India vs West Indies, Highlights 1st ODI:India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: India have won this game and have made it look so easy. Effortless. All thanks to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. They lost an early wicket of Dhawan but their counter-attacking 246-run stand ensured that they took India within touching distance. Rayudu and Sharma then ensured that there were no further inroads. Windies were flavourless in their bowling. Cannot blame them though. It was a batting track but nobody could get their lines right. They had an early wicket but didn't capitalize on it. All of them going for runs with Thomas and Bishoo picking up a wicket each. Earlier on, India were given a run for their money as Hetmyer and co. posted 320+ where one thought it would be a challenging total for the hosts. (SCORECARD) (BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY) (STREAMING)
IND VS WI 1ST ODI UPDATES FROM GUWAHATI: IND win the match by 8 wickets
20.43 IST: SIX! And Rohit finishes it off in style! A comfortable victory for the hosts as Sharma lofts this full delivery in his arc cleanly over long off. Handshakes all around, the crowd goes wild. INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
20.41 IST: FOUR! Make that three in a row. Full toss on the stumps, Rohit lofts it cleanly over wide mid off to find the fence. Just 4 needed for India to win. IND 319/2 in 41.5 Overs
20.40 IST: FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Rohit Sharma. You don't usually see him playing such shot. He premeditates the shot, moves across and scoops it on the full past short fine leg. IND 315/2 in 41.4 Overs
20.40 IST: FOUR! Full toss and Sharma dispatches that. Stands his ground and slogs it over mid-wicket. Hasn't middled it, but the ball still has enough legs to beat wide long on trying to cut it off. IND 311/2 in 41.3 Overs
20.33 IST: SIX! He's been rather patient so far, but now Ambati Rayudu just gives the charge to the pacer. Jumps out and smokes this fuller ball over long on for half a dozen. IND 302/ 2 in 39.5 Overs
20.28 IST: FOUR! The timing is just immaculate. Tossed up on middle and leg, Rayudu gets his front leg out of the way and drives it sweetly past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. IND 294/2 in 38.2 Overs
20.22 IST: Top edged and safe. Not that it would have mattered anyway. Length delivery outside off, Rohit backs away and swings, gets a top edge which falls in the third man region. Single to the total. IND 284/2 in 37.1 Overs
20.20 IST: FOUR! NO BALL! Not a good start to the new spell from the pacer. Full and down the leg side, Rohit flicks it past the keeper and across the fine leg fence. The bowler oversteps as well, so it's a no ball. Free Hit coming up... IND 283/2 in 37 Overs
20.15 IST: SIX! Makes good use of the feet here. Sharma skips out, gets quite close to the pitch and lofts it cleanly over wide long off for a biggie. IND 277/2 in 36.4 Overs
20.08 IST: SIX! Marginally short and Rohit has put this away. On the stumps, the opener picks the length up early, goes back and muscles the pull deep into the mid-wicket stands for a maximum. IND 264/2 in 33.4 overs
' Jason Holder comes into the attack as well.
'Drinks are on the field. Also, Ambati Rayudu is the next man in.
