West Indies will aim for a winning start to the three-match ODI series when they play against India on August 8 (Thursday) at the Province Stadiums in Guyana. The Men in Blues will be high on confidence after registering a whitewash in the T20Is and will hope to keep the winning run going.
India will be mighty pleased by the performances of the younger lot in T20Is. Shikhar Dhawan, the experienced opening batsman, will eye a big score as he returns to the format after having sustained a thumb injury during the World Cup. The bowling unit will see the return of Mohammed Shami and the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The Men in Blues will be desperate to keep the winning run going as they aim to redeem themselves of a shocking World Cup defeat.
India outplayed West Indies in all three departments by India in the T20Is. The host now face an uphill task against Virat Kohli & his boys. Skipper Jason Holder will expect more intensity from his team and will have a task at hand to cheer his boys and put out a collective effort. The management will hope that the return of Chris Gayle will solve their top-order woes. West Indies batting will have to apply themselves more and back their bowling units in search of their first victory.
Date and Venue: West Indies vs India, August 8 (Thursday), at the Province Stadium in Guyana, 7:00 PM IST
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18:19 IST: It is raining heavily in Guyana right now and as a result, the toss has been delayed. The covers are firmly in place across the square of the ground.
19:05 IST: It has stopped raining, the sun is out and the ground staffs are getting on with their work.
19:15 IST: The sun is bright and the developments are looking positive as the staffs are removing the excess water from the covers.
19:45 IST: It has started to rain again and the pitch is back under covers. The rain was in the forecast and it is back again.
20:21 IST: The toss will be at 8.30 PM IST. Play to start at 11.30 AM local and 9:00 PM IST. It will be a 43 overs a side game.
India skipper Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to field first against West Indies at Guyana.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach
Here is what the captains said,
We will bowl first. The top surface looks damp, weather around, shortened game. The team batting second will have an advantage. We have left out Chahal, Saini, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey. We are looking at the new guys, giving them time and let them settle.
We would have bowled as well. But this is an opportunity for our batsmen to get some runs, fresh series, fresh start. Need to execute our batting and bowling plans, we have spoken a lot about the team’s futrure, need some batting partnerships and give ourselves some chance. We have left out Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas and John Campbell.