Providence Stadium at Guyana witnessed rain the entire day with little breaks now and then bringing 1st ODI match between India and West Indies to cease on August 8, 2019. Both the skippers are disappointed with the weather reducing the overs to a mere 34. Though the Indian captain feels that the ground has come a long way since World Cup 2015, he admits it would still be risky to play on a surface like that. He is sure of the different bounce and pace from few of the pitches might test his men.
After 13 overs, West Indies stands at 54 with a loss of one wicket. Indian team’s wrist-spinner, Kuldeep Yadav uprooted Chris Gayle in the 11th over. The Universe Boss had to leave for an expensive 4 runs from 31 balls. Evin Lewis with a 40 off of 36 balls and Shai Hope with his 6 of 11 still stand at the crease. Shai Hope with an average of 86.7 and a total of 1127 against spinners is the exemplary prospect for West Indies against Indian spin bowlers. Other cricketers who scored a fine total against spinners in ODI are Virat Kohli (1360), Rohit Sharma (1233) and Joe Root (1145).
The Return of Shikhar Dhawan
The team in blue is glad to have Shikhar Dhawan back after missing out on so many matches in the World Cup due to his finger injury, pushing KL Rahul down the middle order. The middle-order is still an issue which has not been addressed yet, after the big dud in the World Cup. Only a three-match long series wouldn’t give the current middle order to prove much if the opening pairs shine well. The man behind the stumps, now being Risabh Pant gets his own time to prove his worth. The team might give Manish Pandey a chance in the 2nd ODI to make a statement with his bat. Despite missing some of the star players from the last World Cup, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, India looks more or less settled with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami or might even give chance to Navdeep Saini in the 2nd ODI with their bowling.
West Indies got to take a deep look into their spin attack from the 2nd ODI onwards if they want to shamble most of the right-handed Indian batsmen. Even after such faulty performance in the World Cup, West Indies hasn’t made much change to the team besides adding two bowling all-rounders- Roston Chase and Keemo Paul.
After losing the T20 series, West Indies now desperately wants to win the rest of the short 3 match ODI series which has now come down to two.
Our Match Winner :
India Will Win