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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Preview: India vs West Indies - 1st ODI, Kochi, 2013

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What
First of the three-ODI series between India and West Indies
When
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 13:30 IST (08:00 GMT)
Where
Nehru Stadium, Kochi
The Teams
India
After bidding an emotional goodbye to Sachin Tendulkar from Test cricket, the core group of the Indian team will now focus on the short ODI series. The arrival of limited overs specialists like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh will add freshness and flamboyance to the batting while MS Dhoni would hope Ravindra Jadeja’s shoulder is strong enough to carry the responsibility of the all-rounder.
The pressure though will lie on the young battery of pace bowlers. While Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have booked their place in India’s best Playing XI, Jaydev Unadkat will be fighting for a spot. Vinay Kumar, who has replaced injured Dhawal Kulkarni, might not be the first choice, given his poor show in the previous ODI series, against Australia.
West Indies
The visitors will be desperate to put their abysmal show in the Test series behind them. Change in leadership and the fact that West Indies’ strength is inversely proportional to the length of a cricket match, gives them hope of going back home with a win.
The return of world-class short-form players like captain, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, and a very experienced Ravi Rampaul will give the Windies a huge shot in the arm.
Key Players
India
Rohit Sharma has been in enviable form since the last couple of months, churning out runs in all three formats. With back-to-back centuries in his first two Tests and the Man of the Series award to boot, Rohit will be itching to hold a bat again – this time, opening the innings with Shikhar Dhawan. The opening stand will be key for India.
West Indies
Chris Gayle looked completely out of sorts in the two Tests. But the left-handed opener is a different player against the white ball. His team will want him to regain his touch by being patient in the beginning and then bringing out his A game.
Statistics
Performance in One-Day Internationals
Mts
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
Won%
India
838
421
375
6
36
50.24
West Indies
702
360
310
8
24
51.28
India- West Indies in One-Day Internationals
Mts
Ind
WI
Tied
NR
Overall
109
48
58
1
2
in India
44
20
24
0
0
Form guide (most recent listed first)
India :  Won, Won, NR, Lost, Won (3 wins, 1 loss)
West Indies : Lost, Lost, Tied, Won, Lost (1 win, 3 losses)
Last ODI meeting between India and West Indies:  
Brief scores: 05 Jul 2013 at Port-of-Spain
India (311-7) beat West Indies (171) by 102 runs (D/L method)
Matches at Kochi
Mts
Won
Lost
NR
Won%
India
7
5
2
0
71.43
West Indies
0
Average first innings score at Kochi : 273


Trivia

Since January 2013 India have won five consecutive series / tournament in a row. They will look for their sixth in a row against West Indies.
West Indies have the second best winning percentage (54.54%) against India in India, after Pakistan (63.33%)
Virat Kohli needs 81 runs to complete 5000 runs in ODIs. If he does so tomorrow, Virat will equal Viv Richards’ world record of being the quickest to this milestone in terms of innings (114).
Squads
India: MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Chris Gayle, Kieron Powell, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Jason Holder, Veerasammy Permaul, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best.

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