After another breath-taking ODI series between India & Windies, it is time to shift focus on the smaller format of the game i.e. T20I’s. The home team will be up against the 2016 World T20I winners which actually won the title at the same ground i.e. Eden Gardens Kolkata where the final of 2016 World T20I happened. Windies look far more stronger than India in every department specially in keeping department as Denesh Ramdin is back for Windies, who is actually the best keeper in this T20I series as compare to Indian’s and definitely India will miss MS.Dhoni in this series due to weak wicket-keeping options in Rishab Pant & Dinesh Karthik.
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Know Your Venue:
The match will be played at the Home of Indian Cricket, the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, West Bengal. Eden Gardens has hosted matches in major international competitions including the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Asia Cup. In 1987, Eden Gardens became the second stadium to host a World Cup final. The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 final was held at the Eden Gardens which was won by Windies in the final over by beating England. This ground has been lucky for India in past and the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 match between India & Pakistan was also played here which India won with ease.
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The surface in Kolkata is likely to favour spinners and a good amount of dew is expected to come in the latter part of the game.
Time: 7:00 PM IST; Date: 4 November 2018
Broadcast: Watch Live match from Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Star Sports 1 & Star Sports 1 Hindi.
India- After winning the ODI series, India aims for a good show in T20I’s with Virat Kohli being rested & unfortunately the best keeper-batsman MS.Dhoni being dropped in favour of out of form Rishab Pant & Dinesh Karthik. Krunal Pandya is likely to debut in the game because of his ability to both bat & bowl with accuracy.
Playing XI: Rohit(C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL.Rahul, Manish Pandey, Rishab Pant(Wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Windies- After showing tough fight in what was expected to be a one-sided series, Windies will be boosted up to give their best in their favourite format & at their favourite venue where they won the 2016 World T20I. Also, Andre Russel has been withdrawn from the squad & Shai Hope has been named as replacement. Ashley Nurse is already out of the squad due to injury.
Windies T20I Squad:Carlos Brathwaite(c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran
# The above Playing XI is not to be considered as the team’s batting order.