West Indies played a great all-round game at Chennai to take a 1-0 lead against India. The series now moves to Visakhapatnam for the second match of the three-ODI series. India’s great home record will be under threat, as they haven’t lost consecutive bilateral ODI series at home for over 15 years.
India have a lot of questions to answer, especially on their team composition. Lack of wicket-taking bowlers nullified their chances in the middle-overs. West Indies have been growing from strength to strength under Kieron Pollard and will look to continue their streak.
Although Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma flopped at Chennai, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant gave a good account of themselves. There is enough strength in this Indian batting order to pack a punch.
Kohli’s rare failure aside, he remains a good fantasy pick any time. Deepak Chahar enjoys bowling upfront, which gives him a chance to pick early wickets. There is every chance that Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the side, expanding your fantasy picks. Shreyas Iyer’s consistency is another point of consideration.
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Kieron Pollard’s men showed greater resilience at Chennai and enjoyed being the superior team. Shimron Hetmyer’s brilliant knock was supported by Shai Hope’s patient century, as they eased home. Additionally, the Windies’ bowlers looked masterful in tough conditions.
This venue is likely to be another batting paradise, but the Windies seamers are ripe for fantasy picking. Sheldon Cottrell is enjoying these conditions and will be a must pick. Keep a close watch on Keemo Paul too, considering the variations he brings with the ball.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Virat Kohli averages 139 at Visakhapatnam, having scored 556 runs including three 100s in his last five matches here.
Shai Hope made a splendid 123* last time at this venue to tie a high-scoring match. He looks like a good choice considering the all-round value he brings to the team.
Shimron Hetmyer enjoys playing against India and can score the big shots too. A good fantasy choice for your side.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 KL Rahul 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Deepak Chahar 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies: 1 Evin Lewis 2 Shai Hope (WK) 3 Shimron Hetmyer 4 Nicholas Pooran 5 Kieron Pollard (C) 6 Roston Chase 7 Jason Holder 8 Alzarri Joseph 9 Keemo Paul 10 Hayden Walsh Jr 11 Sheldon Cottrell
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