India (178/4) comprehensively defeat West Indies (176) by 6 wickets in 1st ODI

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West Indies seek to acclimatise to World Cup conditions while India prepare to take flight under Rohit Sharma in their 1000th ODI.

Overview

India v West Indies, 1st ODI
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
6 February, 01:30 PM local

India will play their 1000th One Day International when they take on West Indies in Ahmedabad on Sunday, becoming the first international team to cross the four-figure mark. Rohit Sharma returns to lead the Indian team after missing the South Africa series with a hamstring injury. KL Rahul, who led the side in Rohit’s absence in the 0-3 loss to South Africa in the ODI series last month, will, however, miss the first game of the series.

With Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and Mayank Agarwal, who was later added to the ODI squad, still in quarantine, skipper Rohit Sharma confirmed to the media that Ishan Kishan would open the batting with him.

West Indies, meanwhile, come off the back of a 3-2 T20I series win against England and will hope to test their pool of players in conditions where they will play the next Men’s ODI World Cup in 2023. Veteran fast bowler Kemar Roach notably made a return to their ODI squad and could be in line to play the first game with Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd, and Odean Smith being the other quick-bowling options in the Kieron Pollard-led side.

West Indies’ ODI record in the recent past, though, isn’t as compelling. They were whitewashed in Bangladesh (0-3) in early 2021 and suffered series losses to Australia (1-2) and Ireland (1-2), both at home. The latter, in particular, was a huge blow to the Windies, who are now seventh in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points chart with 50 points. India, being hosts, have automatically qualified to the 2023 ODI World Cup, and the Super League points do not matter as much for them.

Remember the last time

The last time West Indies won a bilateral ODI series against India is way back in 2006. Since then, India have won 10 successive bilateral ODI series, only once losing more than one game in a series. The formidable record is even more daunting in India where the hosts last lost a series in 2002.

Notably, though, West Indies have always managed to win at least one game in a series in the bilaterals held in India.

What they said

Rohit Sharma (India captain): Ishan [Kishan] is the only option we have and he will open with me in the first ODI. Shikhar [Dhawan], Ruturaj [Gaikwad] and Shreyas [Iyer] are still in isolation. Mayank [Agarwal] was added to the squad and he is still in quarantine.

Jason Holder (West Indies all-rounder): Nothing is impossible. We've got to believe that nothing is impossible and continue to be happy for one another's success and continue to build as a team.

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Squads:

India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Deepak Hooda, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Washington Sundar, Shahrukh Khan

West Indies Squad: Shai Hope(w), Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Kemar Roach, Nkrumah Bonner

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Boring and one sided series without Russell, Lewis and hetmyer.. WI's bowling is also dull..
 
Deepak Hooda has been handed the cap, he'll be making his ODI debut for India.
 
India have won the toss and have opted to field

West Indies (Playing XI): Brandon King, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran(w), Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Akeal Hosein

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj
 
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Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Vice-President Rajeev Shukla on Sunday said that the Indian players would sport black armbands in the first ODI against West Indies to condole the demise of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. "Indian Players will sport black armbands in the first ODI against West Indies at the Narendra Modi Stadium to condole the demise of Lata Mangeshkar. The national flag will fly at half-mast," Shukla told ANI.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday at the age of 92 years. The megastar had been admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital on January 8 after she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia. Though having recovered from COVID, the singer was put on ventilator support after her condition worsened on Saturday.

Two-day national mourning will be observed in memory of Lata Mangeshkar. The national flag will also fly at half-mast for two days, as a mark of respect, and she will be given a State funeral.

https://sports.ndtv.com/india-vs-we...est-indies-2752019#pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories
 
FK5iQz-agAUIjN2
 
What a stadium...looks fascinating. Just need to get the pitch bit better.
 
The stadium is a magnificient sight. a pity in these covid times - no spectators, imagine a mexican wave in a full house. and when it gets dark in the 2nd innings, the ring of fire lights is a spectacular sight to behold.
Pitch looks like even bounce.
this will be one of the iconic stadiums as time goes by.
 
