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India vs West Indies, 1st Test Match Prediction

Oct 04, Thu 04:00 GMT , Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, Rajkot, Gujarat

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India 649/9
West Indies 94/6 *
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

India won by an innings and 272 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

Despite the series defeat in England, India will be favourites in this 2-Test home series against the West Indies. The all-time stats are in favour of West Indies with them having won 30 of the 94 Tests between the two sides. India have only won 18 while 46 matches have ended in draws but over the decades, the Windies power has waned and they will not be too big a mountain to climb for India.

Match Preview

In the 45 Test matches played between the two countries in India, West Indies lead 14-11. But that again is a misleading stat as the last Test victory for the Windies on Indian soil came way back in 1994. 24 years later, it still looks unlikely that the visitors will break that jinx.

iconIndia Team News

Skipper Virat Kohli returns to the squad after sitting out of the England series. Both openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay have been dropped after their disastrous performances in England. With KL Rahul retaining his spot, he is likely to open the innings with either Prithvi Shaw or Maynk Agarwal making their debut. The prodigious Shaw is still 18 while Agarwal has been in stupendous form, scoring 2253 runs in 36 innings across different formats.

In the bowling department, Kohli will be without many of his first choice pacers. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been rested while Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya, injured in the England series and Asia Cup respectively, have been omitted too. In their place, Mohammed Siraj has been called to the Test squad for the first time and will play alongside Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. Shardul Thakur is also in the squad.

Spinner R Ashwin has recovered from his hip injury and will play alongside Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. Rishabh Pant keeps his spot as wicketkeeper after impressing in England.

iconWest Indies Team News

The West Indies squad is a young team in transition and skipper Jason Holder has his task cut out to take the fight to India. The batsmen they will look to for runs are Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope, while the uncapped Sunil Ambris has made a case for himself to be included in the Starting XI after an unbeaten century in the practice match against the Indian Board President’s XI.

In the bowling department, in terms of experience, it will be Holder alongside Kermar Roach. With many players being included in the Test squad after excelling at the Under 19 World Cup earlier this year, it remains to be seen how they fare in a tricky Test series against India.

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Pitch Conditions

 

It will be a hot and dusty affair in Rajkot with the temperature hovering around 35 degree Celsius. There will be very less clouds and a lot of humidity with the levels predicted to be as high as 65 percent. The Rajkot pitch is known for big scores and both Cheteshwar Pujara and Jadeja have scored triple centuries at this venue. There will be some turn for the spinners from the third day which is the reason why India might go with three spinners.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss will elect to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

Hosts India should win this one without much ado.

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