The toss will take place at 6:30 PM IST. The match will start from today at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In a release on the eve of the first T20I, West Indies' chairman of selectors Courtney Browne confirmed that Russell was injured, without elaborating.
Less than a week after two-time World Cup-winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was left out of India's T20I squad, captain Virat Kohli has said he remains an integral part of India's plans.
Where to Get Free Live Streaming Online of India vs West Indies 2018, 1st T20 Match? Despite losing Manish Pandey towards the end, Krunal's busy little cameo and Karthik's calm presence ensured the win was completed easily.
Besides leading India to their maiden and only T20 World Cup triumph in 2007, Dhoni is also the most capped player in the shortest format, featuring in 93 of India's 104 matches.
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. Also, the match will be telecast live in HD format as well!
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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.
Captain Brathwaite, who famously clubbed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to win the World Cup here two years ago, will also be counted on as a match victor for the side missing the services of talisman Chris Gayle who declined selection.
India's reply was equally wobbly with the hosts looking ill at ease against the pace of Oshane Thomas. On current form, having recorded big wins in the Test and ODI series, India look to be the favorites but West Indies are a completely different team when it comes to T20Is.
Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams.
Brief scores: Windies 109/8 in 20 overs (Fabian Allen 27; Kuldeep Yadav 3-13, Krunal Pandya 1-15) lost to India 110/5 in 17.5 overs (Dinesh Karthik 31*, Krunal Pandya 21*; Carlos Brathwaite 2-11, Oshane Thomas 2-21) by 5 wickets.