Providence Stadium, Guyana
August 8, Thursday; 19:00 IST
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After being whitewashed in another T20I series this year, this time by India, West Indies move to the ODI leg of India’s visit with onus firmly on the batting unit, once again, to step up following below-par performances in each of the three T20Is. In a year when the bowlers have underpinned their emphatic Test series win over England at home in March and the victories over Pakistan and Afghanistan at the World Cup, where the boys from the Caribbean could achieve only a ninth-place finish, consistent batting failures have let the team down. Failure to address the issues with the batting line-up ahead of the three-match ODI series starting Thursday could mean a recipe for disaster for Jason Holder and co.
For starters, West Indies will welcome the return of Shai Hope, who’s the glue to their batting line-up that’s replete with stroke-makers and instinctive players. Hope is a technically-sound player who has the range of shots to score freely but importantly, he is one player who can occupy the crease for a longer period and be selective in the shots he plays.
Chris Gayle has shelved ODI retirement for now and will return to open the batting along with Evin Lewis or John Campbell. Gayle is another batsman who has different gears to his ODI batting: these days, he tends to start slowly and tees off once the foundation has been laid. The key for the Jamaican left-hander will, however, be to find the right balance between scoring runs and playing within himself.
With Holder’s return, West Indies will be spoilt for choice with their all-round options. As two-dimensional cricketers, Carlos Brathwaite, the captain of the T20 side, Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul lend versatility and balance to the one-day side. Holder struggled with the ball during the World Cup, taking eight wickets at a high average of 42.87, but he brings calm and is the undisputed leader of this West Indies side now.
India’s T20I series win was another reminder of their bench strength and players thriving on the competition for places. The return of Mohammed Shami and the two wristspinners (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav) will provide heft to the bowling attack, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini also part of the ODI squad.
Shikhar Dhawan had a poor T20I series with the bat, seemingly short of touch after nearly two months on the sidelines with a fractured left thumb. He, however, remains a part of India’s ODI batting fulcrum, which includes opening partner Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli at No. 3. It is India’s biggest strength and one that West Indies must neutralise to put pressure on a middle order that has Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, with Kedar Jadhav not guaranteed of a spot in the playing XI.
India are the confident team going into the ODI series, but West Indies have the clutch players across their batting and bowling departments to challenge a strong Indian side.
Providence Stadium pitch report and weather forecast
The pitch for the T20I was not particularly batting-friendly but the overhead conditions was conducive to swing bowling that Deepak Chahar, in particular, made the most of. With the match scheduled to begin at 9.30 am local time, expect the bowlers to find some assistance early on. That also means the captain who wins the toss is likely to opt to bowl first.
Morning showers have been forecast for Thursday.
India vs West Indies 1st ODI Dream11 team prediction
Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
India vs West Indies 1st ODI predicted playing 11
Possible India playing 11 for 1st ODI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Shreyas Iyer/Kedar Jadhav, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Kuldeep Yadav/Navdeep Saini
Oshane Thomas felt some discomfort in his right shoulder during the last over of his spell in the final T20I. West Indies will hope it isn’t serious enough to put him out of tomorrow’s ODI.
Possible West Indies playing 11 for 1st ODI: 1 Jason Holder (c), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 John Campbell/Evin Lewis, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Fabian Allen, 8 Carlos Brathwaite/Keemo Paul, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas
The battle between India’s bowlers against the West Indies batsmen is one to watch out for and which could shape the result of the fixture. The West Indies pacers troubled the Indian top order in the World Cup match at Old Trafford, Manchester, where the moving ball got the better of Rohit and KL Rahul of the Indian top order. Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell move the white ball more than most and if they can find movement, they will give themselves a chance to dismiss the Indian top three cheaply. Essentially, the battles up front will be key for both teams.