Date & Time: Sunday, December 15, 13:30 IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India
Will the West Indies continue to push to India?
After a scintillating T20I series, the action moves into the ODI format with the first of the 3-match ODI series set to kickstart in Chennai. Unlike T20Is, India is a far superior side in ODI format when compared to the Windies. As always India’s strength has been their top order and that’s where the contest between the two sides can go either way, depending on India’s top order performance. The West Indies seem to be a better side now, but a couple of months ago as they were swept by Afghanistan in the recent ODI series. If they can replicate the very form we are up for another cracker of a contest.
India’s top 3 are top-rated batsmen in the match. The world’s best batsman Virat Kohli in the format has a PPM of 87 in the last 10 matches. Next in the pecking order is Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma who have a PPM of 81 and 73 respectively. Shreyas Iyer with a PPM of 63 in the last 10 matches is not too far away. While M Shami has the highest PPM of 64 among bowlers.
In the visitor’s camp, there are also few consistent performers in the last 10 matches. All-rounder Roston Chase leads the list for the side with a PPM of 70, followed by Shai Hope, S Cottrell and N Pooran who have a PPM of above 55.
It is still unclear whether Evin Lewis will make it to the playing XI or not. Apart from that the squad will most likely remain the same as the last T20I.
West Indies possible XI
Shai Hope (WK),/Evin Lewis/ Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer,Nicolas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul/Alzarri Joseph
India is likely to retain the trio spin policy in Chennai. In batting Kedar Jadhav is likely to replace Shivam Dube from the T20Is.
India possible XI
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami
The surface in Chennai is known to offer enough assistance for spinners irrespective of the format. So it is likely to remain that way for Sunday’s contest. The forecast in Chennai in the past few days hasn’t been promising with regular rains, but for the match it is likely to stay away for the most part of it.
The Indian captain is a no brainer in the fantasy team in ODIs. He now has the highest amount of runs scored against the West Indies than any other batsman to date. His freak consistency is a reflection of his PPM of 86 in the format and he has an MDTA of 1.34.
The Indian vice-captain is only second to Virat when it comes to runs scored in the last five years in ODIs. He may not be as consistent as Virat but when he gets going he is a game-changer. His form at the back end of the T20I series might just be the starting carnage to come in ODIs. He has a PPM of 73 and an MDTA of 2 in the last 10 matches.
It is the perfect time for the Karnataka batsman to make his own spot in ODIs in the absence of Dhawan. If anything, one has to consider his form in the T20I series and there is much more to expect from him in the ODIs. His recent good form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy makes him a worthy pick in today’s match.
He has been in impressive form both with bat and ball in recent times. His off-spin on the Chennai surface might be crucial for his side. His impressive PPM of 70.5 and MDTA of 1.67 in the last 10 matches makes him a must-have in today’s match.
He has been the most consistent batsman for the West Indies in the last few months. His ability to play spin well will be one of the crucial factors for the side in Chennai, which is known to offer enough assistance for spinners. He has a PPM of 55.9 and MDTA of 2 in the last 10 games.
There seems to be something with Hetmyer when playing against India in India. Apart from a couple of centuries against England, his best innings have come in India. He announced himself to the world with impressive performances in the last Windes tour of India. Generally in the format, he has been inconsistent but if he can transform his T20Is form to today’s match, then he certainly will be the game changer for the West Indies.