About the Match
With the conclusion of the championship league T20, India now plays host to West Indies in a 5-match ODI series, the first of which is scheduled to be played at Kochi on 8th Oct; the one-day matches will be followed by a 3-match test series that starts at the end of the month. Players from both teams have been busy playing for respective teams in the CLT20 and proved their skills on the ground in all departments of the game; with the World Cup round the corner, India and West Indies will use this opportunity to strengthen their respective squads.
The hosts not only have the home advantage but also the player performances that have been peaking at the right moments; under Dhoni’s captaincy, the team has flourished and players have been bringing out their best in the one-day format. Batsmen like Suresh Raina, who recently scored a massive 109 off 62 balls in the finals of the CLT20 to take his team to victory, and Ajinkya Rahane, Amabati Rayudu, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay along with Dhoni make this batting line-up a strong one. The bowlers have been doing a commendable job; Kuldeep Yadav, who displayed his talent as a rare chinaman with KKR, looks very promising with his wicket-taking abilities. Added to that is the fact that players like Mohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jadeja have been performing well in the international arena. The team has been gelling well and players have been motivating each other to excel in their fields; they will be eager to start on a winning note and dominate the opponent right from the start.
The team suffered a major blow as Sunil Narine was withdrawn due to suspension; they will now have the spinner Suleiman Benn, who hasn’t played one-day matches since 2011 but has featured regularly in domestic cricket, replacing him. Joining him in the bowling unit are Ravi Rampaul, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder and Sammy, who have been performing consistently with the wickets. On the batting front, though the team will miss Chris Gayle’s services, they have Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Dinesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo, who can do very well in crunch situations. The players are well accustomed to the conditions in the sub-continent as they have had good exposure playing in the CLT20 and IPL matches; they need to strategize well and put up a good fight against the in-form Indian bowlers. Overall, the team needs to have a good plan and execute it to perfection if they want to defeat the Indians in their own backyard.
Both sides have a good mix of experience and young talent that can help them overcome challenges in this format of the game; the players need to come out of the T20 frame of mind and focus on building solid partnerships. Though the contest will be well fought by both teams, team India has several match-winners, who look to be in good form to help them emerge victorious.
India, 1.33 @ TitanBet