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India began its tour to the West Indies 2019 with a thumping 3-0 win in the T20 series. Considering the fact that this was where the West Indies had their best chance of pulling off a victory, the chances for the home side don’t look too bright moving forward.
There are some important questions to be asked of the Indian team including the all-important number 4 batting position so some new faces could get a run in the side. As far as the West Indies go, This is probably going to be the final series for Chris Gayle (it’s difficult to say at this point!) and they too will want to move up in the ICC ODI rankings.
A bilateral ODI series does not hold too much of context just after the World Cup but that will not reduce the intensity of the contest or the desire of the two teams to win.
West Indies vs India 1st ODI is going to be played at the Providence Stadium, Guyana on the 8th of August 2019.
For all the noise that the West Indies made at the start of the ICC World Cup 2019, it could only win two matches in the entire campaign. A brutal mauling of Pakistan and scraping through against Afghanistan would not have been the goals that West Indies would have set.
It must also be remembered that the West Indies had to play a tough qualifying tournament because of its low ICC ODI ranking and it must start winning to avoid that same fate again.
This series against India is not going to be easy.
Chris Gayle is going to come back into the side after scoring some runs in the Global T20 Canada. As we saw in the World Cup, though, getting runs in T20 leagues is no guarantee for success at the international level.
We think John Campbell may get a chance to open the batting with Chris Gayle, followed by Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, and Oshane Thomas.
Kemar Roach is a genuine wicket-taker and he could play ahead of Fabien Allen or Oshane Thomas but think he is going to miss out.
The West Indies has plenty of batting talent, on paper at least, but the trick is going to be to find consistency. Too often their batsmen don’t show enough patience and lose wickets in a hurry eventually having to struggle to play out the fifty overs.
The bowling is not too good, especially without Andre Russell to provide the X-factor and they are going to struggle to take 10 Indian wickets. We just hope the West Indies takes ODI cricket seriously and with a long-term view otherwise this is going to be a very one-sided series.
Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, F Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach.
Does losing a semi-final make India a bad side? We think it is a testament to how good the side is that anything less than a World Cup victory was regarded as a failure. The Indian team has been consistently among the best ODI sides in the world and enters this series ranked number 2.
The Indian strengths are easy to identify. They have a superb top-order and plenty of variety in their bowling attack. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli are going to be the top-3 for the side and they are going to be enough to win most matches.
The problem comes from number 4 onward. Lokesh Rahul should get a chance to cement that position especially after his decent performances at that number in the World Cup. We think Manish Pandey will play at number 5, Rishab Pant at 6, followed by Ravindra Jadeja at 7. India can then choose to play both three fast bowlers and one spinner or two of each depending on the conditions.
Mohammad Shami is back in the team and will lead the bowling attack next to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini will be hoping for some chances in this series to showcase their skills further.
There are not too many weaknesses in the Indian team. We have seen over the last few years that they only struggle when they lose early wickets or when they are set targets of above 330. Neither of these things is going to be easy for the West Indies to do.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, V Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, RR Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. The pitch is expected to be good for batting and remain the same throughout the match. if anything, it could get a bit slower in the second inning.
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West Indies vs India 1st ODI is going to be played at Providence Stadium, Guyana. The weather forecast for match day is a bit mixed. There is a 40% chance of rain around the start of the game and then it gets better. We had a similar forecast for the T20 series but a delayed start was all that we had to contend with.
Hopefully, the rain stays away for this match as well.
The pitch at Guyana was good for batting. It was quite flat and did not offer much help to the bowlers. A high-scoring match with scores of above 300 can be expected.
Dream11 prediction for West Indies vs India 1st ODI 2019. We have made the team assuming that Chris Gayle is going to be available for selection and that India is going to continue making some team changes and giving its younger players a chance. We will be updating our Dream11 team for West Indies vs India 2019 after the pitch report and toss so make sure you follow @cricketbettings for the latest updates.
Wicketkeeper: There are three good options available here in Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, and Rishab Pant. We have picked the first two and skipped Pant keeping the strength of the Indian top-order in mind.
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and John Campbell are the only three batsmen we have picked. Not picking Shikhar Dhawan was a deliberate move based on his recent form as was the case with Chris Gayle. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the two best ODI batsmen in the world and we would always back these two against a weak bowling attack like the West Indies. John Campbell is an opening batsman who can be quite dangerous and is available at a cheap price of just 8 points.
All-rounders: Jason Holder, Ravindra Jadeja, and Roston Chase all make it into our Dream11 team for West Indies vs India. Holder and Chase are genuine contributors to the batting lineup while Ravindra Jadeja is going to be a handful with the ball.
Bowlers: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, and Yuzvendra Chahal are our three bowlers for this match. We have gone for an all India bowling attack because we frankly don't think there is enough quality in the West Indian options. The relative fragility of the West Indian batting is also a factor.
Captain and Vice-captain: We have decided to pick Rohit Sharma as captain and Virat Kohli as vice-captain for our Dream11 picks West Indies vs India.
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ODI cricket is where the Indian team is at its strongest. It has been winning matches all around the world for the last several years and we have no reason to see why that should change.
Bet on India to win.
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