Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
October 21, Sunday; 13:30 IST
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India ‘gained’ two main positives from the Take a look at sequence towards the West Indies: Prithvi Shaw’s belligerent batting on the prime of the order and the promise he confirmed was one large constructive; Umesh Yadav reminding his doubters of what he’s able to by choosing 10/133 within the second Take a look at was one other main constructive to return out of a sequence that, realistically, was not anticipated to do India a lot good in the long term. India most likely didn’t enter the Take a look at sequence anticipating a lot from it anyway, besides wanting the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul to get some runs beneath their belt for their very own confidence.
On the flipside, the ODI sequence beginning Sunday carries nice significance for India. For, the 2019 World Cup is lower than seven months away and India solely have 13 ODIs left (5 towards the West Indies, three towards Australia and 5 towards New Zealand), excluding the World Cup warm-ups, earlier than their World Cup marketing campaign.
India’s main intention will probably be to deal with the center order, an space which has been troubling them for lengthy. Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, and Manish Pandey, 4 batsmen who’ve been named within the squad for first two ODIs towards the West Indies, are more likely to get possibilities to show their suitability for the No. four and No. 6 positions, particularly.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli make India a formidable batting line-up nonetheless, given the totally different attributes they bring about to the desk: rating fast runs and that means, impression the match positively (in Dhawan’s case), be the anchor and play substantial innings (in Rohit’s case) and, in Kohli’s case, he’s probably the most dependable batsman whatever the scenario.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah stay rested, which provides Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav (who has been named because the substitute for Shardul Thakur, who picked up a groin damage on his Take a look at debut) an opportunity to spice up their possibilities of making India’s World Cup squad as doubtlessly the third and fourth seamers. Hardik Pandya’s absence has given Ravindra Jadeja one other likelihood to doubtlessly make himself a fixture in India’s ODI squad, having made his presence felt within the Asia Cup, additionally as a result of Pandya choosing up a again damage.
The absence of Chris Gayle (who has opted out given his involvement within the Afghanistan Premier League) and Evin Lewis (who pulled out of the limited-overs squads as a result of private causes) is more likely to be felt by the Windies, who, nonetheless, have a squad to problem India. Loads will probably be anticipated of Shimron Hetmyer with the bat—he has scored near 450 runs in ODIs this yr—and Shai Hope, who confirmed his class through the Take a look at sequence however didn’t play an innings of substance. The presence of Marlon Samuels within the prime order and the likes of Rovman Powell and captain Jason Holder within the decrease center order, provides muscle to the Windies batting line-up.
The West Indies bowling assault—which boasts the likes of Kemar Roach, left-arm pacer Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, off-spinner Ashley Nurse, amongst others—has a giant problem of their fingers in situations beneficial for batting and the place India are normally exhausting to cease.
Although India have high quality of their ranks and are the extra skilled group, the results of the ODI sequence will not be as simple because the Take a look at sequence was, beginning with the first ODI on Sunday.
Barsapara Stadium pitch report and climate forecast
Sunday’s ODI would be the first to be performed on the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, which has hosted just one worldwide match earlier than—a T20I between India and Australia final yr. On that night, the ball darted round beneath lights. The identical will be anticipated on Sunday, although the opportunity of dew and the dearth of sufficient information in regards to the pitch may pressure the captain profitable the toss to area first.
The climate forecast says Sunday will probably be sunny with a most temperature of 31 levels Celsius.
India vs Windies 1st ODI taking part in XI
India’s taking part in 11: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, three Shikhar Dhawan, four Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 KL Rahul, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, eight Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Mohammed Shami/Khaleel Ahmed
Windies taking part in 11: 1 Jason Holder (c), 2 Kieran Powell, three Shai Hope, four Marlon Samuels, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Sunil Ambris/Chandrapaul Hemraj, eight Ashley Nurse, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Obed McCoy/Oshane Thomas, 11 Keemo Paul
West Indies’ possibilities of at the least competing depend upon how they bat, notably by way of the center overs, and whether or not their bowlers can tie the Indian batsmen down by being disciplined with their line and size. India, although, will begin as a agency favorite.