Windies holding on - WI 70/3 (18.5) - just about.
 
WI are not ODI/Test standard

Wouldn’t expect them to be able to beat associate teams these days with the way they are playing.

No surprise they lost to Ireland and are losong so badly here.
 
How does Pollard still get selected after a long series of failures and then bats above Holder, who is a decent batsman for an all rounder.
 
How does Pollard still get selected after a long series of failures and then bats above Holder, who is a decent batsman for an all rounder.

He’s an Mumbai Indian IPL superstar

Supposedly it’s his name factor
 
Gee whiz, all that talk before they went in for the referral , gathered around the stump mic was hilarious....vk was spot on :) :mw
 
WI are not ODI/Test standard

Wouldn’t expect them to be able to beat associate teams these days with the way they are playing.

No surprise they lost to Ireland and are losong so badly here.

They are jet lagged. Its midnight in West Indies and their sleeping time. It takes sometime for body to get adjusted in different timezones.
 
Rohit Sharma-led Team India side scripted history by becoming the first team in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket to play 1,000 matches on Sunday. Rohit-led Team India locked horns with Kieron Pollard's West Indies in the first ODI of the three-match series at the famous Narendra Modi Stadium. Before India's meeting with the Men from the Caribbean, the former world champions had played 999 matches in the 50-over format.

World champions in the 1983 and 2011 editions of the 50-over ICC World Cup, Team India is regarded as one of the most successful teams in two of the purest formats of the game. Out of the 999 matches played by the Men In Blue, the Asian giants have recorded 518 wins and 431 defeats. Team India had completed 500 ODI appearances in 2002. Twenty years later, Team India became the first side to play 1,000 matches in the 50-over format at Ahmedabad.

"It will be a historic moment as we play the 1000th ODI. I would like to congratulate all the players who have taken part in this long journey. It is an honour for me to lead the side in that game, it will be a privilege to lead the boys. Our journey has been fantastic over the years. So many players have tried to put their best foot forward, we will also try to keep raising the bar," Indian skipper Rohit said in a video shared on the BCCI.TV.

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, who guided India to its maiden World Cup triumph in 1983, was the captain of the national team in their 100th ODI appearance. Batting icon Sourav Ganguly was India's captain when the Asian giants completed 500 ODI appearances. Five-time world champions Australia have played the most number of matches after India in the 50-over format. Australia have won 581 games and suffered 334 defeats out of 958 ODIs. Champions in 1992, India's arch-rivals Pakistan have played 936 matches in the 50-over format. Pakistan have won 490 matches and the Green Army has recorded 417 defeats in ODIs.

https://www.timesnownews.com/sports...es-first-side-to-play-1000-odi-matches/856357
 
Minnow basher Chahal showing how good he is against minnows. Nevertheless, Ashwin is no better.

Don't know why they have picked Shardul over Deepak Chahar. Latter is a superior bowler and the best LOI all rounder India have produced after Kapil Dev, Hardik Pandya :inti and Irfan Pathan.
 
This prasidh guy bowls 128-134 kph and has a reputation of being one of the fastest bowlers in India.
The back ups are bhuvi and deepak chahar.
What a pointless series this.
 
Captaincy is an art and Rohit is the artist. Amazing!
 
India are impossible to beat at home even with their second string team. They are potentially the greatest team in the past decade and not many can argue that. They home record speaks for itself what a great team. And they back up players are a joy to watch.
 
This prasidh guy bowls 128-134 kph and has a reputation of being one of the fastest bowlers in India.
The back ups are bhuvi and deepak chahar.
What a pointless series this.

Series like these are when you should give chances to every youngster who wants to make a mark. I think prasidh is a lot quicker in the early 140km range....but yeah in this match he wsa slow.
I think its high time Sir bhuvi Sobers is shown the door. I dont think he has done anything of note since saf test series in 2018, just a pathetic 120kmph bowler who cant swing it, he has single handedly stopped the progress of a young paceman
Whwere's tyagi, shvam mavi, ishan porel, nagarkoti etc-time to give these guys a go
 
WI 176 (43.5)
IND 82/0 (12.4) CRR: 6.47 REQ: 2.54
India need 95 runs

Bit of a joke this game!