20.00 IST: OUT! Kohli has to go. A well played innings comes to an end. Bishoo gives this air outside off, Kohli comes forward to drive this but gets beaten by the turn. Hope behind the stumps takes off the bails and Kohli is walking. The umpire takes it up but Kohli knows he is out. Windies breaks the 246-run stand. But is it too late? India need more 67 runs from 17 overs. IND 256/2 in 33 Overs
19.56 IST: FOUR! WHAT A SHOT! HUNDRED So sweet, one would get diabetes. Tossed up ball on off, Rohit just pushes this gently through covers and the ball runs to the fence. Rohit's 20th in this format. And he's got it faster than Kohli today. Who is playing 2nd fiddle? IND 248/1 in 32 Overs
19.55 IST: SIX! Short ball asking to be hit, Sharma rocks back and pulls this over square leg for another maximum. Rohit moves to 94 and this now the best stand between these two. IND 242/1 in 31.3 Overs
19.54 IST: SIX! India are making a mockery of this chase. Kohli comes forward to this loopy ball and just clips it over mid-wicket for a biggie. IND 235/1 in 31.1 Overs
19.50 IST: FOUR! More boundaries. Short again outside off, Kohli goes back, transfers his weight onto his back foot and cuts this through covers for back-to-back boundaries. Tell you what, he is just 90 runs away from reaching 10K ODI runs.. IND 228/1 in 30.2 Overs
19.46 IST: FOUR! Make that 19 runs off the over. Power, elegance there is everything in them. Short ball outside off, Rohit lofts this over covers and the ball runs the fence. IND 217/1 in 29 Overs
19.45 IST: FOUR! The 200-run stand is up with this pull shot. Roach digs this one short into Rohit who pulls this with disdain over mid-wicket for a boundary. IND 213/1 in 28.5 Overs
19.43 IST: FOUR! SHOT! The stand moves to 198. Length ball around off, punched through covers for a delightful boundary. IND 208/1 in 28.3 Overs
19.42 IST: SIX! Welcome to the bowling crease! No stopping them now. Full in line of the stumps, Kohli lofts this over mid-wicket for another maximum. IND 204/1 in 28.1 Overs
19.40 IST: SIX! Sharma doesn't want to stay too far behind. Picks up this short ball and smokes this way back into the stands for a biggie. IND 198/1 in 27.4 Overs
19.39 IST: FOUR! They want to finish this off quickly. Short from Nurse outside off, Kohli square cuts this past point for a boundary. IND 192/1 in 27.2 Overs
19.38 IST: FOUR! There is no stopping for Indian skipper he smashes it for back to back boundaries. IND 186/1 in 27 Overs
19.37 IST: HUNDRED! FOUR! There it is! 37 ODI hundreds for Virat Kohli. 22nd while chasing. Full and outside off, Kohli leans forward and drives it crisply through covers. The fielder hares to his right but cannot stop the ball. India have won 19 of the games when Kohli makes a hundred while chasing. IND 182/1 in 26.5 Overs
19.33 IST: DROPPED! Kohli gets a lifeline in his 90's. IND 177/1 in 26 Overs
19.31 IST: FOUR! Lovely sound from the bat and its a class Rohit Sharma shot. IND 172/1 in 25.1 Overs
19.28 IST: FOUR! Now looks like Kohli is playing 2nd fiddle to Rohit. Full and outside off, Rohit drives this through covers as the ball races away to the fence. IND 167/1 in 24.4 Overs
19.26 IST: NO BALL! FOUR! This time for the field set. There were 5 fielders inside the ring than the mandatory 4. Full and outside off, Rohit makes room and drives this through covers. Another Free Hit coming up. The 150-run stand too is up. IND 163/1 in 24.1 Overs
19.25 IST! NO BALL! FREE HIT! For overstepping! Tosses this one up in line of the stumps, Sharma blocks it. Free Hit coming up.. IND 158/1 in 24.1 Overs
19.16 IST: FOUR! All class! A boundary to finish the over. 7 from it. Overpitched outside off, Rohit leans ahead and just pushes it gently through covers for a boundary. IND 148/1 in 22 Overs
19.14 IST: FIFTY! 50 for Rohit Sharma! His 37th in this format. Playing 2nd fiddle to Rohit and getting his runs quietly. Taps this with soft hands towards point and hares to the other end. IND 143/1 in 21.3 Overs
19.12 IST: SIX! Back-to-back sixes for Rohit. Steps on the gas now. Sees this ball short and pulls it over square leg. Moves to 49 in no time. IND 141/1 in 21 Overs
19.11 IST: SIX! HUGE! HUGE! Six on any ground. Loopy ball outside off, Rohit steps down and lofts this over long on for a big hit. IND 135/1 in 20.5 Overs
19.04 IST: FOUR! Nicely done. Quick, flat and outside off, Virat Kohli cuts this late down and across third man fence for a boundary. IND 120/1 in 18.4 Overs
19.02 IST: FOUR! Tossed up a little bit outside off, Kohli gets close to the pitch, brings that bottom hand into play and whip-drives it through the covers for a boundary. IND 114/1 in 18.1 Overs
' 100 runs partnership up between Indian skipper and vice-captain
19.00 IST: FOUR! What a shot, Kohli is looking fully confident now. IND 109/1 in 17.3 Overs
'Drinks break. After losing Dhawan early to the debutant Thomas, India have taken a strong hold of this game with a 94-run stand between Rohit and Kohli. The Indian skipper is looking in fine touch and for a change (between these two at least) is the aggressor. Windies need a wicket and they need it fast, otherwise they could run the risk of losing this game quite early.
