IND vs WI Today Match Prediction: Post the completion of the ODIs, which the Indian cricket team won by a margin of 3-0, the hosts would take on the West Indies in a 3-match T20Is, all of which will take place at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The first T20I, which will be played on February 16, offers Team India a chance to extend their six-match winning streak in the shortest format, however, one mustn’t undermine the West Indies, for the two-time T20 champions could annihilate the opposition when in a flow. Just a reminder, ahead of the India tour, the Caribbean side beat England by 3-2 in a five-match T20Is, and in case they don a similar show in this series then it could be a herculean task for the Men in Blue to calm down the visitors. All in all, one ripper of a series is up for a show in the next few days at Eden Gardens.
Form Guide (Last 5 games)
IND – W W W W W
WI – W L W L W
Team record at Eden Gardens in T20Is
IND – 3 wins, 1 defeat and 1 no result in 5 games
WI – 1 win and 1 defeat in 2 games
Standings on T20I Rankings
IND – 2
WI – 7
It’s a bit unfortunate that India would be missing on the services of ace off-spinner Washington Sundar due to a hamstring injury, nonetheless, they have roped in Kuldeep Yadav, who could bowl alongside his Yuzvendra Chahal in this fixture. Harshal Patel and Deepak Chahar would be looking to trap a few dismissals as well. Batting-wise, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant have to have a concrete show with the willow.
From West Indies, the vital cogs in the batting department would be Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell, with the latter two showing an exalted form in the recently played T20Is against England. Skipper Kieron Pollard would be backing himself for an explosive cameo. The likes of Jason Holder, Odean Smith and spinner Akeal Hosein could be backed as well to draw some rewards from the conditions.
Though West Indies are known to upset the rivals, still, India will be backed as the favorites as per the odds and IND vs WI dream11 prediction. India have a well-rounded squad and a set of dependable players for this fixture in Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal to name a few. With West Indies, it’s a hit-or-miss scenario, that could go against them in a far competent attack like India in this matchup.
Bet 365: IND 1.33, WI 3.40
Rohit Sharma (c)
Rishabh Pant (wk)
|T20Is vs WI||Runs||Average||Strike Rate||50s|
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Nicholas Pooran (wk)
Kieron Pollard (c)
|T20Is||Wickets||Economy||Average||Recent form in T20Is|
|35||38||8.07||24.58||5/27, 3/44, 1/41, 2/25, 4/7|
Today match score: Anywhere around 165-175 could be a competitive total at this venue. Both sides have a terrific set of hitters on board, so scoring shouldn’t be a problem on this wicket.
Today pitch report: The wicket at Eden Gardens is known to offer batter-friendly conditions though spinners and pacers have had their say in the T20s contested to date. Batting second would be the ideal choice for this fixture, with the dew kicking in at the later stages.
Where to watch IND vs WI 1st T20I: Star Sports Network & Hotstar app.
India vs West Indies Time Table: IND vs WI February 16 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
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