India and West Indies are ready to clash in the first T20I of the three-match series in Kolkata on Sunday. Both teams have already played Test and ODI series, where the home side came out on top quite comfortably. However, in the shortest format of the game, the Men in Blue will be expecting a tough outing against the reigning World T20 champions.
In their last assignment in the 20-over format, India registered a 2-1 defeat in the three match series against England earlier this year. In the batting department, the team will be relying heavily on captain Rohit Sharma—more so in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli—to do bulk of the scoring, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be spinners to make inroads.
On the other hand, after an improved show in the ODI series, the Caribbean giants will be hoping to upset the home side in their favourite format. In the batting department, the team will be relying on left-handed batsman Darren Bravo, young Shimron Hetmyer and opener Evin Lewis to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the team will be relying on bowlers who can take pace off the ball.
Both team have so far faced each other in eight matches, where West Indies came out on top five times. Highest individual score of 125 in the contest between both teams was registered by Evin Lewis in 2017 in Kingston, whereas best individual bowling figures of 4-16 was registered by