'Devendra Bishoo comes on to bowl. Windies need a wicket and he can most certainly provide that.
18.47 IST: Only six runs from Nurse third over. IND 99/1 in 15 Overs
India are cruising for 100 runs
18.36 IST: FOUR! Do not bowl there to him. Ever. He will always make you pay. Holders drifts onto the pads and Kohli leans ahead to flick it through the gap in the mid-wicket region. Boundary. IND 87/1 in 11.3 Overs
18.33 IST: FOUR! A bad ball. From all angles. Nurse bowls it short on leg, Sharma goes back, swivels and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. IND 82/1 in 11 Overs
18.31 IST: FOUR! FIFTY! Just over and that's the 49th ODI fifty for Virat Kohli. Risky shot but he's pulled it off well enough. Short and wide, he goes back and cuts it over a leaping short third man for a boundary. IND 75/1 in 10.2 Overs
18.28 IST: FOUR! Poor start from Holder. Hasn't got his radar right yet. He sprays this onto the pads, Kohli flicks it well and through backward square leg for a boundary. IND 70/1 in 9.5 Overs
18.25 IST: FOUR! Welcomes his counterpart with a boundary. Steps out and moves across to this length ball and flicks it through backward square leg for a boundary. Kohli is on song. IND 66/1 in 9.1 Overs
18.23 IST: FOUR! Full down leg, Rohit flicks it to square leg and the ball races away to. the boundary. Brings up the 50 runs stand between these two. IND 62/1 in 8.5 Overs
18.18 IST: FOUR! Superb. That man oozes with class. Short and wide, Kohli doesn't have any qualms about it as he rocks back and cracks it over point for consecutive boundaries. IND 56/1 in 7.4 Overs
18.17 IST: FOUR! In complete control as he does so. Short and angling in, Kohli predicts that and moves inside the line. Readies himself for it and pulls it through mid-wicket with complete control. IND 52/1 in 7.3 Overs
18.14 IST: FOUR! Short from Roach, Virat pulls it hard and the ball races away to the fine leg boundary. IND 47/1 in 6.4 Overs
18.11 IST: SIX! Just helped that away! Short ball into the body, Rohit swivels and then lifts the pull over square leg. The boundaries aren't as big on that side, so he clears the boundary with absolute ease. IND 41/1 in 6 Overs
18.10 IST: FOUR! This is a much better, more controlled shot. Full on middle, Kohli leans across and closes the face to flick this ball neatly through mid-wicket. No stopping that one, the timing is that good. IND 33/1 in 5.4 Overs
18.09 IST: FOUR! Once again Thomas extracting some good bounce. Crossing the 140-mark, a length ball outside off. Takes the outside edge of Virat Kohli's hanging bat and runs across the third man boundary. IND 28/1 in 5.3 Overs
18.04 IST: FOUR! In the air but it's in the gap. Full and angling in on middle, Kohli moves a step across and flicks this aerially through the gap in the mid-wicket area for a boundary. IND 23/1 in 4.2 Overs
18.03 IST: FOUR! Errs in line on this occasion, Kohli has no trouble nudging this down the leg side. Gets it fine enough and beats the fielder in the deep. IND 18/0 in 3.4 Overs
'Virat Kohli walks in at no.3.
