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Odds against Windies in One-Dayers


Odds against Windies in One-Dayers

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GUWAHATI – All odds appeared stacked against West Indies as they look to redeem themselves from a wretched outing in the just-concluded Tests, when they face powerhouses India in the opening One-Day International of the five-match series here on Sunday (4 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time).

The Caribbean side meekly lost both Tests inside three days by comprehensive margins but will hope the change in formats also brings a transformation in fortunes, though they have been given little hope against the world No. 2 side especially with a relatively inexperienced unit.

In fact, West Indies are missing key players like openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis both of whom made themselves unavailable. There has also been no recall for left-hander Darren Bravo, though he has been named for the three Twenty20 Internationals which follow.

It means Windies boast four debutants – all-rounder Fabian Allen, batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj and fast bowlers Oshane Thomas and Obed McCoy – in their 15-man unit and another three players with just 19 ODIs among them. (CMC)

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