kedar jadhav and ravindra jadeja
Kedar Jadhav (L) and Ravindra Jadeja (AFP Photo)

India captain Virat Kohli opted to bat against West Indies in the fourth ODI at the Brabourne Stadium on Monday. India are hurting after suffering their first loss of the tour in the third ODI in Pune on Saturday.

Trailing the series 0-1, West Indies bounced back with 43-run win to make it 1-1 and will be high on confidence having given a much-higher ranked India a tough fight in the limited-overs leg of the tour.

India have made two changes to their playing XI from the third ODI. Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has made way for allrounder Ravindra Jadeja while a fit-again Kedar Jadhav comes in to provide steel to a weak middle-order, replacing the big-hitting Rishabh Pant.

Explaining his decision to bat first, Kohli said, “There is not much of a dew in the second innings which is what we have heard and in the evenings, the ball tends to move around. This is generally a high-scoring ground, we have seen the wicket is nice to bat on. We have got more depth in our batting today and we can go really hard.

He further added, “Considering all the factors, giving our bowlers the best time to bowl was also the decision behind to bat first. We have known from game one. They (West Indies) are playing fearless cricket, (so) we are not taking anything lightly. We just want to be professional in what we want to do. We didn’t get the result we wanted in the last game. We are really looking forward to the game.”

West Indies captain Jason Holder was happy to bowl first and the visitors have made one change to their playing XI – Keemo Paul replaces Obed McCoy.

“We are happy to bowl first,” Holder said at the toss. “It’s a fresh wicket and much international cricket has not been played here. Credit to the boys (for the good performances), it’s a new day and we are just looking forward to the game today. This is an important game. Series tied 1-1 and we are geared up.”

Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah

West Indies: Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope (wk), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul