India take on West Indies in the First ODI of the five-match series at Port of Spain and will be looking to bounce back from their horror show against Pakistan in the finals of the Champions Trophy. On the other hand, Windies will look to start afresh after missing out on a Champions Trophy place.
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Q1. Who will win?
A. India B.West Indies C.Draw/Tie
West Indies hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over India in the ODIs, but India have won 7 of the last 10 completed games between them. Also, India has won all last 5 games at this venue. Due to the contract feud between the WICB and the star players like Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy and others, West Indies are forced to field a weak team in the upcoming series. Meanwhile, the Indian Cricket team are coming off from an almost successful Champions Trophy campaign. So this should be a stroll in the park for India. Hence we predict India to win this fixture.
Q2. Who will score more runs?
A.Shikhar Dhawan B.Shai Hope
Since the start of 2016, Dhawan has averaged 53, while Hope has managed an average of 40. However, Dhawan only averages 22 in the 9 games he has played in WI compared to Hope's 36 at home. Also, Dhawan scored 338 runs at an average of 79.25 in the recently concluded CT17. As all the numbers are in favour of Dhawan, we predict Dhawan to win this match up.
Q3. Which bowler will pick up more wickets?
Since the start of 2014, Holder has taken 59 wickets at an average of 34, while Kumar has taken just 38 wickets at an average of 43. Plus, Kumar picked up three wickets last time he played against WI at this ground. This is an equally balanced one, but we predict Bhuvneshwar Kumar to win this contest.
Q4. How many runs will the team batting first make?
A ≤250 B >250
Teams batting first have only crossed 250-run mark once in last 6 games at this venue. However, 250-mark has been breached three times by teams batting first in last 4 WI v IND games. Hence we predict that the team batting first to score more than 250.
Q5. Who will hit more boundaries?
A. Evin Lewis B. Yuvraj Singh C. Equal
Since the start of 2016, Lewis has scored 48 boundaries to Yuvraj's 47. However, in the same period, Yuvraj took just 6.4 balls for every boundary while Lewis takes 9.4 balls per boundary. But, as the numbers are on the side of Evin Lewis we predict him to win this contest.
Q6. Which bowler will have a better economy?
A Ravichandran Ashwin/Ravindra Jadeja(pick whoever you want) B Ashley Nurse
Since the start of 2016, Nurse has maintained an economy of 4.8 while Ashwin has an economy of 6.4 and Jadeja has an economy of 5.6. Ashwin's economy drops to 4.5 and Jadeja's economy drops to 4.7 when playing vs WI. As both Ashwin and Jadeja have an incredible drop in their economy rate when they play against West Indies, we would suggest to pick either Jadeja or Ashwin over Nurse.