Indian team received a lot of criticism after their defeat in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand. After displaying exceptional performance in the T20 series, this will be Team India’s first One-Day game since the horrific defeat suffered in the World Cup semi-fianls, and Virat Kohli’s side will be eyeing for a belligerent start.
West Indies, on the other hand, didn’t have an impressive outing in England & Wales as the team only managed to emerge victorious on two occasions in their nine games. The team also lost the T20 series by 3-0. With the captaincy baton handed over to Jason Holder for the 50-over series, he will be aiming to turn the fortunes in team’s favor.
Pitch Reports and Conditions
The Guyana track is usually good to bat on. As this is a 50 over the game, the batsman can take some time to settle themselves because striking will become easy for the batsman who will spend time. Apart from this, the ball is expected to come onto the bat quicker than usual.
The reports coming from Guyana suggests that weather will be a primary concern ahead of this match. Thunderstorms are predicted throughout the week. There is a prediction for rain showers amid the game. Thus, it can be a rain curtailed game. The temperature will hover around 29 degrees Celsius, and humidity will be on a higher side.
Total Matches Played: 21
Matches won batting first: 13
Matches won batting second: 8
Average 1st innings score: 233 runs
Average 2nd innings score:199 runs
This will be Chris Gayle’s last One-Day series, and he will be eyeing to showcase his vintage performance in the series. Although his record against India has not been good ‘the Universe Boss’ can still destroy even the best bowler on his day. Evin Lewis is expected to be his opening partner.
The eyes will be on the left-handed batsman, Shimron Hetmyer who failed to deliver in the T20 series. Besides him, Nicholas Pooran looked in great touch in the T20 matches but was unable to convert the start into big scores. So, this time he will look to play big innings to help the team to register colossal total. Skipper Jason Holder may well be tempted to play Carlos Brathwaite in the first ODI to strengthen the team balance.
Like World Cup, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas will be most probably the two-seamers for West Indies in the match
Probable Playing XI: Jason Holder (C), Shai Hope (wk), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Roston Chase, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Rohit Sharma grabbed the attention of entire cricket fraternity with his sensational performance in the World Cup. In the tournament, he became the first batsman in World Cup history to score five centuries in a single edition. He looked in great touch in the T20 series against West Indies as well.
Though the Indian skipper Virat Kohli may not have scored a hundred in World Cup 2019, but the No. 1 ODI batsman will be keen on hitting the refresh button in the first match of the series. Shikhar Dhawan who suffered from thumb injury against Australia in the World Cup will once again open the innings with Rohit Sharma.
The middle-order responsibility will be on the likes of Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, and Rishabh Pant while the responsibility lower down the order will be on Ravindra Jadeja after his heroics in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. His all-round ability will be vital for Team India.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini might oversee the pace department while Yuzvendra Chahal may be seen bowling his googlies in the match
Probable Playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Player to vouch for-
West Indies: Chris Gayle
India: Rohit Sharma
Head to Head in One-Day Internationals
Total Matches Played: 127
West Indies won: 62
India won: 60
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