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West Indies vs India 1st Test Predictions & Tips - Kohli to star for India

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  • Watch West Indies vs India in the for the 1st Test match on Wednesday (15:00 BST)
  • India have won their last 4 Tests against the Windies
  • Can the hosts turn around their fortunes?
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West Indies vs India Predictions


India are clear favourites so the value in this match will be in the run-scoring markets. I’m backing Tangerine Chanderpaul and Virat Kohli to top score for their sides in the first innings.
  • West Indies vs India Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • West Indies Form
  • West Indies Injuries & Team News
  • India Form
  • India Injuries & Team News

  • West Indies have lost 4 of their last 6 Test matches.
  • West Indies’ Tangerine Chanderpaul averages over 45 in Test cricket.
  • India have won their last 4 Test matches against West Indies.

Head to Head


India have won their last four Test matches against the West Indies. They have not met since August 2019.

West Indies Form


West Indies cricket is at one of its lowest-ever points as they enter into this first Test against India. Over the last three weeks the Windies have failed to qualify for the ODI World Cup later this year, the first time they will not participate.

To add insult to injury, the West Indies test form has been poor as well. They have won just one of their last six games, with one draw and four defeats.

The last time the West Indies featured in Test cricket was their 2-0 series defeat in February and March this year in South Africa.

West Indies Injuries & Team News


Jason Holder and a couple of other key players were sent home early from World Cup qualification to prepare for this series. 

India Form


India have won four of their last seven Test matches, but in the last three they have lost twice and drawn once. Despite winning the series 2-1 at home to Australia, India struggled in the last two games, losing once and drawing the last.

They still qualified for the World Test Championship final where they faced Australia again. This time it was however in England where conditions favoured the Aussies.

India suffered a 209-run defeat in that final, and they will want to find some of their best form in this series once again.

India Injuries & Team News


As usual, the Indian side have a few headaches. Much will depend on what they make of the pitch, but two spinners are likely.

Verdict

I am backing Virat Kohli to top score for India in the first innings and Tangerine Chanderpaul to do the same for the hosts.

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