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India win toss, bowl against West Indies in first ODI

Rishabh Pant is making his ODI debut while Kuldeep Yadav was out of the playing XI which had rookie pacer, Khaleel Ahmed.

Published: 21st October 2018 01:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2018 02:23 PM   |  A+A-

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli addresses a pre-match press conference ahead of their first One Day International cricket match against West Indies at ACA Stadium in Guwahati. (Photo | PTI)

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli addresses a pre-match press conference ahead of their first One Day International cricket match against West Indies at ACA Stadium in Guwahati. (Photo | PTI)

By AFP

GUWAHATI: India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl against West Indies in the first of the five one-day internationals in Guwahati on Sunday.

The hosts, who swept the two-match Test series, handed batsman Rishabh Pant his 50-over debut after a strong performance in the five-day games.

"Our batting order is settled as (Ambati) Rayudu has taken the number four spot. We don't need to ponder much," said Kohli.

"We have three fast bowlers. (Yuzvendra) Chahal, the wrist spinner and (Ravindra) Jadeja to give us balance."

The West Indies handed international debuts to left-handed batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj and 21-year-old fast bowler Oshane Thomas.

"I won't mind batting first on this pitch," said captain Jason Holder. "We are a young side and this is an opportunity for the youngsters to make their mark."

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND) and Paul Wilson (AUS)

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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