First game of the five-match series to be played on Sunday
West Indies will be looking to finally find their feet on the tour when they will face India in the first ODI of the five-match series in Guwahati on Sunday.
The Caribbean giants were thrashed in all departments in the five-day format as they suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the two-match series, and both matches finished inside the first three days.
Therefore, it is imperative that the Jason Holder-led unit will produce a much better show and will hope for some better luck with the change in format.
The arrival of seasoned campaigner Marlon Samuels will surely lift the morale of the team and he will have a task to improve the team’s batting department significantly. He will have the support of the likes of Shimron Hetmeyer, Kieran Powell and wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope to share the burden.
In the bowling department, in-form captain Holder will be the one to lead from the front in the pace department which will consist of two out Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph and Keemar Roach, whereas in the spin department, leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo will be accompanied with off-spinner Ashley Nurse.
On the other hand, team India will be high on confidence after getting back to winning ways in the five-day format and will be hoping for a similar kind of performance in the ODIs as well.
In the batting department, the mighty top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli will share the responsibility of making sure the team post more than competitive total on the board, whereas there will be pressure on former captain and wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni to show his class with the bat as well.
The team is expected to go with two seamers with Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami and Khaleel Ahmed all in the running for a spot in the final eleven, whereas the spin department will consist of wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
The pitch is expected to be on a little slower side, whereas the weather is unlikely to affect the outcome of the match.