India has been on a roll on their current West Indies trip. They won the first two games of the ODI series in two neck-and-neck battles before clinching the series 3-0 with a flawless triumph in the final ODI. The two nations will now square battle in a five-match T20I series beginning July 29 in the Caribbean.
Senior players including captain Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will return to the Indian side for the 20-over games. They will be joined by Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya, both of whom have performed well in the white-ball format. Pandya, for example, was instrumental in India’s recent T20I victory against England.
KL Rahul will skip out since he has been told to rest following Covid-19. As a result, Rishabh Pant might replace captain Rohit in the starting spot, as he did in the England series. The players will be scrutinized as the selectors attempt to build a formidable T20I side for the World Cup.
The Men in Maroon, on the other hand, will need to pull up their socks and be ready for the 20-over game. It would be critical for them since they were humiliated in the just-finished ODI series. Nicholas Pooran and company will seek vengeance by winning the T20I series, while the Men in Blue will want to maintain their winning streak.
West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Pitch Report
The opening match of the five-match series will be held at Trinidad’s Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba. The surface has proved helpful to spinners in domestic T20 matches played at the venue. The average first-inning score in the 30 games has been 141, so the hitters will also benefit.
West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Team News and Probable XI
The hosts lost the ODI series badly, but their performance in the T20Is against Bangladesh was impressive. Power hitters frequently show up in the 20-over format and give it their all. The Men in Maroon are expected to do something similar.
Probable XI – Yet to be announced
India will be a powerful squad with captain Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and other in-form players like Pandya and Karthik returning.
Probable XI – Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja/Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan/Arshdeep Singh
West Indies vs India 1st T20I – Winner prediction
West Indies have some serious power hitters in their lineup, but looking at the current run of form, we expect the Indians to claim victory here as well.