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West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Match Prediction

Following an enthralling ODI series, the emphasis now moves to the T20Is, with India and the West Indies clashing in the opening game on Friday, July 29 at the Brian Lara Stadium Tarouba in Trinidad. The hosts were blanked in all three One Day Internationals and will be aiming for a turnaround in the shortest format.

India, on the other hand, was superb in the 50-over format and will now be hoping to replicate that consistency in the 20-over format. Rohit Sharma, who was rested for the first leg of this bilateral white-ball series, will now take the helm for the Men in Blue. The ‘Hitman’ will be looking to make the most of his opportunity in the next five T20Is as the Men in Blue prepare for the Asia Cup in the UAE and the T20 World Cup in October.

Similarly to the ODI series, the absence of major players like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah would be an excellent chance for young players as well as the bench strength to impress the national selectors.

West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Pitch Report

The surface at Brian Lara Stadium is supposed to be batting-friendly, and a run fest is almost certain. Both teams’ hitters will be hungry to make hay on this track, and the bowlers will have to work hard to achieve breakthroughs. As a result, the captain who wins the toss will bowl first.

West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Probable XI

West Indies

Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (captain), Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Jayden Seales

India

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 1st T20I – Players to Watch

Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav will be looking to maintain his incredible form with the bat in this format in the forthcoming game, and he will be eager to demonstrate his class more than he did in the just finished ODIs. Yadav will be anxious to pick up where he left off in the third T20I against England, when he almost accomplished the unfathomable for India, hitting 117 runs off 55 balls. In high-pressure scenarios, he will have to take care of the middle order once again.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

All eyes will be on veteran bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s performance with the ball in hand in the five T20Is as he attempts to maintain his form ahead of the next two key events. The senior bowler got four wickets in the England series, including a match-winning three-wicket haul, and would be looking to keep the Windies hitters guessing with his swing and accuracy.

West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Match Winner Prediction

Team India is predicted to win this game despite the presence of big hitters in the West Indies lineup.