It is time for the sixes to fly in Florida. West Indies and India will light up the weekend with the first two of their three-match T20Is. First match will be played on Saturday and is expected to see a lot of fireworks.
West Indies have recalled their T20 specialists Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard among others. That gives the hosts a solid team set to flourish in the format. As for India, after a disappointing exit in the ODI World Cup, they have gone for a number of changes.
West Indies Preview
The Caribbeans have a team to envy for the T20Is. Pollard, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Carlos Brathwaite – this is a team that can make a game very exciting. Throw in the young performers Shimron Hetmyer and Nicolas Pooran and West Indies have a team to enthrall.
Windies need to guard against over-exuberance, though. There isn’t any player in the side who can play a big knock. However, the ‘Men in Maroon’ are backing themselves to play aggressive and stay on the front foot. Even though Russell has withdrawn from the squad, there is enough bench strength for the Windies.
India rang in the changes after the World Cup and that gives a chance to Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey in the middle-order. KL Rahul could also be vying for a spot in the middle, as Shikhar Dhawan makes a comeback at the top.
Bowling wears a completely different outlook, with just Bhuvneshwar Kumar retained. Khaleel Ahmed could fancy a game, while the exciting leg-spinner Rahul Chahar might make a debut. The all-rounder duo Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya could come in handy.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Evin Lewis has two T20I centuries to his name against India. One of those has come at this venue and he will look to recreate that form.
Sunil Narine has been the original T20 superstar from the Windies. He returns to the national side after a long break and will look to make his presence count.
Rohit Sharma is the highest run-getter in T20Is between these two sides. After a stupendous World Cup, he would be keen to re-start at the same level.
West Indies: 1 John Campbell 2 Evin Lewis 3 Nicolas Pooran (WK) 4 Shimron Hetmyer 5 Khary Pierre 6 Kieron Pollard 7 Rovman Powell 8 Carlos Brathwaite (C) 9 Sunil Narine 10 Sheldon Cottrell 11 Keemo Paul
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Krunal Pandya 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Khaleel Ahmed 11 Deepak Chahar
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