India inserted West Indies on what they expected to be a good batting track that should not deteriorate during the first ODI of the five-match series, in Guwahati. It was surprising to the television experts who had seen the pitch: they expected the surface to slow down and they also expected dew to stay away till 8pm, which is close to the end of the match, reports cricinfo.
To win the toss and bowl in limited-overs cricket is becoming the equivalent of batting first in Tests, so perhaps this decision was not such a surprise. However, there was a surprise in the bowling attack: India chose to go in with just one wristspinner, leaving out the left-armer Kuldeep Yadav. Their choice to play three quicks is indicative of their assessment of the pitch.
There was a debutant for India - Rishabh Pant, as announced before the match - and two for West Indies. Opening batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj and quick bowler Oshane Thomas got the nod ahead of Sunil Ambris and Keemo Paul.
West Indies 1 Chandrapaul Hemraj, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse 9 Oshane Thomas, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Kemar Roach
India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Rishabh Pant, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Khaleel Ahmed