Format shrinks but West Indies looms large for India

Marcus Newton
November 4, 2018

West Indies have gotten the better of India in their recent meetings.

A weakened but still unsafe West Indies will clash with powerhouses India in the opening Twenty20 worldwide here Sunday, hoping to spring a surprise and also halt their decline in what has become their most successful format.

India win by five wickets and go 1-0 in the three-match series! Now, let's check out the streaming details of the 1 T20 match.

Hello and welcome to Sportstarlive's coverage of the first T20I between host India and visitor Windies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

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West Indies have endured a hard tour, losing both Tests inside three days and then going down 3-1 in the subsequent one-day series. Shai Hope, who wasn't in the T20I squad in the first place, filled in for the injured Andre Russell.

Shimron Hetmyer would like to carry his form from the ODIs to the T20Is.

Fans were unhappy with the team India's captain Virat Kohli's decision to not send MS Dhoni out to bat which would have seen him score 10,000 ODI runs after he was just a one-run away from reaching the milestone.

The Windies, on the other hand, will look forward to their youngster Shimron Hetmeyer, who scored 259 runs in the ODI series, including a century in Guwahati. His absence gives Rishabh Pant a chance to prove his credentials.

India will be looking at its current No. 2 ranking in the ICC list to fire itself up for the challenge. The two sides will lock horns at Eden Gardens.

India: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.

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