Cricket match date: 4th November 2018
Cricket match time: 07:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Cricket Match format: ODI
Tournament: West Indies tour of India
Team A: India
Team B: West Indies
Team A Captain: Rohit Sharma
Team B Captain: Craig Brathwaite
Cricket Match Preview:
New look India will take on West Indies in a format, which they relish and where they are arguably the strongest. It should be an interesting series as after a long time, India have looked to experiment with their squad in a T20 series. They have brought in many youngsters, who will get their opportunities in this series. Most notable exception in the Indian squad is MS Dhoni, who perhaps has already played his last T20 international cricket game.
West Indies, too, have their own share of changes as their skipper, Jason Holder, is not part of the squad and they will be led by Craig Brathwaite for this series. Some of their power hitters like Keiron Pollard, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis will be back for this series and be part of the team. This should add to the excitement of the series that is being played in the season of festivals in India specifically Diwali, which is synonymous with firecrackers. Lots of fireworks will be expected from the batsmen of both teams.
India have brought in their star IPL performers like Krunal Pandya, who will be playing his first game for India if given the chance, and Shahbaz Nadeem, who has been playing domestic cricket for a long time. Rishabh Pant will also get his chance to play as a wicketkeeper-batsman in absence of MS Dhoni. It will be a great opportunity for him to stake a claim as India’s wicketkeeper in all formats.
Cricket Match Information:
India and West Indies will take on each other in the first T20 game of the T20 series. It will be the first cricket game of the three-match cricket series. India will be led by Rohit Sharma instead of Virat Kohli in this series as Virat has been rested for this series. West Indies, on the other hand, will be led by Craig Brathwaite in this series.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India will be led by Rohit Sharma in this series as Virat Kohli has been rested for the three games. It will be a challenge for Rohit to lead various youngsters against a side that has a special liking for this format. Our prediction is of a debut for Krunal Pandya in this game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Shikhar Dhawan
- KL Rahul
- Manish Pandey
- Rishabh Pant
- Krunal Pandya
- Washington Sundar
- YS Chahal
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
- Jasprit Bumrah
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
West Indies were hammered in the Test series and, despite a better showing in the first three ODI games, they were eventually comprehensively beaten in the ODI cricket series as well. However, they are currently the world champions in T20 format and they are expected to play their best cricket in this series. Our prediction is the return of Evin Lewis, Andre Russell and Keiron Pollard in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of West Indies’s playing XI:
- Evin Lewis
- Darren Bravo
- SO Hetmyer
- Keiron Pollard
- Rovman Powell
- Andre Russell
- FA Allen
- Craig Brathwaite
- O Thomas
- OC McCoy
- K Pierre
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Evin Lewis missed out on the ODI series between the two sides due to injury. He has a terrific record against India in T20 cricket format with two centuries. He is expected to play a key role in the series hence, our prediction is of a successful first game and series for him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
International T20 cricket returns to Eden Gardens as the last T20 international cricket played here was between England and West Indies in the World Cup final. The pitch in Kolkata has become much better for fast bowlers with some good bounce and carry. The batsmen, too, will feel at home with shorter boundaries straight down the ground.
West Indies will begin the T20 cricket series as favourites. They are a strong team in this format and with many stars returning, their team will be in good hands. India have a new look about them and will not be too sure about their combination. Hence, our prediction is emphatic West Indies victory in the first T20 cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Evin Lewis (WI) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Kuldeep Yadav (IND) – 3 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Andre Russell (WI)
India – 1.32
West Indies – 3.00
*odds may change anytime