Date: 22 July 2022
Time: 7 PM IST
Venue: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
After thrashing England 2-1 in their own backyard, India are all pumped up and have their eyes fixed on the next target i.e. three ODIs against the West Indies. The first of which will be played on Friday at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. India will have a new but proven leader in Shikhar Dhawan who has a relatively younger team to lead. It is to be seen if India rue the absence of top guns or pose a challenge with their ‘strong bench’.
With even bounce, fast outfield, and small boundaries, the Queen Park Oval pitch is a paradise for the batters. However, bowlers also get their bit with pacers enjoying the swing in the initial part of an inning and spinners exploiting the slowness in the middle overs.
With some big names like KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya not around, it will be a challenge for Shikhar Dhawan to threaten West Indies in their backyard. Nonetheless, India’s bench strength is one of the best in the world and it has been reflected in their performances in the past.
Captain Dhawan will bank on the likes of Suryakumar, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer who have been in good nick. The pace bowling department can be an issue with Prasidh Krishna struggling in his last few games. The spin department looks all sorted with Jadeja, Chahal, and Axar Patel ready to roar.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies faced a shocking defeat to Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series as they lost it 0-3. The Nicholas Pooran-led team failed to play the full quota of overs in all three games which emerged as a major concern for the hosts. Nonetheless, they have retained the squad that played against Bangladesh for India ODIs. Jason Holder’s return has brought some relief for West Indies as the all-rounder holds a key for them. But Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, and Rovman Powell still need to take responsibility. The bowling department also lacks a quality spinner.
SportsTiger Playing XI of West Indies
Shai Hope, Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph
India have a better team, in-form players, and desired momentum while West Indies lack all three. So, the Men in Blue are the favorite to win 1st ODI.
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