll be interesting to see if these two get a go in the first game of the series. Pant will be fighting for the opener’s slot with Ajinkya Rahane, while Kuldeep has more chances of making the playing XI as the Indian spinners have had lackluster performances in the Champions Trophy and this Chinaman could replace either of Jadeja or Ashwin. Mohammed Shami will likely retain to the XI as Bumrah has been rested. So, expect a few changes for this first one-day.

LIKELY XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant/Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli ©, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami

SQUADS:

WEST INDIES: Jason Holder(c), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams

INDIA: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik