Host West Indies eye a strong comeback against Indiaur Prediction is India to win
Our prediction is India to win the match!
High-flying India will be looking to get the better of beleaguered West Indies in the opening game of the three-match one-day series at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Thursday. Host West Indies will need to raise their overall game with bat and ball in order to get off to a positive start against India in this one-day series. Captain Jason Holder will certainly bring a lot to the table as the home side will be looking to winless streak in this game. Virat Kohli-led unit completed a 3-0 clean sweep in the three-match T-20 series. The visitors will be looking to maintain their winning momentum in this one-day series.
Host West Indies will need to deliver something special with bat and ball in order to upstage India in the opening game of the three-match one-day series. Captain Jason Holder will be looking that the side can get off to a positive start in this one-day series. The batting will be bolstered by the return of Chris Gayle, Shai Hope and Roston Chase for the three-match one-day series.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Chris Gayle, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer to produce the bulk of the scoring. Since January 2019, Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope has topped the batting charts for West Indies. He has scored 859 runs in 19 matches at an average of 50.52 with two centuries to his name. Despite not doing that well in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, veteran opening batsman Chris Gayle made himself available for this three-match one-day series. Left-hander has shown excellent form with the bat in limited-overs cricket. Gayle has accumulated 666 runs in 14 matches at an average of 55.50 with two centuries to his name.
The promising trio of Shimron Hetymer, John Campbell and Nicholas Pooran will need to contribute with crucial scores for the side in this one-day series. Shimron Hetymer will need to spend time at the crease in order to find a form with the bat in this one-day series. Left-hander will need to produce consistency with the bat against India in this series. Captain Jason Holder has been a consistent performer for the side with bat and ball in white-ball cricket. The side will be hoping that Holder can produce his best game against India in this three-match one-day series.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell to make early inroads with the new-ball.
Chris Gayle, John Campbell/Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (captain), Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell
Kemar Roach, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle
On the other hand, India will be keen to continue their winning streak against West Indies in the three-match one-day series. Virat Kohli and co. will be focused to make sure that they produce their best cricket in this one-day series.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to produce the bulk of runs in this opening game of the one-day series. Rohit Sharma has been in stupendous form in white-ball cricket and amassed over 600 runs for India in 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup played in England and Wales. Sharma has topped the batting charts for India so far this year with 1204 runs at an average of 57.33. Opening batsman also has smashed six centuries in white-ball cricket so far this season. India will be hoping that Sharma can continue his excellent form against West Indies in the three-match one-day series.
Besides Sharma, Indian Captain Virat Kohli has been a consistent performer for the side in white-ball cricket. Since January 2019, Kohli has accumulated 1054 runs in 20 matches with three centuries to his name. He also contributed with crucial scores for the side in the recently concluded T20I series played against West Indies. Middle-order has been India's weakness for the past couple of years. In order to solve this issue, selectors have picked Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey for the one-day series. Shreyas Iyer is expected to play the opening game of the one-day series. He certainly has the talent and temperament to do well for India in white-ball cricket. Lokesh Rahul is expected to play at no.3
In the batting order for India in this one-day series. The right-hander had a decent run with the bat in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and will be looking to find some form in this series. Kedhar Jadhav and Ravendra Jadeja are two prominent all-rounders picked by selectors for this one-day series. Jadeja is expected to play this game after his majestic batting performance against New Zealand in the semifinals of Cricket World Cup played at Manchester. Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be premier bowling options for India for this opening game of the one-day series.
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravendra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami
Khaleel Ahmed, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami
The pitch will be expected to be good for batting for the opening game of the one-day series. The spinners might certainly get the assistance off this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is expected to have thundery showers with a gentle breeze. Providence Stadium in Guyana is going to host the opening game of the one-day series between West Indies and India. In recent times, West Indies have managed to win only two out of their last five completed one-day games played at this venue. Since 2017, India holds an excellent head-to-head against West Indies in limited-overs cricket and also managed to win the one-day series against West Indies played in the Caribbean in 2017.
Both teams will be keen to win the toss and bowl first as rain might play a role in the outcome of this game. With rain expected to play a big part, teams will prefer chasing a score down as wet conditions will make it for bowlers to grip the ball and execute their plans.
Based on form in white-ball cricket this season, Virat-Kohli led unit is expected to win this opening game of the one-day series against West Indies. The visitors have plenty of firepower in their batting and bowling department to continue their winning streak in this one-day series. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant got runs for India in the recently concluded T20I series.
On the other hand, West Indies will be hoping that their premier players can come to the party in this one-day series and help them end their losing streak on this tour. Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect India to beat West Indies by a comfortable margin in this ODI series opener