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India, West Indies to undergo practice on Wednesday ahead of 1st ODI

Kochi, Nov 20 (): The first of the three ODI matches between India and West Indies match series will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday, November 21. Ahead of the 1st ODI, the Indian and West Indies cricket teams will have practice sessions on Wednesday.

The India and West Indies teams arrived in Kochi on Tuesday. They were given a traditional welcome by a group of women dressed in the popular art forms of Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, accompanied by the chenda (traditional Kerala drums) at the Kochi international airport.

A huge crowd gathered at the airport to receive the cricketers. On seeing the players, the crowd cheered and explosive West Indies batsmen Chris Gayle on hearing the drums beating to glory, danced to the tunes which left many gathered there excited to see the great batsman.

Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) sources said both the teams will begin their practice sessions on November 20. Also on the same day, a pavilion having Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s name will be inaugurated, besides the unveiling of ‘Star Trophy’ for the winners.

The first ODI match to be played on November 21, will be a day-night affair. KCA said the ticket counters at the stadium will be open from November 19.

The tickets for the AC box is priced at Rs 3000, vantage chairs at Rs 2000, premium chairs Rs 1000, ordinary chairs at Rs 500 and gallery Rs 200. The ticket sales appear to be brisk and the organisers expect that there would be a huge crowd more than 50,000, which is the official seating capacity of the stadium.

Organisers said the pitch looks a good batting strip and a total of more than 260 is not going to be a tough task. Even though everything is moving in a smooth manner, the only thing to worry is the north-east monsoon rains that normally hit the state around October-November.