India have been hot and cold in the T20 format over the last 12 months, but with the regular stars back in the squad after taking a break during the games against Bangladesh, India are a side to beat. West Indies, on the other hand, are coming off from a series defeat against Afghanistan in the 20 over format.
India are close to field the best 11 they would like when the T20 world cup arrives. Boosted by the return of their front line pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami along with the presence of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has strengthened Indian bowling even more.
The injury to Shikhar Dhawan brought Sanju Samson back in the team and inflicted the debate over him getting a chance ahead of out of form Rishabh Pant. With no injuries hovering around the Indian team and choosing playing 11 will be as tough as it can be for Virat Kohli, it will be an intriguing battle with the boys from the Carribean.
Windies are without the services of big players like Andre Russel, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, and Dwayne Bravo, however, skipper Kieron Pollard has asked to back the mix of youth and experience that Windies have picked for the series.
When: Friday, December 6, 7:00 pm IST.
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Head to Head: Played 14, India 8, West Indies 5, No Result 1. (India have lost just a solitary match against West Indies at home that was in 2016 world T20).
India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson.
West Indies: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard(c), Denesh Ramdin(w), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Kesrick Williams, Khary Pierre, Sherfane Rutherford.
The match will be broadcasted LIVE on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Bangla, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD.The feed will also be streamed LIVE on Hotstar.