Host India will take on West Indies on Wednesday at Kochi in their first of three ODIs scheduled for the season while the visitors, bereft of their icon bowler sunil Narine, will have to brace for the onsalught both from players and the rain god tomorrow in Kerala.
India versus West Indies ODI series kick starts at 2:30 PM (IST) from 8th October in Kochi, where panic of rain stands broad over the first ODI at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. Both the teams would like to utilize the series, aiming 2015 World Cup expedition in Australia & New Zealand.
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India’s victory over England in One Day series made the Cricket fans say “No one can chase India in ODI”, now its time to slaughter the Caribbean Squad to cruise the five match series.
Guest side, West Indies team will miss the services of leading attacker and spin magician Sunil Narine, the 26-year-old off-break bowler who has been banned from upcoming series and massive Gayle too, as the hitter has suffered a lower back injury. The visiting team still consists of titanic performing all rounder like Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Ravi Rampaul. Lendl Simmons would be the most favorite among the Caribbean team and fans want to witness a mesmerizing display from the opener.
Host side, Indian squad will leave no stone unturned to hustle the conditions for Caribbean team. Indian team is in full swing, Captain Cool Dhoni is on high side after capturing CLT20 2014, and Suresh Raina has proved himself after showing an exceptional performance in CLT20 and England tour. Cricket fans will keep their sight on poster boy, Virat Kohli, who is compared to Sachin Tendulkar, searching for a stable start and God has gifted him with such luxury. Bowling department has added a new feature — Kuldeep Yadav, whose last performance made him stand in the squad.
Kochi weather will play the most vital role in match, as meteorological department has predicted scattered rain in Kerala for the next two days and also added that it would be fairly widespread. Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium holds a fair record for the home side, India has played 10 One day Internationals and managed victory over 6.
Prediction: Ground is good for both Bowling and Batting, but tomorrow completely depends on rain. Otherwise, India is the favourite to win the match on Wednesday.
Kochi crowd is expecting a cracker of the series. Cricket followers will also keep a sharp eye on this match; this is the first encounter to start the campaign for long ahead World Cup 2015.
SCHEDULE: India vs West Indies ODI Series 2014
1st ODI -Wednesday – 08-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), Nehru Stadium, Kochi
2nd ODI -Saturday -11-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), Kotla, Delhi
3rd ODI – Tuesday -14-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam;
4th ODI – Friday – 17-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala;
5th ODI – Monday – 20-10-2014 – 14:30 IST (09:00 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata;
Wednesday – 22-10-2014 – Only T20I -19:00 IST (13:30 GMT), Barabati Stadium, Cuttack;