17.53 IST: OUT! DRAGGED ON! First wicket down for India in the same manner as Windies lost theirs. Debutant Oshane Thomas gets his first wicket ODI cricket and what a wicket too, of Shikhar Dhawan. Short and close to off, Dhawan rises to cut this away but gets a bottom edge back onto the stumps. The Zing bails light up and the dangerous southpaw has to make the long walk back. Windies make a great start in this second innings. IND 10/1 in 2 Overs
17.52 IST: FOUR! Breaks the shackles with that. A flying start from Dhawan. Full and outside off, has room to free his arms so he throws his bat at it. Gets it past point and finds the fence. IND 10/0 in 1.2 Overs
17.50 IST: FOUR! Edge and four! Length outside off, Rohit goes for the drive but gets an outside which flies to the third man region for the first boundary. IND 6/0 in 1 Over
"We are back for the chase. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open for India while Kemar Roach takes the new ball.
'Windies put 322 runs on the scoreboard in 50 Overs.
17.12 IST: FOUR! Umesh is unlucky here. Spears in a good yorker on off, Roach somehow manages to get an inside edge which goes past the leg stump. It races away to the fine leg fence and that will be another boundary. WI 317/8 in 49.4 Overs
17.11 IST: FOUR!A tennis-like forehand smash from Roach. Back of a length on off, Kemar stays leg side and heaves it aerially through mid-wicket for a boundary. . WI 311/8 in 49.1 Overs
17.09 IST: FOUR! Overpitches searching for the yorker, Bishoo clears his front leg and drills this straight back down the ground for a boundary. WI 307/7 in 49 Overs
17.08 IST: FOUR! On the pads again, Bishoo takes a step out and flicks it down and across the fine leg boundary. The 300 up for Windies, they will be mighty pleased with this.WI 303/8 in 48.4 Overs
17.03 IST: SIX! What a hit from Roach. Khaleel bangs it short, Roach goes back, takes the pull on and connects well enough. Clears the cow corner and earns a maximum to his name. WI 297/4 in 47.3 Overs
17.00 IST: WIDE! Shami attempts the yorker but misses. Ends up spilling it down the leg and a wide is signalled. WI 290/8 in 46.4 Overs
16.52 IST: Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. WI 284/8 in 45 Overs
16.46 IST: OUT! Exactly what the Windies didn't want. They've lost their skipper at the absolute wrong time. Looped up on middle and leg, it goes on straight as Holder gets low and across to sweep it down fine. But, much to his demise, he goes too far across and exposes his leg stump. The bails are disturbed and that's the end of him. WI 278/8 in 43.2 overs
'Windies are aiming for 300 plus score with skipper Holder taking the charge
'Touch and go! Dhoni has taken off the bails and Bishoo is the man in question and its NOT OUT.
16.33 IST: DROPPED AND FOUR! The poor fielding from India continues. Loopy ball on leg, Holder mistimes his swing towards mid-wicket. Pant hares to his right and should have taken it easily. To make matters worse he kicks it to the ropes. WI 267/7 in 41.2 Overs
16.31 IST: FOUR! Making a case for him to bat high up the order. Full on off, Holder lofts it over covers for a boundary. Deliberately done that. WI 262/7 in 40.3 Overs
16.30 IST: FOUR! Off-spinner outside off, Holder goes for the sweep but gets it off his glove towards third man. The ball races to the fence. WI 258/7 in 40.1 Overs
16.27 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Nurse for 2. WI 252/7 in 39.3 overs
16.21 IST: OUT! Hetmyer is out of here! A fabulous innings comes to an end. Oh! He will be disappointed. Had a chance to make it even bigger today. Was striking the ball sweetly. Jadeja gives this air on middle and leg, Shimron goes for the sweep but gets a top edge which flies to backward square leg. Pant settles under it and makes on mistake. Hetmyer takes the slow long walk back. WI 248/6 in 38.4 overs
16.16 IST: HUNDRED! SIX! What a way to get to your 3rd ODI ton. Take a bow Hetmyer. Full and outside off, Shimron gives room and lofts this over covers for a maximum. Takes out his helmet and soaks in the applause. WI 245/4 in 37.5 Overs
