- India will be without several top stars in the T20I series, with the likes of Tilak Varma and Yashasvi Jaiswal in line for opportunities.
- West Indies had failed to reach the main round of the previous T20 World Cup held in Australia.
West Indies have lost both the Test and ODI leg of India’s tour, and will be hoping to put up a better fight in the shorter format. T20s are the strength of West Indies and they had defeated South Africa away from home earlier this year. They face a tough task against India in this series. West Indies have 3.30 odds to beat India in this series.
This five-match series offers India a chance to try out their young players to build towards the future. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj are all missing this series. India last played T20Is in January against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, winning both series. India have 1.34 odds to win the series.
The head-to-head record in T20I cricket between these two rivals is in favour of India. They have competed against each other in 25 T20Is, of which India have won 17 while West Indies have claimed seven. As for the last 10 encounters, India lead the scoreline by 8-2.
West Indies and India will meet in the first T20I at Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on August 3rd. Take a look at toss prediction, win probability and pitch conditions for the match.
There have been a total of 35 T20 matches played at this venue but there’s no big advantage for either batting first or bowling first. However, the ODI series saw both these sides prefer chasing. We predict India to win the toss and bowl first in the first T20I.
West Indies are a better T20 side than they are in fifty-over cricket and the nature of this format is more volatile. But despite that, India will hold an edge heading into the first T20I match with a win probability of 55%.
Brian Lara Stadium has hosted one international T20 and 34 domestic matches. The average first innings score from these matches reads just 142.
As you can guess from the average score, the pitches at this venue are generally bowling friendly with seamers enjoying good success in the past. The weather is likely to be partly sunny on Thursday with no real threat of rain.
Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell (c), Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (c), Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar
Suryakumar Yadav: One of the best batters in the shorter format, SKY will be hoping to turn things around after a poor ODI series. He has 1675 runs from 27 T20 internationals at an average of 46 while striking at 176.
Nicholas Pooran: The West Indies batter delivered one of the greatest knocks in T20 cricket recently when he smashed an unbeaten 137 off 55 in the MLC final. He made 388 runs in the tournament and was excellent in the IPL earlier this year.
India have batting riches and those young guys are just waiting to explode on the international stage. The bowling attack could be a concern but it’s still better than that of West Indies. We predict India to win the series.
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