India hasn’t had the greatest of records in T20I cricket of late. They were defeated by South Africa and Bangladesh at home in one T20I each recently. However, that has been majorly because a lot of the senior players have been excluding themselves from India’s recent T20I squads to take a break.
That won’t be the case when India takes on West Indies at home for a 3-match T20I series. The first match of the series will be played at Hyderabad on the 6th of December. Barring Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya, who are recovering from injuries, India will be fielding a near full-strength squad with Virat Kohli back at the helm as the captain.
In the last 5 T20Is between India and the West Indies, India has won all 5. In fact, when India toured the West Indies earlier this year, they whitewashed them in the T20I series 3-0. Hence, playing in their own backyard with a strong team, India will begin as overwhelming favorites for this first match.
In Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India have the two of the best limited overs batsmen in world cricket right now. In the absence of Dhawan, KL Rahul, who struck a fifty in the last T20I against Bangladesh, will be opening. Shreyas Iyer, who has been in excellent form, will be manning the middle-order. It remains to be seen how the lower middle-order performs and that is one area that the West Indies can exploit.
India’s bowling too has good strength now since Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja have returned to the squad. These three along with the ever-impressive Deepak Chahar and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will pose a serious challenge to the opposition.
The West Indies, led by Kieron Pollard, have a good T20I side as well. Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Lendl Simmons, Sherfane Rutherford along with Pollard himself provide good depth to the batting. The return of all-rounder Fabian Allen will be a boost to the side as well.
Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder and Kesrick Williams will have to take the bulk of the responsibility in the bowling department. But this pitch might not be conducive to them and their lack of experience in Indian conditions might hurt them.
India vs West Indies, 1st T20I – Cricket Betting Tips:
This will be the first T20I match played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. However, from what we have seen in the ODIs played here, it is a good surface for batting but remains true throughout. The seamers too will find good bounce on the wicket and the spinners might find grip as the game progresses.
This is likely to be a high-scoring contest as both the teams have some solid hitters. The team batting first should score more than 170-180 runs. The total runs scored in the game should be in the range of 350-360 runs.
West Indies is certainly a dangerous T20I side and can beat any team on their day. Lest we forget, they are the current ICC World T20 champions. However, India is too strong at home and with a well-balanced outfit and plenty of match-winners in their ranks, they should be backed to win this contest.