India vs West Indies First ODI Match Preview-2018

Team India having won the test series comfortably against the West Indies, will be hoping to continue their dominance in the ODI’s when they take on the visitors in the first of five games in Guwahati on Sunday.

The home side clearly have the edge having won the five of the last nine matches, with the Windies winning two and the remaining two producing no result.

The Men in Blue would be depending on their opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to provide a solid foundation at the top.

Indian skipper and star batsman Virat Kohli would be looking to continue his prolific run of form.

The only worry will be the form of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has looked off colour with the bat, though his keeping abilities can’t be faulted.

Lokesh Rahul and Ambati Rayudu would be hoping to make maximum use of this opportunity and seal the No 4 position which the team has struggled to fill in recent years.

Dashing wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who had a good test series against the Windes is expected to make his one day debut.

Rishabh Pant

With Hardik Pandya Injured, Ravindra Jadeja will be playing a key role as an all rounder with both bat and ball in the middle overs.

With Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar rested for the first 2 one dayers, the onus would be on Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami to lead the pace attack.

Left arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed, who had a good Asia Cup, would be looking to maximise this opportunity in the coming series and future tours, to be in contention for the World Cup.

Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would be looking to torment the Windies, who looked suspect against spin in the Test series.

The visitors following a disappointing showing in the test series, will be looking to put in an improved performance in the limited overs format.

With the likes of Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle having withdrawn from the ODI series, the onus will be on the experience of Marlon Samuels, and other batsman to deliver.

The Windes captain Jason Holder, who was sensational with both bat and ball in the second test, would be looking to replicate the same.

The visitors would be bolstered with the return of Kemar Roach, who, somewhat surprisingly, was not considered for the second test in Hyderabad.

India v West Indies will be played in Guwahati on Sunday October 21.

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