Do-or-die match for India
Just like the T20I series, India did not get off to an ideal start in the ODI series. However, they lost was not as big a point of consideration as the manner of their defeat. Not often do India finds themselves the position they are in. They are playing at home, down 1-0 in the series, and are fighting for survival in the ongoing three-match series against West Indies. A win for West Indies in the first ODI has set the series up beautifully. India could bring in Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Ravindra Jadeja. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma suffered failures in Chennai and will hope to make amends. Mohammed Shami should once again lead the bowling unit with Deepak Chahar being one to watch out for. After a brilliant start to the ODI series, West Indies shouldn't be making any changes to a successful combination. The talented duo of Hetmyer and Pooran will be key in the middle order with Chase playing the floaters role.
The wicket at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam traditionally a good batting track with some help for the spinners, and India could bring back Yuzvendra Chahal to make it a three-spin attack, along with Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. With the match also being played under lights, dew will become a factor in the second innings and add to the difficulty for the batsmen. The weather is clear during the match with chasing being the preferred option upon winning the toss. For West Indies, spinner Hayden Walsh Jr might just prove to be the trump card. Their bowlers adapted to the slow pitch well; Sheldon Cottrell, in particular, was very good.
India are still the favorites, but as we saw in the first match, West Indies are well and truly capable to beat any side on their day. Stay tuned for the second ODI, which is expected to be nothing short of a humdinger.
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