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Dec 13, 2019, 3:30:00 PM

India vs West Indies: Achievable insights for the first ODI

Sportsbet.io provides insights that can earn either side a win in the first India vs West ODI at Chennai, this Sunday.

Bat first or second

It's been two years since Chepauk last hosted an ODI match, with India earning a 26-run victory (D/L method) upon batting first. Since 2010, India have won four of their six games when opting to bat first, and thus, the Men in Blue are well-placed to bat first upon winning the toss.

Winning record when batting first or second (since 2010)

Team

India

Other teams

Bat first

4

2

Bat second

1

2


Average ODI score per innings

Chepauk has always been a favourite venue for batsmen, although the dew factor may add a twist to the decision-making process of the toss-winning captain. India have registered 200-plus totals in five of the six ODIs they have played at Chepauk, and the Men in Blue are likely to continue the trend considering the depth in their batting strengths.

Average ODI score per innings (since 2010)

Team

India

Other teams

1st innings

268

147

2nd innings

107

189


Top Batsman

Virat Kohli has been nothing short of a grand spectacle in 2019, with 1288 ODI runs in 22 innings to be the current leading run-getter this year. Apart from being the highest run-scorer against West Indies, Kohli has notched 19 fifty-plus scores and nine centuries against the Calypso Kings thus emphasizing the threat of the Indian skipper when he takes the field for the first-of-three India vs West ODIs this weekend.

Despite the firepower in their batting ranks, West Indies have failed to make a  statement with the bat in 2019. Shai Hope, however, has been the focal point of the rare positive displays the Calypso Kings have put out this year. Hope is the first batsman since Chris Gayle (1,217 runs in 2006) to amass 1,000-plus ODI runs in a calendar year and comes to India boasting of an incredible batting average of 95.80, second-best among 198 batsmen who have scored 250-plus ODI runs on Indian soil.

Top Batsmen (2019)

Player

Matches

Runs

50s / 100s

Virat Kohli

23

1288

6/5

Shai Hope

25

1123

7/3


Top Bowler

With an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of the India vs West Indies ODI series and Jasprit Bumrah nearing his comeback, Mohammed Shami will spearhead the bowling attack against the Calypso Kings. The 29-year-old speedster has bagged 17 wickets in eight matches against Windies and is expected to finish as the leading ODI wicket-taker in 2019 at the end of the India vs West Indies ODI series.

The Windies bowlers have been underwhelming in 2019, registering their second-worst economy rate in a calendar year (5.94) in ODIs. Amongst the bowlers, Sheldon Cottrell leads the bowling charts and will be the pivot for the Calypso Kings to trouble the Indian batsmen in Chennai. The left-arm seamer will play his first ODI on Indian soil and is poised for a match-winning impact for the Men in Maroon.

Top Bowlers (2019)

Player

Matches

Wickets

Economy

Mohammed Shami

18

37

5.23

Sheldon Cottrell

21

26

5.57


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Words: William Paul

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