India will look to continue its dominance over the hosts when they face West Indies in the first of the five-match ODI series. India clean swept the three-match T20I series 3-0 with the debutants and newcomers in the Indian cricket team proving their mettle against the men from the Caribbean. Both teams will be playing ODI cricket for the first time following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 disappointment and will look to begin a new campaign in style. Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first. Shreyas Iyer is making his much-speculated return to the Indian ODI team. India vs West Indies Live Cricket Score 1st ODI 2019 Match.
Shreyas Iyer is making his return to the Indian ODI team after over a year out, while Shikhar Dhawan - who returned home mid-way through CWC 2019 following a thumb fracture - is also making his return and will open alongside vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
Take a Look At the Playing XI of Both Teams
West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed.
Most of the debutants or newcomers India used in the T20I series against the West Indies proved their mettle and showed more than just a glimpse of their potential. From Navdeep Saini taking 3/17 in his debut game for the senior Indian cricket team to Deepak Chahar returning with record figures of 3-1-4-3 in his only second T20I game for India. Deepak’s figures are also the best figures recorded by an Indian bowler against the West Indies. West Indies vs India Cricket Score 1st ODI Match.
Meanwhile, both teams will also welcome back many core members of their ODI squad as they overcome the CWC 2019 grief. West Indies were knocked out of the group stages in CWC 2019 after managing just two victories in nine games, while India crashed out of the semi-final after losing to New Zealand by 18 runs in a dramatic final four-game.
This series also presents a great opportunity for cricketers of both teams to establish their place in their respective teams. Both India and West Indies are undergoing a transition period with the visitors looking to strengthen their contentious middle-order. India have also started preparing to find an able replacement for the veteran MS Dhoni. Dhoni is currently on a two-month break from cricket, which has given Rishabh Pant a great opportunity to show why many call him the able replacement for the World Cup-winning skipper.
Pant showed great composure in the final T20I game against the West Indies where he led India to a series victory with a 65 not-out from 42 deliveries. He steered India home after skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed with 13 runs still to get. Pant was also involved in a century-run partnership with Kohli that helped India ride to the win.
Similarly, the West Indies will bid goodbye to experienced veterans like Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach Jason Holder eventually. Youngsters like Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer has already shown that possess enough talents to replace the big guys. Led by Jason Holder, West Indies will look to avenge their T20I series defeat and win the first ODI game.