Date and Time: 16th February @7:00PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens
India vs West Indies 1st T20I; Where To Watch?
India: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
India vs West Indies 1st T20I Team News
KL Rahul suffered a hamstring injury in the second One-Day International of the three-match series against the West Indies and will miss the T20I series as a result. This is a huge loss for the home side, who wanted to play him in the middle-order if not at the top slot.
Washington Sundar will not be participating in the Twenty20 International series. During the third One-Day International against the West Indies, the Indian all-rounder sustained a left hamstring muscle strain while fielding.
There are no such concerns for West Indies, only that we have no recent news regarding Kieron Pollard’s fitness. The skipper could be fit in time for this game, though it still remains to be seen whether he is picked for the team or not.
India vs West Indies 1st T20I probable Playing Xi:
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel
West Indies squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh.
India vs West Indies 1st T20I Betting Predictions:
Match Betting: India win (1.36)
West Indies win (3.10)
The one-liner explainer:
India is in a good form and has recently clean swept the ODI series against West Indies. Considering the home advantage, they have an edge over West Indies in the T20I series as well. The fans will expect India to win the 1st T20I, though games are not won on paper and that is a fact. This gives the visitors a chance too, though can their team step up when it matters the most.