The Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the first T20 of the three match T20 series between India and West Indies. The match will take place on Wednesday, February 16. West Indies will try to land some punches after getting knocked out in the One Day Internationals. However, India will try to repeat the same feat they accomplished in the ODI series. Read more for fantasy cricket tips and probable playing XI.
Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, we will witness one of the most anticipated games as both teams will be seen brimming with confidence.
IND vs WI Head to Head
India and West Indies have locked horns 17 times in the shortest format of the game, where India dominates the Indies by 10 games in their favour. However, it is never easy to defeat a team comprising of aggressive bowlers and hard hitters.
West Indies defeated England recently in the T20 series on their home turf, while India defeated New Zealand last time they played a T20 series on their home grounds.
KL Rahul, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel will not be seen playing in the match because of their injury. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda and Kuldeep Yadav might be playing in the team replacing the three injured players. Even though Virat is not in his prime, we can expect some runs from his bat. Also, Sharma and Kishan might open in the innings and we could expect a good opening pair partnership. Suryakumar Yadav and Iyer along with Rishabh and Gaikwad will take the responsibility of the middle order.
On the other hand, West Indies is going through a lot of pressure as they are coming after three consecutive losses in the One Day International in Ahmedabad. Although they defeated England on their home grounds, situation isn't the same in India. Defeating India in Kolkata will not be simple for West Indies. West Indies is equipped with batsmen like Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers among others who know how to loft the ball outside of the boundary line. They might give India a tough competition.
The temperatures on the match day will be between 20 to 24 degrees, respectively. The weather will be a little humid and winds will be blowing at 8 kilometers per hour. There will be no sign of precipitation.
Eden Gardens is known for giving assistance to every player, be it a pacer, a spinner or a batsman. Pacers will be utilizing the pitch early on grabbing some fantasy points, while spinners will be effective in the middle overs. We can see some good shots during the end of the match from the batsmen as well.
Probable Playing XI for India
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer/Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Playing XI for West Indies
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell
Top players worth picking in your MyTeam11 fantasy team
Known as 'Mr. Hitman', Sharma has scored a lot of runs in his T20 career as an opening batsman. He has averaged around 33 runs playing with a strike rate of above 140 in 119 matches.
The star of Kolkata team, Iyer shot to fame after his phenomenal performances in the the previous season of the Indian T20 League. He is an all-rounder who could fetch a lot of fantasy points for you.
This West Indies batsman has completed 54 T20 games, which is a good amount of experience. Given that he is a wicket-keeper too, you can expect some extra points here.
Pollard wreaks havoc with his bat in tough situations. He can bowl at a good pace too, you can expect some points from the wickets too.
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