Match preview for India vs Windies, 1st T20I

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02 Aug 2019

India vs Windies, 1st T20I: Match preview and other details

After a gruesome outing in the ICC World Cup 2019, India would be once again in action as they take on Windies in the opening T20I in Florida on Saturday.

This overseas tour will witness three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests.

As India get set for a fight in an unknown territory, we present the match preview and other details regarding this tie.

Team India

Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey in focus for India

Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey in focus for India

Talking about India's team, the focus would be on the return of youngsters Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey.

Pandey is a T20 specialist and has a healthy exposure of 28 T20Is for India.

Iyer, on the other hand, has relatively less experience. However, courtesy of his fine performance in the IPL 2019 with Delhi Capitals (DC), he is being touted to make an impact.

Team Windies

Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine to give Windies the edge

As for Windies, the onus would be once again on the returning duo of all-rounder Kieron Pollard and mystery spinner Sunil Narine.

Pollard, who had a great title-winning campaign with Mumbai Indians (MI), would look to continue in the same vein.

Meanwhile, Narine would look to contribute with his mystery spin, and also with the bat, lower down the order.

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Head-to-head

A thrilling head-to-head encounter awaits

A thrilling head-to-head encounter awaits

Considering the head-to-head clash between the sides, it has been an intense battle so far.

In 11 T20Is, both the sides have won five apiece.

However, since this match is being played in the USA, both the teams have clashed on two occasions at this ground, with Windies winning on one occasion, while a match resulted in no contest.

Pitch report

A high-scoring track could await the fans

To date, the venue has hosted eight T20Is, with the ground being a prominent home venue for the Windies.

The track is known to be batting-friendly, with the highest score being 245, scored by the Windies against India.

Thus, chances are that even if not 200, an average score between 170-180 is likely tomorrow.

Predicted XI

Here's the predicted XI for both the sides

Here's the predicted XI for both the sides

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed.

Windies: Evin Lewis, John Campbell, Nicholas Pooran (wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

Key battles

Key battles to watch out for

Following are the key battles that could make the match even thrilling to watch:

Rohit Sharma vs Sheldon Cottrell

Virat Kohli vs Sunil Narine

Evin Lewis vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Kieron Pollard vs Khaleel Ahmed

Match details

When, where and how to watch

When, where and how to watch

Match: India vs Windies, 1st T20I

Venue: Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida

Time: 8 PM IST

Where to watch (TV): Sony Ten 1 (English) and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi). Also available in HD.

Where to watch (Online): Sony LIV

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Where are India currently ranked in T20Is?

Asked 2019-08-02 19:49:26 by Vivaan Rangan

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India are currently ranked fifth in the ICC T20I Rankings.

Where are the Windies currently ranked in T20Is?

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Windies are currently ranked ninth in the ICC T20I Rankings.

Has Chris Gayle retired from T20Is?

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No, Gayle is yet to announce his T20I retirement.

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No, Dhoni has completely opted for a break and would not play the entire Windies tour.

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