WI vs IND – 1st ODI Prediction 27 Jul 2023
West Indies vs India ODI Series
- Date: 2023-07-27
- Start Time: 11:00
- Location: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
- Tournament: West Indies vs India ODI Series
- Format: One Day International
- Prediction By: Malcolm Richards
After clinching the Test match series 1-0, India will now shift their focus to the three-match ODI series, which commences this Thursday at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
- The upcoming ODI match will take place at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, and cricket enthusiasts can catch the action live at 07:00 PM IST.
- With the Test series success under their belt, India will be eager to carry forward their winning momentum and replicate their performance against West Indies in the shorter overs format.
- The ODI series promises to be an enthralling contest between the two cricketing giants.
WI vs IND – 1st ODI – Venue Details
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
Date: July 27th 2023
Time: 9:30 (local)
WI vs IND – 1st ODI – Team Previews
The Indian squad for the ODI series has retained its core lineup and will place its trust in the players to deliver exceptional performances. Rohit Sharma, along with the in-form Shubman Gill, is expected to open the batting, showcasing their recent impressive displays in the second Test. The experienced Virat Kohli will follow as the third batsman and will play a pivotal role in the team’s success. Gill has been in outstanding form, averaging 78 in his last nine games, while Kohli boasts an impressive average close to 60.
The playing XI is likely to feature Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, adding further depth to the batting, while the all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will strengthen the lineup. The Indian team boasts world-class depth in their batting department. In terms of bowling, the pace attack will be led by the talented trio of Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, and Shardul Thakur, while Yuzvendra Chahal is expected to be preferred over Kuldeep Yadav.
Siraj’s recent experience holds immense value, but Malik and Thakur will need to step up their efforts to make a significant impact. Chahal, known for his spin wizardry, is eager to challenge a West Indian team that has historically struggled against spin bowling. If Kuldeep Yadav gets an opportunity to play, he should be closely watched as he has the knack for taking wickets consistently, despite occasionally being on the expensive side.
West Indies has faced challenges in the ODI format in recent years. They missed out on direct qualification for the ODI World Cup through the Super League and couldn’t secure a spot in the tournament via the qualifiers held in Zimbabwe earlier this year. Now, the team must regroup and use this series as a stepping stone to rebuild and strengthen their ODI performances.
In order to compete with the formidable Indian team, West Indies has infused some firepower and made adjustments to their Test roster. The team will be led by Shai Hope and features a blend of experienced and young batters such as Rovman Powell, Alick Athanaze, and Brandon King. Shimron Hetmeyer, who hasn’t played an ODI for his country since July 2021, makes his return after an impressive IPL season.
The team will also have the services of all-rounder Gudakesh Motie, who has recovered from an injury. West Indies has bolstered its pace attack by including Oshane Thomas and Jayden Seales, joining forces with Dominic Drakes, Alzarri Joseph, and Romario Shepherd to form a potent bowling unit. With these changes, West Indies aims to put up a strong challenge against the formidable Indian side in the upcoming series.
WI vs IND – 1st ODI – Probable Playing XI’s
India: R Sharma (Cap), SB Gill, V Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, HD Pandya, IS Kishan, Ravi Jadeja, SR Thakur, K Yadav, UM Malik, Mukesh Kumar.
West Indies: B King, K Mayers, A Athanaze, S Hope (Cap & wk), SH Hetmyer, RV Powell, D Drakes, R Shepherd, G Motie, JY Seales, YC Cariah
WI vs IND – 1st ODI – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The pitch at Kensington Oval is not known for being batting-friendly and tends to favour the bowlers. The average first-inning score on this pitch is 229 runs. However, in the most recent game, an unusual high-scoring affair saw more than 600 runs being scored.
WI vs IND – 1st ODI – Match Prediction
India are heavy favourites for this game and should pick up a comfortable victory.