Ind vs WI, 1st ODI: India win toss, choose to bowl against West Indies

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 21, 2018, 01.36 PM(IST)

Indian cricket team bowler Umesh Yadav in action. Photograph:( AFP )

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India handed batsman Rishabh Pant his 50-over debut after a strong performance in the five-day games.

Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat against West Indies in the first of the five one-day internationals in Guwahati on Sunday.

Rishabh Pant his 50-over debut after a strong performance in the five-day games. In the previous two months, Pant has played some impressive innings which why he has been given this chance.

The hosts won the recently concluded two-match Test series.

"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."

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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."

"An opportunity for them to showcase what they've got" - Holder backed the 'unfamiliar' faces against India earlier.

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Playing XI:

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