The 1st ODI of the three-match series between India and West Indies will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The match starts at 2 PM local time & IST (8:30 AM GMT). This game can be viewed on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Live Streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Preview for Fantasy
After an enthralling T20I series which India won by 2-1, the two teams will face-off in the first of the three-match ODI series. Rather there is not much at stake in this series but it is a rarity that both of India’s top batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are playing. Having said that, the hosts have already been plagued with injury concerns. Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been ruled out of the series due to different kind of injuries.
West Indies, on the other hand, have been playing some attractive cricket ever since Kieron Pollard has taken over the captaincy. They are coming off a 3-0 win over Afghanistan and should back themselves to come good against India as well. However, they will be sweating over Evin Lewis’ injury who injured himself in the third T20I at the Wankhede played on Sunday. A close contest is expected to take place though India enter as overwhelming favourites.
Surprisingly, it will be cloudy since morning in Chennai. But the rain is not in the forecast as of now. The temperature is expected to hover around 26-30 Degrees Celsius and it goes without saying that there will be a lot of humidity.
The track at the Chepauk is a bat-first surface clearly going by the stats. But with this match being played under the lights, dew will come into play later in the game. Also, if the conditions are cloudy, the new ball will move around in the first innings. The team winning the toss is expected to field first. However, there is a chance of the ball turning as the match progresses.
Average first innings score: 239 (21 ODIs played at the venue)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 7; Lost 13; Tie/NR – 1
Shikhar Dhawan is ruled out of the series. Mayank Agarwal has replaced him in the squad.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also been ruled out of the series. Shardul Thakur has been named his replacement.
Evin Lewis sustained a knee injury in the third T20I and he didn’t bat too. However, there is no update on his injury so far and is uncertain if he will play.
Probable Playing XIs:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shivam Dube/Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami.
Bench – Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube/Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur
Shai Hope (WK), Evin Lewis/Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicolas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (C), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul/Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh, Alzarri Joseph
Bench: Brandon King, Sunil Ambris, Evin Lewis/Brandon King, Keemo Paul/Romario Shepherd, Khary Pierre
Virat Kohli has scored 279 runs in six innings at Chepauk at an average close to 47. It goes without saying that the Indian captain should be your top pick for this match. Rohit Sharma should also be picked whenever India plays but his record is not that good at the venue. Mohammed Shami has turned into a wicket-taker for India in this format and he can be picked. Chahal’s bowling will be useful on the turning pitch at the Chepauk.
For the West Indies, Roston Chase and Shai Hope should walk into any team. Pooran and Pollard are the other two options to be picked in the batting department. Sheldon Cottrell is another attractive option to have in the team.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Nicolas Pooran
Vice-captain options – Kieron Pollard, Mohammed Shami, Roston Chase, Rohit Sharma (Risky)
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Shai Hope, Nicolas Pooran
Batters – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, Roston Chase (VC)
Bowlers – Sheldon Cottrell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Nicolas Pooran (C)
Batters – Shimron Hetmyer, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul
All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav
Bowlers – Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami (VC), Deepak Chahar
Rohit Sharma has scored only 74 runs in five innings with a high score of 28 in Chennai. So though he can be picked in your Fantasy team, it would be a better idea for you to not make him captain or vice-captain.
Shimron Hetmyer’s struggle against quality spin bowling is well known to everyone and it would be wise to not pick him on a turning Chepauk surface.
India are expected to win the match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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