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West Indies caught in Virat Kohli's race to 10,000 runs

23 Oct 2018, 21:42 GMT+10

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In the spotlight

India's pace attack will be what coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli will be looking at. Mohammad Shami went at over 8 per over, while Khaleel Ahmed and Umesh Yadav had economy rates of 6.4. They failed to clean up the tail in Guwahati after their spinners had West Indies eight-down by the 44th over, and allowed Nos. 9 and 10 to add 44 runs. With India set to announce their squad for the final three ODIs after the Visakhapatnam game, this may be the last chance for the pacers to shine.

Marlon Samuels loves to play in India. He's averages 40 in the country and smacked two hundreds the last time he visited in 2014. He's a big-match player, as two World T20 final Man-of-the-Match awards attest, and with his team trailing 1-0, it is imperative for Samuels to hold fort through the middle overs if West Indies are to level the series.

Team news

India are unlikely to make any changes to their side, barring the possibility of Kuldeep's return. The left-arm wristspinner, who was rested in Guwahati, dismissed Hetmyer three times in the Test series and may come in for Jadeja.

India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Rishabh Pant, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja/Kuldeep Yadav, 8 Mohammad Shami, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

West Indies have the option of using the pace of Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul or Obed McCoy - the left-arm quick - in lieu of Nurse's offspin if they wish to reduce the number of overs bowled by the slower bowlers. Or they may choose to bring in left-arm spinner Fabian Allen for variety. Batting wise, it would be cruel to leave out Chandrapaul Hemraj after just one international outing.

West Indies (possible): 1 Chandrapaul Hemraj, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Shimron Hetmeyer, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse/Fabian Allen 9 Keemo Paul/Oshane Thomas/Alzarri Joseph, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions

Dew could be a factor since Visakhapatnam straddles India's eastern coast, so bowling first could be the way to go. Especially considering there's also a forecast of afternoon showers and, perhaps, a thunderstorm to follow. Pitch-wise, like always, Visakhapatnam is expected to be high scoring.

Stats and triviaQuotes

"We've got a long series left, four more games, so it's a matter for him to repeat that kind of performance regardless of whatever happens. He's got to do what's best for this team."

Jason Holder believes Shimron Hetmyer is far from done in the ODI series

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