16.12 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Glorious! Overpitched from Shami in line of the stumps, Holder plays a straight drive which is so pleasing to the eye. No one moves. The 50-run stand too comes up with his delightful stroke. WI 238/5 in 37.2 Overs
16.11 IST: FOUR! A boundary to end the over. Outside off, Holder waits for it and then guides it through short third man for a boundary. WI 233/5 in 37 Overs
16.06 IST: FOUR! Poor fielding from Yuzvendra Chahal and Hetmyer gets another boundary. WI 224/5 in 35.3 Overs
16.02 IST: SMASH! SIX! Short ball, very short outside off, Hetmyer rocks back and pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket for a huge six. WI 217/5 in 34.5 Overs
15.58 IST: FOUR! Cheeky from Hetmyer, he guides the ball through the boundary rope. What timing! There was a short third man and a backward point. Umesh lands this full outside off, Hetmyer guides it in that gap for a good looking boundary. WI 206/5 in 33.3 Overs
'200 up for Windies in 32 Overs
15.48 IST: FOUR! Hetmyer plays it on the rise and gets a boundary. WI 196/5 in 31.4 Overs
15.42 IST: OUT! There is the wicket! Jadeja is all fired up. A needless shot from Powell though. Off spinner on off, it spins into Rovman who goes for the big swing but misses it completely. Looks back to see his leg pole gone. The 74-run stand is finally broken. WI 188/5 in 30.3 overs
15.40 IST: FOUR! Short of a length on off stump, Powell stands his ground and heaves it over mid-wicket. There is a man in the deep, but it's well wide of him. WI 183/4 in 30 Overs
15.38 IST: LEG BYES! FOUR! Umesh is trying hard to get rid of Hetmyer but misses his line. WI 178/4 in 29.3 Overs
'Umesh Yadav brought back into the attack.
15.31 IST: SIX! Ending the over with style. Shortish delivery, on middle and leg, right in Hetmyer's slot. He gets his front leg out of the way and muscles the pull over the cow corner. WI 170/4 in 28 Overs
15.29 IST: FOUR! Stand and deliver stuff from Rovman Powell. A bit on the shorter side of the length, around off, Powell stands firm and blasts it back down the ground for a boundary. WI 163/4 in 27.2 Overs
15.26 IST: FIFTY! Shimron Hetmyer scores his second ODI fifty. WI 158/4 in 26.4 overs
15.23 IST: FOUR! He can't. Provides too much room outside off, Powell stands his ground and flays this through point, beating the sweeper to the fence. WI 155/4 in 26 Overs
'Khaleel comes in for attack
15.19 IST: 150 comes up for Windies, Hetmyer is taking charge over Indian bowler and that is increasing tension on skipper Virat Kohli face.
15.15 IST: FOUR! 10 runs off 2 balls. Full on leg, Hetmyer gives room and hits this along the turf toward long on for a boundary. WI 142/4 in 23.5 Overs
15.14 IST: MAXIMUM! SIX! Hetmyer is in some form. Length ball on middle and leg, Shimron clears his front leg and smokes this over mid-wicket for a maximum.
WI 138/4 in 23.4 Overs
15.12 IST: EDGE! FOUR! Top edge and a boundary. Another perfect bouncer from Shami. Powell is not committed on his pull and gets a small edge which flies well over Dhoni to the third man boundary. WI 131/4 in 23.2 Overs
15.11 IST: SIX! Boom! On middle and leg, Hetmyer goes low and sweeps it over square leg for a biggie. On the previous ball, Dhoni told Jadeja to bowl this outside off... WI 125/4 in 22.5 Overs
15.03 IST: OUT! Top edge and gone! Good short ball from Shami as he bangs this in on off. Hope is in no position to play the pull, he still goes for it and gets a big top edge which lobs on the leg side. Dhoni runs to it, gets under it and takes a simple catch. Both the set batsmen for the Windies are back in the dressing room. Two new men in the middle, will have to start from scratch. WI 114/4 in 21.4 overs
*Md.Shami comes back into the attack now
14.59 IST: SIX! WI 110/3 in 20.4 overs
14.56 IST: FOUR! 100 for Windies. Short ball asking to be hit, Hetmyer gets into position early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. WI 101/3 in 19.4 overs
*Jadeja to bowl in unison with Chahal now
14.49 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Shimron Hetmyer, 5 dots in a row. Short ball again this time down leg, Shimron goes for the pull but connects with thin air. Can Khaleel end it well? No he fails to do so dishing out a wide!
