After completing a 3-0 clean sweep in the ODI format, the Indian cricket team will square off against West Indies in the first of a five-match T20I series at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, July 29. The match will start at 8:00 PM IST.
Led by white-ball captain Rohit Sharma, India will look to continue their dominance over West Indies after whitewashing the hosts in the three-match ODI series.
The Men in Blue have been in impressive form in the T20I format, winning four of their last five matches.
On the other hand, Nicholas Pooran will look to bounce back in the five T20Is after suffering an ODI series defeat against India on home soil.
The Caribbean side has also showcased inconsistent form in the shortest format, registering two wins, and two losses while one match was abandoned in their last five T20s.
WI vs IND Dream11 prediction
India have a dominant head-to-head record against West Indies in T20I cricket, winning 13 of the 20 matches that they have played so far. West Indies have secured just six victories. One match was abandoned.
Furthermore, India have won four of their last five matches against West Indies in the shortest format of the game.
Going by recent form and past head-to-head record, India will start as clear favourites against West Indies in the opening T20I on Friday.
WI vs IND Dream11 team tips for 1st T20I
Top Tip: Best batter
India captain Rohit Sharma will be the batter to watch out for in the first T20I against West Indies. The 35-year-old has an impressive T20I career, amassing 3,379 runs in 128 matches at a strike rate of 139.62 while also maintaining an average of 32.18. At 10 credits, Rohit will be a quality investment in any fantasy cricket team.
Top Tip: Best bowler
In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could once again be the wrecker-in-chief for India. The right-arm pacer has picked 17 wickets in 13 T20Is this year at an economy of 6.75. Kumar will be a smart pick in any fantasy team at 9 credits.
Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking in-form Hardik Pandya is a no-brainer. The Indian all-rounder has already scored 770 runs and claimed 48 wickets in 63 T20Is so far. Pandya, who showcased his all-round capabilities against England and Ireland recently, will look to continue his form ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. At 9.5 credits, Hardik Pandya is a worthwhile pick for the first T20I.
For the wicket-keeper spot, West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran pips India’s Rishabh Pant. Besides fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Pooran has played some impressive knocks recently in the T20I format. The Trinidad and Tobago-born cricketer has scored 1,301 runs in 60 T20Is at a strike rate of 130.88 and has nine fifties to his name. Pooran can be a great pick for the opening T20I at 9.5 credits.
WI vs IND T20I squads
West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (captain/wicket-keeper), Rovman Powell (vice-captain), Shamarh Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh
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