What: India v West Indies
When: Thursday Nov 21, 08.00GMT
Live Stream/TV info: Sky Sports 1, 07.45-16.00GMT
India: MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, A Mishra, Mohammed Shami, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, MM Sharma, RG Sharma, JD Unadkat, R Vinay Kumar, Yuvraj Singh
West Indies: DJ Bravo*, TL Best, DM Bravo, J Charles†, N Deonarine, CH Gayle, JO Holder, SP Narine, V Permaul, KOA Powell, D Ramdin†, R Rampaul, DJG Sammy, MN Samuels, LMP Simmons
Hosts India are currently ranked as the number one side in the world in one-day international cricket by the International Cricket Council following MS Dhoni and Co’s sensational come-from-behind 3-2 home win over Australia in October and November.
That epic series demonstrated that India are worthy world champions when it comes to the 50-over format, and not only that, but that they are also virtually unbeatable in this shorter form of the game on home soil.
Meanwhile, the last time that the tourists played ODI cricket was back in July, when they went down 3-1 at home to Pakistan in what was an equally memorable series as that just witnessed on the subcontinent, including a tied contest in the third ODI at Gros Islet.
However, you’d be a very brave man indeed to predict anything other than a convincing win for Dhoni’s men over the course of the next three matches against opponents ranked way down in seventh place in the current ODI table.
West Indies: Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle may have just endured a torrid time of it in the recent two-match Test series, however, the 50-over game is much more to the languid left-hander’s liking.
One thing is absolutely for sure: If the home bowlers do not dismiss the 34-year-old quickly, then no ground in the whole of India will be big enough to contain the Jamaican.
However, it would be remiss not to also give mentions to off-spinner Sunil Narine, currently the world’s second-best ODI bowler and sure to be a real handful on subcontinental pitches, even for India’s batsmen, and the eighth best ODI all-rounder in the world, Darren Sammy.
India: It is hard to really know where to start with the hosts’ vast array of talent in this shorter form of the game, and even more so after their recent captivating series with Australia in which so many of their players caught the eye.
However, if one was to highlight three of their most in-form and dangerous players at present, then it would be hard not to look much past the trio of batsman Virat Kohli, wicketkeeper and captain Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
In the case of Kohli, as the current world rankings indicate, there is no better batsman out there in ODI cricket at the moment than this ultra-confident No. 3 who looks to have all the shots in the book, and for who no situation appears insurmountable.
Weather: Expect a low of 24 degrees Celsius and a high of 31 degrees Celsius, with a mixture of sunshine and some clouds (information provided by www.accuweather.com).
Pitch: The last ODI to be played on this ground was back in January when India beat England by a whopping 127 runs after winning the toss and posting 285 for six, before knocking the tourists over for just 158 thanks to three wickets apiece from paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in what was a day-night affair though.