Team India will start the current home season against West Indies with five One Day Internationals, One T20 and three Tests. Both teams have played 112 ODIs, the Windies have won 59 out of them, the Blue Shirts were successful on 50 occasions, one was tied and two ended without any result. The first match was played in the Prudential World Cup on June 9, 1979, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, which was grabbed by the Caribbeans with a huge margin of seven wickets. India clinched the last one by five wickets on November 27, 2013, at Green Park, Kanpur.MS Dhoni will lead the home side while Dwayne Bravo will be the skipper of the touring squad.
Players to watch
Suresh Raina is in brilliant form and powered unbeaten 109 for Chennai Super Kings against Kolkata Knight Riders in the final of the 2014, Champions League Twenty20. Virat Kohli must come out of his shell whereas Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni are competent batsmen. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra can be lethal bowlers.
Dwayne Bravo along with Andre Russell have developed into fine all-rounders in the shorter version of the game and the batting of the Windies will revolve around Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith. Sunil Narine is under scrutiny due to his bowling action but Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder, Sulieman Benn, Darren Sammy and Jerome Taylor can be dangerous bowlers on their day.
Time & Venue
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 09:00 GMT, 14:30 local at Nehru Stadium, Kochi.
A threatening weather which can carry rain and thunderstorm with temperatures around 24-31ᵒC.
The winning captain will opt to set the target for the rival side.
Nehru Stadium, Kochi was constructed in 1996 and has a seating capacity of 55,000 with the facility of accommodating night cricket. The wicket has assisted the batsmen most of the times and the Men in Blue have won six, lost two while one was washed out.
India – MS Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav,
West Indies – Dwayne Bravo (C), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuel, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine.
Team India is favourite to win the opening encounter.
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