14.43 IST: Shimron Hetmeyer walks out to the middle to join Hope
14.40 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Samuels for 0. One brings two. Samuels doesn't make it big on his 200th ODI. Chahal gives this air on middle and leg. Marlon gets his front foot forward looking to bunt it down but the ball goes on to hit his leg. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Hope has a chat with Samuels but the umpire decides that they have exceeded the 15 seconds. 2 wickets in 2 overs for India and they are back on top. West Indies 86/3 in 15.3 overs vs India in Guwahati
*Marlon Samuels is the new man in
14.35 IST: OUT! Khaleel removes Powell for 51. Length ball outside off, Powell looks to go down town. Gets it off the bottom of the bat and it goes towards long off where Dhawan takes it with glee and does his trademark celebration. West Indies 84/2 in 14.5 overs vs India in Guwahati
14.31 IST: FIFTY! Kieron Powell scores his ninth ODI fifty. WI 80/1 in 13.1 overs vs India in Guwahati
14.27 IST: A good over from Khaleel comes to an end with just two runs coming from it.
14.22 IST: SIX! That's outta here! Floated and full on middle and leg, Powell is down on one knee as he brings out the big slog sweep. Clears square leg and sends it into the stands. WI 75/1 in 11.3 overs
*Spin now introduced. Chahal into the attack now
14.18 IST: WIDE from Khaleel! India seem to be losing the plot a bit at the moment with misfields and unforced errors
14.17 IST: FOUR! Poor from Shami. Should be stopping that. Powell takes a step out and smacks it towards mid off. Shami moves to his left but it bursts through his fingers to travel to the boundary line behind. WI 65/1 in 10.5 overs
*Powerplay 2 signalled. A maximum of 4 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the 40th over.
14.13 IST: FOUR! Now this is the shot of the match. Will be very difficult to top that. Full and just outside off, Shai Hope leans into the shot and just plays a punchy-drive through the left of mid off. Elegantly done. WI 57/1 in 9.3 overs
14.09 IST: FOUR! Good end to the over. Short of a length just outside off, Powell gets into position early and muscles the pull over wide mid on to find the fence. The 50 comes up for Windies. WI 51/1 in 9 overs
14.07 IST: FOUR! Superb. Too much room on offer from Khaleel, Powell can go back and crack this through the gap in the covers. Nobody bothered chasing after it, was hit so well. WI 45/1 in 8.2 overs
*Khaleel into the attack now
14.04 IST: FOUR! That's a stunning shot. Best of the innings so far. Beautiful from Shai Hope. Back of a length outside off, this time he finds the gap to perfection. Rises on his toes and gets it between point and cover-point with a punch. Boundary results. WI 41/1 in 7.4 overs
14.00 IST: SIX! That's a big one! The slower one from Shami, full and outside off. Powell picks it up and lofts it well over long off. Clears the fence with no problem and that's the first maximum of the game. WI 36/1 in 7 overs
13.58 IST: FOUR! Nicely done. Length ball too straight in line, Powell from inside the crease heaves it past square leg. Debutant Pant hares after it, but only comes second best. WI 30/1 in 6.2 overs
13.53 IST: Umesh Yadav to Kieran Powell, Should have been stopped, at least by Kohli's standards. Kieran Powell drives this full ball outside off to mid off. The Indian skipper there moves to his left, dives but it goes through his palms. Three runs result.
*Shai Hope is next in at no.3.
