While the ongoing five-match ODI series is currently 1-1 level after the third ODI, India and Windies both are desperate to win the fourth ODI on Monday (October 29) at Brabourne Stadium (Mumbai). The winner of the match will save this series as they can’t lose this series anymore after the fourth ODI victory.
Initially, the match was scheduled to be played at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). But due to administrative issues, the match has been shifted to the Brabourne Stadium (Mumbai).
Indian cricket team
Since their return from the England tour, the Pune ODI defeat on last Saturday (October 27) was India’s first defeat in international cricket as they won eight games and tied two more games in between this period.
Currently, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli is running in a very dangerous batting form, while the other Indian batsmen have performed very inconsistently in this series. Though the top-orders are still in good touch, the middle-order batting is still in concern for the team.
The bowlers are also not consistent in this series. In these days, Indian bowling has become the major strength of the team due to having a good number of quality bowlers, but the bowlers have mostly underperformed in this series. As the top bowlers have returned to the squad, it is expected that the bowling team will back in form soon once they settle down as the bowling unit.
Windies cricket team
Finally, in the last ODI at Pune, Windies players have tasted their first victory in this tour. However, they have still to look at some important parts to improve their present status. The top-order batting is still a big concern for the team as it is very inconsistent in this tour.
However, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer’s brilliant batting forms have raised the team’s hope hugely. The middle-order and lower-order batsmen are contributing very well in this ODI series, so the top-order batting improvement can become a deciding factor for this team.
The bowlers still need to make improvement as most of them are not consistent very much with the ball in hand. Their bowling is still another big concern and it definitely needs to be solved as soon as possible.
India: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav.
Windies: Jason Holder (Capt), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas, Obed McCoy.
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- Since December 2009, it will be the first international cricket match at Brabourne Stadium (Mumbai). However, the last ODI had been played at this venue in November 2006, between Australia and West Indies in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy final. While India has won their only ODI at this venue, long back in November 1995 against New Zealand, West Indies has won only one ODI and lost three other ODIs at this venue.
- Highest ODI score at Brabourne Stadium (Mumbai) is 234/6 by Australia against West Indies (October 18, 2006). Highest successful ODI chase at this venue is 166/3 (36 overs) by Sri Lanka against New Zealand (October 20, 2006).
- Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored successive centuries in all of his last three ODI matches. Only the former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara had scored four consecutive ODI centuries and that was during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
- In his last four ODIs, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has played four consecutive 50+ knocks.
- Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja (1,975 runs) needs to score 25 more runs to complete his 2,000 ODI runs.
- Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni (9,976 runs) needs to score 24 more runs to complete his 10,000 ODI runs for the Indian cricket team.
- Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (97 wickets) needs to take three more wickets to complete his 100 ODI wickets.
- Windies opening batsman Kieran Powell (991 runs) needs to score 9 more runs to complete his 1,000 ODI runs.