India and West Indies have met each other 130 times in the 50-over format. Both sides have won equal number of encounters - 62 - while two games ended in a tie. The remaining four matches offered no results. However, in the last few years, West Indies have been no match to India with the latter winning four of the last five games. Meanwhile, one match was washed out. The last five encounters in India too have the hosts ahead with a 3-1 lead.
Ground Details and Team Combination:
A total of 21 ODIs have been played at the Chepauk stadium but the venue will be hosting its first 50-over international game since September 2017. The venue has been home to Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and has hosted 10 T20s since the start of 2018, where the spinners have ruled the roost. In the last two years, the average runs per wicket here reads 27.4 and the bowlers have managed to pick a wicket every 21.6 deliveries.
The surface in Chennai offers a lot of assistance to spinners who have dictated terms here in the last two years. In 10 T20s since the start of 2018, spinners have returned 61 wickets here striking every 19.4 deliveries. Meanwhile, pacers have picked a wicket every 27.3 balls.
Amongst all bowling types, off-spinners have the most amazing record at this venue. They have an average of 16.1 and a strike rate of 15.8 here since 2018. Barring left-arm wrist-spinners, all other types of spinners have been prolific here. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Roston Chase should enjoy bowling on this surface.
A combination of five frontline batsmen including the wicket-keeper, two spin-bowling all-rounders, two spinners and two fast bowlers could be the way to go for this Test.
It's almost becoming a repetitive exercise to make Virat Kohli the captain, but then it is Virat Kohli and he is delivering...each time. West Indies might have woken up the beast in Kohli in the T20 series and that is never a good thing. Kohli is the leading run-scorer this year in the 50-over format and at the moment just looks unstoppable. In 2019, Kohli has scored 1288 runs in 22 innings at an average of 64.4. Kohli's record in Chennai is also pretty good. He averages a decent 46.5 in ODIs at this venue with two half-centuries and a century in six innings.
Our first X-factor is Rohit Sharma. Rohit has been relentless across formats this year but has reserved his best for the ODIs. He has scored 1232 runs in 2019 at an average of 53.57 which includes five half-centuries and six centuries. His record against West Indies is also excellent. Rohit has 1265 runs against the Caribbean nation in 28 innings, averaging a hefty 57.5. He showed his class in the final T20 in Mumbai and will want to continue the run in the ODIs too.
Shai Hope has easily been West Indies' best batsman in 2019. He has 1123 runs in 23 innings this year at an average of 56.15. His record against India is also pretty good. In 13 innings, Hope has scored 471 runs at an average of 42.82 which includes three half-centuries and a ton. Hope has been in exemplary form this year and he is one West Indian player who can help you score crucial points.
Ravindra Jadeja hasn't exactly set the stage on fire in 2019. But his all-round capabilities coupled with his knowhow of MA Chidambaram Stadium makes it a hard deal to keep him out of the side. The Chennai surface has known to be sluggish and slow which is where Jadeja's left-arm spin might come into play. He can be the X-factor for Chennai and your team.
It's expected to rain in Chennai on Friday and Saturday but the forecast for Sunday looks decent. It's going to be partly cloudy on the match day and we should get enough time to get a full game.
Suggested FanFight Team:
Rohit Sharma, Shai Hope, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Roston Chase, Ravindra Jadeja, Hayden Walsh, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell.