West Indies vs India 1st T20I: India will be taking on West Indies in the first T20I of the five-match series after an entertaining ODI series came to an end a couple of days ago between the same two sides. Both sides have been achieving several quality results in the shortest format of the game in recent matches.
With the world T20 supposed to begin inside the next few months, the upcoming T20I games shall serve as a good means of planning out all the strategies and the best player combinations for both teams. Both the teams will be looking to give their best and emerge victorious thereby starting the 5 matches T20I series on a high.
West Indies vs India: Match Details
- Venue: Brian Lara Stadium Tarouba, Trinidad
- Date and Time: July 29, 8:00 PM IST.
West Indies: Preview
Gameplan: After a forgettable ODI series, the west indies for sure will be looking to bounce back in fine fashion against a tough Indian side. Under the leadership of their new captain, Nicholas Pooran the west indies side will look to start things on a fresh note altogether.
The team’s batting shall be further strengthened by the presence of quality batters like Brandon King, Sharman Brooks, Rovman Powell and others at the top of the order. The bowling unit too shall seemingly execute all its plans as planned in the presence of Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein and the rest. The team looks solid to give a tough competition to the Indian side.
Possible Playing XI: Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (captain), Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Jayden Seales.
Gameplan: After an extremely impressive show in the one-day series team, India will be looking to carry forward the winning momentum into the T20 internationals as well. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma will be back to lead the side once again. With the absence of regular players like Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah from the squad, youngsters and several other benched players shall get an opportunity to prove their worth on the field. Team India who has won their last T20I series vs England will look to continue their winning streak in the T20I series with a comprehensive win in the first T20I.
Possible Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan/Arshdeep Singh.
West Indies vs India: Probable Top Performers
Probable best batsman of the match – Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya’s rise in Indian colours in the recent few games in the last has been a huge relief to the Indian team management for sure. The hard-hitting all-rounder has been of great use to the team with his crucial contributions with the bat on several occasions this year so far. His ability to score quick runs in death overs and also play cautiously under tough circumstances has been remarkable so far. His unique style of batting and ability to hold the innings together shall definitely be of great service to India in tomorrow’s game.
Probable best bowler of the match – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah will be the leader of India’s bowling department in tomorrow’s match and the series too. His amazing ability to swing the ball both ways towards the earlier stages of the innings has always proved to be highly beneficial for his side. The senior pacer’s brilliant performance with the ball in the recent series vs England will be of great confidence both to him and the team management. The 32-year-old will be keen to copy his good rhythm against the Windies too.
West Indies vs India: Match Prediction
Match predictions – India to win the match
Based on the quality of the squad that India has at its service and the brilliant current form that the majority of the players are in, India are favourites to clinch the first match of the series comprehensively against the West Indies.