India vs West Indies 1st ODI Prediction
Betting Tips –
- West Indian side have won just 3 out of the last 12 games they have played against India in India.
- Virat Kohli is in lead to be India’s best batsmen with odds of 2.80 (win INR 280 by betting INR 100) while for West Indies Shai Hope is in the lead with odds of 4.33 (win INR 433 by betting INR 100)
- With odds of 2.80 (win INR 280 by betting INR 100) Kuldeep Yadav is expected to be India’s best bowler and Jason Holder with odds of 3.50 (win INR 350 by betting INR 100) is in lead from the West Indian side.
- Kohli is top contender for Man of The Match Award with odds of 7.00 (win INR 700 by betting INR 100) followed by Rohit Sharma with odds of 7.50 (win INR 750 by betting INR 100)
- India’s odds of hitting most sixes is 1.86 (win INR 186 by betting INR 100) while West Indies have odds of 2.25 (win INR 225 by betting INR 100)
They started as favourites in the Test series and didn’t harm their reputation. The team comes back to playing ODIs riding on the recent win in the Asia Cup where they impressed in all their games including the closely fought final versus Bangladesh. With Virat Kohli back in the squad as captain the team strength multiplies exponentially. The champion player and the inspiring leader that he is Kohli would leave no stone unturned to whitewash the West Indians. Nothing would be given away freely to the opposition and the Indian skipper would expect all his players to play their best game and have the perfect start to the ODI series.
Indians are a dominating side when it comes to batting and in these conditions they are double dangerous. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are in brilliant form. With Virat Kohli at No. 3 and Ambati Raydu at No. 4 the batting order looks settled at the top. There are some worries about MS Dhoni’s form but Manish Pandey or Rishab Pant can play the perfect finisher’s role. In the bowling department Umesh Yadav makes a comeback and with Mohammad Shami makes a formidable fast bowling pair. And then India has the two spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav who will trouble the West Indian batting along with Ravindra Jadeja.
West Indians were expected to struggle in these conditions but few would have expected Jason Holder and his side to simply loose the fight so easily. The tall fast bowler has been inspirational in his role as a player and captain but that hasn’t been enough in the first leg of their tour of India. With horrors of the Test series put behind he would expect better performance from his side in the first game of the ODI series. The skipper would be aware of the fact that the Indians won’t let them have a party in the park but in coloured clothing the side is much better both in terms of skills and temperament.
The batting for the side is relatively weak with no Chris Gayle in the team. It will be interesting to see who opens the batting but it is the Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris and Jason Holder in the middle order who shall have to do bulk of the scoring for the side. The problem with the side has been their unsettled batting line-up and frequent changes. On the bowling front Kemar Roach and Holder form a good opening pair and the likes of Ashley Nurse and Keemo Paul will have to play out of their skins to cause trouble to India’s strong batting line-up.
Indians are in the right frame of mind coming into this ODI series while West Indies have to play the catch-up game. As it stands Indians are overwhelming favourites to with the 1st ODI and make the right start to the series.
Our Prediction for India vs West Indies 1st ODI
India shall win the 1st ODI
If the result of the two-match Test series is anything to go by it has proven that West Indian cricket is in a state of terminal decline. With both the Test matches wrapping within three days the West Indian team seemed clueless on how to play in these conditions and even if not win the game give the hosts a good fight. All done and dusted in the whites the action now moves to cricket in coloured clothing as the two teams meet at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati for the 1st ODI of the 5-Match Series. While they are a better ODI side than a Test side it would take lot of heart and commitment for them to defeat India in these conditions.