World Cup, IND vs WI: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday.

Team News: India has made no changes. For the Windies, Sunil Ambris comes in for Lewis and Fabian Allen comes in for Nurse.

Playing XIs:

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pitch report: It is the same track that was used for the New Zealand and the West Indies game. It looks the same except by the foot marks made by bowlers on their follow through.

Weather: It is bright and sunny in Manchester and ideal conditions for cricket.


Virat Kohli: It’s a used pitch, we see it slowing down. There are a few rough patches at the right spots for our wrist spinners. A lot more application, understanding the situation. When there’s a 50-60 partnership, make it into a big one. I think closing out situations and capitalising on them will be the key. Same team.

Jason Holder: We wanted to bat too well. Hopefully we get early wickets. We have got two changes. Sunil Ambris comes in for Lewis and Fabian Allen comes in for Nurse. Evin’s struggling for the last couple of days.

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