As [MENTION=9]Saj[/MENTION] said to me - mismatch not a match.
 
I don't see West Indies winning any ODI game. They may win a T20 game.

India are favorites to win 5-1 or 6-0.
 
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This is more than likely to be an embarrassing series for West Indies unless they can come up with something brilliant.
 
Akkeal Hosein has been a good find for West Indies. Averages 24.29 with the ball in ODI.
 
<U>India vs West Indies, 1st ODI</U>

<B>India won by 6 wkts</b>

WI - 176 (43.5)
IND - 178/4 (28)

RR: 6.36
 
India delivered a thoroughly professional performance on Sunday as they defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series in Ahmedabad.

Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an innings of 60 off 51 deliveries at the top of the order, putting on an opening stand of 84 with Ishan Kishan. India, however, faced some hiccups in the middle as they lost four wickets in quick succession after that.

Once Rohit departed, India lost Kishan, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant in the space of just four overs. But Suryakumar Yadav and debutant Deepak Hooda put on a stand of 62 runs for the fifth wicket and took India home safely, thus helping the hosts chasing down the target with six wickets and 22 overs remaining.

Earlier it was the Indian captain Rohit Sharma who won the toss and elected to bowl first. Mohammed Siraj gave them an early breakthrough as he cleaned up Shai Hope in the third over. Brandon King and Darren Bravo tried to steady the ship thereafter but Washington Sundar dismissed both of them in the 12th over, putting an end to their 31-run stand.

Wickets kept falling at regular intervals after that. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was brought into the attack and he got rid of the dangerous Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard in his very first over. Pooran's wicket helped Chahal to reach the milestone of 100 ODI wickets. He also dismissed Shamarh Brooks in his very next over, and Prasidh Krishna claimed the wicket of Akeal Hossein after that to leave West Indies reeling at 79/7.

The end look very near for West Indies but Jason Holder and Fabian Allen pulled off a superb rescue effort as they added 78 runs for the eighth wicket. The partnership came to an end when Allen was out caught and bowled by Sundar for 29. Holder carried on for a while and completed his fifty but Krishna brought an end to his fighting knock as he was out caught behind for a superb knock of 57. West Indies didn't last long after Holder's dismissal and were ultimately bowled out for 176.

Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers, registering figures of 4/49. Sundar was impressive too, with figures of 3/30 to his name. Chahal was deservedly named as the Player of the Match for his superb bowling effort. India will take on West Indies in the second ODI again on 9 February.

ICC
 
West Indies quick Alzarri Joseph bagged two crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the first ODI against India, but his efforts were not enough as the touring team suffered a six-wicket defeat.

Put in to bat, a batting debacle saw the West Indies folding up for a meagre 174, and Joseph admits that the side should have scored ‘at least 240 to 250’ to be in the competition. “We should have scored more. At least 240 to 250. First game out, we have two more games to go. We will give back to the drawing board,” Joseph said after the game at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.

“We have two days’ time to plan. We will have post-match meetings to analyse what to do better. We must assess a bit better. Jason (Holder) and (Fabien) Allen gave us a good partnership and partnerships are going to help us give a good total….”

The West Indies batters made a beeline to the pavilion, except for Jason Holder (57; 4x6) and Fabian Allen (29) - who stitched a 78-run stand for the eighth-wicket to help the touring side cross the 160-run mark.

Talking about his bowling, Joseph admitted that the conditions were ‘pretty difficult’. “It was a pretty slow wicket, spin friendly. There wasn’t much in it for me. So, I just tried to put in my efforts and put my best foot forward…” he said, adding: “We had specific plans for specific batters and we were bowling to our plans.”

https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cric...icult-says-alzarri-joseph/article38389065.ece
 
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