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India vs West Indies, 1st T20I Match Prediction

Nov 04, Sun 13:30 GMT , Eden Gardens, Kolkata, West Bengal

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India 110/5 *
West Indies 109/8
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

India won by 5 Wickets

ABOUT THE MATCH

After defeating the West Indies in the Test and ODI series, India host them in a 3 match ODI series that starts at the Eden Gardens.

Match Preview

India and West Indies have met 8 times in T20 internationals. India have only won 2 while the West Indies have triumphed on 5 occasions. So this format is the best bet for the West Indies on this tour.

iconIndia Team News

The biggest news for India is that MS Dhoni has been dropped from the squad which could mean the end of his T20 career for India. The wicketkeeping duties will now fall to either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik who are both in the squad.

The other big change is that Rohit Sharma will lead the side after Virat Kohli has been rested for the series. Washington Sundar makes a comeback into the squad along with Krunal Pandya and Shahbaz Nadeem. Pacer Khaleel Ahmed who impressed in the ODI series is also in the 15 man squad and he will look to impress. All rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been left out.

iconWest Indies Team News

Pacer Ashley Nurse picked up a shoulder injury during the 4th ODI in Mumbai and he has been ruled out of the T20 series. But there is good news for the Windies as several T20 specialists are back in the side. Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russeell and Denesh Ramdin are in the squad and they will look to trouble India.

There are a lot of big hitters in that line up and they will look to make the best of the format. The Windies batted well in the ODI series and even hit more sixes than India so this is their best chance to get some wins on this tour.

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Pitch Conditions

 

Eden Gardens has always been a happy hunting ground for Team India and the hosts will look to kickstart the series on a high. Cloudy skies are expected and the pitch is likely to help seamers and wrist spinners. The late start means that dew could play a factor in the second innings.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning toss is likely to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

India to win the first match despite West Indies putting up a good fight.

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