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WI vs IND, 1st T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: West Indies vs India, (WI vs IND, 1st T20I)

Date: July 29, 2022 – 8 PM IST

Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For Indian viewers, the series between West Indies and India will be televised on DD Sports. You can also watch the action live on the online streaming platform FanCode. Watch the first T20I at 8 PM IST on Friday.

West Indies vs India, 1st T20I:

After the ODI series concluded with India sweeping West Indies by 3-0, the focus now shifts to the T20 cricket. The first of the five matches will be hosted at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on Friday.

India will have their regular skipper Rohit Sharma back for the T20I series, along with Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant, who were rested from the ODIs. They will be without Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.

The T20 leg provides both the teams an opportunity to prepare themselves for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Although the pitches are vastly different, they can work on their best combinations.

West Indies’ last T20I assignment was against Bangladesh at home, which they won by 2-0. Earlier this year in February, they toured India for a limited overs series, losing the T20I series by 3-nil.

India have been part of plenty of T20 action in the last month and a half. They drew the five-match series 2-2 against South Africa, after losing the first two games. Then they defeated Ireland in both the games on the tour of the UK, following it up with a 2-1 victory over England.  

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for WI vs IND, 1st T20I

The pitches at Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba have slightly favoured the bowlers in the past. In 30 domestic T20 matches played here, the average first innings score stands at 141. As many as 16 times the team batting first has failed to cross the 150-run mark.

The weather in Tarouba is likely to be a bit cloudy on Friday and it could have an impact on the match with around 45% chance of precipitation. The temperature will hover between 24-31°C.  

West Indies – Expected XI and Team News

West Indies have brought back Shimron Hetmyer after the player passed the fitness test. Shamarh Brooks could be the one making a way for Hetmyer in the playing XI. Obed McCoy will be their primary pacer with Alzarri Joseph fighting for a place.

Probable XI – Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd/Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh Jr, Obed McCoy

India – Expected XI and Team News

As mentioned above, India will have Rohit, Rishabh and Hardik available for this series. The T20 specialists Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel are also back. KL Rahul has been ruled out while there’s a doubt on Ravindra Jadeja’s fitness. Ravi Bishnoi is likely to be the frontline spinner in the absence of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Probable XI – Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi

Head to head record of WI vs IND

Total Encounters – 20

West Indies Won – 6

India Won – 13

No Result – 1

India lead the last five encounters by 4-1.

1st T20I: Five players to watch out for in the WI vs IND match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Suryakumar Yadav: Batter, India

Suryakumar Yadav hasn’t had a great outing in the recent fifty-over matches but has been magnificent in the shorter format. His last T20 knock was a breathtaking 117 off 55 in the third match against England. SKY has smashed 537 runs in T20I cricket from 17 innings at an average of 38 and strike rate of 177. He has one hundred and four fifties to his credit at this level. SKY remains a top C/VC pick, coming at 9 credits.

Nicholas Pooran: Wicketkeeper Batter, West Indies

One of the promising middle order batters in the game, Nicholas Pooran has decent numbers in T20Is. He has scored 1301 runs in 60 matches, averaging 30 and striking at 130 with nine fifties. Pooran has been in good touch, having scored three 70+ scores in his last seven innings across two white-ball formats. He’s coming off 74 and 42 in the last two ODIs against India. Priced at 9.5 credits, Pooran can be a good C/VC option.

Hardik Pandya: All-rounder, India

Hardik Pandya has been in terrific form in recent months with both bat and ball. He smashed a fifty and snared five wickets in two T20Is against England. The all-rounder then scored 100 runs and picked six scalps in the recently concluded ODI series. Overall, he has 770 runs in T20Is at an average of 24 and strike rate of 147 while also picking 48 wickets. He will cost you 9.5 credits.

Kyle Mayers: Batter, West Indies

Kyle Mayers has done well for the Windies in recent times. The left hand batter has 214 runs from nine T20I innings at an average of 27 and strike rate of 147. His last T20I innings was a well-made 55 off 38 against Bangladesh. Mayers has been in decent touch, scoring 75 and 39 in the first two ODIs against India while also picking two wickets.

He will cost you 9 credits.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Bowler, India

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the best bowlers in T20 cricket. He has been superb with the ball in recent times, picking 11 wickets in his last seven innings, including 4/13 against South Africa and 3/15 against England. Overall, Bhuvneshwar had 70 wickets from 67 T20Is at an economy of 6.92. He’s priced at 9 credits.

MPL Fantasy XI

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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