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India vs West Indies 1st T20I- Who will win?

With a strong batting lineup, India is yet again expected to maintain its dominance. In the absence of KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan is likely to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 15 February 2022 3:55 pm

While the two-day long IPL auction is over, all eyes are on the three matches T20I series between India and West Indies starting from February 16th. After sweeping away the ODI series, Rohit Sharma-led side will take on West Indies in the first T20 match on February 16th at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The visitors are expected to put on some fightback as West Indies outplayed England in the shortest format of the game. At the same time, India will be hoping to start the T20 campaign with a win setting the proper foundation for the next two games.

Pitch Report:
The pitch at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, is a balanced pitch. The average 1st innings score at this venue in the last five T20 matches is 146 runs. The interesting fact here is that the team batting first has won 100% of games here, due to which both the skippers will be hoping to post a defending total on board. The venue is suited for both Pacers and Spinners alike.

Team Analysis:

India:
With a strong batting lineup, India is yet again expected to maintain its dominance. In the absence of KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan is likely to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. Venkatesh Iyer and Washington Sundar may find a space in the squad. Virat Kohli will be one of the watch out players, and the former skipper will be hoping to get back his form. We can expect Deepak Chahar might get selected ahead of Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Harshal Patel will accompany Yuzvendar Chahal in the spin department.

West Indies:
Visitors will be eager to prove the fact that why they are considered dangerous side in the shortest format of the game. The Caribbean bat aggressively, and we can expect some hard hittings all around the ground. Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran West Indies will have to play a similar game against England, while a lot will be expected from Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder and Rovman Powell. Odean Smith and Akeal Hosein will be players to watch out in the bowling department.

Probable Playing XI:

India – Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal

West Indies – Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell

Match Prediction:

Conclusion:
West Indies is regarded as a lethal side in T20Is, but India playing on the home turf will have an edge in 1st game. Considering the recent performance, India will win the match.

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