13.49 IST: OUT! Shami removes Hemraj for 9. He's dragged it on. Chandrapaul Hemraj's ODI debut got off to a fine start, but it's ended rather abruptly. Back of a length around off, holds its line and Hemraj decides to take on the pull shot. He swivels, swings but gets a bottom edge which crashes back into the stumps. First breakthrough for India, a timely one for them too. The two openers were finding good rhythm. WI 19/1 in 4.3 overs
13.44 IST: FOUR! Three consecutive boundary for Windies now. Umesh serves it on the pads, Powell flicks it ever so well through backward square leg for a boundary. WI 17/0 in 3.1 overs
13.43 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries to end the over. Short and wide, Hemraj rises on his toes and cuts it behind point to find the fence. WI 13/0 in 3 overs
13.42 IST: FOUR! Stylish from Hemraj. Taking full advantage of the Powerplay. Full and on the stumps, the left-hander lofts it straight back over the bowler's head with the full face of the bat. Holds the pose for the cameras too as a boundary results. WI 9/0 in 2.5 overs
13.41 IST: Mohammed Shami to Chandrapaul Hemraj, Beaten! A bit of a loosener from Shami, full and outside off, tempting the debutant to play at it. He does so, comes forward for the drive and gets beaten past the outside edge due to the away swing.
13.36 IST: Umesh Yadav to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
13.32 IST: FOUR! What a start. Welcome to white-ball cricket. Overpitched ball outside off, Powell leans ahead and drives it ever so well through covers for a boundary. WI 4/0 in 0.1 overs
13.30 IST: Done and dusted. The Indian team are out in the field and take their positions. Kieran Powell and debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj will open for the visitors while Mohammed Shami will bowl with the new ball. 2 slips for him.
13.25 IST: The players make their way out for their respective national anthems... We are moments away now.
13.23 IST: Jason Holder, the Windies skipper says that he would have batted first. Mentions that they have an opportunity to put runs on the board. Adds saying that they are a young side as few players are missing. On his team, he says that they have handed Oshane Thomas and Chandrapaul Hemraj their debuts.
13.20 IST: Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper says that it is a good and hard surface. Reckons that the pitch won't change much so he decides to field first. Mentions that their batting order is pretty much settled now and wants them to make big partnerships. Ends by saying that Rishabh Pant gets his debut and they are playing with 2 spinners and 3 pacers.
13.10 IST: Teams -
Windies (Playing XI): Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
13.03 IST: India win the toss and choose to bowl first
13.01 IST: Oshane Thomas and Chanderpaul Hemraj make their debuts for the West Indies.
PITCH REPORT: Lot of brown grass on the pitch. There are cracks on the pitch so it is likely to turn. It is hard underneath and teams would like to bat first as cracks will open up in the second innings.
12.55 IST: The one-day unit is fresh from a strong show in the Middle East during the Asia Cup and will be hungry to continue that same rhythm. For the Windies, apart from Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder and Kemar Roach, there hardly seems to be any experience. This looks like the start of another one-sided series. Hopefully, it does not turn out that way. Don't go anywhere as the toss is just a few moments away.
12.54 IST: The Test series was a clean sweep. Will it be a similar result come the ODIs? Might just be a bit more competition in this format. However, with a squad that is without Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, it will be a tough ask to make it competitive. The Windies are not much different from the side that turned up for the Tests and though, ODI format involves lesser skill, it still might be more against this Indian unit.
12.47 IST: Rishabh Pant gets his ODI cap from the legendary MS Dhoni!
12.35 IST: With the match scheduled to start at 13.30 IST, here is a sneak peek into the Indian team's high-flying preparations ahead of the game:
12.10 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 1st ODI between India and West Indies to be played in Guwahati, Assam.
Brief Preview: A formidable India will hope to get more answers for their unresolved middle-order puzzle when they take on a reeling West Indies in the five-match ODI series starting here Sunday, ticking off the home team's countdown to the 2019 World Cup. The World Cup in England is less than eight months away and India have 18-odd games left to decide their middle order, mainly the number four position where many have been tried but with little success. The series will also mark captain Virat Kohli's return to white-ball cricket as he had taken a much-needed break during the team's triumphant campaign in the Asia Cup. Kohli is expected to try out a new combination in the middle order that will see Rishabh Pant make his ODI debut, following his exploits in the longest format. (READ FULL PREVIEW HERE)